Both helmets have sufficient and well-placed padding, while the adjustment system design prevents pressure points. Together, Ryan and Curtis bring an incredible level of expertise in evaluating cycling-related gear. It also uses a thickish 3D padding that helps draw moisture away in the warm weather and insulates a bit in cooler weather. Neither of these helmets has a MIPS liner, which helps to decrease weight. The primary purpose of a road bike helmet is to protect your head in a crash.
1- Leather Face Masks
One drawback to the neoprene mask is that they do not off much coverage of the neck area like a full baclava does. Aside from that, the material is suitable to be printed on so some cool designs are made with this style of face mask. In short, the troops were cold and need something to protect freezing cold faces, necks, and noses.
Today, these are very popular to wear while snowmobiling, skiing, and motorcycling. Tube style face and neck wear is more lightweight than the balaclava or neoprene mask. These are made from Polyester Microfiber that is easy to print custom designs onto. Made out of a blend of cotton and usually another synthetic material, these lighter-weight mask pull a medium duty right in the middle of the balaclava and the tube style mask.
The one that I am wearing to the left is from Savages Biker Apparel. Also easy to print, the styles on these are only limited by the imagination. And the ladies love these for quickly fixing that Helmet Hair Look. Enter the 3D plastic mask. These started as paintball masks because of the impact resistance that they have and quickly migrated into the motorcycling world.
I mean, just look at them…. The removable facemasks off of the Bell Rogue Helmet and the Shark Raw Helmet are easy to customize with a little creativity and some paint. With a face mask you are able to beat back those bat-sized June bugs in the early summer. Depending on the size and shape of your head, there is no one that is better for you than the other.
Too cold, get a warmer thicker one. Too hot, pick up a tube-style thinner mask. Your just going to have to experiment and see what works for you. Besides the wind and bug defense, these will take the bite out of the next rain storm you will get caught in. He may have beefed up the straps a little just to keep it on. Shop all the Beardski designs and colors here.
The testing process for our range of helmets looked like a whole lot of bike rides, in a vast variety of conditions. We took these helmets on climbs up long grades, blazing fast descents, frosty spring adventures, through heavy rains, and even cyclocross training. We thoroughly poked and prodded each model in our lab, and weighed them against the manufacturer's claims. Most bicycle helmets are designed to withstand a single major impact.
When you crash, the foam in the helmet is designed to crush and compress, absorbing energy. Once the foam has compressed, it no longer has the same level of impact protection.
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If you crash, impacting your helmet, it should be replaced because the next impact won't have the absorption. Some helmets have an internal skeleton within the EPS foam to prevent the helmet from breaking into pieces.
While no data on the effectiveness of this feature could be found, it's logical to think that the helmet remaining intact following the initial impact could potentially protect the head from a secondary impact, as in a tumbling fall. Helmets made using EPP expanded polypropylene tend to have a more rubbery rebound with less crush capability, which means they can take more hits without losing their form and performance, but your skull takes more of the blow.
To bring you the best review of helmets for road biking, we purchased the fourteen highest rated and most popular models on the market and put them through miles of asphalt riding and specific tests for three months. All of the helmets we tested meet the same safety standards set by the US Government, but the construction they employ can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Below, we discuss each metric we used to assess each model, as well as highlight top-notch performers in each category. Buying Advice for Road Bike Helmets. To help you find the best balance between price and features in your next road bike helmet, we pitted the specs of each helmet in our test against the competition and mapped out which helmets represent the best overall value.
The Best Buy winning Catlike Kompact'o Urban leads the pack in offering the best bang for your buck, but if you aren't into the unique styling, the Specialized Airnet MIPS also offers an exceptional value. Road cyclists often spend long periods riding, for both training and racing.
A comfortable helmet is critical, due to the amount of time you will be wearing it. Ideally, you will not be thinking about your helmet while riding - it should disappear once you put it on. Head shape is individual and varies from rider to rider. Despite having different shaped heads, our testers rated the same helmets highly for comfort. In contrast, during our full-face helmet review , we found the shape of a rider's head to be a factor in comfort.
A comfortable helmet can adapt to a wide range of head shapes. Our testing revealed that padding, circumferential adjustment design, and chinstrap design had the greatest impact on comfort. Quality padding is crucial, especially in the forehead and temple, because the size adjustment mechanism of most road helmets tightens in the back, which pushes the head to the front of the helmet.
The helmets with the thickest, densest padding were not necessarily the most comfortable - rather the coverage of the padding, the adjustment system, and well engineered EPS foam made the biggest difference. The Kask Protone is a good example; it has the thickest, most luxurious pads of any helmet we tested, yet the minimally padded Giro Synthe outscores it.
The Kask Infinity hit the right mix of thick padding, good coverage, and excellent cradling of the head for a snug, secure fit. All of the helmets we tested have an internal adjustment system that allows adjustment to fit various head shapes. The best design was one that makes a complete loop around the head.
Most helmets we tested use a system that is anchored to the shell of the helmet near the temple. The Giro Synthe 's adjustment system wraps completely around the head, decreasing pressure points and keeping the forehead from being forced into the pads. The Synthe design creates even pressure around the head.
Chinstraps also play a significant role in comfort. Our testers preferred helmets that incorporated thin webbing straps and a Y-buckle, allowing the straps to lie flat. The Specialized Airnet and Giro Synthe use different designs but are both standouts, with thin, supple webbing and well-designed Y-buckles that allow the webbing to lie flat.
The Giro Synthe and Kask Infinity are standouts for comfort, both scoring a perfect Both helmets have sufficient and well-placed padding, while the adjustment system design prevents pressure points. The Synthe has thin, pliable webbing straps that lay flat, reducing the potential for chafing and decreasing wind noise while the Infinity uses fixed Y-straps and a padded EVO chinstrap to reduce chafe.
A helmet must fit well to function as designed. When helmets are tested by the CPSC, they are fitted to a dummy head and are attached tightly - tighter than the average consumer wears their helmet. For a helmet to protect you, it must stay on your head. The chin strap should be tight, but not so tight that it is choking you. The helmet should be positioned so that it sits squarely on your head, not tilted back.
All of the helmets we tested have a strap system with one strap behind the ear and one in front. The straps come together below the ear and are joined by a plastic Y-buckle. The webbing straps can, in most cases, be adjusted at the Y-buckle, providing even tension between the front and rear strap.
Some helmets we tested, like the Kask Infinity and the Specialized Airnet have non-adjustable Y-buckles. A non-adjustable Y-buckle sometimes reduces the helmet's adjustability, but in Kask's case it just moved the point of adjustment and eliminated some of the hassles of non-fixed Y-straps instead of removing adjustability.
The Specialized Airnet , despite its lack of an adjustable Y-buckle, has an uncanny ability to fit a broad range of people well while maintaining equal tension on the front and rear straps. The Kask Protone is the opposite - the lack of adjustability was a deal breaker for some testers who could not achieve equal tension on the straps.
Some of the helmets we tested, such as the Bell Gage , allow the user to center the chinstrap buckle by feeding webbing through the rear strap attachment point. Other helmets, like the Giro Synthe and the Specialized Airnet , have fixed webbing attachment points, which do not allow for chin strap buckle adjustment from side to side. A non-fixed webbing strap design allows for greater adjustability.
Circumferential tension is achieved by a dial-like mechanism at the back of the helmet, or in the case of the Lazer Z-1 , at the top of the helmet. Adjustment on the medium-sized helmets we tested falls in the cm range, with most models offering 4cm of adjustment. The design of the internal harness varies between manufacturers to helmets. All of the helmets we tested use a dial to change tension.
The dial works like a ratchet, providing precise tension adjustment. All of the dial adjustments on the helmets we tested functioned as intended. Some are smaller than others, such as the small dial on the Giro Synthe and some are partially hidden, as in the Kask Infinity , which makes it difficult to get to with thick gloves.
The Lazer Z-1 has a dial on top of the helmet that can also be hard to feel with gloves. Our favorite dials are exposed degrees, like the dial on the Bell Stratus and Giro Cinder, which are large enough to be adjusted with gloves and exhausted, numb finger. Other tensioning systems exist, but we recommend a dial mechanism, as it allows for one-handed adjustment of the helmet while riding.
Fore and aft helmet positioning is another important factor for a good fit. Every helmet we tested offers fore and aft adjustment, with a cm range. Some of the adjustment devices are buried under the MIPS liner, making an adjustment even more difficult; this is the case with the Lazer Z We prefer an exposed adjuster, seen on models such as the Giro Synthe and the Bell Gage.
The non-fixed position of the rear strap allows for easy centering of the chinstrap buckle. The tensioning dial is not fully exposed but is large enough to allow for adjustment with gloves. Occupying the top slot alongside it is the Kask Infinity , employing the Octo Fit floating cradle and Micro Dial to deliver superior head shape melding and in-ride adjustment.
Helmet weight is important. Road cycling is a gram-conscious sport; both pro and amateur riders go to great lengths to decrease weight. Bike technology has progressed, and every professional cyclist is already on a bike that meets the UCI minimum weight limit, so further decreases in grams can only be found in items worn by the rider, like shoes and helmets. Every extra gram slows you down on climbs, and a heavy helmet can also cause neck fatigue on a long ride.
While weight can impact comfort, all of the helmets we tested are relatively light. Interestingly, many of the more expensive helmet models we tested, such as the Lazer Z-1 and the Kask Infinity , are heavier than their more affordable counterparts, like the Giro Savant.
Several factors account for this. First, many of the higher end helmets such as the Kask Protone have more polycarbonate shell covering the EPS foam. This marginally increases weight but increases durability. Second, many of the higher priced helmets we tested include a MIPS liner for protection. The MIPS liner increases the weight by g. We feel that the modest increase in weight for a MIPS liner is outweighed by the potential safety increase.
Intended use and design can also impact helmet weight. Aero helmets like the Kask Infinity are disadvantaged because they have fewer vents with more EPS and polycarbonate material, increasing weight. The highest scoring and lightest weight helmet we tested is the Giro Aeon. At g, the Aeon is 44g lighter than the Giro Synthe. Other high scoring products include the affordable Giro Savant and, somewhat surprisingly, the aero Bontrager Ballista.
Neither of these helmets has a MIPS liner, which helps to decrease weight. The aesthetic appeal of a helmet is subjective because, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Comfortable, versatile, aerodynamic, ventilation. This is where we give helmets credit for features like rubber sunglass holders, storage bags, and, yes, our take on aesthetic appeal. Learn More.
For a helmet to protect you, it must stay on your head. Depending on the size and shape of your head, there is no one that is better for you than the other. All helmets sold in the USA are subjected to the same safety standards, but manufacturers design helmets to achieve objectives beyond the primary function of safety. We prefer an exposed adjuster, seen on models such as the Giro Synthe and the Bell Gage. If you are set on aero, you're going to have a hard time finding a road helmet with better aero performance, which is why it earns our Top Pick for Aero Road Bike Helmet.