This article has now been updated elsewhere – read our complete guide to the best road cycling helmets.
We’ve tested a wide range of road cycling helmets over the last year. This is our pick of the best.
Best helmets for road cycling
£79.99 / US$80 / AU$N/A
The Bell Array offers a secure fit, with minimal, but comfortable padding. Its ventilation is up there with some of the best lids on the market too.
£120 / US$ 199.99 / AU$299
The Mojito belies its weight and price with impressive comfort and performance. There’s just enough padding in the right places and the superb shape suits a wide range of heads.
£200 / US$250 / AU$TBA
The Synthe's aesthetics won't suit everyone, but it's aero, airy, light, and comfy. If you're after a new road lid, we'd urge you to give this a look.
£199.99 / US$270 / AU$299
The Z1 is a fantastic helmet that builds on the already popular Genesis and Helium models from Lazer. Although the Z1’s overall aesthetics did not spark everyone's fancy, the breezy ventilation and updated Advance Rollsys retention system did.
£165 / US$299.95 / AU$299
Kask's Vertigo helmet is instantly comfortable. Its well cushioned triple density pads are heavily perforated and fit is spot on. Its weight is very respectable, considering the extra shell covering, extensive rear cradle and overall toughness of the helmet.
Specialized S-Works Prevail
£160 / US$225 / AU$299.95
The Prevail seems to have been around forever – and this latest iteration of the classic helmet delivers on pretty much all fronts: its styling, comfort and ventilation are all superb.
The following helmets all scored four stars in recent tests by BikeRadar and Cycling Plus.
- Rudy Project Windmax (£159.99 / US$299.99 / AU$215)
- Bontrager Velocis (£159 / US$249 / AU$249)
- Cratoni C-Blaze RD (£49.99 / US$N/A / AU$N/A)
- Spiuk Dharma (£119.95 / US$£119.95 / AU$N/A)
- Met Inferno UL (£99.99 / US$169.99 / AU$189.99)
- Catlike Vacuum (£79.99 / US$139.95 / AU$249.95)
- Giro Saros (£99.99 / US$169.99 / AU$N/A)