Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of transporting your lid, accidental drops and scrapes, along with general wear and tear can take their toll. It makes sense to invest and replace your helmet every now and again to make sure your noggin stays safe.
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For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we've pulled together the five best cheap cycling helmet deals from some of our top-rated helmets.
From the comfortable and versatile Giro Cinder, to the budget but well-styled Giro Foray, the competitively light Lazer Tonic, and the ultimate in safety POC Octal, to possibly one of our favourite helmets ever, the Bell Zephyr. There's sure to be something to suit your needs and budget.
Giro Cinder MIPS —
The Giro Cinder is essentially the little brother to the top of the range Synthe. Featuring many of the same styling cues, Ben Delaney actually preferred this model for many of his rides. It's just on the hottest or most strenuous of rides that it can feel a little warm.
However, with the discount here the Cinder is almost a quarter of the price of the Synthe and even features MIPS's impact protection system. Pick up a bargain now!
Giro Foray MIPS helmet —
The Foray is Giro's more affordable helmet and is a firm favourite at BikeRadar. It still takes styling cues from its bigger siblings in the range, but is a little heavier overall. For an absolute bargain, pick-up the non-MIPS version for £36
For the claimed additional protection of a MIPS helmet, Tredz also has a decent discount on the MIPS version of the Foray
Lazer Tonic helmet —
For another budget option that we scored very highly, consider the Lazer Tonic, a helmet that weighs as little as competitors costing twice as much.
We feel this helmet punches well above its (metaphorical) weight, and it almost makes the consideration for more expensive helmets superfluous.
POC Octal helmet —
POC is well known for its focus on creating the ultimate in safety gear. The Octal has been a little polarising in its looks but there's no doubting that this is a high performance helmet.
Weighing in at a feathery sub-200g and seemingly consisting of more vents than helmet, you're unlikely to overheat, but it still provides excellent coverage for your head and great protection if the worst happens.
Bell Zephyr MIPS helmet —
The Bell Zephyr MIPS is one of our top performing helmets ever.
The MIPS system has been integrated so it has no negative impact on the ventilation of the helmet and the design is focussed on comfort and safety. This is undoubtedly a high-end item, but Warren Rossiter said of the helmet: "one of the finest road lids I've ever tried."