Updated August 14, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Road Bike Helmets

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Whether you're hitting the road for a leisurely ride on the weekend or gearing up for a serious race, these cycling helmets will protect your noggin in the event of a crash. Each model boasts MIPS, the current industry standard for maximizing the security of your skull should you take a spill, and we've ranked them by ventilation, aerodynamics, adjustability of fit, and overall comfort. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Lazer Bullet 2.0

2. Scott Cadence Plus

3. Rudy Project Racemaster

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Editor's Notes

August 08, 2019:

As a baseline going into this ranking, we wanted to make sure that every helmet we chose was outfitted with MIPS, a system designed to keep a helmet more securely in place during a crash so that rotational impacts won't damage your brain as much. After that, we looked closely at the size, positioning, and number of vents to ensure the best airflow for riders, as well as the strap and adjustment systems used to alter the way a given lid would fit. The Lazer Bullet 2.0 not only knocked the ball out of the park in terms of fit and comfort, but its honeycomb adjustable ventilation system made it one of the most useful models on a year-round bases. The magnetic attachment point for lenses really put it over the top. We thought there'd be a more expensive option in the top three, like the Giro Aerohead, but issues with ventilation and price were too hard to overcome for it to move above its final spot. In the special honors section, you'll find a few great niche choices, most interestingly a smart option with Bluetooth connectivity that actually lights up with turn signals and accelerometer-controlled brake lights.

Special Honors

Safetec TYR 3 If visibility is a main concern, you'll love the working turn signals and accelerometer-controlled brake lights of this model. It also features integrated bone conduction headphones and a microphone, so you can listen to music and take calls without fully taking your ears off the road. safetechelmets.com

S-Works Evade With ANGI This option falls just shy of being considered a smart model, though it does have an integrated crash sensor that can measure the rotational and impact force the helmet experiences during a crash, and even call for help on your behalf. It just doesn't have the Bluetooth-controlled lights and turn signals most other high-tech models have. specialized.com

Trek Bikes Bontrager Velocis This option boasts recessed channels designed to work in concert with its main vents to really move the air around your head, dissipating heat like few others on the market. It's offered in seven different colors, all of which are particularly bright except for the understated black model. trekbikes.com

4. Bell Z20 Adult

5. Giro Aerohead Carbon Ultimate

6. Giro Synthe Matte

7. Giro Cinder

8. Laser Blade

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9. Bell Stratus Adult

10. Scott Arx Plus

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on August 14, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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