The Bollé Furo MIPS helmet is comfortable and well ventilated, with the option to close off three of the forward facing vents. It’s well finished, but a bit heavier than the competition.
Easy to swap from vented to aero
A bit heavier than many helmets
The Bollé Furo MIPS helmet repeats the trick of the Bollé The One helmet, that we reviewed a few months ago, in including removable panels that convert it from a vented to a more enclosed aero helmet.
The profile is similar to The One, with an elongated shape and a sharp cut-off at the rear, that Bollé says helps improve the Furo’s aerodynamics.
But the Bollé Furo MIPS helmet has fewer, larger vents than The One. Of the eleven vents, five face into the wind. Two of the three which can be closed off run the length of the helmet, with just a pair of reinforcing bars traversing them. This leads to good airflow over the head, when the vents are not closed.
Unlike The One, the Bollé Furo MIPS helmet has a MIPS liner, designed to help absorb forces and lower the risk of brain injury in a shear impact. It’s an increasingly common option in bike helmets and adds some extra safety in a crash.
The outer shell of the Bollé Furo MIPS helmet feels very robust and well built. It fully encloses the polystyrene foam liner, so that there’s little chance of the latter getting bumped or gouged in day to day use – a nice feature that many helmets do not have and which should add to its longevity.
One outcome of this, is that the Bollé Furo MIPS helmet is a bit heavier than many of its competitors. That’s something that’s obvious on paper, but less so when wearing the helmet. It’s a comfortable, secure fit with a large adjustment wheel at the rear. The cradle can be moved up and down for a good fit around the rear of the head.
Even with the vents closed, airflow over the head is good and I was comfortable in a wide range of conditions.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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