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Giro Selector

The Giro Selector is one mean-looking helmet, one that wouldn’t look out of place at a Star Wars convention! The most innovative feature is an interchangeable lower section. The idea is to increase the aero advantage to a wider range of users by closing the gap between the bottom of the helmet and the top […]

Giro Selector
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Louis Garneau Vorttice

When it comes to aero bang for your buck, one of the most prudent purchases you can make is an aero helmet. But sticking an aero lid on won’t instantly make you faster. If you’re not comfortable holding your tuck, tend to bob your head or suffer from overheating on long, hot rides, an aero […]

Louis Garneau Vorttice
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Giro Aeon

Launched this year at the Tour of Flanders, and now with a host of new colour schemes, the Giro Aeon is an incredibly light helmet. At 190g for a small and 222g for a medium, it almost feels flimsy but, in reality, it’s as rugged as Flanders itself and is fully CE certified. Weight has […]

Giro Aeon
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Limar 777

Depending on the shape of your head, the 777 is either one of the best- or worst-fitting helmets available. If it takes to your noggin, it’s snug but not tight and secure without pinching. But if the 777 and your bonce don’t immediately bond, then forget it. However much you adjust the chin straps or […]

Limar 777
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Kask Vertigo C50

Another helmet deemed good enough to be worn by the pros, with Bradley Wiggins and the rest of Team Sky HD protecting their noggins with this offering from Italian manufacturer Kask. Although the Vertigo comes in lighter than the Ionos at a svelte 270g, it doesn’t skimp on luxury. The internal padding is extremely plush, […]

Kask Vertigo C50
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Las Anubi

With a striking appearance, the Anubi delivers both form and function to punch above its price point. The 260g is bang on the mark and the 25 vents provide extremely effective ventilation. Getting a perfect fit is a breeze thanks to a massive range of vertical adjustment and a positive dial ratchet for horizontal. It’s […]

Las Anubi
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Giro Transfer

You’ve got to admire the guts of Giro, not only putting forward very expensive helmets, but also offering very cheap options too. When considering the features you’ve got to remember that the Transfer is less then half the price of the next cheapest we tested. Padding is on the sparse side but the dial cradle […]

Giro Transfer
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Bell Volt

The heaviest helmet on test at 315g, the styling of the Volt is in your face and verging on garish. Fortunately Bell offer different colour and design schemes from our sample. The padding, although removable for washing, is meagre and on the thin side. The cradle is average, offering vertical and horizontal adjustment but does […]

Bell Volt
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Ekoi Diablo

There’s a strange irony to naming a piece of safety equipment after the most dangerous person in Christendom. Then again, the Diablo does share one characteristic with its namesake – deceptiveness. It looks and feels like a lid with a three-figure price tag, but in fact costs a very competitive £75. You may not get […]

Ekoi Diablo
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Giro Prolight

Being Giro’s new range-topping lid, you’d expect the Prolight to be more expensive than its predecessor, the £159.99 Ionos. But it’s not. It’s 10 quid cheaper. And you pay less, because you get less – weight that is. The Prolight has been on a diet that’s so effective it barely troubles the 220 scales at […]

Giro Prolight
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Giant Ixion

Reviewing cycle helmets is an odd task. The most important test (whether it protects your head in a crash) will have been carried out long before a helmet hits the market. Assuming it protects you (and the Ixion’s CE EN1078 certification suggests it will), all that’s left for anyone else to do is see what […]

Giant Ixion
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MET Sine Thesis

After two years in the making, MET has finally given us the Sine Thesis. And the lengthy development process has paid dividends – to a degree, anyway. Key to its innovation is the Integrated Composite Exoskeleton (ICE), which creates enhanced ventilation and airflow, even at low speeds, and ensures safety is far above the industry […]

MET Sine Thesis
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Abus S-Force

From the Germans at Abus you’d expect a very good quality, functional product… and the S-Force delivers just that. This lid is extremely lightweight, has 24 vents to maximise cooling and is available in plain white, which makes sense for summer riding. The medium size tested was one of the most comfortable helmets we’ve ever […]

Abus S-Force
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Spiuk Nexion

The 324g Spiuk is a good fit for many riders, but still hot and heavy for the money. The Nexion is another lid trying to bluff its way with a ‘one size fits all’ shell, but at least this one is shaped well enough to avoid obvious rock and wobble. The twin tab ratchet strap […]

Spiuk Nexion
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LAS Kripton

We got a bit of a shock when we price-checked the LAS because it looked and performed like a much cheaper pot. For a start the large, 260g, one-size-fits-all shell didn’t fit anyone very well at all. There was sideways rock on smaller heads and a really perched feel on larger lumps. Cranking up the […]

LAS Kripton
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MET Estro

The sharply styled 308g Estro is no generic jelly mould design, but its airy fit needs looking after. With its push-button ratchets, the skeletal cradle gives an immediately comfortable, sweat- and pressure-free fit. Medium and large shell sizes should give a decent close fit for most riders, too. Big vents covering deep ribs mean a […]

MET Estro
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Giro Monza

Giro has contributed significantly to developments in helmet technology, but the Monza doesn’t really contribute anything new despite its relatively high cost. The third-generation Roc Loc grabs the back of your head securely in a girth- and height-adjustable grasp. Add three sizes for a close fit, plus easily adjusted cam-lock buckles at the strap ‘Y’, […]

Giro Monza
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BBB Eagle

Helmets are a relatively recent addition to BBB’s product portfolio, but this cool-running 274g lid gets things off to a good start. It looks slightly basic from the outside, but it’s actually got a lot of quality features beneath its shell. For a start the rear cradle uses exactly the same closure set-up as the […]

BBB Eagle
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Bell Ghisallo

Bell has been making helmets for longer than most and the 314g Ghisallo is a fully-fledged, high-performance, high-protection helmet. The big dial-adjust ‘GPS’ cradle gives a super-secure feel straight away and the deep shell drops right down over your ears for a real feeling of enhanced protection. Three shell sizes also mean an accurate basic […]

Bell Ghisallo
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Rudy Project Zuma

Rudy’s mid-price 252g melon protector isn’t the coolest or most protective, but it’s a snug, stylish fit with a quality feel for the money. Our small to medium sample is definitely on the small side, perching on top of your head rather than extending lower round your skull. The dial-adjust cradle means it’s not going […]

Rudy Project Zuma
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Specialized Echelon

Don’t let its ‘recreational’ tag put you off: this 290g helmet fits and performs a lot better than many more expensive lids. For a start, the four-point retention cradle slides on without any head-wriggling and grasps your head in a gentle but secure hold. It’s actually the same cradle used on the top-end Specialized lids. […]

Specialized Echelon
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Limar 737

Limar only design helmets, which should make them experts. The 737 is, however, something of a mixed bag. The 278g helmet’s stiff Super System 2 cradle means initial fit is easy, and the big rubber dial is easy to adjust even in gloves. Insectophobes will also appreciate the bug mesh behind the front vents, while […]

Limar 737
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Catlike Neon

One of the cheapest helmets we’ve tested, the Neon is also the most basic but, if £30 is your limit, it’s well-featured and, at just 254g, one of the lightest around. There’s an optional clip-on visor that’s actually big enough to be useful, a retention cradle and decent-sized, mesh-protected front vents. However, while the front […]

Catlike Neon