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Best road bike helmets 2022 | 37 of our favourite road helmets from entry-level to high-end

Top choices rated from MET, Specialized, Giro, Kask, Lazer and many more

Bell Avenue MIPS

Here’s our selection of the best road cycling helmets currently available for 2021. We’ve made sure to include choices for a wide range of budgets, from entry-level helmets right the way through to top-end options for racers.


For most, fit, ventilation and comfort matter over all else. All of the helmets listed here are tested to stringent safety standards, and ensuring that a helmet fits well will also ensure it can do its job of keeping you safe in the event of a crash.

Many helmets are now designed with aerodynamic qualities in mind, too, which has an effect on shape, size and overall looks.

While some dedicated aero helmets are included here, you can also check out our list of the best aero helmets on the market.

If you’re looking for off-road helmets ,you can also check out our selection of the best mountain bike helmets.

Once you’ve finished exploring all of the options, keep reading to the end to check out our buyer’s guide to road helmets.

Best road bike helmets in 2022, as rated and reviewed by the BikeRadar team 

  • Bell Avenue MIPS: $120 / £65
  • Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi: £250 / $275 / €320
  • Bell Zephyr MIPS: £200 / $230 / AU$369
  • Bontrager Starvos WaveCel: £100 / $100 / €110
  • Bontrager Velocis MIPS: £150 / $210/ €199 / AU$250
  • Bontrage XXX WaveCel Road: £200 / $300 / €250
  • Endura Pro SL: £150 / €200
  • Giro Foray MIPS: £80 / $85 / €100 / AU$99
  • Kask Protone: £225 / $199 / AU$269 / €255
  • Lazer Blade: £70 / $100 / €68
  • Mavic Comete Ultimate MIPS: £245 / €270 / $297
  • MET Idolo: £50 / €60 
  • MET Rivale HES: £110 / $99 / €130 / AU$199.95
  • MET Trenta 3K Carbon: £265 / €300
  • Oakley ARO5: £199 / $250 / €250
  • Rudy Project Spectrum: £170 / €179
  • Scott Cadence Plus: £170 / $240 / €250 / AU$340
  • Scott Centric Plus: £150 / $200 / €200 / AU$300
  • Specialized Propero 3 ANGi: £110 / $140 / €140
  • Sweet Protection Falconer MIPS: £210 / $230 / €230
  • Van Rysel RoadR 500: £30 / $40 / €35 
  • Abus GameChanger: £180 / $245 / €220 / AU$340
  • Abus AirBreaker: £229 / €250
  • Abus StormChaser: £130
  • Bell Stratus MIPS: £135 / $170
  • Coros Safesound Road: £93 / $100 
  • Endura Xtract II: £60 / €75
  • Giro Vanquish MIPS: £230 / $275 / €250 / AU$430
  • HJC Valeco: £125 / €149
  • Kali Therapy: £90 / $100
  • Kask Valegro: £170 / $250 / AU$299 (Gloss colours), AU$309 (Matt colours)
  • Lazer Century: £130 / €160 / $160
  • Lazer Genesis: £180
  • MET Allroad: £70 / €80
  • MET Manta MIPS: £220 / AU$388 / €250
  • MET Rivale MIPS: £140 / €150
  • POC Omne Air SPIN: £140 / $150 / €160

Bell Avenue MIPS

5.0 out of 5 star rating
The Bell Avenue MIPS helmet offers truly outstanding value.
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  • $120 / £65 as tested
  • Outstanding value
  • MIPS tech and user-friendly features

There was a time when MIPS technology held a significant premium and was used almost exclusively in the most expensive of helmets. Those times are very much in the past, with Bell’s Avenue MIPS being a perfect example.

Its retention system is easy to adjust and very effective, while the polycarbonate shell features 18 vents to keep things nice and cool, as well as reflective highlights to boost visibility.

Its 310g weight is going to be heavier than quite a few helmets at this price, but we think it’s a sound trade-off when you consider just how well this lid performs for its price tag.

Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi

5.0 out of 5 star rating
The Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi is a cutting-edge helmet in every sense.
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  • £250 / $275 / €320 as tested
  • Cutting-edge safety features
  • Excellent ventilation, weight and claimed aero performance

We found the S-Works Evade to be supremely comfortable and well ventilated, and it’s claimed to also be very aerodynamic – one of our tests backs this up too.

Adding additional safety features such as MIPS and ANGi to the already stellar S-Works Evade II, makes this easily one of the best helmets on the market.

It’s not cheap, but the subscription charge for the ANGi technology has been scrapped and it feels like a real step forward for helmet technology.

Bell Zephyr MIPS / Z20 MIPS

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Bell’s Zephyr MIPS is a great option for those who specifically want MIPS tech.
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  • £200 / $230 / AU$369 as tested
  • Brilliant adjustability and airflow
  • MIPS protection

For riders who want more comfort than that offered by Bell’s aero-optimised Star, there’s the Zephyr (or the Z20 MIPS as it’s known in the US). It’s a great choice, providing you can stomach the cost.

Being designed in collaboration with safety pioneers MIPS, the Zephyr’s wind tunnel-optimised shell uses the MIPS liner in a way that doesn’t compromise the lid’s cooling.

Bontrager Starvos WaveCel

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Bontrager’s Starvos WaveCel features its collapsible cellular construction technology.
  • £100 / $100 / €110 as tested
  • WaveCel construction
  • XL helmet available for heads up to 66cm

The Starvos brings Bontrager’s WaveCel collapsible cellular construction technology, which is claimed to be more effective at impact absorption than EPS, to a new low price. It’s very airy, adding extra comfort to rides in hot weather.

The build leads to a helmet weight of 375g for a size large, although we didn’t notice the extra weight in testing.

With WaveCel having a bit more give than the usual EPS foam helmet material, the Starvos WaveCel is comfortable. There’s good adjustability and an extra-large option to fit heads from 60cm to 66cm, too.

Bontrager Velocis MIPS

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Velocis was recently updated.
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  • £150 / $210/ €199 / AU$250 as tested
  • Good ventilation and claimed aero performance
  • Comfortable and easy to use Boa-dial adjuster

The Velocis was redesigned recently and the formerly traditional-looking helmet now sits firmly in the aero lid category.

The helmet is very comfortable and despite its aero-leanings, is still very well ventilated.

There are a handful of niggles that prevent the helmet from being a full five-star performer, but it’s safe to say that the Velocis is very unlikely to disappoint.

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Bontrager XXX WaveCel Road

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Bontrager XXX WaveCel is a well-finished, high-quality, high-tech aero helmet.
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  • £200 / $300 / €250 as tested
  • Claimed aero and safety credentials
  • Well finished and comfortable

Bontrager launched its WaveCel technology with a blaze of bold claims about potential improvements to safety, but whatever the real-world implications, this is an impressive helmet package for road use.

At 355g, it’s not the lightest helmet on the market, but we didn’t really notice that in use, and we love how well finished the helmet is.

It’s also wonderfully comfortable and Bontrager claims it’s very aerodynamic.

Endura Pro SL

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Endura Pro SL helmet is a high-quality lid.
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  • £150 / €200 as tested
  • Great quality and comfort
  • Warm in very hot weather

The Endura Pro SL helmet uses Koryod impact-protection technology, which is said to help protect your brain from direct and angled impacts. The protection comes in the form of honeycomb-like tubes inside the helmet, and plush padding ensures these don’t lead to an uncomfortable fit.

In fact, the Pro SL is very comfortable to wear. It has a cradle with vertical adjustment and a ratchet that lets you dial fit.

The exterior of the helmet has a hard exterior shell, which meant after months of testing the helmet still looked new.

One thing to bear in mind is we found the helmet was warm in hot weather.

Giro Foray MIPS

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Giro’s Foray MIPS helmet has great looks, a drag-friendly shape and MIPS.
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  • £80 / $85 / €100 / AU$99 as tested
  • Great looks, a drag-friendly shape and MIPS
  • Good fit and adjustability

The Giro Foray MIPS pays more than a nod to Giro’s range-topping Synthe aero helmet, with a smooth, rounded compact shell and truncated rear to maintain efficiency in all head positions.

The in-mould construction means that the polycarbonate outer shell is fused to the EPS core for strength, but it doesn’t extend to the underside.

Its MIPS system adds to the cost, but with that you are also getting great reassurance and, along with the super-adjustable Roc Loc 5 cradle, an excellent fit.

Four internal pads keep things comfortable and five pronounced internal channels ventilate the majority of the head very well at all speeds, making this model an attractive, safe and great-value choice.

Kask Protone

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Kask Protone helmet delivers formidable comfort, performance and looks – but at a price.
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  • £225 / $199 / AU$269 / €255 as tested
  • Superb ventilation and aero performance, delivered by CFD design and wind tunnel testing
  • Octo Fit retention system offers huge adjustment range

The Protone is claimed to be designed to maintain aerodynamics and airflow in any common riding position, and however you move your head, it remains consistently quiet.

Its skull-hugging compact profile is the result of extensive wind tunnel testing and it’s certainly less bulky than some.

Ventilation is superb thanks to eight forward-looking vents and six large exit ports, and the Octo Fit retention system offers a huge adjustment range to keep everything secure and comfy.

Lazer Blade

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Blade can often be found with a healthy discount, so shop around.
Immediate Media
  • £70 / $100 / €68 as tested
  • Value-packed helmet
  • ARS adjuster works well

The Lazer Blade is a value-packed lightweight helmet that is available in a range of colours.

Like many of Lazer’s helmets – including its range-topping Z1 – the Blade uses its ARS adjuster, which sees the adjuster barrel fitted to the top of the helmet. This is said to make it easier to perform adjustments one-handed.

The helmet can often be found with generous discounts, so it’s worth shopping around for the best deal.

Mavic Comete Ultimate MIPS

4.5 out of 5 star rating
There are 15 generous vents, all cut into the smoothly domed shell.
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  • £245 / €270 / $297 as tested
  • Sharp style
  • Good safety credentials

With an RRP of £245 / €270 / $297 it’s certainly not cheap, but Mavic does pack a lot of tech into its Comete Ultimate MIPS helmet to try and justify that price. As well as a MIPS liner, it has a carbon fibre reinforced structure made from EPS-4D foam that’s said to be more effective at absorbing impacts than standard EPS foam.

Ventilation is good and the polycarbonate shell and angular vents give the helmet a very sharp appearance. As you’d expect of any top-end lid, Mavic claims the helmet is aerodynamically efficient too.

MET Idolo

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Idolo is MET’s entry-level road lid.
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  • £50 / €60 as tested
  • Lightweight for the money
  • Built-in LED rear light

MET’s Idolo is its entry-level road helmet, but it borrows many features from its higher-end siblings, notably its Safe-T-E-mid horizontal fit system, which works very well.

That its looks rival some high-end lids is just a bonus.

MET Rivale HES

4.5 out of 5 star rating
MET’s Rivale HES.
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  • £110 / $99 / €130 / AU$199.95 as tested
  • Impressive cooling for an aero helmet
  • Great range of adjustment

MET’s Rivale tips the scales at just 257g (for a large) and is said to save 3 watts at 50kph, equating to a claimed second’s advantage over comparable vented helmets at the same pace.

As well as that, it complies with CE and the tougher Australian AS and American USPC standards.

The Rivale’s shape is more rounded than most aero helmets. The internal padding is minimal yet well placed and the micro-adjust dial offers plenty of tensioning to keep it securely on your head.

We especially loved the 4cm vertical adjustment in the retaining cradle, which enables you to position the helmet in just the right spot.

MET Trenta 3K Carbon

4.5 out of 5 star rating
MET’s Trenta 3K Carbon is one of our favourite road helmets.
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  • £265 / €300 as tested
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Great fit and adjustability

The Trenta (that’s 30 in Italian) was created to celebrate 30 years of Italian brand MET.

With no fewer than 19 vents, the Trenta’s shell is somewhere between that of an aero lid and a traditional vented helmet. Not only does it look great, but its excellent fit and slim profile quickly won us over.

It’s light too, we weighed our pre-production sample at 228g for a size medium.

The Trenta is also compatible with MET’s clever clip-on light, which pumps out plenty of lumens where they matter, yet doesn’t interrupt the helmet’s function or adjustments.

Oakley ARO5

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Oakley is a relative newcomer to the helmet market.
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  • £199 / $250 / €250 as tested
  • Very comfortable and light, with good ventilation at speed
  • Narrow profile that looks great

Oakley only got into the cycling helmet market relatively recently, but its ARO5 aero lid did not disappoint.

The relatively minimalist helmet uses four large front vents to scoop in air, with two smaller vents at the back to exhaust excess heat.

The Boa-dial retention system – which adjusts a soft cord that runs around the circumference of the helmet – is also fairly nifty and we found it to work very well.

Rudy Project Spectrum

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Our large example, for 59 to 63cm heads, with standard pads fitted, weighed 293g.
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  • £170 / €179 as tested
  • High-quality construction with distinctive looks
  • Aero claims and good ventilation

As seen on the heads of Team Bahrain McLaren riders such as Mark Cavendish and Mikel Landa, Rudy Project’s Spectrum helmet combines good looks and ventilation with claims of good aerodynamic efficiency.

While we so far haven’t been able to test the aero claims, our tester found a lot to like elsewhere: comfortable and well ventilated, and an especially good fit on larger heads (the size large fits up to a 63cm head circumference).

Scott Cadence Plus

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Scott’s Cadence Plus is a fast, airy and comfy aero road helmet.
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  • £170 / $240 / €250 / AU$340 as tested
  • Fast and airy, with good claimed aero performance
  • MIPS protection and vent bungs are included for winter riding

The Cadence Plus is Scott’s aero road helmet solution. Its polycarbonate shell completely covers the vulnerable EPS core, apart from inside the vents, and its smooth, elongated shape and mostly enclosed shell look purposeful.

The occipital cradle of Scott’s Halo Fit System has three heights, and circumference adjustment is via a rotary dial. A clever separator keeps the straps far apart so they don’t clash with your ears, all helping to make the Cadence Plus one of the best-fitting and most secure helmets we’ve tried recently.

The price for a top-flight MIPS-equipped helmet is also good.

Scott Centric Plus

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Scott Centric combines many favourable qualities to create a great all-round lid.
Immediate Media
  • £150 / $200 / €200 / AU$300 as tested
  • Airy yet aero, with orthodox looks
  • Comfortable fit

The Scott Centric Plus does the seemingly impossible, combining aero qualities with excellent ventilation to create a great do-it-all lid in a relatively standard-looking package.

The build quality of the helmet is excellent and, while not exactly cheap at £150 / $200 / €200 / AU$300, in the wider context of the aero lid market it presents reasonable value for money.

Specialized Propero 3 ANGi

4.5 out of 5 star rating
The Specialized Propero 3 ANGi very narrowly missed out on full marks in our testing.
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  • £110 / $140 / €140 as tested
  • ANGi Sensor safety tech
  • Sharp looks

The Propero 3 ANGi blends impressive features, ride performance and sharp looks inspired by Specialized’s top-end Prevail lid.

We rated the fit, as well as the helmet’s ability to keep our heads cool, and the 4X DryLite webbing inside that won’t stretch out with sweat or water is another bonus.

MIPS technology boosts safety, alongside Specialized’s own ANGi angular and g-force indicator, which connects to your smartphone and automatically calls an emergency contact should it detect you are in an accident. As a bonus, the ANGi system requires no paid subscription.

Read our full review of the Specialized Propero 3 ANGi 

Sweet Protection Falconer MIPS

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Sweet Protection is better known for its mountain bike kit.
Immediate Media
  • £210 / $230 / €230 as tested
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great fit adjustments and ventilation

Sweet Protection is better known for its mountain bike protection, but its Falconer road helmet absolutely deserves a place on this list.

The build quality of the helmet is superb, the fit adjustments feel great and the MIPS liner – which is cut to spec for the helmet – doesn’t impede airflow in any way, making for a very airy-feeling helmet.

Van Rysel RoadR 500

4.5 out of 5 star rating
If you’re just starting out on the bike and don’t want to break the bank, it’s a great choice.
Immediate Media
  • £30 / $40 / €35 as tested
  • Great looks for a budget helmet
  • Good ventilation from its 14 vents

Looking more expensive than its price tag, the Van Rysel RoadR 500 helmet from Decathlon is comfortable with a racy outline and 14 large vents that do a good job of cooling. The dial adjuster feels a bit cruder than higher-priced helmets, though.

The RoadR comes in two sizes and three colour options. It’s not quite as compact as the Van Rysel Aerofit 900, although that helmet will cost you £10 more.

Abus GameChanger

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The GameChanger has a very slim profile.
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  • £180 / $245 / €220 / AU$340 as tested
  • Claimed excellent aero performance
  • Dedicated sunglasses port and lots of colour options

Abus’s GameChanger is a distinct-looking helmet, and one that impressed the BikeRadar test team.

The firmly aero-centric lid has a slim wind-cheating profile that Abus claims is among the best-performing on the market.

The ventilation isn’t as good as some other aero helmets, but the fit and build quality just about make up for this, resulting in a solid four-star performer.

Abus AirBreaker

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The Abus AirBreaker is a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet developed in collaboration with the Movistar team.
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  • £229 / €250 as tested
  • Well ventilated and lightweight
  • High-quality construction and finish

Based on a similar overall shape to the aero-focused Abus GameChanger, the AirBreaker focuses more on ventilation and cooling, which it does impressively.

Made in Italy, and designed in collaboration with the Movistar professional team, it’s of high-quality construction and is very light at just 229g for a size large.

Abus claims its small overall profile, along with design cues taken from the GameChanger, also confers some aero benefits.

Abus StormChaser

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The StormChaser is ABUS’s latest addition to its helmet roster.
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  • £130 as tested
  • Very light, comfortable and well ventilated
  • Not available with MIPS

The size large StormChaser helmet, the third in Abus’s road line-up after the GameChanger and AirBreaker, is impressively light at 238g. That’s around 80g less than the major competition at its price, thanks to less material in the lower-volume shell, which also gives a more compact outline.

There’s deep channelling for good ventilation and soft straps, making for plenty of comfort when riding, although the fixed strap anchor points limit adjustability.

Large reflectives at the rear increase visibility and the internal skeleton helps maintain the integrity of the helmet in an accident. Unlike many helmets, there’s not a MIPS option, though.

Bell Stratus MIPS

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Bell’s Stratus looks great and fits superbly.
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  • £135 / $170 as tested
  • Excellent fit and performance
  • MIPS liner

At 317g for a size large, the Stratus is not the lightest helmet on the market, but that’s not noticeable when wearing it. Ventilation is fantastic too, making this a great helmet for those who live in hot climes, or who regularly find themselves overheating on the climbs.

It’s great to see a MIPS liner at this price point and it doesn’t hurt that it looks very smart as well. Plus, if lime green isn’t your favourite colour, there are eight alternative choices, so you should be able to find something that suits.

Coros Safesound Road

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The Safesound is the best iteration of Coros’s helmet range yet.
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  • £93 / $100 as tested
  • Built-in Bluetooth speakers and rear light
  • Incident detection 

Corus builds Bluetooth connectivity into the Safesound, enabling you to listen to music without blocking out sounds from around you. You can change playback volume, answer calls and turn the in-built rear blinkie on and off with the included bar-mounted remote or via the Coros app.  

In addition, there’s in-built incident detection, which will alert your emergency contacts via the app.

It’s a comfortable helmet in its own right, with good ventilation. At just over 300g for a large helmet, the Safesound Road isn’t overly heavy either.

Endura Xtract II

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Endura’s Xtract II is its entry-level road helmet.
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  • £60 / €75 as tested
  • Great airflow and a quality feel
  • No MIPS option   

It may be Endura’s entry-level road helmet, but the Xtract II is light at 270g for a large, looks good and is well finished.  

You get five large forward-facing vents, another eight at the rear and deep channelling to encourage airflow between them. Quality features such as a shell that fully wraps the EPS core and thick, hard-wearing straps make for a helmet that belies its budget price. 

Giro Vanquish MIPS

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The integrated visor on the Vanquish is… divisive.
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  • £230 / $275 / €250 / AU$430 as tested
  • Comfortable, well ventilated and excellent claimed aerodynamics
  • Great build quality

Giro’s Vanquish MIPS is a unique-looking aero road helmet that features a built-in visor, which takes the place of your sunglasses.

The visor is undoubtedly divisive, but if you’re to believe Giro, the integration of this into the helmet makes for a super-aero package.

The build quality of the helmet is excellent and we found the fit to be good as well.

HJC Valeco

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The HJC Valeco helmet is a light and slender-shaped helmet with a top-grade finish.
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  • £125 / €149 as tested
  • Well made, good looking and lightweight
  • Unvented section at the rear can get a bit warm 

HJC brings its aero expertise, honed from 50 years of making motorcycle helmets, to cyclists. All its helmets are wind tunnel tested and the Valeco is well finished, good looking and reasonably light for an aero design at 272g (size large), although it comes without MIPS. 

The Valeco uses multiple densities of EPS foam, positioned for extra protection in high-stress areas and lower weight in less critical zones. You get seven forward-facing vents and another seven at the rear, but despite this, the solid rear end means that the helmet can become a bit sweaty around the nape of the neck. 

Kali Therapy

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Kali’s Therapy helmet has its own take on MIPS.
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  • £90 / $100 as tested
  • Good fit and performance
  • Added safety features

Kali’s Therapy helmet offers good fit and performance for the price, as well as Kali’s own take on a MIPS-style safety liner. Like MIPS, Kali claims this system can reduce rotational impact forces, which is claimed to lower the risk of brain injuries in the event of a crash.

All of this is very impressive in a sub-£100 helmet, so you get a lot of value for money.

Kask Valegro

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The Kask Valegro has quickly become the helmet of choice for Team Ineos riders on hot days.
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  • £170 / $250 / AU$299 (gloss colours), AU$309 (matt colours) as tested
  • Lightweight and well ventilated
  • Great adjustability

Developed in cooperation with Team Sky (now Team Ineos Grenadiers), the Kask Valegro is supremely light (201g in a size medium) and airy, while at the same time very comfortable.

Despite the focus on cutting weight, the Valegro has an artificial leather chinstrap, and the polycarbonate shell still wraps right around under the base of the helmet to protect the foam core from knocks. The Octo Fit adjustment system is also very good.

It’s no surprise this helmet has become so popular with Team Ineos riders on long, hot days.

Lazer Century

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The Lazer Century is a versatile road helmet with a clever system for adjusting the ventilation and aerodynamics.
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  • £130 / €160 / $160 as tested
  • Versatile and comfortable
  • Integrated light

Using the same Advanced Turnfit fit system as some of its more premium siblings, the Lazer Century is a comfortable, versatile helmet for anything from general road riding to racing.

The ace up its sleeve is the removable Twistcap cover. It attaches via magnets and can be mounted in two different orientations (or not at all) to adjust the aerodynamics/ventilation of the helmet.

It also has a rechargeable LED light integrated in to the rear of the helmet, for adding visibility in low light.

Lazer Genesis

4.0 out of 5 star rating
With 22 vents, the Lazer Genesis is highly ventilated.
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  • £180 as tested
  • Very light and good ventilation
  • Limited hardshell coverage

The Genesis is Lazer’s pro-level helmet and at 210g it is one of the lightest available too.

There are 22 vents that provide ample ventilation and five levels of vertical adjustment to help find the right fit.

Overall, the build quality is great but a lack of hardshell coverage at the back means you’ll have to be careful not to dent the exposed foam.

You can pair the Genesis with Lazer’s aeroshell, which, at the time of testing, cost an extra £19.99.

MET Allroad

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The MET Allroad is a helmet designed specifically for the needs of gravel riders.
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  • £70 / €80 as tested
  • Gravel-specific design
  • Integrated light and sun visor

The MET Allroad is designed for gravel riders, but if you like your road or commuting lid to have a bit of mountain bike style then don’t let the marketing get in your way.

The adjustable retention system also integrates a rear light and is compatible with ponytails.

The Allroad is very comfortable and breathes well, just like a quality road helmet, even with the extra protection it offers for off-road duties.


4.0 out of 5 star rating
MET’s Manta MIPS is said to save you four watts.
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  • £220 / AU$388 / €250 as tested
  • Lightweight and great fit
  • Not as ventilated as non-aero helmets

With the Manta, MET looked to turn the aero helmet on its head, keeping the weight low and ventilation high.

At 272.6g for a size large, it is indeed a light helmet considering its watt-saving design and it is relatively aerated too, but it still won’t keep your head as cool as many non-aero lids.

When it comes to safety, the helmet is fitted with MIPS.

The fit of the helmet is excellent and there’s a host of great details such as a magnetic Fidlock clasp.

The only downside to this helmet is the high price tag.


4.0 out of 5 star rating
The MET Rivale uses MIPS protection technology.
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  • £140 / €150 as tested
  • Light, airy and comfortable
  • Non-removable straps

Often, aerodynamic helmets mean less ventilation, but the MET Rivale MIPS hits a sweet spot between aero efficiency and head-cooling properties.

The Rivale is also comfortable to wear with soft internal pads and soft-touch straps.

Overall, the helmet has a high-quality feel with an exemplary finish and a hard exterior shell that protects the EPS foam.

MIPS protection provides a good level of protection.


4.0 out of 5 star rating
The Omne Air Spin is a great-looking lid.
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  • £140 / $150 / €160 as tested
  • Great fit and safety tech
  • Secure and easily adjustable

We found the POC Omne Air SPIN helmet to have a great fit and were impressed with its innovative safety features and effective ventilation.

POC’s SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) pads have a silicone gel-like membrane within them, designed to reduce rotational forces being transferred to the brain in the event of a crash.

The rotary dial retention system acts on a band encircling the head for great security and adjusts between four vertical positions. It’s a stylish looking lid too.

What to look for when buying a road bike helmet

Fit and retention systems

First and foremost, in the event of a crash, a helmet has to stay on your head to be effective. Just like shoes, helmets from different brands are all made to fit slightly differently, so it’s important to try before you buy.

Most helmets use a dial-based retention system (e.g. Giro’s Roc Loc 5 or Kask’s Octo Fit) to adjust the fit, but the vertical adjustment range (i.e. how high or low the rear adjustment supports sit on your head) will also vary between helmets, so again this is something to look out for.

Adjustable and comfortable straps are also incredibly important – you need to be able to wear them with a fairly snug fit against your chin for maximum effectiveness.


Most cycle helmets are made primarily from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. This skeleton is then covered, to varying degrees, in a hard polycarbonate shell (and sometimes a dash of carbon fibre) to add strength and protect the EPS foam from accidental bumps and scratches.

This basic design has been in place for decades now, but other manufacturing techniques and materials are beginning to filter through, such as 3D-printed Polyamide 11 or other proprietary polymer materials.

Naturally, manufacturers claim these designs offer benefits over traditional cycle helmets, but whether those benefits are realised in use remains to be seen.

Safety features

While we won’t comment on the overall efficacy of helmets in general, it’s worth noting that all helmets sold in the EU should conform to the EN 1078 European Standard (and therefore have a CE mark), or be CPSC-certified in the US.

Every helmet on this list does just that, if not more, and should at least offer your head some protection against bumps and scratches if you fall off your bike while out riding.

Recently, we’ve seen a substantial increase in additional safety technologies such as rotational liners (e.g. MIPS) and Bontrager’s proprietary WaveCel material. These innovations are claimed to offer increased protection from head and brain injuries by reducing rotational forces or simply by using materials that are better able to absorb certain shocks.

There is some independent safety testing of cycle helmets, but these things are obviously harder to test outside of the lab, where there are so many variables at play. On balance, these extra safety features are almost certainly worth having, but they tend to come on helmets with a higher price tag.


For fast road riding, especially in hot weather, ventilation is key. A well-designed system of vents and channels in the internal structure of a helmet can help to draw air over your head and dissipate heat.

As might be obvious, putting holes in a helmet to increase ventilation is likely to lead to reduced weight and, potentially, robustness. So, to make up for that, airy helmets often need more external reinforcement or are constructed with pricier materials, to ensure they still meet safety and durability standards.


The aero brush touches everything these days, increasing costs and making all your current kit feel outdated, but with helmets it probably does make sense. The potential watt savings to be made with aero helmets shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re concerned with riding fast.

There are compromises of course: increasing aerodynamic efficiency usually means closing off ventilation holes or putting up with funky-shaped lids that, frankly, have looks that sometimes border on the ridiculous. But then again, if your main concern is simply to ride faster, perhaps looks aren’t actually that important.

Other features

Only a few brands actively promote their helmets’ ability to hold your sunglasses in the front vents, but this feature can be a real bonus.

Obviously, helmet brands that also make sunglasses tend to do better in this regard, but make sure to take your sunglasses with you when you’re shopping for a new helmet so you can check the hold.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it is worth considering what kind of riding the helmets you like the look of are designed for.

Let’s say you like classic-looking helmets with lots of vent holes; if you live somewhere cold, maybe you’d be better off with a more aero-focused helmet with less ventilation and holes for water to seep through.


Likewise, the opposite could be true if you live somewhere hot; there’s no use having a helmet that’s super-fast in the wind tunnel if you don’t want to wear it because it makes your head boil.