What Are The Safest Mountain Bike Helmets
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What Are The Safest Mountain Bike Helmets?

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Mountain ride always has possible risks, especially when you cross narrow conners, steep slopes. So you have to make sure that you have the safest mountain bike helmet on your head. Moreover, a high-quality helmet not only protects your head from accidents and falls but also keeps you looking cool and professional during the trail.

There are numerous models available, thus, finding a suitable one could be quite challenged. So let spend a few minutes scrolling out to read extensive reviews about safest helmets, which would help you find one that can address all your needs, suit your budget and style.

Top 5 Safest Mountain Bike Helmets

POC Octal X Spin

POC Octal X Spin
POC Octal X Spin

I suppose that the first one on our list today is the lightest and safest one available. It has been created with similar technology and structures to Octal Road Helmet. The X also has extreme ventilation so it’s very airy, manufacturers also design an extended shell that is super-lightweight to enhance strength properties.

This model is enhanced by using aramid bridge technology which is strong synthetic fibers to protect bikers’ heads from crashes and other impacts during the journey.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good protection technologies
  • Great ventilation

Cons

  • High price

Product Specs

Product Dimensions 14 x 10 x 7 inches
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
Rotational safety SPIN (Shearing Pad Inside)
Sizes S, M, L

POC Tectal Race Spin

POC Tectal Race Spin
POC Tectal Race Spin

POC Tectal has been developed from its predecessor – Trabec helmet. Tectal has better ventilation with airflow channels to keep your head cool and comfortable, even in boiling hot days.

Safety is the first priority of this POC Tectal. Like POC Octal X Spin, Tectal also has SPIN technology for greater protection. Notably, EPS liner expansion and an aramid reinforcement enhance the strength and protection of the helmet.

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Reinforced durability

Cons

  • Expensive

Product Specs

Product Dimensions 17 x 10 x 8 inches
Shipping weight 2.1 pounds
 Rotational protection SPIN
Color Apophyllite Green and Hydrogen White Matt
Sizes S, M, L

Troy Lee Designs MTB A2 Jet Helmet

Troy Lee Designs MTB A2 Jet Helmet
Troy Lee Designs MTB A2 Jet Helmet

It’s safe to say that this model is super-breathable, with 16 air vents (25% larger air intake than A1), Cool max pads, and X-static pure silver liner, it can keep your entire head cool – ideal for humid conditions and summer days.

Thanks to the rear stabilizer fit system, it has excellent flexibility with 3 positions including front and rear locations, so it can be quickly adjusted to fit well with bikers.

The design of this helmet is suitable for bikers who are into minimalism as all features mainly focus on safety and functionality instead of extra unnecessary characteristics.

Pros

  • Adjustable retention system
  • Excellent adjustability
  • Good protection

Cons

  • Not an attractive design
  • Comparatively heavy

Product Specs

Product Dimensions 15 x 10 x 10 inches
Shipping weight 6 pounds
Color Aqua
Shell In-molded polycarbonate

Smith Optics Forefront 2 MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet

Smith Optics Forefront 2 MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet
Smith Optics Forefront 2 MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet

When I think about Smith, the first thing that comes to my mind is the snow goggle – the most popular product of this brand. However, these days, Smith is also known as a leading brand of eyewear and helmets.

This Smith model is made from co-polymer which creates ventilation both in hot days and cooler days. However, in terms of ventilation, Smith’s ability to breathe isn’t somehow as good as other counterparts. This is because Smith helmets have honeycomb material for added protection, so there is no gap on the top.

The construction of “Koroyd” has been extended into the back for more protection, so it is much sturdier than road bike helmets. You can imagine how strong it is.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable fit
  • Great protection

Cons

  • Ventilation not as good as other counterparts

Product Specs

Product Dimension 13 x 10 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds
Shell Koroyd Aerocore
Ventilation AirEvac system
MIPS Available

Giro Chronicle MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling Helmet

Giro Chronicle MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling Helmet
Giro Chronicle MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling Helmet

The most noticeable feature of this helmet is integrated MIPS equipped which reduces rotational force transferring to bikers’ brain. Moreover, MIPS – a flexible liner provides better outer protection.

When it comes to fit, you can easily custom tune fit tension with only one hand in just a couple of seconds thanks to unique ROC LOC tech.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Great fitting options
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Ventilation is not excellent

Product Specs

Product Dimension 16 x 11 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Rotational safety MIPS
Construction In-mold polycarbonate shell

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Safest Mountain Bike Helmets

Size

Are Cheap Helmets Worth Buying
Are Cheap Helmets Worth Buying?

You should measure around the largest point of your head (2.5cm to 3cm from your eyebrows. Remember to measure several times to have accurate measurements.

Check the measurements of the helmets to find the suitable size. If you are unsure, you can also check the brand’s size guide to know the recommended size.

If possible, try before you buy.

Ventilation

The ability to breathe is much more important in mountain ride compared to other types of rides such as road ride because the average speeds of mountain ride are lower, which incline airflow through the head.

You should choose helmets with large vents to keep your head cool and dry, as they allow heat and sweat to escape through vents. Moreover, large vents significantly reduce the weight of the helmet.

Rotational protection

I highly recommend helmets with advanced technology such as MIPS and SPIN to incline brain injuries.

FAQs

When should you replace a mountain bike helmet?

When Should You Replace a Mountain Bike Helmet
When Should You Replace a Mountain Bike Helmet?

Remember to replace your helmet immediately after a crash, some damages are invisible to naked eyes but they are there. Most experts recommend that you should replace your helmets after 5 years.

Are cheap helmets worth buying?

All helmets available in Amazon strictly follow guidelines so they provide good protection in the event of an accident. However, I believe that an expensive helmet is a worthwhile investment because to have excellent performance and safety, manufacturers apply MIPS and CPSC technologies which are not cheap.

Conclusion

Are Bike Helmets Actually Safer
Are Bike Helmets Actually Safer

Choosing a safe mountain bike helmet has never been a piece of cake, you should always remember that safety comes first, read as many reviews as possible to make sure that you understand most of the features, functionality as well as disadvantages of the helmet.

We hope that this post will provide you a detailed analysis of the safest mountain bike helmets available so that you can make the right decision.

Have a safe ride and enjoy your journey!

Author

David E. Rodriguez

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