Smith Optics Signal MIPS review

Smith Optics latest helmet is aimed at the 'everyday' rider but does it mean budget?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

At just £64.99 the Signal MIPS offers a real wallet-friendly yet feature packed helmet. Barring the basic styling and slightly heavier weight it might be difficult to justify needing to spend any more on a helmet.

Reasons to buy
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    Safety features

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    Price

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    Crossover styling

Reasons to avoid
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    Basic looks

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The Signal MIPS helmet marks a a change in focus for Smith Optics and introduces a safety packed helmet to a whole new audience, thanks in part to a price point hitherto unknown to the premium company (barring its Maze Bike urban helmet which is targeted at a very different audience). We reckon it's one of the best budget bike helmets and also one of the best bike helmets for commuters.

The Signal MIPS shares some of the characteristic styling found on all of Smith's premium helmets, but it's a little bit more boxy. The brand has also saved cash by swapping out some of the high-end technology and laborious construction techniques available on the range topping models, but of course it still meets the relevant safety requirements.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's seni