MET Rivale MIPS helmet review - a little bit of everything

A lightweight, airy, aero and protective helmet that's really competitively priced

MET Rivale MIPS helmet
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The MET Rivale MIPS road helmet is designed for those riders who want a bit of everything. It's lightweight, has a MIPS liner for added safety and combines aerodynamic features with lots of ventilation for a fast but cool head. Vitally it won't cost you as much as many of its competitors.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight (242g for medium)

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    MIPS liner

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    Good ventilation

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    Aero design

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    Fitting adjustability

Reasons to avoid
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    Combined aero and ventilation design compromises performance of both

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The MET Rivale MIPS is a mid-range, high-performance, do-it-all road helmet; it combines aerodynamic shaping with good ventilation, enhanced safety and a lightweight design. Is it really possible to be all things to all cyclists?

We strapped up our skulls and cruised out to see whether the Rivale lived up to its claims and how it compares to our best bike helmets for road cyclists.

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 


Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.