Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding

The top trail lids available

A good bike helmet is one of the most important accessories for mountain biking – unless you're a particularly cautious rider, mountain biking will involve falling off at some point, so it makes sense to protect your head.

With that in mind, we've rounded up the best mountain bike helmets for general trail riding.

Five of the best mountain bike trail helmets

The following helmets have all scored 4.5 stars out of five in tests by Mountain Biking UKWhat Mountain Bike and BikeRadar.

Scott Stego

£119.99 / US$160

Scott's Stego falls firmly in the enduro side of the trail family of helmets. It has a dropped rear that offers plenty of skull protection as well as the innovative Mips brain protection system that's designed to dissipate rotational forces during crashes more effectively.

Click here to read our full review of the Scott Stego

Bluegrass Golden Eye

£99.99 / US$N/A

Despite giving plenty of coverage, the Golden Eye offers plenty of ventilation too, making it one of the coolest helmets we've tried recently. It also has a sizable visor that has a decent range of adjustment.

Click here to read our full review of the Bluegrass Golden Eye

Giro Xar

£114.99 / US$130

The Xar is the updated replacement for the much-loved Xen. The sum of its parts really does add up to one multifunctioning whole.

Click here to read our full review of the Giro Xar.

Fox Flux

£70 / US$99.95

Fox isn't a specialist helmet manufacturer, but it's done a fantastic job with the Flux.

Click here to read our full review of the Fox Flux.

Scott Lin MIPS 

£80 / US$128

The Lin is a fantastic helmet made even better by the inclusion of the unobtrusive MIPS liner, an ultra-low friction, lightweight liner that allows the helmet to independently rotate under impact. All-day comfort is right up there with the best of them and the Lin weighs just 278g.

Click here to read out full review of the Scott Lin

Also consider…

These helmets all scored four out of five in tests by Mountain Biking UKWhat Mountain Bike and BikeRadar.

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