Met Manta MIPS helmet review - low profile and price for an aero lid

This lid received an aero redesign, MIPS liner for added safety protection, and is still remains a great value option

MET Manta MIPS helmet being worn by a male cyclist
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The MET Manta MIPS is a great value aero helmet, representing a solid improvement over the last iteration. It’s slightly heavier but that’s because MET has added in MIPS safety tech, which we like to see! As well as offering greater levels of protection against rotational impacts, it’s also faster than before (according to MET’s testing) - but details on its aero performance against competitors are sparse. The low-profile compared to other aero lids is a particular plus, not to mention the (relatively) low price. Ventilation is good, but not standout.

Reasons to buy
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    Great value

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    Low profile look when worn

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    Tasteful colour options

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    MIPS C2 safety tech added

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    Ventilation is good at speed

Reasons to avoid
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    Tests against competitors have little detail revealed about speed or which competitors

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    Minimal front venting means warmer forehead

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    No Virginia tech helmet safety rating

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The Manta has long been one of the most recognisable aero helmets in the pro peloton. It was debuted by Mark Cadendish in 2015 and has now undergone redesigns to make it both faster and safer.

Does it drop weight? No. In fact the opposite is true: this new lid is slightly heavier due to the inclusion of MIPS safety tech, which is designed to provide protection against rotational impacts. Added safety is a big plus, and not many grams have been added in the grand scheme of things.

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