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Bicycle Helmets for the 2017 and 2018 Seasons


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Summary: There are many helmet manufacturers entering the US market. 2017 was the year of the Smart Helmet, the removable chinbar and the folder. We expect more Smart Helmet introductions in 2018. But we have not found any proven radical safety improvement that would compel you to replace your current helmet. New technology is reaching the marketplace, but there are no independent public test results confirming better performance. Some new developments, including MIPS, we consider unproven.

If you are serious about looking for a more protective road helmet, there are now downhill helmets with detachable chinbars that meet the ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standard. They have to provide beefed-up impact protection and more side and rear coverage with or without the chinbar. But they have their drawbacks. See below. The new emphasis on concussion and rotational injury mechanisms argues strongly for the more rounded profile we have long advocated.

Almost all of the helmets on the market meet standards and offer good if not excellent protection. We have tested a sample of cheap and expensive helmets and found no real performance differences by price. We recommend looking for a helmet that fits you well, pleases you as wearing apparel and has a rounded, smooth exterior with no major snag points.


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We found many new helmet manufacturers at the Interbike trade show this fall. Some were new startups, others were Asian or European companies launching in the US market. Some have interesting new technology. There were many new models: 2017 promises to be the year of the smart helmet, the removable chinbar and the folder.

There are new models in 2017 that are worth a look if you need a new helmet. The compact profile that we think is best when you crash is now a well-established fashion trend. But there is still no verifiable major advance in impact performance, ventilation or wearability this year that would compel you to replace your current helmet.

Consumer Reports had a 2016 article that covered 34 models with impact and ventilation ratings.

Highlights for 2017


Some Interesting New Models for 2017:

Consumer Reports Picks

We recommend checking Consumer Reports for the only available brand and model recommendations based on actual test lab results. Their most recent helmet article appeared in the August, 2016 edition of their print magazine, and rated 34 models. They gave Excellent impact protection ratings to 24 helmets, with the remaining 10 scoring Very Good. They check-rated 18 models. Of those they picked seven Best Buys, none of them MIPS models. No helmets tested were rated Do Not Buy. The only Excellent for ventilation was for the Specialized Echelon. They tested two MIPS models compared to non-MIPS versions and found that MIPS reduced rotational force up to 43 percent, but drew no conclusions about what that might mean for injury.

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If no other information is in the writeup for each brand or model, these features are assumed: We have a page on helmet types with longer descriptions.

Many helmets have a rear stabilizer wrapping around the back of the head, but we note those only if they have some unusual feature. Stabilizers add some stability and comfort but are not part of the retention system and are not tested for strength in labs certifying helmets to standards. They can not substitute for careful strap adjustment, although you may think you have adjusted the helmet correctly because it seems more stable. With a hard blow the helmet can still be knocked out of position or even fly off if the straps are not adjusted correctly.

We note the largest and smallest sizes available where relevant, and comment on bright colors. Prices are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, the price you might pay at your local bike shop with fitting services included. Discount store and Internet pricing will usually be lower. There are often deals on closeouts of prior year models either online or in bike stores.

We have a page of definitions for most of the terms used below in addition to the page explaining helmet types.

You can find additional info on each of the helmets below at the manufacturer's site. Many of them are also demonstrated on YouTube videos, and many sites have detailed reviews.

Brands and Models


6D


6D has a high-end BMX motorcycle-style helmet and a trail model. Both have their proprietary liner, with a two layers of EPS separated by plastic hourglass-shaped bits designed to bend at the narrow point and displace energy to the side. We don't know if that will produce fewer injuries or not, but it is an attempt to deal with angular acceleration in crashes that might offer some benefit. 6D says that the liner reduces energy transmitted to the head from lesser impacts as well as harder ones. We hope to see independent test results to confirm that. In the meantime, the website has detailed info. This year's 6D models include: 6D's technology is interesting, and their test results are impressive although they are not from a third party.


100%


Ride One Hundred Percent produces goggles, gloves and other protective gear. For 2016 they have a new helmet as well, the Aircraft model. It is a classic BMX shape with vents, long visor and chinbar. The shell material is carbon fiber and Kevlar. the visor bolts on with aluminum screws. For 2017 it comes with MIPS. The Aircraft is certified to the ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standard, the ASTM F2032 BMX standard as well as CPSC, CE, and AS/NZ bicycle helmet standards. It is worth a look for that alone. Retail is $450.


Abus


Abus is a German company also known in the US as a manufacturer of locks. They have a unique ratcheting strap fastener with a toothed tab sliding into a slot that we have only seen on Abus and Uvex helmets. It would have to be adjusted carefully to be sure it does not bear against the line of the jaw, but it provides strap adjustment every time you fasten it and would be easy to tighten with one hand when your strap loosens from sweat on a ride. (Few riders would think to do that.) Their rear stabilizers are also adjusted by a ratchet device. Visors mount with breakaway pins. Some models have bug net in the front vents. The company's philosophy on vents and safety is summed up: "The more air openings a helmet has, the harder the absorbing material must be to compensate the weight saved. However, the protection level suffers thereby. The challenge is to find the best solution for a fresh head and good shock absorption." We agree with that, but some models below raise questions. We don't have an Abus price sheet, so prices below are from websites. Abus gives a separate name to the visor version of its models, and we don't always figure that out. Abus bringing more of their line to the US market now. bicycle helmets include: Abus has a "universal" rain cap in neon yellow that covers the whole helmet and all of the vents. Sizes run from 45 to 63 cm (17.7 to 24.8 inches).


Acro


Acro is a brand of Soyo, a longtime Asian equestrian helmet producer. They have one round, smooth model pitched as an urban helmet to wear with fashionable street clothes instead of sporty attire. The slogan is "protective but pleasant." Although it has no vent holes, the helmet is claimed to be "breathable." Coverage seems to be better than most on the sides. The Acro has passed the European CEN standard and will be tested to CPSC before sale in the US market. Retail is $170.


Action Bicycle - Acclaim helmets


The Acclaim line of helmets produced for Action Bicycle includes the Metro, a nicely rounded design with a ring fit system that still has some elongation in the rear. Action has models from other manufacturers as well.


Action/Senhai


Action and Senhai are both brands produced by Guangdong Senhai Sporting Goods in China. They have a wide range of bicycle, skate and ski helmets. The strap junctions vary, but some are very good. They can supply LED flashers, including one with remote controls. Their models are mostly sized between 48 and 61cm, but one large one goes up to 64cm. They have Asian Fit models beginning at about $25 retail.


Aegis Helmets


Aegis is a Taiwanese company with an extensive line of helmets, who recently began using their brand Aegis rather than Hopus as the company identifier. They are known for innovative construction techniques. They say their hard shells are all made with industrial grade ABS for best impact performance. Some of them have a layer of resilient foam for multi-impact performance, a feature they call SIS. Aegis also has thin-shell models, some inmolded, and a unique fiberglass model that is inmolded. Some have stainless steel bug net in the vents. Their US models are all CPSC certified, but others may meet only CEN and be intended for the European market. Most of their models are sold with other brands on them, but in 2010 Aegis launched their own Aegis brand. They have a unique halo lighting system that uses LED's to light a 30 cm diameter ring around the helmet, on an inmolded model that retails for a very modest $20 to $40. We found the light output of the halo ring disappointing. Aegis now sells mainly in Europe. They use dual-density liners, making the helmet lighter and perhaps improving low impact performance. Aegis has sizes in most models to fit 50 to 62 cm heads, but some models only go to 60 cm.


Aerogo


See Lucky Bell below.


AGV


See Fox below.

AGV has one five star motorcycle helmet among those tested and ranked by the British government's SHARP project, the only ranking system of its kind.


All Pro and All Top


See Tung Kuang below.


Alpha Helmets


Alpha helmets have previously been found in the US under two other brands, but not as Alpha. Some are made by Mien Yow Industries Ltd. in Taiwan. They have a line of well-rounded models led by the very well-rounded Argo Nuts 2 with an ABS hard shell and a flashing LED taillight built in. They have skate and toddler models as well. The manufacturer says their retail prices run mostly in the $20 to $25 range. Alpha also makes hockey, ski and batting helmets.


Angeles


Angeles is primarily a tricycle and baby buggy manufacturer. We have not seen their trike helmets in person, but the Angeles Toddler Trike Helmet is available from Best Price Toys at $35 and is among the smallest toddler helmets on the market, designed for heads as small as 45.7 cm (18 inches). It is advertised as meeting both the CPSC standard and the Snell B95A standard, but we were unable to identify it among those on the current Snell certification list. As of December, 2015, the Best Price Toys site still includes an incredible statement: "Safety Tip: For maximum protection, CPSC recommends replacing after 1 year of use." Whoever wrote that should be ashamed--CPSC has never made that recommendation.


Answer/ANSR


Answer Racing has BMX models and motorcycle helmets bearing their ANSR brand and complementing their line of racing gear. Models include:


Armor


This Armor is the brand distributed by SDS Skateboards in the US. They have a skate model with the usual hard ABS shell that comes as the Youth Series, Old School Series and Graphic Series. It is the classic skate shape with small vents and CPSC certification, but is not certified to the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard. There are some bright, very visible colors along with drab camouflage. Retail runs from $20 to $35. You can ignore the statement that their helmets use "high density ABS foam." That's the shell material, not the foam. And the ace skateboarders in videos on the SDS page don't have a helmet on, either. See below for a second Armor. We don't know if they are related.


Armor Manufacturing Corporation


This Armor has at least one brand of kid's helmets, vikingxkids.com and another line labeled LaBici. They have road, mountain, city and ebike models as well. They sell mostly in Asia and Italy, and produce OEM helmets for other brands that sell in a range of $50 to $300.


Ascent


Ascent helmets are made in Taiwan, and sold in the US market by Performance and Bike Nashbar. There are at least five models, none of which we have seen. Some are inmolded, others have less expensive glued-on shells. Retail prices start at $20 plus shipping. The Strada at $40 has more radical lines and rear point.


Aurora Sport


Aurora is a Chinese company with an extensive line of helmets that are made to be branded by the importer in the country of sale. Some of their helmets are shown on the website with the Tecmotion brand.


Azonic
See O'Neal below



Babaali


is the house brand of Shunde Moon. In addition to Moon's extensive line of regular helmets, they are developing smart helmets with rear view cameras and displays to replace mirrors, heart rate monitors, turn signals, GPS tracking, phone integration, music and intercoms. We don't know whose brand will be on them when they arrive in the US market.


Bandbox


Bandbox makes hat-style helmets. They use a compact basic helmet with small round vents, and sell separate covers that disguise it as a hat. They are more hat-like than most similar brands. According to the company's video, they are produced as a cottage industry with a lot of manual labor, using an elastomeric foam that they say meets the CPSC standard. It is designed to be thinner than most helmets. There are models shaped like ladies hats, leather caps, cowboy hats and many other styles, all hand-made and all with the same small vents in the crown. The hats could be a snagging hazard, and according to the website they are attached securely enough to withstand a 35mph downhill, but there is no test in the CPSC standard for snagging. See our page on hat-style helmets for more. Sized to fit heads from 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61cm). The basic helmet is $60, plus the cost of a hat add-on from $40 to $78. The FAQ page says "All Bandbox Helmets have lifetime guarantees. If you are in a serious collision which caused impact to the helmet, please return it with the cost of shipping. We will replace it with a new helmet shell." Bandbox helmets are made in USA.


Barbieri


See Vento below


BBB


BBB (Bikeparts for Bikers by Bikers) is an aftermarket bike component manufacturing company founded in the Netherlands in 1999. They distribute a wide variety of bike parts and accessories, and have been expanding to new markets. In Europe they have 27 helmet models. Some part of their helmet line may reach the US as well. High end models have anti-bacterial pads and insect mesh in the front vents. Most have reflective rear stickers. BBB attempts to position itself as a value brand. Most BBB helmets fit heads from 52 to 62cm, with the toddler models going as small as 46cm.


Bell


Bell is still the largest company in the US bicycle helmet market. They have been making bicycle helmets since 1975. They also own the Giro and Raskulls (C-Preme) brands. In 2016 they were bought by Vista Outdoor, bringing along the Bollé brand. We spend more space on their line than most others because people want the info.

Bell's big news back in 2015 was the MIPS slip-plane system. You can find full descriptions of it on our MIPS page. We regard it as unproven technology, but Bell bought a large chunk of the MIPS patent-holder company, and that provided much of the impetus for the buzz about MIPS that began last year. In 2016 the MIPS holding was not included in Vista Sports' purchase of the Bell/Giro bicycle brand, but the marketing blitz is already underway. Bell has 13 MIPS models for 2016. As with other MIPS models we have seen, we note a lack of slip-plane coverage in the rear, a frequent impact area, on Bell's models.

Bell rebranded their women's line in 2016 as "Joy Ride." There are seven models, but the helmets are still just variants of the men's helmets in the line, with color and finish differences, and the same pricing. There is also a "Star Wars" graphics option on three men's models.

For 2017 Bell has eliminated their $40 value helmets, moving the lowest price tag up to $45. In 2015 Bell introduced inexpensive dual-certified skate and full face helmets in their discount mass market line. You will find them in the big-box discount stores or on the web. We cover them below the writeup on the bike store line.

Bell has developed a fit system called True Fit for some of their discount store models. It attempts to make fitting easier and more automatic, and in our testing it succeeded. You can check it out on our True Fit page. We consider it their most significant achievement in recent years. It is not available in bike stores, only discount stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

All of Bell's adult and youth models are inmolded. Their toddler helmets and the cheapest models of their mass merchant line have taped or glued-on shells. All of the models below come in white or at least one bright color combination. We found that the straps on many Bell models would not stay in place when adjusted despite their "cam lock" side pieces, and would have to be sewn or locked with rubber bands snugged under the strap fittings to hold the adjustments, but that is a common problem. Some models now come with Icedot stickers, a means of linking to an emergency call system. Bell's big BMX visors are held by nylon bolts, designed to shear off in a crash. Their new camera mounts are also designed to shear, and Bell provided their own internal test standard to an ASTM task group developing a standard for when the mount should pop off if you snag it.

This year all Bell skate-style helmets are certified to both the CPSC standard and the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard, as we think all skate-style helmets should be.

Some Bell models have a no-pinch buckle with a tab behind it that keeps skin folds out while you push the two pieces together. It is now on some adult models, presumably for seniors and others with loose neck skin.

Bell has updated some aging shapes in their line this year for sleeker new models:

Bell's European Market Helmets

Bell has helmets made to the CEN European standard that according to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News will not pass the US CPSC standard and cannot be sold in the US market. Foremost among them is the Bell Meteor II chrono helmet for time trials. This is one you may have seen in Tour de France time trials. Models sold in Europe, even with the same name as a US model, may meet only the European CEN standard required there, not CPSC. Buyers have to check the sticker inside to be sure.

Bell's Asian Fit Helmets

For those with rounder heads, Bell makes Asian Fit versions of the Draft, Traverse, Tempo and Coast. Unfortunately they are not sold in the US market, although a teaser was included in the 2017 catalog. Bell's Discount Line

Bell has a separate line of low-priced helmets sold at discount stores and mass-merchant outlets. (More than one fourth of the company's total sales are through Wal-Mart alone.) They are occasionally related to models from the bike store line. These cheaper versions generally have low-end graphics, chintzy fit pads, slippy straps and cheaper packaging. Most do not have rear stabilizers. But they are designed to the same CPSC standard as most other helmets on today's US market, so they provide fine impact protection if adjusted carefully. You may need to either sew the straps after adjusting or use rubber bands under the edge of the buckles to hold the adjustments, but that is true of some of the most expensive models. Some are inmolded and others have glued-on shells referred to as "tapeless." They start around $15 to $20. Many of these helmets are still produced in the US--millions of helmets each year--but labeled as containing US and Chinese components. There is one skate-style model, the Bell USA made entirely in the US. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports does not even test the helmets in this line, since the model names change and go out of date by the time their article is published.

The rounded profiles we consider optimum have always persisted in this line, since they are cheaper to produce. And some of them have Bell's True Fit fitting system, which we recommend. Some of the skate models are dual-certified to both CPSC and the ASTM F1492 skate standard, the type of helmet we recommend for skate use.

Adult models include the Knack, Explorer, Reflex, Rig, Torque, Surge, Connect, Impel Thalia, Hera, Bia, Moda unvented urban helmet and Surge downhill full face model, as well as the skate-style Trans, Manifold and Manifold XL for larger heads. The Trans is dual-certified to CPSC and the ASTM F1492 skate helmet standard that requires multiple hits on the same location. The Surge is certified to the same standard as Bell's full face Sanction, although it looks cheaper. Youth sizes include the Edge, Richter, Axle, Banter, Psycho, Maniac and Injector, Trans, Bike Candy and Exodus The Bike Candy is a dual-certified skate helmet, and the Exodus is a smaller version of the Surge full face model. Child helmet models include the Shadow, Zoomer, Bellino, Sprite, Star, Rally, Dragster, Blast, Rival, Psycho, Injection and Shield. The Shield is a unique dual-certified bike/skate helmet with a chinbar lined with EPS foam (football helmet foam) "designed with the junior shredder in mind." The Maniac, Psycho and Injector are also dual-certified.

Bell recalled their Exodus full-face model in May of 2011. We have more on our recalls page. It had been sold at Wal-Mart and on Amazon. It is a youth sized helmet, and is back in the lineup now.

The Impulse model was discontinued or renamed.

The same kids helmet listed as the Ramble above at $60 has been in the discount store line for more than a year, called the Shield. It has a hard shell and a chinbar lined with EVA (football helmet foam) energy management foam. It is dual-certified to the CPSC bike standard and the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard. It is such a standout that we are repeating the photo here. Bell Shield It is round and smooth, the shape we prefer, but has minimal vents. Colors are bright or dark and the price is right at $30 in your local Wal-Mart. Unfortunately it only comes in one very limited size. We don't know if Bell has discontinued it at Wal-Mart.

This line sells for low prices: $20 to $40. Some models are available to non-profits in large quantities for much less than that, through an arrangement for Safe Kids International. Because of Bell's name recognition, they are among the best sellers in the low end market. (Check our page on inexpensive helmets for further info on sources of low-cost helmets from various manufacturers for helmet programs.)

Bell also produces toddler, skate and child bike helmets for the Fisher-Price brand, and you may see them as X-Games, Barbie, or Hot Wheels brands. Some models come bundled with bike or skate accessories.

Bell's Replacement Policy


"If your Bell cycling or Bell powersports helmet has been involved in an accident, you may be eligible for a discount on a new Bell replacement helmet." To learn if your helmet qualifies, please email us at consumersupport@bellsports.com with the below information: Picture(s) of the damaged Bell helmet, Bell helmet model and serial number, Bell helmet size and color, Bell helmet manufacture date, Your full name, Your phone number, Your shipping address."

In 2004 Bell Sports was purchased by Fenway Partners, a private-equity holding company. The Giro part of Bell was included. Through Fenway, Bell Sports in early 2005 repurchased the Bell motorcycle helmet manufacturing company that it had spun off in 1991. Then Bell merged with Riddell, known as a football helmet maker. In 2006 Riddell Bell merged with Easton Sports, and after 2007 the company was known as Easton-Bell Sports, owned by Fenway Partners, Jim Easton, and The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund. It became BRG Sports. In 2016 Bell/Giro was purchased by Vista Outdoors, who have other brands including Bollé. But BRG Sports retained the stake in MIPS, so Bell and MIPS are now under different ownership. Most consumers are probably unaware of any of those changes. Over the years we have not been able to identify any adverse effects of the corporate changes.


Bern Unlimited


Bern's helmets are skate or ski shaped, so they are very well-rounded except for the rigid visor on one. They usually have small vents, and only one now has enough ventilation for most riders for hard bicycle riding in warm weather. Some of them use Brock Foam, a formulation that provides multi-impact protection, but those are called hard hats rather than helmets and Bern says they "do not meet action sports head protection standards" but may work better in lesser multiple impacts to prevent concussion. Just don't hit too hard! Their catalog is very clear on the helmet liners that meet impact standards and the ones that do not. You can check the sticker inside to be sure. You have to be careful: some of Bern's models come with different liners that do or don't meet the CPSC bike helmet standard. That includes their Macon, Brentwood, Watts and Brighton models. Since they look exactly the same on the outside, you must find the standards sticker inside and be very careful about the model you buy for bicycling.

For their 2012 helmet article Consumer Reports tested the CPSC version of the Brighton, and found that it did not meet the impact performance requirements of the CPSC standard, rating it Poor.

Bern has a trademarked "Zip Mold" foam that they say uses liquid injected foam that is inmolded and is used in helmets that meet the CPSC bike helmet standard. It is expanded polyurethane (EPU) a foam in use for many years by a few Taiwanese manufacturers, and now produced by some in China as well. EPU feels so hard to the touch that it is difficult to imagine that it would manage much crash energy in lower end crashes, but it can meet the CPSC standard because there is no test at low impact velocities.

Some Bern helmets have interchangeable liners for water sports, ski and winter sport use, including underneath layers and a knit winter cap. There is a ponytail port on ladies models. There is a channel in the foam liner for glasses and a removable goggle strap clip on the rear. All models have the mount hole for the clip.

Bern is unique among the manufacturers in this writeup for making different helmets for women. Their women's models are not just pastel color and graphics changes, but different helmets made with different molds. Sizes are smaller, and there is more room left for hair.

Bern's models all have hook and loop adjusted rear stabilizers. The Morrison, Allston and Diablo all have sewn side strap junctions rather than a sliding adjustor, so make sure it fits without adjustment before buying one. Models include: Bern's sizes range from 48 cm in the Niño model to 63.5 cm. in the Macon and Brentwood models. Those two models have three sizes of shell, with fit pads handling the intermediate sizes.

Note that Bern has the multi-impact Brock foam versions of some of the same models above that would not meet CPSC and could not be sold here as a bicycle helmet, but could legally be sold as a skateboard helmet since there is no US government standard for skate helmets. Others are certified to the CE 1385 Canoe/Kayak standard. No Bern model is listed as meeting the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard, although most of them are skate-style helmets.

Bern has a special Asian Fit pad kit for rounder heads that they call the "Japan Fit" kit with top pads and inserts for their "Hard Hat" models that convert them to fit rounder heads. The kit can be ordered directly from Bern. Longer heads are accommodated by adding fit pads on the sides.

Most of the side strap adjustors on Bern helmets hold very well, among the best we have seen. They are Bern's own brand.

Retail prices for Bern's models are mostly in the $45 to $100 range, but can be much higher with options or carbon shells.

Bern will replace crashed helmets with EPS (one crash) liners for half the retail price.


Bianchi


Bianchi markets team helmets to match their bikes. They have several models, mostly available in trademark Bianchi celeste blue. The helmets are made by Lazer of Belgium, and correspond to Lazer models of the same number. We found six models on the Bianchi website, ranging from €49 to €250. Two of them fit heads up to 64cm. In the US market they have the Ultrax (black with celeste logo) and the LZB-1 Cyclone.


Biologic


Biologic has a unique folding helmet called the Pango. It was formerly marketed by Dahon in Europe. It has a round, smooth profile, although the surface is a plastic mesh. Here it is unfolded: Biologic Pango Then the sides slide up into the top. Sides slide up And the back folds down. Back folds down Here is a YouTube clip with Biologic's Josh demonstrating the folding and unfolding, and the ratcheting fit using rear tabs, something the rider does each time. Fits 55 to 61 cm heads. Outer panels are replaceable. The Pango is not certified to the CPSC standard, so it is not available in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The Pango has a visible white option, and still retails for $130 on the Biologic site. Biologic is an international company, shipping from Taiwan. We have lost track of their website.


BiOS


BiOS is a French company founded by a neurosurgeon whose marketing says their helmet is based on head anatomy rather than testing to standards. Their pitch:

"The cranium comprises zones of maximum resistance called also the resistance pillars of cranium and fragile zones. Certain fragile zones are crossed by arteries located in furrows situated on the inner surface of the skull. The fractures of the fragile zones may wound the brain by intracranial haemorrhages.

BiOS is the first helmet in the world designed to distribute the impact in a way adapted to the resistance of the various zones of the head. Because of its patented anatomical design, BiOS better absorbs the energy by deviating the impact towards the resistance pillars of the cranium and thus better protecting its fragile zones."

There are few skull fractures in bike crashes if the rider is wearing a decent helmet. It is difficult to see how redirecting impact toward stronger areas of the skull could protect better against the total g forces to the brain that are causing the injury.

In addition, the helmets are claimed to be less bulky than traditional helmets. The liner is thin overall, but has a separate raised ridge of thicker, harder foam glued in, in a front to back arc that runs along the side of the head. It also has small patches of a squishy foam at the temples and in the rear, with a diamond of the same material right in the middle of the upper forehead. The only advantage we can see for that kind of liner complexity is a weight saving, at a possible disadvantage of raising the point loading on the skull in the spots where the foam is thicker and harder. The manufacturer may be betting that the skull can take more load in that area, but we would not, since impact angles vary so much, while heads move around in helmets and you can't say for sure where the harder foam will contact the skull in a real world impact. Thinner helmets have to stop the head in less distance than thicker helmets, so they stop the head faster. That's based on the laws of physics that cannot be repealed by tricky design.

Bios also maintains that the design is adapted to brain vulnerabilities and not just to skull strength.

BiOS says their helmets are for bicycling, roller skating, skateboarding, kite surfing, rafting, kayaking, jet skiing, paragliding "and other outdoor or indoor sports." The only statement we can find on their site says: "BiOS was tested in conformity with standards NF EN 1078, NF EN 1385. The results are spectacular: up to 6 times better than the requirements of the standards." There is a video clip of a BiOS helmet in an apparent CE test, with a 38g peak acceleration. That would indeed be a truly spectacular result, and about 1/6 of the permitted 250g in the test. A sample of the helmet that we bought in December of 2008 has a CEN sticker inside.

An analysis of one crashed helmet leads BiOS to say that in that particular crash, "All these numbers demonstrate that the protective capacity of the BIOS during this real impact was at least 3 x 2,5 x 5 = at least 37.5 times better than required by the standards." There is more info on their French page than the English version.

Prices on the website are reduced this year to €99, plus shipping of another €10 to €21. There are custom logos available for €19 more, reflective stickers for €10, extra pad sets recommended for "intensive use" at €6 for a pair and a signature model for an additional €100. We paid $148 US with shipping for the sample we ordered in December of 2008 before prices were lowered. It came reeking of cigarette smoke.

BiOS models fit heads from 53 to 61 cm. BiOS offers custom made-to-measure helmets designed for your head for an additional €50. The site says they are custom molded, but there is no selection for a size greater than 61cm.

At the bottom of the BiOS web pages appears a small "Made in France." Bios informs us that all of the major components of their helmets are made in France.

BiOS will replace a helmet for the original owner if it is structurally damaged by a head impact for 10% to 50% of its original price depending on "the importance of the head impact." They don't explain that further on their website. The offer is valid for the Carbone and Bix for 2 years after the original purchase date, and for the Anatomic for one year.


Bollé


Bollé is best known for ski goggles and ski helmets, but launched into bike helmets for 2016. They are a French company owned by Vista Outdoor of Utah who also own Bell. Their models are well-integrated with matching Bollé goggles, of course. They include:


Bluegrass Eagle


Bluegrass Eagle is a brand of Italy's MET helmets. They have a line of protective gear primarily for BMX. Current models include:


Bontrager - Trek


Trek supplies a wide line of bikes and accessories to dealers, and their helmet graphics are designed to complement your Trek or Bontrager bike. They market the helmet line under their Bontrager brand. All are inmolded. Some models have reflective panels. Most have ring fit systems. Many have a women's model with different colors and graphics. "Mountain" models have visors, while "Road" models do not. There are MIPS versions for $25 higher. Current models are: Trek has a camera and light mount that works with some of their models that passes a strap through the helmet vents. There is no info on the website about when or if it might detach in a crash. Retail is $25.

Trek/Bontrager has a one year free replacement policy for crashed helmets. They have helmet replacement parts on their website and available through their dealers, including pads, buckles and visors.


Bravo Sports


Bravo Sports is an importer of many types of equipment. They import helmets labeled with various brands for mass merchant channels such as Sears, Target, and Toys R Us. They have a line of skate helmets under the brands Kryptonics, Pulse, VFX Gear and World Industries. We have not seen the helmets and do not have their retail pricing.


Brighthelmet


Brighthelmet is a Swedish brand that has three models, all with LED displays. They come with a USB cable for charging.


Briko


Briko is an Italian company who began breaking into the U.S. market over ten years ago but has been slow to push its line here and in 2016 is looking for US distributor. All their helmets are inmolded. Most have bug net in the vents. All are listed as meeting the CEN 1078 bike helmet standard and most meet the US CPSC standard. Briko models include:


Cannondale


All of Cannondale's models are inmolded. MIPS versions are $20 higher than the prices below. Cannondale helmets are made in two sizes to fit 52 to 62 cm heads.

Cannondale says their helmets meet the appropriate standard for the market where they are sold, so we would not buy one of their European models that was certified only to the CEN standard.

Cannondale will replace your crashed helmet for 50% of the retail price, but there are many requirements to meet.


Capix


Capix is a Canadian brand marketed in Canada through the Canadian Tire stores. Most of their helmets are skate-style models with ABS hard shells, but there is one inmolded bicycle model, the Hellion. It is a nicely rounded urban commuter style helmet with reasonably large vents. The side strap buckles do not hold well. Retail for the Hellion is $70 Canadian.


Carnac


Carnac, a noted French bike shoe maker, introduced its first helmet model, the Hades in 2010. The Hades is constructed with uniquely angular planes rather than flowing or aerodynamic lines. In black, it appears to be inspired by the F-17 Stealth fighter plane, itself a 25 year old design that is being phased out. The Hades is inmolded with slippery strap adjustors and a padded chin strap. Sizes fit 54 to 62 cm heads. We find little to recommend about it, unless you like the unusual style. Here is the Carnac catalog for occasions when their site is unreachable.


Carrera


Carrera is an Italian company better known for winter sport helmets. Their helmets have Italian stylishness, moderate to large rear points, large vents, and some reflective trim. All are inmolded. We don't know which models may be CPSC certified for sale in the US market. All of Carrera's models are available in bright visible colors, and have good locking side buckles on the straps.


Casco


Casco is a German company whose helmets we do not see in the US market. In addition to about a dozen bike helmet models they make helmets for equestrian, snow and firefighting use. Their Upsolute models are inmolded. They make some of the roundest, smoothest shell configurations available. Some are unique designs, but our descriptions come from the website and catalog since the only Casco model we have seen is the Warp II. Their website info on standards includes only CEN and the German DIN standard, not the US CPSC standard, probably explaining why we do not see them in the US market. Back in 2011, Casco informed us that they are looking into CPSC certification, and we hope to see them here soon.

The website says that inmolded CASCO helmets with their add-on Monocoque-Inmold are heat-resistant up to 100 degrees C (212 degrees F), a claim we have never seen before from any manufacturer. Baking EPS foam at that temperature for any period of time normally results in deterioration, with the foam eventually turning yellow and shrinking. And the only really heat-resistant shells we know of are fiberglass, not the plastic Casco is using. Casco also advertises an aluminum "roll bar" reinforcement in some models. All are apparently ring fit. Most come in two models, fitting 52 to 57 cm heads or 58-62 cm.

Casco has several models with nearly perfect round profiles and numerous vents. Those CEN-standard helmets would be worth a look if you are willing to settle for less than full CPSC protection. Our

Casco models include: Based on the Warp II sample that we have, we would like to see the rest of CASCO's line, and regret that they do not make CPSC-certified models.


Casqu' En Ville


Casqu' En Ville produces helmets in Vietnam with a plain round "liner" helmet and a cap that turns it into an urban fashion statement, a hat-style helmet. There are two basic liners and a number of caps and hats in different styles. CEN standard only, and you can order online for shipment in Europe. Prices run €65 for the liner helmet and €30 to €35 for the cap or hat to cover it, plus about €9 for shipping. The hats could be a snagging hazard, but there is no test in the CPSC standard for snagging. See our page on hat-style helmets for more.


Catlike


Catlike is a Spanish company named for its founder, a former bicycle racer who was known as "The Cat." All of their helmets are inmolded. Most of their line had been designed to the European CE standard and sold only in Europe, but now they are producing CPSC-certified US models, including all of the helmets listed below. The strap side pieces on their models slip easily, a common problem. All of their helmets are made in Spain of Spanish and Asian components except the Tora, made in China. Catlike added in mid-2017 a color customization option for some of their models that lets you set the colors of the top, sides, rim, Catlike logo, reflective stickers, fit system, interior foam, straps, finish and visor. You can also add text (your name, probably) in back and your logo, each for an extra €10. Models this year include: Catlike's crash replacement policy offers a 20 per cent discount from retail prices.

Closca


of Spain produced its first folder model in 2013. It was CEN-certified at that time, but they have since obtained certification to the US CPSC standard. The design consists of three concentric rings that fold down inside each other for carrying. Closca helmet image Closca helmet folded The folded height is about 2.5"/63mm. The rings give the helmet an unusual round profile. Unfortunately the Closca has a cloth cover rather than plastic. It retails on their website for €62.

There is renewed interest in folding helmets since the shared bike rental programs are doing well in many cities. We have a page up on folding helmets with more info.


Coros


Coros is a Kickstarter campaign company with a single model, the Coros LINX. It is a well-rounded road helmet with large vents, inmolded. It has a sound system built in that uses bone conduction, leaving the ears free to hear traffic, although the distraction of the music or phone conversation is still there. We found the sound about as good as small speakers, although bone conduction sound has different qualities and audiophiles will not be pleased. The system links to your phone and has a smart remote for the handlebars. It includes an app for iOS or Android. It can use Google Maps for voice navigation. There is an intercom device sold separately. The LINX will be available retails for $200. The largest size fits up to 24 1/4 (62cm) heads.


Coyle Wooden Helmets


Dan Coyle of Corvalis, Oregon, produces wooden helmets that are unique. The shell is made of wood, machined from a block of wood and treated with "HMVK Polyurea impact shielding." Some of the interiors are made of sustainable cork, but the ones that would perhaps pass a standards test are lined with conventional EPS liners. There are four models, including one shaped like a classic skate-style helmet. They are nicely rounded, with no snag points, and all have round vents. The maker says that some models will pass the CPSC standard, but he has not had a full test series done for certification. We don't know how they would test after soaking in water for 4 hours as required for the wet sample, and we don't know how you would test one-off creations when five identical samples are required for lab testing to the CPSC standard. For that reason we don't consider these as bicycle helmets. Weight could be considerable, and splintering on impact might be a hazard. The maker says the wood shell aids in impact management. They can even build to a custom size or shape. Available only from Coyle, and we have seen only photos on the web page and blog reports so far. Prices are in the $250-and-up range, depending on choice of wood and liner.


Cratoni


This German company has an extensive lineup. Some of their models are for Europe, while others are also available in the U.S. market and meet the CPSC standard. All of their helmets are inmolded. All have at least some reflective trim. The company has developed a bright red 6 LED flasher that can be added to the rear stabilizer of any Cratoni helmet for $15. Cratoni's strap fittings seem to hold better than many other manufacturers, including the side pieces that lock by twisting a cam. Cratoni has several models that they sell in Asia just by changing the interior padding to fit rounder heads. (We have a page up on fitting rounder heads.) Cratoni is now represented in the US market by SKS, so their helmets may be seen here again. Our pricing is outdated on some models.

Cratoni's child models fit heads as small as 46 cm (18.1 inches) and their largest adult model fits up to 65 cm (25.6 inches). Their ring fit models normally cover from 52 to 60 cm (20.5 to 23.5 inches).

Cratoni will replace a crashed helmet for 50 per cent of the manufacturer's suggested retail price.


Crazy Stuff


Crazy Stuff is a Danish company with a line of European-standard helmets for kids 3 to 8 years old. The helmets are fanciful cartoon characters. Unfortunately, they have snag points all over the shell in the form of rigid ears, horns and fins. Many models have rigid teeth along the front edge, the same edge that often contacts the nose and face when a helmet is takes a hit on the back. You can see a brochure with the designs laid out here.

We appreciate the motivation to add play value to helmets so that kids will take to them readily. But this particular line strikes us as a very bad idea. The helmets could not be sold in the US because the horns, ears and fins would not meet the CPSC limits on projections from the shell, even if the impact protection were sufficient. But the teeth along the front edge are particularly troublesome. Parents do not realize the potential for facial injury that they represent. We can only think that if these helmets meet the EN1078 helmet standard, that standard needs to be amended. See this page on sliding resistance to see why we think helmets that would not slide easily on pavement present a hazard, and do not recommend them.


Cycle Force


Cycle Force is a brand distributed by North American Cycles. There are road, commuter, reflective, youth, child and toddler models, including a toddler helmet with LED lights under the shell. Retail ranges from $18 to about $40.


D-Curve


D-Curve is primarily a goggles and sunglasses company, but for 2017 they are introducing three bicycle helmets to round out their line. All are inmolded:

Dahon


Dahon is a manufacturer of folding bicycles. They have two helmets that accompany their line: For Dahon's former folding helmet, see Biologic above. In 2017 we are not finding helmets on the Dahon site, but do find references to them as giveaway prizes.


Diadora


Diadora has a full line of bicycles, and gear to accompany them, including helmets. All are inmolded. Almost all come in dull grey and black colors with low visibility on the road. For 2016 we find only three available on the website:


DK


DK Bicycle Company has one skate-style helmet, the Synth, made in China and certified to the CPSC standard. It is inmolded, fits heads from 55 to 61 cm and comes in green, white or black. It retails for $38.


Docmeter


Docmeter is a French company with a line of bicycle and other helmets. They have one current bicycle model with the company's rear air bladder fit system. The air bladder appears to be a rear stabilizer that blows up with a built-in pump to ensure a snug fit. Air bladder fit pads have been tried in the past and abandoned by other companies. We had concerns in the past about the long term durability of the bladders. Although the website mentions only the CEN European standard, the company has informed us that their helmets meet the CPSC standard as well. As always, check for the CPSC sticker inside any particular model. This one is priced at €80. Docmeter has a second road helmet now, with a conventional liner and no airbag.


Dux Helm


Dux is a Canadian company with a single road model in various versions that has a retractable eye shield. It has big vents and a big upswept tab at the rear. The strap fittings did not hold well on the sample we saw. Inmolded with a full coverage shell. The eye shield is polycarbonate, and comes in amber, clear and tinted, with a UV coating. A magnet holds it in the retracted position. Meets the CPSC standard for sale in the US. Retail pricing runs from $130 to $200 US.


Easetour


Easetour is a Chinese manufacturer with an extensive line of road, MTB, enduro, city, junior and BMX models. Most of them will appear under other brands, and the company encourages designers to develop their own models. Designs range from rounded and compact to elongated and pointy. Most appear to be well-ventilated. The high-end models have better strap junctions and reflective straps. Retail pricing should be around $30 and up.


Ebon


Ebon is made by Co-Union Industry of Taiwan. Their bike helmets are inmolded, including the toddler models, with modest-to-pronounced rear points. They also have skate models. They use a ring fit system. Some models have well-recessed strap anchors. Their strap adjustment pieces slip too easily. Visors are attached with pins to flip off in a crash, as they should. There is a rainbow graphics option, the only rainbow bike helmet we have seen. Some models have rear LED flashers, and a few have front LED's as well. Ebon's child sizes go down to 47 cm and most adult models fit up to 63 cm. They are nice looking helmets, and prices should be in the $25 and up range, depending on whose brand is on the one you buy.


Eco


Spitfire Industry is developing a new helmet known as the Eco made of recyclable paper in a radial honeycomb pattern. It will fold flat and be very inexpensive to produce. They are intended to be readily available for shared bike system users. A media reports says it is not yet certified to CPSC as of August 2016, and the testing shown on the company's video does not even approximate the CPSC lab test protocol. EcoHelmet plans to launch early in 2017.


Egg


Egg is a Dutch company with yet another series of cute helmet designs to appeal to kids by adding snag points on the exterior. Their helmets are skate style. Beginning with the round, smooth "Naked" version, you add a fabric skin and then various add-ons mount by shoving them into holes in the shell, including crowns, mohawks, horns and more. According to Egg, "This does not compromise the helmet's safety and effectiveness as they are designed to pop-off in the event of an impact." There is a proprietary buckle located on the side where it should not pinch skin. Meets the EU standard for sale there, using an EVA/EPP liner. In the US the liners are EPP. We don't like adding projections to the outside of a round smooth helmet, but at least these seem to readily pop off. The helmet retails for $90, with either skin or projections adding another $20.


Ekoi


This French company has a high-tech bicycle clothing and accessories image as well as their helmet models. All are ring fit. Lowered prices on some models can indicate they are selling out and will disappear soon. Ekoi has a page up explaining their company philosophy and brand name. They favor bright colors in all their equipment. Some models can be customized with decals, colored visors and more, including your name. Retail prices are in British pounds. Ekoi offers a two year guarantee. Their helmets are sold on their own website, so shipping charges should be added to the retail pricing.


Eleventy


Eleventy is a Canadian company with an accessory called the Domio that attaches to the outside shell of a helmet and turns it into a sound chamber. Ears remain unobstructed, but the distraction level is up to you. It couples with your phone, and retails for $100. The Plus model can answer calls without taking the phone out and has a noise-canceling microphone at $150. There is also an independent intercom device that can link up to 12 riders, retailing for $250. We thought the sound was ok but not terrific, and it varied a lot depending on the helmet and placement of the device. Third party devices are not tested in the lab with your own helmet. We don't like to see riders attaching things to the outside of their helmets, creating potential snag hazards. We hope this one would detach when it needs to.


Elustar


Elustar helmets are distributed in the US market by Q Cycle. They also have European models certified only to the CEN standard. They have a range of models included inmolded designs and others with taped on shells. All are ring fit, and the samples we saw had side strap adjustors that did not hold well. All have rear points except the child models.


Endura


Endura is a British company with an extensive line of sport apparel. Their helmets are all listed on the website as certified only to the European helmet standard, and we have not seen their line in the US. They are all inmolded, and all use locking strap junctions. Most have reflective detailing in the strap material and antibacterial pad materials. All have removable visors. Retail prices are from online suppliers and are approximate. Models include: Endura has a three year crash replacement policy, providing a helmet at half the retail price, providing: "That you are able to send Endura Ltd the damaged helmet and provide proof of purchase to establish that the helmet was purchased within the European Community from an Endura Authorised Dealer."


ESCO


Esco Sport Product Corp. is a Chinese company producing electric and gas scooters, bicycles and carts. It appears that some of their bike helmets are made with EPS foam and others with EPU, but that's about all we can tell from the website.


Etto


Etto is a Scandinavian manufacturer with many helmet models on their website. Some are interesting designs, but unfortunately they are never seen in the US. The website does not discuss standards or pricing. All Etto models have at least some reflective material on the back, and most have bug net in the front vents. Some of Etto's models have strap anchors that are not recessed at all, sitting up on top of the shell. Etto dealers will replace crashed and damaged helmets "at only a small part of the cost."


First Ascent


First Ascent is a South African manufacturer with a line of road helmets. All have big rear points except the Bolt, a compact design with a rounded profile and reasonable vents including large vents in the rear. Retail for that one is R899.


Fly Racing


Fly Racing has a line of motorcycle BMX racing equipment, including full face helmets. All have bolted on visors, but at least the screws are plastic rather than metal, and would be more likely to break off when you need them to, rather than jerking your neck. If you want another point, Fly will sell you a rear fin to add to your helmet. It mounts without screws or glue, so hopefully would pop off in a crash. All of Fly's models meet the DOT motorcycle helmet standard. Their Lite and 606 models, as well as the THH TX-10 model that they sell, are on the Snell M-2005 motorcycle helmet standard list as well, offering a level of impact protection considerably above that of any normal bicycle helmet, including a chinbar with effective energy managing padding. Some Fly models have the rubber debris deflectors known as roost guards. All of their DOT models are made with dual-density foam liners. Fly models are all designed to connect with neck braces, available from them at $200 or $300.

Fly has add-on helmet Mohawk and blades that you can tape to the top of your helmet for a sporty look. They retail for $17.

Fly's catalog has replacement parts for their helmets, including mouthpieces, visors, screws, pads and buckles. Sizing runs from 52 cm (6.5 inch) up to 66 cm (8 1/4 inch), a very wide range. Along with their own brand, they distribute helmets made by Gmax and by THH.

Fly will replace a crashed helmet "at a discount."


Fox


Fox Racing has BMX and skate style helmets to complement their line of racing accessories. In 2016 they introduced a new liner they call Varizorb, a form of conehead dual-density EPS foam. Fox has other models on their website that are promoted for motorcycle use. Their crash replacement policy is a consumer-direct 30 percent discount off the retail price.


Free Agent


Free Agent is a KHS Bicycles brand. They have a very well-rounded classic Street skateboard-style helmet that comes in one shell size with three pad sets of different thicknesses. It has an EPS liner and meets only the CPSC bicycle helmet standard. It retails for $25 to $35 in standard colors or $5 more with a chrome finish, and can be found on line for as little as $20 plus shipping. It may fit larger heads better than most skate-style helmets. Free Agent also has a full face BMX helmet at $100, used by their team riders. It has the standard BMX rigid visor that could be a snagging hazard. Retail is $100.


Fuji


Fuji has been a major bicycle supplier to the US market for many years. In 2007 they added a helmet line to complement their bikes, with model names matching bike models in most cases. Their helmets generally do not seem to be available in the US market, but here are some out-of-date descriptions: For crashed helmets, Fuji will replace at "a discounted price."


Funkier


Funkier is an Israeli company with a line of Chinese-made helmets that meet only the European CE standard. They have three models. The ones we saw had slippy side strap adjustors. The MV-035 is the most rounded profile of the three, with Ebay pricing seemingly on the high side at $80-$100.


Fuse


Fuse is primarily a maker of protective padding, but they have one skate-style helmet to complement their pad line. It is a hard shell classic skate helmet, but meets only the CPSC bicycle helmet standard, not the ASTM F1492 skate standard.


Louis Garneau


Louis Garneau is an independent Canadian designer and manufacturer with an extensive helmet line along with many other bicycle products. All of their helmets are inmolded unless noted below. For 2017 there are 5 MIPS models, and the catalog said that MIPS is "a good reason to upgrade your helmet." For the European market, Garneau has bug net in the vents of some models. Some models are available without visor for $5 less. Custom team graphics or stickers are available. Some Louis Garneau models are designed for the Canadian market and may not be available in the US, but all of the ones listed below meet the CPSC standard and are sold here. For 2016 Garneau introduced their tri-glide pro on four models, a strap junction that slips less than previous ones. RTR models have some retro-reflective portions. Louis Garneau offers a discounted replacement guarantee for crashed helmets.


Giant


Giant supplies a full line of bikes and accessories to bike shops. Their helmets have good quality locking side strap fittings that hold well. There are women's colors for some models. Giant made big changes in their line for 2016.


Giro


Giro is now a Vista Outdoor brand, along with Bell and Bollé. Giro designs have been known for a unique fit and a trend leader. More Giro helmets come in MIPS versions each year. The line has been evolving and adding rounded compact profile models, but the most expensive high-end models still have the elongated shape and pronounced external points. All Giro helmets are inmolded, and high end models have lower shells molded in as well. High-end models use fitting pads, but the less expensive ones are ring fit. The Giro line has high viz color options. Some Giro helmets have reflective surfaces on the rear stabilizers, a logical place for those who ride in the bent-over position. Visors are mounted with pins that snap into the helmet shell and have an adjustable angle. Our unscientific hand test showed them to pop out readily on impact. Strap junctions are not among the best for holding securely after adjusting, although those on the Aeon and Rift models do hold well. Giro and other manufacturers have lighter hyper-ventilated models produced for the European market that meet the CEN standard but are not certified to meet the tougher US CPSC standard.

Giro has women's models, but their 2013 catalog was unusually frank about them: "What about fit for women? - While it is obvious that anatomical differences between men and women can dictate different patterning and fit for many items worn on the body, the head and skull are somewhat unique. When measuring men and women's heads, there is no significant difference in the skull shape, location of skull features or the scale of the ears, eyes and nose between men and women." Written, of course, by a person with short hair and no pony tail. Giro has other models sold in Europe for use where CEN helmets are required. Those may not meet the US CPSC standard, even the ones with the same model names described above.

This year Giro helmets fit heads from 48 cm (18.75") to 65 cm (25.6"). A graphic in their 2007 catalog showed that at that time they considered the 63 cm size as the tail of the bell curve distribution of head sizes, but they added a centimeter for the Atlas II in 2008, and another centimeter when the Venti replaced it in 2010.

For those with rounder heads, Giro has Asian Fit models for the Aeon, Savant, Sonnet, Revel, Verona and Raze. Unfortunately they are only certified to the European standard and are not available in the US market unless your dealer can special order one. Giro's term for them is "wide fit."

Giro recommends replacing their helmets after 3 years. The Giro crash warranty is the same as Bell's, a 30% discount if you crash within the first three years. They also offer a credit toward the purchase of a larger Giro helmet for parents whose children outgrow a child model.


Gmax


See Fly Racing above.


Golex (Zhuhai Golex)


Golex is a Chinese producer of bicycle, skateboard, BMX, motorcycle and other types of helmets. There are at least 29 models in their catalog. Golex helmets should be available in mass merchant channels, and some may be found in bike stores, probably under other brand names. Their K-15 is a familiar round, smooth design made by several manufacturers.


Gonex


Gonex has a low-cost line of road helmets, actively marketed online. There is only one model on their site, an dated design with rear point, but online there are others that are compact style with rounded and smooth exteriors. The ones on Alibaba come from Hebei, China and the brand name is Aofeite. Pricing from US sources is $25 to $35.


Gray


Gray Cycling has one helmet in their Gray line for triathletes, the Aerodome. It is a full chrono or time trial helmet, not suitable for street use. It is inmolded with the long teardrop shape of the classic chrono, with six small slit vents in the front and partially recessed strap anchors. It has soft "wings" on the sides. It is CPSC certified and comes in one size. It retails for $230.


Greenline


Greenline is a cruiser bike company with a toddler helmet that goes along with their bikes. It has a taped-on shell with vents and a reasonably rounded profile. We don't see an adult helmet model on their site any more. They have a unique warning: "Caution!: If foam changes shape, please replace your helmet."


GT


GT bicycles is a BMX bike and gear company with one skate-style model to match their product line called the GT BMX Fly Helmet. It is available in black, gray or visible white, with an ABS hard shell and black EPS liner. It has small trapezoidal vents. It retails for $30.


>GuangZhou LongSheng


Guangzhou Longsheng Sporting Goods Company is a Chinese manufacturer of a line of adult, toddler and skate style helmets. They use the Speedzone brand, but most of their helmets are marketed under other brands, to both the US and Europe. Profiles are generally well-rounded, but there are points on the high-end road models. The inmolded models are priced about $30, while glued shells are $15 and those with taped-on shells go for $12. Visors on some models add about $0.50 to the price. The side strap adjustors are simple buckles, and do not hold their adjustment at all, a serious oversight.


GUB


GUB Bike International is a Chinese company with a full line of bicycles and accessories. They distribute a number of brands, including their own GUB helmets. Models range from a full-bore long-tail chrono helmet to pointy-backed road helmets including one that has a raised point on two arms floating above the rear shell and another with what looks like a metal spoiler raised above the rear. They mention only the European CE standard on their website. We don't know their retail pricing.


Haloglow


Haloglow is a Hong Kong company with helmets that have fiber optic lights incorporated in the shell. LED's in the rear "lightbox" generate the light, and the optical fibers carry it in a ring around the shell. The light output of the ones we have seen was not impressive. The light can be flashing or steady. The helmets come in various models, including one that is admirably round and smooth. They are certified to US and European standards. Note that the same halo effect using LED's and fiber optics is incorporated in some Aegis designs.


Hamax


Hamax is a Norwegian company that develops and produces bicycle and ski helmets under the brand name ETTO. See Etto above.


Happy Way Enterprises


This Taiwanese manufacturer has a nice looking line of Expanded PolyUrethane (EPU) helmets. All are fully inmolded models, including the D2 and the Vivid for adults and a G6 model for toddlers. They are near the $40 retail level. Adding a rear stabilizer or 3M reflective tape adds about a dollar and a half each. The EPU makes the helmet a little heavier than an EPS helmet, but some consumers like the solid feel of them. Happy Way sells mostly in Europe, but in the US they sell to importers and OEM's with their own brands. Their sizing fits 47 to 62 cm. heads.


Harsh Protective Gear


Harsh has one skate-style model, the HX1 Classic. The website is confused about the shell material, saying in text that it is an ABS hard shell, but in graphics that it is a polycarbonate thin shell. Since they tout its light weight, it is probably a thin shell. It has no front vents, but several on top. Retail is $50.


Headkayse


Headkayse is a UK startup developing a new helmet said to be capable of multi-impact protection. It will be flexible and foldable. There is a Daily Mail article with videos explaining.

Headlight AB


Headlight is a Swedish company with a line of reflective helmets. Headlight has several models, certified to either European standards for the Euro market or CPSC for the US market. They have two grades of reflective shells, so the whole helmet is reflective, using the silver gray color that normally produces the best reflective performance. They apply graphics on top of that. In Europe they were formerly known as Solid, but now produce their helmets with the distributor or retailer's brand on them.


Hedon


Hedon is a British manufacturer of mostly motorcycle helmets. They have a skate-style model called the Cortex with carbon shell, no vents and calf leather trim. Hedon says the design is "conceived with the idea of our helmets cradling your prefrontal cortex." Four sizes fit from 52 to 59cm. (20.5 to 23.2 inches) Retail is 199. The company also has leather face masks for the lower face at 130.


Helmets R Us


This unique West Coast distributor of bicycle products provides helmets to dealers or non-profits at very low prices. They will fill small orders. In large quantities their models start at about $5 each, with skateboard helmets at $6.50 and downhill mountain bike helmets that look identical to major brands for just $30. (Prices are much higher for individual orders.) Some models have rear stabilizers and full cover shells, features almost never seen in this price range. Helmets R Us also has a genuine dual-certified skate-style helmet, the Model 17, that has the stickers inside attesting to the fact that it is certified to both the ASTM F1492 and CPSC bicycle helmet standards, at a very low price. Sizes range from 49 to 62 cm (19.3 to 24.5 inches).


Hong Kong Sports


The Hong Kong Sports name is not familiar to consumers and you will not find helmets under their company brand, but they manufacture millions of helmets for a number of US and other brands, some of them well known.


Hopus


See Aegis above.


IXS


IXS is a Swiss company with motorcycle history going back to 1906. Their entry into clothing and helmets is more recent. Most of their models are motorcycle-style full face helmets, but they also have road and skate-style models. All of their helmets are either compact shape with minimal rear points or very well-rounded. All of their adult bicycle helmets are inmolded, but child models are taped or glued on. Most are European models but there are some models certified to the CPSC standard for sale in the US, listed in the top three below. The current models include: The largest helmets in the IXS line fit 62cm/24.4 inches.


J&B Importers - JBI.Bike


J&B is a long-established bicycle wholesaler with warehouses all over the US. Their products are sold in bike stores. J&B's Airius line has models beginning at about $24 retail to about $30, with a few high end models ranging as high as $57. Their inmolded models start at $20 and qualify as value helmets. The profiles vary from the well-rounded ones we favor to elongated models with rear points. They have an urban helmet in the Airius line, priced at $44. Colors are solid on the lower cost models, with higher end graphics as prices rise. Their largest helmets are 63 cm/24.8 inches. They have an unfortunately named "Skid Lid" (a name from the past) skate-style helmet, certified only to the CPSC bicycle helmet standard. With a built-in speaker it is $40. J&B has an active program for schools and non-profits either through a local shop or direct. They offer an unusual lifetime crash replacement for all of their models. J&B distributes the Limar line in the US as well. In 2015 they launched a new "KidZamo" branded line of graphically-coordinated child accessories, including helmets at about $20 retail.


Joovy


Joovy has a line of kids toys and balance bikes for teaching kids to balance before they can pedal, sold in big box retailers like Toys R Us. Their helmet complements that line, with a single vented toddler helmet similar to an adult road helmet but with a visor molded into the front. Has a pinch guard chin strap. Joovy says it is made without PVC, BPA or formaldehyde. There are many bright colors. Fits heads from 18.5 to 20.5 inches (47 to 52cm). Retail is $40.


Joykie


Hangzhou Joy Kie Industrial and Trading Co exports an extensive line of bicycle, motorcycle and other helmets. They range from nicely rounded road helmets to elongated designs with rear points. There are toddler models, skate style models and downhill mountain bike models with full chinbars. Pricing is low but we don't have exact retail in the US.


Kali Protectives


Kali has some unique manufacturing techniques that produce a full line of helmets that are all inmolded, some with dual-density foam liners molded together so there is no gap between them, and no gap between liner and shell, using all the shell space for foam. Liner density can be different in various areas of the helmet, or there can be "ConeHead" cones of less dense foam extending into the dense section. Other Kali liners use the Armorcel rubber hourglass-shaped pieces between layers attempting to displace impact energy to the sides. Kali Conehead liner We have more on that on our page on helmet liners.

Kali can make full face helmets with chinbars inmolded, a unique capability among manufacturers. The resultant helmet is lighter and has a thicker liner than normal motorcycle helmets. Visors have Kali's Pop Out breakaway mount to avoid snagging hazards. Some motorcycle/BMX models mate with body protectors. The Kali models mostly have Sanskrit names: We expect Kali to continue to produce innovative new products.


Kask


Kask is an Italian manufacturer. All of their US helmets meet the US CPSC standard, European CE standard and the Australian standard as well. There are some nice bright color combinations in the line. Their strap adjustors are average in holding power, and one model has sliding strap junctions. Straps have a unique Coolmax pad or vinyl section at the chin, and some are reflective. Pads are treated with Sanitized brand chemicals. Kask informs us that their helmets are produced in Italy with no Asian components. Their helmets are expensive in the US. The road models all have a "mountain" version with visor. All are inmolded. Custom graphics are available. Models are sometimes renamed when graphics change. Kask bike helmet models include: Kask accessories include a winter cap and a storage bag. Their website has model-specific insect net replacement screens in plastic that are shaped to fit the vents, as well as pad replacement kits and visors.

Kask has some interesting helmets. They are one of the few helmet manufacturers who say they are not using any Asian components. Their replacement guarantee depends on the distributor, so check with the dealer.


Kazam


Kazam is a manufacturer of kids balance bikes (no pedals) with accessories. Their helmet is a classic skate-style with ABS shell and EPS liner with small oval vents. There are bright colors. Meets the CPSC bike helmet standard. Fits heads from 18.75" to 20.5" Retail is $30.


KBC Helmets


KBC has manufacturing facilities in Korea and China. They have more than 20 motorcycle helmet models on the Snell M-2005 motorcycle helmet list and one on the newer M2010 list. KBC has a range of helmets ranging from full-face motorcycle-style helmets for BMX selling for about $200 to "half helmets" for the Harley crowd.


KED


KED is a German company that had manufactured helmets in Germany for other brands for more than ten years before introducing its own line. All of their models are made with shells attached with a cold-gluing process that leaves no space underneath the shell and makes the helmet look inmolded. Gluing the shells on allows KED to put the strap anchors under the shell, and facilitates fully reflectorized shells on some models. Some KED models have the internal reinforcing that many manufacturers use to strengthen the shell and permit larger vents. KED cage Some KED models have LED flashers built into the rear, with a replaceable $3 battery/chip unit to power them for 120 hours. (We were not particularly impressed with the light output.)

KED's strap adjusters tend to slip, a common problem. They put a thoughtful pad under the buckle to prevent skin pinches. All models have bug net in the front vents except the Paganini Race. Their US distributor for CPSC models is Cycle Force. The website emphasizes that the helmets are made in Germany. KED tends to rename models from previous years. Models include: KED's catalog has a listing of useful spare parts for their helmets. It includes visors, fit pads, ring fit parts, the LED battery/chip replacement, buckles and more.


Kent Bicycles


Kent has a line of inexpensive helmets marketed mostly to discount retail stores and a few bicycle stores. Their helmets are branded Razor, and at least one is branded as Genesis. The line includes skate and BMX style helmets. The skate models include the Aggressive Series and Iridium. The packaging says they are multi-sport helmets, but certification is only to the CPSC bicycle helmet standard. One of the BMX models is the Full Face, a youth sized helmet with vents and a removable chinbar, a unique feature at the $45 price point. Kent also markets a full face youth helmet called the Razor, fitting heads from 21.5" to 23" and selling for $41 at Target.


Kiddimoto


Kiddimoto has a line of motorcycle-style balance bikes for kids with matching helmets. The helmets are classic ABS skate-style, with two round front vents, fit bands and cute graphics. Designed in the UK. Advertised as meeting ASTM F1447 as well as CPSC, so they would have to perform with lighter headforms in the lab testing as well as the heavier ones for CPSC. They fit heads from 19 to 23" (48 to 58cm). Retail in the US is $40 for most with a few at $55. In the UK they range from 27.50 to 39.99.


Knucklehead


A Knucklehead Company entered the US market in 2008. They primarily produce bike and skate helmets that they make in China for companies who want their own helmet brand. Knucklehead brand helmets are distributed in the US through NAC. Some of their models are inmolded, while lower priced ones have glued or taped on shells. Their Palz series has unfortunate external projections in the form of animal ears, tails, etc. Sizes run from 44 to 62 cm (17.3 to 24.4 inches). The company provides free replacement of crashed helmets.


Kong


Kong is an Italian climbing equipment company. They have one helmet from Casco called the Scarab that goes beyond dual-certified to be certified to European standards for rock climbing, bicycling/skateboarding, equestrian use and whitewater. All of those standards are easier to meet than the US equivalent, and the Scarab can't be sold in the US as a bicycle helmet unless it meets the CPSC standard, but it is an interesting concept. The Scarab has a ring fit system with dial adjustment. It appears to have external strap anchors. It is also used for spelunking, so there is a clasp in front for a caving light.


Kraniums


Karanium Design was founded by a London-based designer who pioneered the use of a helmet liner made of a corrugated paper product that looks like cardboard. There was an Abus Kranium model that used the liner but added a conventional EPS liner layer as well. As of 2015 Kranium had been bought by a US company that intended to bring the helmets to the US market. We have a page up on the Kranium technology.


Kuji Sports


Kuji Sports Ningbo is an Asian company based in Taiwan and China. They ship over 4 million helmets annually. You have not seen their brand because the helmets are branded for other companies, some of them well known. They produce many models in bicycle styles, including inmolded road helmets, glued or taped on shell road helmets, toddler models and full face downhill helmets, including the FF3 below. Kuji FF3 Kuji also has an array of hard shell and thin shell skate models. Retail prices span a broad range.


Kunshan Yiyuan Sporting Goods


Kunshan Yiyuan manufacturers a line of helmets including road, toddler and skate styles. They supply a broad range of styles and price points. Some are inmolded, other have glued or taped on shells. Some have nicely recessed strap anchors. Shells are polycarbonate or PVC, or hard ABS for skate helmets. Their helmets are sold direct to dealers by Shanghai Cathay (Shanghai Cycle).


Kylin


Kylin Motorcycle Fittings is a Chinese manufacturer of bicycle, motorcycle, ski and other helmets. Many of their models are motorcycle/BMX helmets, but they have 12 bicycle helmets and one classic skate style model. Some are inmolded, some taped on. Some have Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) covers. Some of the less expensive models are nicely rounded, but the upper end of the line all have rear points. All meet the CEN standard, and many are designed to CPSC. Their helmets will appear in the US market under other brands. Sizes run up to 62 cm/24.4 inches. Prices should be around $15 to $40.


LAS


LAS (or L.A.S.) is an Italian company owned by Briko, with a line of high-end helmets made in Italy since 1974. They are available in US bike stores with distribution handled by Trialtir, who have info on LAS's current US models. LAS continues its emphasis on style. There are some nice bright colors available and finish quality is good. Most models have silver-impregnated liner material to retard bacterial growth, a feature that some may appreciate and others want to avoid. Strap anchors on LAS models are hidden under the shell, a nice feature that improves the smoothness of the helmet exterior. The strap junctions do not hold well on most LAS helmets. LAS says their helmets work for Asian-fit heads except for the new Anubi. The Euro models meeting only the CEN standard are different designs from the US models we list first. LAS models are "100% made in Italy."

US Models Non-US Models The regular LAS line fits heads from 51 cm to 63 cm (20.1" to 24.8"). LAS replaces crashed helmets for one year after purchase for half price. LAS sells helmet parts, including pads.


LaBici


LaBici is a brand of Armor Manufacturing. They have several road models with points in the rear, as well as a newer compact HMM 11.5 and classic skate models with ABS shells. They are all certified to the CEN standard, but we don't know if they would pass the US CPSC standard for sale in the US market.


Lazer


Lazer is the brand of a Belgian company, Cross HM S.A., established in 1919. In mid-2016 they were acquired by Shimano. Their high end models have nicely recessed strap anchors. Kid's models have bug net in the front vents and chin protectors on the straps.

Some of Lazer's models have a ring fit system called Rollsys that narrows the band as it is tightened, rather than just pushing the head forward in the helmet. Lazer sells the Rollsys helmets in Asia, where heads are rounder, and says that their fit system adjusts well for the Asian Fit shape. They also have a spring-loaded version that they call Autofit.

Lazer has MIPS implementation in some models that closely fits the vents to maintain airflow and comes all the way down in the back to cover the entire interior of the helmet. Some models have an "aquavent" you can pour water into for cooling.

Lazer has six women's models that are advertised as ponytail friendly, with the rear "curving upward" to add space: Cosmo, Grace, Elle, Monroe, Jade and Lily. In fact, the men's models of those helmets have the same notch in the rear rim.

Lazer sells some models in both Europe and the US without having to make changes to meet the CPSC standard. High end models are different for the two markets, however, since the US version is too heavy to sell well in European markets. Some models come in a women's "MOi" version with pastel colors and bright colored straps, said to be "ponytail friendly." Their built-in LED models run on button cells to reduce the bulk of the battery and permit the helmets to pass impact standards, although button cells don't last very long and are expensive to replace. Model names change, and we don't keep track of the old ones. There are neon options for most models, with the color molded into the plastic shell. There are also sunglasses available with short side pieces that end in a magnet, matching with a rubber-covered metal piece on the helmet strap. There are plastic shells that Lazer calls Aeroshells that fit on top of some models to close the vents for time trials or winter use. Some models have a magnetic buckle. Newer models have more coverage of the temple area. Lazer has an LED cap that fits over their Rollsys adjustor on top of the helmet. It is included with the Neon, and can be added to other models for $12.

Lazer has EVA interior pads for some of their models that they say hold up well under repeated cleanings and work well for rental bike helmets.

Lazer has a magnetic retention system for sunglasses called Magneto. It is available with three different lens options or as a single photochromatic lens that adapts to varying light conditions. If you often fasten your helmet straps outside your glasses temple pieces and they get uncomfortable, this could be useful. Most riders put their sunglasses on after fastening the helmet.

Lazer has a Cappuccino Lock, an insert that slips between the two sides of a standard two-prong plastic helmet buckle and has a three-wheel combination. You can't open the lock without the combination, but you can still cut the strap. Could be used to lock the helmet to the bike, but your bike lock is easier for that. Could be used in place of a bike lock, but only if you have your eyes on the bike at all times. Maybe to grab a quick cappuccino.


Leatt


Dr. Leatt founded this South African company to make neck braces. They have added helmets to their line, starting with a motorcycle-style full face helmet that integrates well with the neck brace during a crash.

The Leatt design uses a dual density liner with "V Foam" that is a ConeHead implementation with spikes of softer foam extending into the stiffer layer. They say it has been used to reduce the thickness of the helmet. The liner also incorporates round Armourgel pads that are designed to allow the head to move in the helmet in a manner similar to MIPS, and claimed to produce a "30% reduction of impact at concussion level." They also claim that the liner reduces rotational acceleration of head & brain by up to 40%. And it permits a thinner helmet that "is 10% smaller, transferring up to 20% less rotational forces to the neck, head and brain." We don't know where they get their numbers. There are some bright colors in the Leatt line, but no white models. Current Leatt models include: Leatt offers a discount on replacement helmets after a crash. They may ask for photos of the helmet.


LED Helmets


LED is a Canadian company based in Alberta. They have one "one size fits most" helmet, a nicely rounded road helmet with reasonable vents that has four flashing single LED's around the helmet attempting to cover 360 degrees. We have not seen them, but the company provided test lab results showing the helmets meet the ASTM F1447-02 standard, so they would probably meet the CPSC standard as well. All of the impact test results were good, with reasonable g levels. We don't know what power source they are using for the LED's or how bright they are. Retail should be "in the low to mid 30's."


LifeBEAM


LifeBEAM was a 2013 startup developing a "Smart Helmet." The prototype was Lazer's Genesis model with an optical physiological sensor in contact with the forehead, accelerometer (unexplained function), and wireless communication with Bluetooth or ANT+ devices. It monitors heartbeat without a chest strap. Lifebeam calls it the Smart Helmet. You can buy a Lazer Genesis Lifebeam now through a Lazer dealer or for $230 from the lifebeam site. The device is also available online in a visor or cap for $100.


Limar


Limar is an Italian brand. Their models usually have some bright color choices and nice graphics. Some of them are CEN certified only and are not available in the US market. Many of the inmolded models have unfortunate external strap anchors sticking up above the surface of the shell. Kid's models have nice pinch protector tabs on the buckle. Their side strap adjustors have not held well in the past, but the ones on the Ultralight Pro 104 are excellent. Their MIPS slip layers have better rear coverage than most. Pricing varies by $5 to $10, so we cite the high end of the range, and you may find it for less. Limar has rounded out its line with helmets from other manufacturers, a common practice, but say their helmets are designed, styled and tested in Italy. Limar is distributed in the US by J&B Importers.



Some Limar models are available in Bianchi colors, and Limar makes the Michelin line. Limar will have an add-on LED light in 2017 that clips on the rear stabilizer.

Limar has a 3 year crash replacement guarantee, offering a replacement helmet through the dealer at half off.


Livall


Livall began producing smart helmets in 2015. They launched an Indigogo campaign in 2016 with the Model BH-100. They began replacing it in late 2016 because of manufacturing defects related to the durability of the charging module in front and missing screws securing the USB port under the rear lip. Although the company refers to this as a "recall" it is not related to the impact protection covered by the CPSC standard, and is not a CPSC-required recall. They are charging $30 to supply a new helmet, an improved design referred to as the MH-1 with a more compact shape that looks a lot more current than the elongated BH-100. Owners are allowed to keep the first helmet, but the smart features may not work for long. Here is the original BH-100 and the MH-1 replacement. Livall BH-100 Livall MH-1 Depending on the model the smart features of the Livall include turn signals, tail lights, Bluetooth phone connections and music, photos, performance tracking and heart rate monitors. There is a handlebar-mounted controller.

Livall says they will have additional models for 2017, including the ones pictured: Livall 2017 models
We don't have details on them yet. The company will have to work on quality control to justify their pricing, and may be more interesting when they develop distribution to dealers. For now, they are available through Indiegogo Kickstarter campaigns.


Louis Garneau


See Louis Garneau above under "G"


Lucky Bell


Lucky Bell is a Hong Kong company producing Expanded PolyUrethane (EPU) helmets mostly for other brands, with some under their own Aerogo brand. They have bicycle models, most of them round and smooth, with small to reasonable vents, nicely recessed strap anchors and visors. There are also skate-style models. We can't find the Aerogo pages on the web any more.


Lumos


Lumos launched a new helmet in September of 2016 with white LEDs in the front and red LEDs in the back providing a claimed 80 lumens of light. It has turn signals activated from the handlebar remote, and when you slow down all the rear lights turn bright red, controlled by an adjustable accelerometer. There is a mobile app to adjust the motion level. The lights are said to last for 4 hours in solid mode and 7 hours blinking. The liner is a very hard EPU, a foam that crushes in hard impacts and meets standards but raises questions about performance in lower-level impacts. Comes in black, white and blue. Retail is $170.


Magicshine


Magicshine is known as a manufacturer of powerful but unfocused LED bicycle headlights. Their helmet line was introduced for 2017, and as expected they have very powerful LEDs. The helmet is a road helmet, with ring fit. The headlight has the classic Magicshine beam, and lasts for 3.5 hours. There is an accelerometer-controlled rear brake light that lights when the rider slows down. There is a handlebar remote for controlling the lights. There is no Asian Fit option. Magicshine will replace crashed helmets at half price. Retail is $170.


Martone


Martone Cycling has a single helmet model that is shaped like an equestrian helmet, with a large permanent visor and no vents. We always recommend avoiding permanently-attached visors, since they could yank your head in a crash impact. We do not know what standards the Martone meets. Retail is $115.


Mavic


Mavic entered the helmet market in 2012 and says they developed their designs in-house, but the helmets are made for them by a third party. All are road models, and all have a small fin in the rear reminiscent of 1950's US cars, with an M on it. Mavic helmets fit from 20 to 24 inch (51 to 61cm) heads. Mavic has replacement fit pads on their site for each helmet model for $10.


Meilan


Shenzhen Meilan Technology produces small electronic devices for bicycles. They have one helmet model, an elongated design with a modest rear point and long vents. It is inmolded with a two-piece shell. Its rechargeable battery powers a wireless turn signal system, Bluetooth music playing and mobile phone answering.


Melon


Melon is a German company launched in Europe in 2013 with a single skate-style model that they customize with high-quality graphics, competing with Nutcase. It is inmolded with a thin shell, small round vents, a ring fit system and a Fidlock magnetic buckle. They scored well in a Swiss consumer testing magazine article. Retail in the US is $70 to $80, except for the Core models at $60 with plain graphics and reduced features. They have a visor made of thick polycarbonate that could be a hazard if it shatters. They have bike bells to match 12 helmets that they call their "Bell Couture" line, with the pair retailing for $92. Melon offers a lifetime crash replacement guarantee with replacement at half price. Their helmet fits heads from 43 to 63cm.


MET


MET is an Italian manufacturer who brought their line to the US market in 2013. MET says their road and off-road helmets differ in the placement of the vents to optimize them for the type of riding, in addition to adding a visor for off road use. Most of their helmets are inmolded, and some have lower wrap around shells as well. MET uses the term "homothetic" for their internal reinforcing. Some models have Kevlar straps and others have normal polyester straps that MET claims are specially woven. Some have antibacterial pads. Strap anchors are under the shell in some models, a nice touch. Logos are reflective. The more recent models are radically different in appearance, with the elongated shapes and points disappearing. MET's weight figures show that they sometimes produce a heavier, more protective CPSC model for the US market than the CEN-certified European model. They candidly say they have not designed a helmet specifically for women, but all their helmets are designed for both men and women. Their strap junctions hold well. MET has replacement parts available on the website.


Michelin


Michelin, best known in the US for tires, launched a line of helmets in 2005 in conjunction with Zefal, best known in the US market for pumps and accessories. Since known brands sell more helmets, both companies may be hoping that the well-known brand name will help. The helmets are made by Limar. All but the toddler helmet are inmolded. We are having difficulty finding Michelin helmets on the web now, but on the Limar site there is still a 2014 catalog. The few we found this year are on closeout sale at half price or less.


Mien Yow Industry


See Alpha above.


Mobo


Mobo is the brand name of ASA Products helmet line with LED-powered fiber optic rings around them providing light. We had first seen those on Hopus/Aegis helmets in the past. The Mobo 360 degrees LED Light Helmet is a standard road model, inmolded with moderate vents and otherwise not exceptional, but the retail price is very high at $119. We have not been impressed with the light output, although the ring effect is cool. Mobo models fit heads 57 to 62 cm.


Mongoose


Mongoose is a Pacific Cycle brand, so the helmets are not produced by the same people who make the bicycles. The company is positioned as a supplier of a full line of bicycles and accessories targeting the "extreme sports kid," a male between 7 and 17 years of age "driven by attitude." We have not seen their helmet line this year and do not have pricing for their models.


Moon


Shunde Moon Helmet Co., Ltd. is a major Chinese manufacturer for many other brands. You are not likely to see their Babaali brand in your market. The web page says that Moon manufactures for Catlike, Giant, Merida and Disney, among others. They make an extensive line of inmolded helmets, including road, mountain, trail riding, urban and child models. Some models have reflective shells. We do not have their retail pricing.


Morpher


Morpher began raising funds on November 1, 2013 through Indiegogo to launch a new line of helmets that fold flat. They folded in 2020 after a recall.

The Morpher folded to just under 3 inches/75mm. Morpher helmet folded

Morpher helmet image The helmet was made of segmented blocks of foam joined by internal plastic strips like the old non-folding SportScope design, with plastic clips on each side holding it in helmet shape. The clips require two hands to unfold the helmet, and on our sample they were initially stiff and difficult to snap in place. The helmet was still flexible when unfolded and the clips are fastened, pressing inward on the sides. We found the original helmet less than comfortable. It had "hot spots" where angular foam bumps contacted the head and when unfolded the segmented construction still caused it to press on the head. A more recent revision of the design dealt with that problem. We tried it briefly, and it seemed much improved, but we did not try it for a long ride to see how well it worked. The Fidlock buckle is held together by a magnet. When folded, the helmet had four internal magnets that held it flat, seen as the small circles below the side clips in this photo. Morpher helmet image The original strap junctions did not hold well, and we found it hard to adjust for a truly stable fit. Morpher redesigned the junctions. Morpher produced a CPSC model. Although the only color available at the outset was matte black, there was a new white option coming soon. There were two small reflective rear logos and reflective strap stitching. The US retail price is $145.

There is renewed interest in folding helmets since the shared bike rental programs are doing well in many cities. We have a page up on folding helmets with more info.


Netti - Atom


Netti is an Australian company named for founder Annette Guerry that has been around since 1948 and say they are Australia's biggest manufacturer and distributor of bicycle clothing and helmets. We have not seen their helmets in the US market for a long time, but the models below are currently on their website, reduced to only six. They also have a Facebook page. Prices below are in Australian dollars. Netti models include:


Nishiki


In addition to their bicycles, Nishiki has in the past had a complementary line of clothing and accessories. We don't find their helmets easily on the web any more, but some are still around, and usually at good prices.


Norin


Norin Development Company is a Chinese manufacturer supplying a wide line of bike helmets for other brands. Their prices FOB China are typically from $2 to $12, translating to a US or European price in the $15 to $40 range. They have inmolded models, as well as taped on shells, ranging from elongated styles with points to more up-to-date compact models that are sometimes nicely rounded. They have child, skate and light motorcycle hard shells. We do not know what standards they normally design to. They can do custom designs. Their helmets are not on the web.


Northwave


Northwave is an Italian brand primarily known for shoes and clothing, but has added a line of bicycle helmets. They project US distribution in 2015. They have four models. We have not seen their line.


Now


Now stands for Nonstop on Wheels. The company came to the US for the first time in 2016. They have a line of very well rounded models, but almost all of them have a spoiler point on the rear. They make a concerted effort to use low density foam, a plus if you are worried about performance in low-level impacts. All of their helmets are inmolded. Models include: We are encouraged to see a new company appear that is focused on designing helmets with lower density foam.


Nutcase


Nutcase began its marketing with a single classic skate helmet with ABS hard shell in many colorful and whimsical graphics designed to convince stubborn kids that wearing a helmet is cool. They now include a removable visor. Some of their models have strap junctions that slip too easily and would not retain their adjustment well.

A shop specializing in large bikes for large people informs us that the Nutcase in L/XL fits many customers who have large heads. The Nutcase site fitting chart says that size fits heads up to 64 cm (25").

Nutcase will replace a crashed helmet for the first year after purchase, but they want a photo of it.


O2


O2 manufactures helmets in India. Their helmets were marketed in the US for the first time in 2013. The brand includes a full line:


OGK - Kabuto


OGK is a Japanese company that marketed OGK helmets in the US back in the 1980's. They still produce bicycle helmets under the Kabuto brand for the Japanese market, and their English website describes their line. It includes road, urban, kids, downhill and chrono helmets. All are certified to the Japan Cycling Federation JCF standard. We don't know their pricing. In Japan, all are made for the Asian head shape, of course, and their catalog explains the difference in head shapes. We don't know if their export line is sized for western heads or not. The OGK Kabuto Steair-X has been cited as a solution for very large Asian-shape heads. See our page on rounder heads for more.


Oktos


Oktos is a European company selling accessories and sunglasses as well as helmets. They sponsor racing teams. Their helmets are made in China to the European CEN standard and marketed in Europe. Some are inmolded. They fit sizes 54 to 62 cm (21.3 to 24.4 inches). We have not seen their current line. In the US, Oktos helmets are distributed by Persons-Majestic Co. In December of 2015 all of the Oktos helmets are listed on their site as "Not in stock." We don't know what that means, so the descriptions below may be obsolete.


One


One Industries has a line of motocross and motorcycle helmets that they have begun marketing for BMX use. The brand is owned by Bravo Sports, whose other brands now include Pro-Tec and SixSixOne. They introduced MIPS in the Gamma MIPS model in 2014. The MIPS system permits the helmet to slip slightly on impact, possibly improving performance. It seems more appropriate here in a full face helmet that fully encases the head than in the typical bicycle helmet. One's models include:


O'Neal


O'Neal USA (formerly Azonic/O'Neal) has mostly motorcycle-style hard shell no-vent full face helmets for BMX. They have removable inner liners for cleaning and the standard large bolted-on BMX visors, always a potential snagging hazard. Most have the Fidlock buckle, held closed with a magnet. There are more O'Neal models in the European market. O'Neal helmets fit sizes from 54 cm/20.5" to 64 cm/25". They will replace a crashed helmet at half price.


Orbea


Orbea is an old and established Spanish bicycle manufacturer. In 2010 they developed a line of helmets with distinctive styling with four models: Odin, Thor, Rune and Ari. All are road helmets with large vents and rear points. For 2013 they added Sport City, an urban style helmet with a nicely rounded profile, available only in black and retailing in the UK for 55. Orbea's website has no standards information.


Overade


Overade has a folding hardshell helmet called the Plixi with a complex folding mechanism. It meets the CEN helmet standard, and the Small/Medium version meets the US CPSC standard as well. Overade helmet image Overade helmet folded Consumer Reports rated its impact performance as Very Good in their 2016 helmet article, but downrated it for fit and ventilation. You can see the folding action in this video. The Overade folds into a chunk instead of flattening like most folders. Folded measurements are about 4.75"/120mm by 8.4"/210mm by 6.4"/106mm. There are accessories to include a soft visor and rain cover. Strap junctions on our sample did not hold at all, so unless they have been upgraded, fitting would be difficult without sewing the straps or using rubber bands below the fittings to prevent them from slipping. Retail is $120. There is renewed interest in folding helmets since the shared bike rental programs are doing well in many cities. We have a page up on folding helmets with more info.


Pacific Cycle


See Schwinn below, or Mongoose above. Pacific Cycle owns the Schwinn brand. In 2009 they bought PTI, the former manufacturer of Schwinn brand helmets.


Pillow Pets


Pillow Pets has a helmet line they call Tricksters. It is a skate-style helmet with cute fluffy animal covers. Cute, but the fluff and the noses, ears, etc., sticking out from the surface of the helmet are not recommended. This one at least meets the ASTM F-1492 multiple-impact skateboard standard as well as CPSC, although the liner is EPS and not truly multi-impact. Retail is $30. There are blankets, slippers, purses and more in the same themes as the helmets.


Poc


Poc is a Swedish company founded in 2005 who entered the US bicycle market in 2009. In mid-2012 they were bought by Black Diamond, known for its outdoor and ski equipment. They are reporting good sales. In mid-2015 POC was acquired by Investcorp, a corporate investment manager publicly traded on the Bahrain Bourse. Ownership changes do not seem to have affected the product line.

POC's other lines include body armor, gloves and protective eyewear as well as ski helmets. Some of their helmets meet standards other than the CPSC and CEN bicycle standards--check the sticker inside to be sure. Although bike standards all over the world have eliminated penetration tests because epidemiology shows few if any penetration injuries, early POC models used a double overlapping shell construction to ensure that there are no straight-through vents where a sharp object can penetrate. This would inevitably reduce air flow, but POC was concerned about preventing penetration by sharp objects. That is rare in bicycling, so we do not share that concern, but if you do and want at least some ventilation in a penetration-protective helmet, the POC approach on their Flow models is unique. The helmet is molded in the thin inner shell, with a thicker outer shell.

In 2011 Poc introduced two models that incorporated the MIPS anti-rotational injury design, with a slip-plane layer that mitigates rotational force by sliding the outer layer over a Teflon-coated inner layer at the moment of impact. We have more on that technology on our MIPS page. POC was an early adopter of MIPS, and their implementation was more extensive than the current helmets with just interior slip pads. In 2018 POC intends to introduce a new "spin" pad to replace MIPS in some of their models to provide the possible advantages of a slip plane.

Poc's models for this year include: POC's small models fit 51cm heads, and their XL goes up to 62cm. The company promotes very brightly colored bike clothing to go with their brightly colored helmet models, and their AVIP orange is still available although not in the catalog. They do not have a crash replacement discount.

POC, Volvo and Erickssen have collaborated on a new system connecting cars drivers and bike riders via cell phone and GPS location technology. If a collision is about to happen, the Volvo driver would see a bike on a heads-up display, and the bike rider would see a warning light on their helmet. It's a concept at this point, but should be on the market soon and the car piece is already in Volvo's new XC-90 model. We don't know what the POC helmet model to match up will be. And of course we don't know if it will really work. But it opens up interesting possibilities for the future.


Potenza


Potenza is a brand of Seattle Bike Supply, a large distributor of bicycles and related products. Their helmets have simple strap fittings, but they seem to hold well. These are not the same models sold by ProRider (below) even though the two companies are in the same ZIP code. Pricing should be reasonable. The website has disappeared, and we find the helmets only on Amazon or Ebay.


ProRider


ProRider is a supplier of BMX and bicycle helmets from China and is also the home of the CNS (Children - N - Safety) National Helmet Program, selling directly to schools and non-profit organizations. Many of their helmets are Snell B95-certified in addition to meeting the CPSC standard. Most of their models have the rounder, smoother shapes that we believe are best when you crash. Prices are very low for the models with taped-on shells over plain white foam, in the under $10 range and sometimes as low as $4 each including shipping when purchased in large quantities for a helmet program. For a dollar or two more you can get better looking models that are more likely to be accepted by the kids than the white foam helmets. ProRider will also sell to individuals at somewhat higher prices but still below $20 including shipping.


Pro Supergo


Pro Supergo is a Taiwanese company not affiliated with the Supergo bike shops in California or with the former Supergo helmets from the 1970's. They have a line of inexpensive Asian-made helmets to complement their other bike accessories. The website shows a number of models, including adult, child, BMX and skate style. Some are in EPU foam, some in EPS. Some of the adult models are inmolded. We do not know what their retail pricing would be.


Pro-Tec


Pro-Tec was one of the original skate helmet companies in the 1970's, and popularized the classic skateboard-style helmet with a round, smooth hard shell and small round vents. The company has changed hands at least four times since it was founded, and in December, 2015 the Pro-Tec brand was sold to Bravo Sports, whose brands include ONE and SixSixOne. Pro-Tec formerly sold some models that were dual-certified to both the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard and the CPSC bike helmet standard. But their 2016 line refers to "dually certified by CPSC and CE standards." That is not dual certification to skate and bike standards, just certification to the CPSC bike standard and automatically passing the easier European bike standard. We have removed all reference to dual-certified in the descriptions below. In 2014 Pro-Tec introduced "vent badges" with their brand on the rings that edge the vents on some models in a further effort to differentiate their brand from the hundreds of almost identical skate style helmet brands.

Pro-Tec's "certified" line uses mostly EPS crushable liners. But they also use a foam they call SXP for some models that replaced the lower grade protection of prior years. It is a modified formulation of Expanded PolyPropylene (EPP), allowing them to upgrade their protection while still meeting multiple impact tests without making the helmets thicker. It is a multi-impact foam, although it does lose some performance with multiple hard hits in the same location. We have more comments on our foam page. Consumer Reports announced in January, 2017 that Pro-Tec planned to recall their City Lite model after CU's testing showed: "The Pro-Tec City Lite's helmet retention system-the chin straps and buckle that should keep the helmet securely on your head in the event of an accident-failed to work properly in three out of the four City Lite helmets we tested. In one case, the buckle broke; in two others, a strap detached from the body of the helmet." And the web article further states: "Because of our test results and the results of the company's additional internal testing, which confirmed the problem, Pro-Tec intends to recall the City Lite helmet. According to a statement provided to Consumer Reports, the company 'will coordinate with the U.S. CPSC on a recall, and will work with them on an appropriate remedy.'" The recall was officially issued on September 25, 2017. We sent out a Helmet Update.

Pro-tec's models include:

Pro-Tec continues to sell skate-only models through skate shops. They are hard shells with two-stage EVA foam liners (squishy foam) that are softer than EPS and might cushion smaller impacts better, but bottom out in a really hard hit. We see no reason to buy one of those when the CPSC certified models listed above are available.

Most Pro-Tec models fit heads from 52 to 64 cm (20.8 to 24.4 inches). Pro-Tec does not have a crash replacement discount. There are no Asian Fit models in their line for people with wider heads.

As always with Pro-Tec, check the sticker inside the helmet for what standard it meets before you buy.


Proviz


Proviz is a UK retailer of high-visibility bicycle gear, including helmets. They announced in May, 2012 that they are bringing at least one of their helmets to the US market. Their Saturn Hi Visibility model comes in neon yellow or pink and has five LEDs in the visor. Unfortunately that means that to use the lights you would have to use the visor at night when you probably don't need it. It is CPSC certified. They have other hi-viz models, including one that is all black. It at least has the rear red LED light built into the fit ring of all of the Proviz models. Although "Designed and built to CE EN 1078 safety standard" the Saturn is now certified to the CPSC standard for sale in the US market. Fits only 55 to 59cm (21.7 to 23.2") heads. The retail price is 55.


Prowell Helmets


Prowell is a Taiwanese company producing a line of helmets in EPU foam. They have a very interesting web page with an explanation of the foam and their technology. Most of their models are inmolded, some with lower shells as well. They generally have a high quality appearance, seeming solid (and a bit heavy) in the hand. There are 6 models in the line ranging from radical elongated styles with rear points to more rounded commuter helmets and child models. They have a "Shark Fin" LED light designed to mount on top of a helmet and flash in all directions. Most of Prowell's models should retail for about $25. The company manufactures helmets for other brands.


Pryme Protective Gear


Pryme is a brand of Seattle Bicycle Supply. The line includes helmets for BMX, downhill racing, whitewater, snowboarding and skate use, most of them with catchy names. All come with three sets of fitting pads. They fit heads from 52 to 62 cm.


Punisher


Punisher is a brand of skateboards and skate helmets. They have two models. One is a hard shell classic skate style helmet with small round vents in front and small oval vents on the top. It is certified to the CPSC bicycle helmet standard, not to any skateboard standard. Among the graphic versions is a visible white option as well as the usual black. Fits heads from 53 to 57 cm. The retail price is $30. The second model is their Pro Series Neon, an upgraded helmet certified to the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard as well as CPSC. Retail is $40. It comes in bright colors as well as white and black.


Radkappe


This German company (also known in the US as Radkappa, corresponding to its German pronunciation) has one model, a round smooth urban-style helmet with a long molded-in visor that is almost cartoonish. But it has a true pony tail port in the rear, where the coverage appears low like a skate-style helmet. Has a thin shell and EPS liner. It is CEN and CPSC certified. Colors are muted white, gray and blue. Retail is €79.


Raskullz


Raskullz is the brand for a line of 3D child and toddler helmets with rubber animal ears and noses mounted on them. Some go beyond that. All of the projections are soft rubber, but some have a harder core, and do not readily detach. See this page on sliding resistance to see why we think helmets that would not slide easily on pavement present a hazard, and do not recommend them. The CPSC child bicycle helmet standard prohibits projections of more than 7mm that do not collapse or break away readily when tested. These collapse partly, but the remaining lump is higher than 7mm. We were dismayed to see that Target is selling Raskullz to unsuspecting parents. In 2014 Bell bought the Bult company, owner of the Raskullz brand, primarily for Bult's patents on built-in cameras. Consumer Reports rated the Raskullz Mohawk helmet in June, 2015 as Excellent for impact protection, although the Mohawk was rated Poor for fit and Poor for ventilation, and received the lowest overall score of any helmet CU tested that year.


Razor


See Kent above.


Rhoads


Rhoads is a brand distributed by North American Cycles. There are road, and urban models. Retail is low, about $11.50 to $20.


Roar


Roar Helmets come from Shang Yang Industrial Co. of Taiwan and Vietnam. They have a line of nicely made CPSC-certified helmets, and their adult models are inmolded. Some have multiple shell pieces covering lower areas of the helmet. Most have modest rear points and recessed strap anchors, and some are very well-rounded, notably the KS-04. There are bright color options for each model. They have a unique strap fitting that tightens with a screw. They should all retail in the $35 range. Roar has a child "designer's" helmet that they can customize with printing and graphics for events or other needs. Sizes run from 52.3 cm (20.5") to 62 cm.


Rudy Project


This European manufacturer markets sunglasses and sporting attire from founder Rudy Barbazza. We are not sure which models you may find in which markets, but check their US web page for the ones certified to the CPSC standard. All of the models listed below are inmolded. Most have partially recessed or even embedded strap anchors and some have small reflective patches in the rear. Their models have cam locking strap fittings that locked the strap very well. They are nice looking helmets, most with bright color options including USA red, white and blue, and some Canadian graphics with maple leaves. There is at least one model that has provision for the Icedot crash sensor. We don't have their pricing for this year, so some prices below may be outdated. Models include: Rudy Project always has some interesting design innovations, but their elongated shapes with rear points seem dated.


S-One


S-One Helmet Company has ABS hard shell classic skate helmet models. Some are dual-certified to CPSC and ASTM F1492 skateboard standards, and some are not certified to any standard at all. Their site uses the phrase "dual-certified" to refer to meeting CPSC and the European standard, not a skateboard standard the way we use it. S-One is to be applauded for their frankness about their non-certified helmets.


Sahn Helmets


Sahn is located in Vancouver. They have one model, the Sahn Classic, an elegant skate-style helmet with a built-in hard shell visor and no vents, but with internal vent channels. Retail at Walrus, a "contemporary lifestyle boutique," is $129 Canadian. Sahn now has dealers across Canada and in the US and Europe as well. For 2016 Sahn will have a new Carbon model with Fidlock magnetic buckle retailing for $200.

In September of 2016 Sahn recalled their Classic model for failure to meet CPSC impact standard requirements.


SDS / San Diego Speed


See Armor above.


Sawako Furuno


Sawako Furuno is a London fashion designer with a line of cycle accessories and clothing who is promoting a skate helmet model with an ABS hard shell and fashion covers. They include the Leopard, one in alligator skin and a number of others. They have small round vents and a visor. They come only in size medium to fit heads 54 to 58cm. They are certified to the US CPSC standard. They are stocked now by some US women's design retailers, at prices around $120 to $150, showing what the fashion industry can do to add value to a skate helmet. There are also fleece ear cozies for cold days.


Schwinn


The Schwinn brand is now the property of Pacific Cycle USA. We usually see them in big box stores or on the Internet at retailers like Amazon. They have some very inexpensive models, and some better ones that can be fitted more easily starting under $20. Most of their adult models also have a "youth" size. We can't find information about the line on the web any more


Scott


Scott is a high tech sporting goods company that grew out of the invention of the first aluminum ski pole. They now produce many products, and have a line of bike helmets. At least two of Scott's models use dual-density "cone-head foam" liners. Most have bug net in the front vents. A number of the models have a Contessa version with ladies graphics. Most Scott models are now available with MIPS. Some of the models below are European helmets that are certified only to the CEN standard and would not be sold in the US. In 2015 Scott's Vanish Evo was recalled (see below).


SDL


SDL is a Thai company that makes colorful jerseys in Thai styles. They have one road helmet, the SDL Wonga, an elongated design with long vents, a heart-shaped front vent and big rear points.


SE Ripper


SE has a classic skate style helmet with a hard ABS shell to complement their BMX and freestyle bikes. CPSC certified only. Retail is about $25.


Sector9


Sector9 Skateboard Company has two helmet models in their line:


Sena


Sena produces motorcycle headsets and intercoms, and in 2017 they are introducing a smart helmet for the bicycle market. It is called the Smart cycling Helmet, and is a round and smooth compact design road model with longitudinal vents and a blacked-out rear shell that makes the helmet appear to be chopped off. The electronics integrate with the rider's phone by Bluetooth, providing an intercom, voice prompts about cycling status, audio and FM radio. We thought the speakers were not too pleasing. It has noise canceling. There is a remote control and of course a smartphone app. Retail is $200 with Bluetooth only, or $350 with all features including the intercom.


Selev


Selev is an Italian company with models made in Italy mostly for the upscale road rider market. Most of their helmets are inmolded. More recent models are compact shape, but older ones have many rear points. The high end models are "100% made in Italy." Others are designed in Italy. The website says they meet EN 1078, the European standard. Their models include: Selev has a crash replacement policy in the US market that provides a helmet at half the retail price.


SH+


SH + is an Italian company with a full line of bike helmets, some made in Italy and only one is imported from China. Most of their helmets are only certified to the European CEN standard, but some meet CPSC for sale in the US, They entered the US market in 2014. Most road models have large vents and rear points. They have an anti-pinch buckle that is backed by a tab. There is a skate style model, as well as long tail and round chrono helmets, and downhill racing full face models. Retail prices ranges from 24 to €160. All are inmolded. The largest fits 62cm heads. SH+ models include:


Shadow Conspiracy


Shadow Conspiracy is the brand of BMX bikes, apparel and parts manufacturer Sparky's Distribution. They have one skate-style helmet with rectangular vents. Certified only to the CPSC bicycle helmet standard, not the more demanding ASTM F2032 BMX standard. Shadow's helmet fits sizes 50 to 62cm. They replace crashed helmets. Retail is $45.


Shaun White Supply Co


Shaun White Supply Co is a D-6 brand for skateboards and trick scooters and accessories. They have a classic skate-style helmet with a hard shell and small vents. It comes in black or white, and the corporate logo on the front just says Supply Co. Retail is $30.


Shenzhen Baojiali


Shenzhen Baojiali Sport Equipment is a Hong Kong company with a full line of bicycle helmets. They have road, children's and skateboard helmets in many styles. Most are EN 1078 certified for the European market and some are CPSC certified for sale in the US. Some models are inmolded. Prices in the US should be in the range of $10 to $40 retail.


Shenzhen Hezhen Bicycle Inc.


A Chinese manufacturer located in Shenzhen. We have not seen their line, but they have informed us that they produce 15 models, including some BMX style with fiberglass shells and some rated as bicycle/skate helmets. They say they export to 20 countries, including the US, but we don't know what brands they manufacture for.


Shenzhen Qukang Industry Development


Although we have not seen their current line, this Taiwanese manufacturer makes both EPS and EPU helmets. Their EPU helmets are inmolded. The styles are well-rounded, but vents look small. They have a fiberglass BMX model. We don't have current pricing. You would be most likely to see their helmets with other brands on them.


Shred


Shred is a manufacturer of protective body gear, sunglasses and goggles. They have added helmets to their line, some meeting the right standards for skate and downhill. All of their helmets have provision for the Icedot crash sensor. Several models have liners with a "honeycomb cone structure" that is added to EPS and EPP to attempt to displace energy sideways in a crash. Shred also uses a layer of "Infinite R.A.A." flattened disks in some models to provide a slip plane similar to MIPS. Some liners also have "impact channels" that are designed to deflect energy. But we have not seen any test results indicating that either approach improves performance. Shred's models include: Although we have no data to substantiate the performance of Shred's technology, we are impressed that they are among the companies developing new approaches to helmet liners, and by their certification to the skate and downhill standards for some models.


Sixsixone


SixSixOne is primarily a BMX and skate equipment company with a racing slant, owned by Bravo Sports. They have bicycle, BMX/Downhill and skate style models in their line. They have many dealers in the UK. SixSixOne pioneered the "trail-riding" style by adopting Toby Henderson's design, and have brought it back with the revamped Recon.


Smart


Smart helmets come from Shunde Smart Helmet Co in China. They supply helmets for other brands. Most of their helmet models have the elongated shape with many vents and points in the rear, but more recent designs are compact, and a few are nicely rounded. Some are inmolded, some taped on. There are kids and skate models as well. We don't have their retail pricing.


Smith


Smith Optics has been known for eye protection and helmets for snowboarding and skiing. They launched a new bicycle helmet line in 2014. Their bike helmets have integrated eyewear available. Their liners use a honeycomb of collapsing plastic tubes about the diameter of drinking straws, thermo-welded together and surrounded by conventional EPS to keep them perpendicular to the head. The straws collapse along their length when impacted, and so does the surrounding EPS, managing the impact energy by slowing the transmission of energy and reducing the peak impact, just as other helmet liners do. You can see the material on the Koroyd site. The material is made in Germany of polycarbonate and PET. The Koroyd part of the liner is similar to Cascade's Seven liner system for lacrosse helmets. The Forefront became available in the spring of 2014, aimed at the mountain bike market segment. Here is an article in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. The only test results we have seen came from the 2016 Consumer Reports article, where they rated the impact protection of the ForeFront as Excellent (23 others rated Excellent). The liner is mostly EPS in some segments, so any impact is likely to involve both Koroyd and EPS areas. The Koroyd tubes can leave honeycomb abrasion marks on the rider's head in a crash, but cushioning them where they meet the skin would reduce ventilation, and many riders feel that abrasion marks are not life-threatening. Smith liner image Smith recalled their Quantum ski and snowboard helmets in September 2017 for buckle failures, but that problem has not surfaced in any of their bicycle models. There were no reported injuries or incidents with the buckles, so apparently they failed lab tests.

Smith's models include:

Smith's crash replacement policy lasts for two years. They will replace the helmet at a discount of 30% off the MSRP.


SMS Speed Mobility System


SMS is a Chinese manufacture located in Hong Kong, with an extensive line of road, mountain, urban and downhill helmets. Most are inmolded. Some have Conehead dual-density foam liners. Some are certified only to the European CE standard, others to CE and CPSC, but the skate and downhill models are not certified to the more demanding ASTM standards for those sports.


Specialized


Specialized is one of the major U.S. helmet manufacturers sold through bike shops and is a supplier of a wide range of bicycles and components. All of their bicycle-style helmets are inmolded. They have the straps in some models attached directly to the interior reinforcing, eliminating the external strap anchor bumps found on most helmets. Other anchors are recessed.

Specialized now has its Tri-Fix fitting system on all models, with the strap junctions on the side sewn in place like Bell's True Fit. It lacks the special inside cage that makes True Fit work, and does not function well for this reviewer, but works better on some other heads. Since you can't adjust the junctions, we would not buy a helmet with Tri-Fix without trying it on first to see if it works for your head. That is normal when you buy the helmet in a bike store. Specialized models consistently top Consumer Reports ventilation ratings.

All of Specialized's models are ring fit. Several of the models below are available in a women's color scheme. In addition to the CPSC standard, Specialized models are certified to Snell's older B-90 bicycle helmet standard, very similar to CPSC. Specialized is the only major US bike helmet brand still using Snell certification. All Specialized models have some hi-vis colors and all have a white option. There is at least some reflective material on almost all models and two colors that are all-reflective on some models. Their models include:

Most Specialized models fit 51 to 63 cm (20.0 to 24.8") heads. The Max fits up to 64 cm (25.5") heads.

Specialized sometimes has older models of their helmets on their website's sale page at reduced prices, but never any of the current year's models, available only through bike shops.

Specialized sells replacement pads and visors on their website for many of their models.

Specialized will provide a 20% discount voucher for any crashed helmet, but requires proof of purchase and may substitute another helmet if the one that was crashed is no longer available.


Speedzone


See Guangzhou above.


Spiuk


Spiuk is a Spanish supplier of a wide range of bicycles, components and clothing. (The name is pronounced spee-yuke.) They have some bright color combinations on most models including team graphics. Strap anchors are nicely recessed. Their models include: In some cases Spiuk will replace crashed helmets at a discount.


Star


Star Helmets (Zhuhai Star Sports Equipment), located in Zhuhai, China, produces an extensive line of helmets under the Star Sport brand. Most are inmolded, the rest have taped on or glued on shells. Their B3-11 model is well vented, round and smooth. Most of the rest have rear points. In 2015 Star added their B3-23A and B-3-27A mountain bike models, with a compact shape and reduced rear points. Some models are only CEN certified, but others are certified to CPSC and ASTM F1447 bicycle, and fourteen appear on Snell's B-95 bicycle helmet certification list, indicating better than CPSC impact protection. They have one helmet model certified to the ASTM F1849 Speed Skate standard. Star seems to be moving more toward the high end of their line. Most should sell in the $20 to $50 range in the US market, with the BMX models around $65 and ski models probably in the same range. Star sells Asian Fit helmets in Japan and Korea, and they are now making some MIPS models for customers' brands.


Stash


Stash was a folding helmet designed to be stored in a smaller space than a standard helmet, useful for riders using shared use bicycle programs. It folded like the 1990's Motorika and the 2012 Biologic Pango, a hard shell model that folds the same way. The Stash had a hard outer partial shell of ABS. Aside from the bare foam sections, the shape was round and smooth. Both sides folded into the middle to store it compactly. Stash image The manufacturer of the Stash, Hatpac Ltd. of the UK, said it met the CEN EN 1078 European bike helmet standard. If it did, it would be roughly equivalent to any one-piece Euro helmet. At an advertised 300 to 330 grams (about 12 oz.) it would be about a third heavier than a standard thin-shell CEN helmet, but that should not make much difference to any rider, particularly for short trips in town. Since we have never seen any mention of testing to the US CPSC standard, this one probably could not have been sold in the US. The typical CEN standard helmet does not meet our more severe impact tests. The Stash had protruding lumps for the hinges that might not pass our limits on protrusions as well. Although their web description of lab test results had indicated the author had some serious confusion about helmet testing, this was a really innovative design that might well encourage people using bikes in town to wear a helmet, particularly those who regularly borrow or rent a bike for short rides. Came with a pouch, and the company had shoulder bags and backpacks with special Stash compartments. Came in visible white with chrome trim, as a commuter helmet should, as well as invisible black. The two sizes fitted heads from 55 to 58 (21.7 to 22.8") and 60 to 62 cm (23.6 to 24.4"). The Stash retailed in the UK market for 50 or less if you can find it now. We found it once in the Netherlands for €73.5 ($102). The Stash web page disappeared in 2010, and Hatpac is similarly difficult to find. We don't think the helmet is still available.


Strategic Sports


Strategic Sports designs and produces helmets for a number of U.S. and European companies with the other company's brand, and they rank among the world's largest helmet producers, with annual sales in the millions of helmets. Ten of their helmets appear on Snell's list. They are the prime licensee of the Cone-head dual density foam design. We have comments on Strategic models under a number of other brands in this review, but you are not likely to see a Strategic Sports brand name, since they avoid publicity.


Sunshine Helmets - Foshan


Foshan Sunshine Sporting Goods Company Ltd. was established in 2013. Foshan is a Chinese supplier of helmets for other brands, with their own Sunshine brand. They have many bike helmet models on the web. Some are inmolded, some taped on. There are kids and skate models as well. We don't have their retail pricing.


Suomy


Suomy is an Italian company that began in the motorsport helmet sector and has expanded into fashion goods and bicycle helmets. They have an extensive line, all inmolded, with mostly recessed strap anchors and bright color options. They market their Minimum Contact System, creating a gap between helmet and head for air circulation. Their strap junctions are excellent, holding very well.

Suomy offers a 2 year warranty.


Taizhou Vista Sports Goods


Taizhou Vista is a Chinese supplier of helmets for other brands. They have 65 bike helmet models on the web, most of them elongated models with many vents and points in the rear. Some are inmolded, some taped on. There are kids and skate models as well. We don't have their retail pricing.


TEC Components


TEC Components is a Swedish company with a wide range of bicycle components including helmets. Almost all of their models have pronounced points in the rear, but two have nicely rounded profiles: the aero road Ventum and the Acror MIPS. The website does not discuss standards, but they are probably all certified only to the European EN1078 standard and would not be available in the US market.


THE Industries


THE, an Enterprise founded by Toby Henderson, has mountain bike fenders, saddles and other accessories. The company provides helmets to Vigor Sports, where Henderson was one of the founding partners, and we write them up under Vigor, below. Their F-14 model was the first rounder, smoother trail-style model and really good rear coverage to catch our eye, reaching the market in mid-2007. It was replaced by a similar helmet with bigger vents and unfortunate rear points in the form of an added-on "air deflector" that is removable. THE also has two full face helmets and a very round and smooth skate helmet with an ABS hard shell. They produce a road model with the Draco brand with a rounded profile, many vents and what looks to be extended rear coverage. In early 2017 they had their youth downhill full face model, the T3 Shield on sale for $40, the lowest price we have ever seen for a helmet certified to the ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standard. Their Point 5 full face was on sale for the same price, but certified only to CPSC.


Thousand Helmets


Introduced in 2016, Thousand has one model, a skate-style hard shell with small vents and a small visor molded onto the front. It has a cable lock that pops out of the rear shell, and "vegetan leather" eco-friendly straps. Introduced only in black with white rim, with a more visible gold promised for the future. Retail is $80 including shipping in the US.


Top Gear


Top Gear is the house brand for Helmets R Us, a bulk supplier of many models of inexpensive helmets to helmet promotion campaigns. Prices start at $3.65, including shipping for orders over 24. They also sell single helmets retail to individuals at about $18 to $25 per helmet including shipping in the continental US. Their Model 18 skate style helmet is dual-certified to the CPSC bicycle standard and ASTM F1492 skateboard standard for $25 single quantity.


Torch


Torch Apparel was inspired by a commuting cyclist who felt that the integrated helmet lights on the market were inadequate. They have one round, smooth urban-style model with rectangular vents (front, sides and rear) and integrated led lights in front and rear. The lights are large rectangles faired into the shell to make it smooth. We have not seen one to evaluate the light output, but the large surface area at least eliminates the tendency for small led lights to appear far away because of their size. The lights--white in front, red in back-- operate on a built-in USB-rechargeable batteries that last up to 12 hours. Ring fit. Retail is $100 on the Torch Apparel website, $8 extra if you need the USB charging cable. There is a visible white option. Fits heads 53 to 61 cm. Here is a very favorable review on Bike Forums.


Tour de France


Tour de France is distributed by North American Cycles. There is one model, a skate-style helmet with matte finish said to be "great for BMX and skateboards." There is no info on the standards it might meet. Retail is $40.


Triple Eight


Triple Eight has primarily been a skate and ski helmet company. They have expanded their line with interesting new helmets dual-certified to both the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard and to CPSC bike.

Triple Eight clearly understands the value of marketing dual-certified helmets. But they also produce skate models that are not certified to CPSC or any other standard, and can't be shipped to California.


Troy Lee Designs


Troy Lee is a motorcycle helmet and gear manufacturer with a BMX line known for high quality rad graphics. They originated the large bolted-on visor style with rigid mount that adds a potential snag point and has become universal on BMX models. Troy Lee says that the plastic mounts in their helmets will pull out when the visor is snagged. Unfortunately there is no standard for testing that yet, and nobody will do it for you at the bike shop or bike show, either, so we still regard the visors as potential problems.

There are custom sizing kits available for D2 and D3 helmets. Troy Lee will replace helmet liners after a crash if the shell is not damaged.


TSG - Technical Safety Gear


This Swiss company sells mostly skate helmets in the US in the classic skate style, one road model and one BMX model. The models below are all certified to EN 1078 and US CPSC standards, but not to the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard. TSG's models include: TSG's skate helmets fit a narrow range of heads from 54 to 60 cm. Their full-face helmets fit heads from 56 to 61 cm.


Tung I Hsing


See Tung Kuang below.


Tung Kuang / Tong Ho Hsing (THH or TKLI)


TKLI sends its line to the U.S. through Trans National Trading Company of Vernon, California. In China they are known as Shanghai Tung Kuang, or in Taiwan as Tung Kuang I Light Industry Co. Ltd., appearing on the Snell certification list as Tung Kuang I. They market their own Alltop and Allpro brands, but also produce helmets for other companies under different brand names. Their EPS models are probably all made in China and mostly have taped-on shells, while the EPP models noted below would more likely come from Taiwan and are all inmolded. Most of their designs feature the round, smooth shapes that we prefer, but some of the models have vents that we would find too small for summer use in the US. Most of the models below are on Snell's B-95 list, denoting somewhat better protection than CPSC-only models. We have not seen their line or pricing this year. TKLI also produces helmets for other uses, including military, baseball, motorcycle, equestrian, football and snow sports.


Urge


Urge entered the US market in 2011 with bicycle helmets that are environmentally sensitive and in some cases linked to green causes in other countries. They contribute one percent of their profits to environmental causes. Some models use recycled EPS, and all have straps of recycled PET. There is a signature round vent with Urge logo surrounding it on most models. Packaging has "the legal minimum of plastic bags and other useless gadgets" with boxes made of recyclable unvarnished cardboard. All models are certified to CPSC for the US and the CEN EN 1078 standard for Europe. The line includes: Urge helmets fit sizes from 54 to 61 cm (21.3 to 24.0 inches)


Uvex


Uvex is probably best known internationally for its optical products, but in the bicycle market there is interest in their helmets. Their helmets are designed and all made in Germany except for the Urban, Hero and Viva. All of them are inmolded. They have reflective logos, mostly recessed strap anchors and front vent net for insects. They have a unique buckle that uses a ridged tab that inserts and pushes in, that we have only seen on Abus and Uvex helmets. It is adjustable with one hand while riding, particularly useful to take out the slack as you sweat on warm rides and the strap loosens. It is one of the few designs that prompts the rider to automatically adjust the chinstrap each time they put it on. All of their helmets have a ring fit system with a dial adjuster. Some can be had in a sunglasses-plus-helmet combination and there are optional small LED flashers in red and white that replace the rear strap anchor for all inmolded models. Uvex helmets are distributed by Magura in the US.

In December of 2014 Uvex recalled seven of their models. We sent out a newsletter with info on the recall. It was for strap and impact protection failure, but was not an official CPSC recall.

The Uvex line includes: Some Uvex helmets fit heads up to 63 cm/24.8 inches. Uvex offers a crash replacement discount of 30% off the retail price.


Vcan


Vcan is produced by Shanghai Hehui Safety Products, and includes a line of helmets that vary from beautifully rounded and smooth to angular with very large rear points. Some are inmolded. Strap anchors are recessed or internal on all models. All are ring fit. Most are sold under other brands. Vcan also has skate and snow helmets, but their website emphasizes motorcycle helmets.


Vento


Barbieri Accessories began in 1985 with a revolving brush chain cleaner, adding other accessories like carbon fiber and titanium mini pumps, to now proving a full range of bike accessories. To round out their line they have the models below. All are certified to European standards and are branded Vento.


Ventura


Ventura is a house label of the bicycle distributor North American Cycles. The helmets mostly retail in the $15 to $35 range. They are available in mass-market retail stores. In mid-2016 they introduced the Ventura Retro Crash Cap, a leather-covered helmet with huge vents that is advertised to meet only the European EN1078 standard but is selling at Sears and K-Mart in the US, so it is required to be certified to the CPSC standard. Our sample did not meet the CPSC or European labeling requirements, since it has no label inside at all. Ventura Retro Crash Cap It is on the NAC web page as the M-Wave Retro Crash Cap, but "out of stock."

Ventura also produces a full face helmet with a removable chinbar, the Trifecta Extreme Helmet. It is CPSC certified and retails for $55.


Video Head


Video Head is from C-Preme, the company that markets Raskullz children's helmets. In 2014 they were acquired by Bell. They have three versions of a skate-style helmet with an integrated video camera. It appeared in the Spring of 2013 at Wal-Mart. We have not seen one yet. If you use a camera a lot, an integrated camera does not have a snag point that all add-on cameras do, a distinct advantage. And the built-in control buttons may be less distracting than those on a camera. But the Video Head's camera is below the test line for impacts to meet the CPSC standard, so you do not know from lab test results how it will perform when hit on the camera itself. There is a USB port for data and charging the lithium battery. There will be three camera resolutions, with MSRP ranging from $55 to $200. At Wal-Mart the price is $50 for the VGA resolution model, and that included the camera. The best review we have seen is in Gizmag. The Video Head is an indication that a helmet with a rear-facing camera and a heads-up display to replace your old helmet mirror may be practical now.


Vigor Sports - VSI


Vigor Sports (Hong Jin Cycle Corp.) is a Korean manufacturer formerly bringing to the US a large and varied line of helmets. For 2017 they have dropped their conventional helmets to become an "audio helmet" company with all skate-style models. There are four models, different mostly in color. All have integrated Bluetooth audio and are dual-certified to the ASTM F1486 Skateboard standard and the CPSC bike helmet standard. EPS liner. Retail is $90 to $100.


Vittoria


Vittoria is known in the US for its well-established line of shoes and has expanded its line here with helmets. All are inmolded. There are bright color combinations. Most have bug mesh in the front vents. For 2016 many helmets in the line have been replaced or renamed:


X-Factor


See Kent International.


XS


XS "designs and manufactures helmets and apparel with a focus on the women's action sports market." They have three skate-style models with a hard shell and small vents:


Yakkay


This Danish company sells a hat-style helmet. It is a basic skate-style helmet with covers that convert it into a fashion accessory that does not look like a helmet. The hats could be a snagging hazard, but there is no test in the CPSC standard for snagging. See our page on hat-style helmets for more. It is well suited to places where wearing a helmet is considered over-the-top for normal riders. The looks include a tweed hat with a brim that can flip up or down, a military-style cap in tweed, orange or other colors and two others that conform to the helmet shape but have different detailing and textures. There is one with Swarovsky crystals. There are no vents in the covers. Yakkay image They are available now from a small list of dealers in the US, starting at $65. Heritage Bicycles is shipping them in the US, charging $136 for helmet and cover. The Yakkay site lists dealers in a number of European countries. List price in Denmark is 299 Danish Kroner ($60 US), or 90 in the UK. Prices can be much higher for some high-fashion covers. Lazer now has a similar cap-covered helmet, and others are using cap-style visors to make their helmet look more like a cap. A great concept for those who would not be caught dead in a helmet.

Yakkay has an accessory called Safe One that is basically a padlock for locking your helmet's straps to the bicycle. It has a case that stashes a bag to cover your helmet with, keeping it clean and dry. It is a good thought for a helmet that has a fashion cover. See also Casqu' en Ville and Abus for similar designs.


Zefal


Zefal helmets appear in the US under the Michelin brand.


Zero Gravity


Zero Gravity makes helmets that are usually used for downhill street luge or longboading. Their ZG Vector m-5 is certified to the ASTM F1492 skateboard standard, not to CPSC. It is a hard shell full face helmet, with a full face shield. The shell is made of layers of fiberglass and a layer of carbon fiber, with an EPS liner. It has the sleek backward slanted profile that downhill luge riders favor for tucking in their chins while on their backs. Retail is $200 and up.


Zhuhai Golex


See Golex above.


Zhuhai Safety/Tstar


This Chinese manufacturer (Zhuhai Hindun Safety Helmets, also Zhu Hai Safety Helmet Manufacture Co. Ltd and Zhuhai USA Safety) has an extensive line of bicycle and BMX helmets they call TStar. Most are sold by others under their brand, including some of the best-known in the US, with others labeled with the Caluk or T-Star brand. Their numerous adult, youth and toddler models feature both nicely-rounded and sharply-edged shells. Some are inmolded, and some have lower shells. Their Series 08 model is on Snell's B-95 bicycle helmet standard list. Sizing runs from 49 cm (19.3 inches) for the smallest to 64 cm (25.2 inches) for the large. Zhuhai Safety helmets are provided at low prices for helmet promotion programs through Helmets R Us (above).


Zhuhai Star Safety


See Star Helmets above.

Zike


Zike is a manufacturer of human powered vehicles and hybrid scooters. They have one helmet to complement their product line, the WingFlyer skate style model that is certified only to the European standard. We don't know their retail pricing.


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Index to Brands

6D
100%
Abus
Acro
Acclaim
Action
Action/Senhai
Aegis
Aerogo / Lucky Bell
AGV
Alltop, Allpro (Shanghai Tung Kuang)
Alpha
Angeles
Answer
Armor
Ascent
Aurora / Tecmotion
Azonic/O'Neal
Babaali (Moon)
Barbie
Bandbox
Barbieri (Vento)
BBB
Bell
Bern Unlimited
Bianchi
Biologic
BiOS
Bluegrass Eagle
Bollé
Bontrager/Trek
Bravo Sports
Brighthelmet
Briko
Cannondale
Capix
Carnac
Carrera
Casco
Casqu'enville
Catlike
Closca
CNS - ProRider
Coyle
Cratoni
Crazy Stuff
Cycle Force
D-6
D-Curve
Dahon
Diadora
DK
Docmeter (Helmeter)
Draco
Dux
Easetour
Ebon (Co-Union)
Eco
Egg
Ekoi
Eleventy
Endura
Etto
Fisher-Price
First Ascent
Fly Helmets - Guangzhou Longsheng
Fly Racing
Fox Racing
Free Agent
Fuji
Funkier
Fuse
Louis Garneau
Genesis - Kent
Giro
Gmax
Golex
Gonex
Gray
Greenline
GT
Guang Zhou Long Sheng
Haloglow
Hamax
Happy Way
Harsh Protective Gear
Headkayse
Headlight AB
Hedon
Helmeter - Docmeter
Helmets R Us
Hong Kong Sports
Hopus Technology/Aegis Helmets
Hot Wheels
ISX
J&B Importers
Joykie
Kabuto - OGK
Kali
Kask
Kazam
KBC
KED
Kent
Kiddimoto
Knucklehead
Kong
Kraniums (see also Abus)
Kuji Sports
Kunshan Yiyuan Sporting Goods
Kylin
L.A.S.
LaBici (Armor)
Lazer
Leatt
LED
Lifebeam
Limar
Livall
Louis Garneau
Lucky Bell / Aerogo
Lumos
Magicshine
Martone
Mavic
Meilan
Melon
MET
Michelin (Zefal)
Mien Yow Industry
Mobo
Mongoose / Pacific Cycle
Moon
Morpher
Netti
Nishiki
Norin
Northwave
Now
Nutcase
O2
OGK
Oktos
One
O'Neal (Azonic/O'Neal)
Orbea
Overade
Pacific Cycle
Pillow Pets
Poc
Potenza
ProRider - CNS
Pro Supergo
Pro-Tec
Proviz
Prowell
Pryme
Punisher
Radkappe
Raskullz
Razor
Rhoads
Roar
Rudy Project
San Diego Speed - SDS - Armor
Sahn
S-One
Sawako Furumo
Schwinn / Pacific Cycle
Scott
SDL
Sector 9
Sena
Selev
SH +
Shadow Conspiracy
Shimano (Lazer)
Shanghai Tung Kuang (Alltop, Allpro)
Shaun White Supply Company
Shenzhen Baojiali
Shenzhen Hezhen Bicycle
Shenzhen Qukang
Sixsixone
Smart
Smith
SMS Speed Mobility System
Specialized
Speedzone
Spiuk
Star
Stash
Strategic Sports
Sunshine - Fosan
Taizhou Vista
TEC Components
THE
Thousand
Tong Ho Hsing (THH)
Topgear
Torch
Tour de France
Trek/Bontrager
Triple Eight
Troy Lee
TSG
Tung Kuang
Urge
Uvex
Variflex - VFX (Bravo Sports)
Vcan
Vento (Barbieri)
Ventura
Video Head
Vigor Sports
Vista - Taizhou Vista
Vittoria
X-Factor
X-Games
XS
Yakkay
Zefal (Michelin)
ZG Zero Gravity (skateboard only)
Zhuhai Golex (Golex)
Zhuhai Safety
Zhuhai Star Safety
Zike