Oakley ARO3 helmet review

Market-leading in the glasses department, we test out Oakley's helmet offering

Oakley ARO3 helmet
(Image credit: Michelle Arthurs Brennan)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A comfortable helmet that offers plenty of breathability for hot days in the saddle. The Boa dial system wasn't a winner for us, but it did its job as required and we'd recommend this helmet for those seeking a cool head under the hot summer's sun.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Retention system

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    Not much space for hair

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Whilst there are other brands beginning to take a pretty sizable chunk of the pie, Oakely is still very much the market leader when it comes to cycling sunglasses. It's not a brand that I immediately associated with helmets. This is a shame, because Oakley does stock a sizeable range of rather nice helmets for cyclists.

The ARO3 is the entry-level road offering, though it still comes in at £149 so it's a considered purchase. One up is the ARO5, for £199 then the visor equipped aero lid, the ARO7 at a rather jaw-dropping £409.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.