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✅ TOP 5: Best Bike Helmet 2020


Bike helmets have moved a long way from the
polystyrene buckets that many of us grew up with. So specialized have they become that I have
a shelf by my door that is just for bike helmets. It’s a little embarrassing how many of them
I own, and I’m considering passing my collection off as a conceptual art piece next time my
mother comes to visit so I won’t have to explain why anyone needs half-a-dozen pieces of safety
headwear. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best bike helmets on the market, we have included links in the description for each
product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budget
range. Starting off with the best overall bike helmet
we have the POC Octal X Spin. Some people like shoes, some people like bags,
and some people like watches, but I like bike helmets. I will admit that it is a bit strange to have
half a dozen pieces of protective headwear hanging by more door, but I like to be sure
I always have the right tool for the job, and I figure there are worse ways to spend
your money than protecting your brain. What’s even weirder is that I tend to pull
down the same helmet every day. Whether I am riding a hundred miles on the
road or five miles to the shops, the OCTAL X SPIN is the helmet I pick for 90% of my
riding, and that’s why it earned the title of best bike helmet overall. POC is relatively new to the cycling game,
but its focus on safety and a distinctly Scandinavian aesthetic has won the brand a loyal following. The POC brand has become associated with placing
rider safety above aesthetic or aerodynamic concerns, but its recent models have proved
popular with the racing crowd thanks to their support of the Cannondale pro cycling team. POC tends to favor bright colors to make riders
more visible in traffic, and this has the added benefit of making their athletes stand
out from the crowd and giving the brand a strong image. To make the Octal X SPIN, POC took its popular
road cycling helmet — the Octal, and gave it a few tweaks to make it equally suitable
for trail use. Along with a shell that fully covers the lining
— a common feature of off-road helmets — POC added SPIN technology. SPIN, which stands for Shearing Pads Inside,
is designed to protect against oblique impacts — something that many standard helmets don’t
do so well. While CPSC regulations don’t require protection
against these impacts, POC offers SPIN technology to people who want protection above and beyond
the legal minimum. The main function of a helmet is protecting
your brain, so POC made this its main selling point for the Octal X SPIN. Safety might be a good reason to pick the
Octal X SPIN, but you won’t be let down in terms of performance either. Reviewers love the comfy straps and 21 vents,
which make the helmet disappear in use. One biker said the new helmet “seems to move
air a little better” than the previous model. The easy-to-use and highly adjustable retention
system also garnered praise from experts. They appreciated the light weight of the helmet,
which makes it equally appropriate for road or mountain use. Lastly, the quick adjustment saw one reviewer
taking the Octal from box to bike ride in two minutes. When I first put on the Octal X SPIN, I noted
how much more of the back and sides of my head were covered compared to a conventional
road helmet. This makes the Octal a safer choice, especially
for riding off-road where low-speed falls and hits to different parts of the head are
likely. Despite its larger size, the Octal didn’t
feel heavy in use, and the scales confirm that it weighs in at a very competitive 267
grams for medium. The larger footprint didn’t seem to impact
ventilation, either, even on slow climbs, the helmet provided ample airflow. On evening commutes, I felt reassured by the
high visibility orange shell, and found the “Eye Garage” useful for holding my sunglasses
without them slipping out. Next up we have the best budget bike helmet
which goes to the Bern FL1 Trail. Two-hundred-and-fifty bucks can seem like
a lot to spend on something that is designed to break. While it is true that you only get one brain,
and it is worth protecting, starting cycling can be expensive enough as it is. Luckily, all helmets approved for use in the
US have to pass the same tests, meaning that while cheaper helmets might weigh more or
offer less venting, they’ll protect you just as much as their higher-end brethren. With the FL1 Trail, the compromises are pretty
minimal. Bern uses the same in-mold 18 vent construction
as its top of the line helmets, but save money by using a non-brand-name adjustment dial
on the rear closure mechanism. The helmet offers a visor, to protect from
rain, sun, and trailside vegetation. It doesn’t feel that much different in use
to more expensive helmets thanks to its light weight of just 271 grams and plenty of venting. Bicycling magazine loved the F1 trail with
its four-level height adjustment for fit and snug-fitting chin strap and color options
to suit every rider. The helmet did seem to sit rather high on
the head of reviewers at Bike Rumor, which might be a concern for low-speed impacts. The helmet does not offer MIPS (Multi-Directional
Impact Protection System), either, but BERN offers an FL1 model with MIPS for $30 more. Some reviewers found the sizing ran a little
small, but Amazon users note that Bern has great customer service if size is an issue. Up next we have the best high-end bike helmet
which goes to Giro’s Aether. Giro has long been a name associated with
the highest level of performance in bike racing. Its helmets have won bike races in just about
every category, and the brand has innovated not only in performance but also safety. Two of the biggest trends in cycle helmets
recently have been aerodynamics and multiple impact protection (MIPS). Both have been driven by Giro but, until recently,
both required compromises resulting in racers often owning several helmets. Aerodynamic helmets, such as Giro’s first
generation air attack, were fast on the flat but tended to be heavy and poorly vented and
thus a poor choice for hilly days. Giro Pioneered Multiple Impact Protection
Systems in bicycle helmets in 2015, but in its previous generation of MIPS helmets, sometimes
sizing was a little off and the MIPS liner tended to squeak annoyingly and catch on sunglasses
or long hair. The Aether is a no-compromises racing helmet. Instead of placing the MIPS layer by the riders’
head, Giro has sandwiched in between EPS foam layers, resulting in a more comfortable and
aerodynamic helmet. Eleven huge vents make the helmet virtually
disappear on climbs. Expert reviewers said that the Aether was
“among the coolest and best ventilated helmets, at high and low speed, we have ever ridden.” Of course, the big benefit of the Aether is
one that nobody wants to test. Impact protection with the MIPS spherical
system is better than ever before, and now the helmet’s fit and ventilation are uncompromised
meaning that, should the worst happen you’ll always be the best protected. Gone is the yellow MIPS liner of previous
models. Instead, the new Spherical MIPS system is
built into the helmet and provides more impact protection and less inconvenience. The adjustable Roc-Loc 5 fit system means
that the helmet will retain the fit, which one expert described as “exceptionally comfortable,
for all shapes and sizes of head. Giro also claims that the helmet is slightly
more aerodynamic than its current Synthe model, and weight is about the same. One biker did note that this integration of
the MIPS system meant they had to size up from a medium to a large, and this has been
my own experience as well. Giro provide a handy sizing guide that should
help you pick the right helmet size for your head. And for our last pick we have the best portable
bike helmet which goes to The Stack. Bikeshare bikes are everywhere — more than
one million miles have been ridden on them in NYC already and many other large urban
areas are following suit. Most people who ride bikeshare bikes do so
without helmets, and it can be hard to carry around a full sized helmet on the off chance
that you decide to pick up a bikeshare bike to ride to lunch. This is where the Stack comes in. It’s as safe and comfortable as a regular
helmet, but when collapsed it takes up just half the space in your bag. If you use bikeshare bikes regularly or as
part of your commute, the Stack will quickly become something you never leave home without. When in use, the Stack acts like any other
bike helmet, complete with ventilation and an adjustable elastic fit strap. Just like every other helmet here, it has
to pass a set of stringent tests that determine its ability to prevent brain injury in the
event of a crash or fall. The Stack locks in its expanded position dependably,
it never collapsed on us during testing which was a worry we had before we got out hands
on one. The hidden air vents and elastic strap make
for a comfortable fit, and the helmet comes in two sizes and four colors, so there should
be something for everyone. The really great thing about the Stack is
how it behaves when not in use. Instead of requiring a special tie down on
the outside of your backpack or hanging awkwardly off your messenger bag all day, the stack
collapses into itself and can be stashed in a bag, drawer or desk. One expert tester loved that the Stack, which
packs down to the size of a takeout container, allowed her to store it inside her bag rather
than having it swinging on the outside at social engagements. Travel blogger ThePointsGuy found the packability
of the helmet so useful that he suggested it as a gift for citybreaks. It can be packed in a carry-on bag and used
to safely explore a new city. At only 330 grams, the Stack isn’t heavy,
and it’s small enough to fit in almost messenger bag or backpack. If you use bikeshare systems or electric scooters
on a regular basis or intend to borrow a bike while you travel, this is a fantastic alternative
to riding helmetless and, at less than $80, a cheap way to stay safe as you make your
way around town. So that sums up our top bike helmets of 2019. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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