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Bicycle Helmets for the 2022 Season



Summary
: Concussion awareness has forced manufacturers to offer some form of technology claimed to mitigate rotational force in 2022. New helmet liners are pushing beyond the thin layer MIPS slip-plane and providing a thicker inner layer that can deform directionally. Virginia Tech has published independent test results confirming better performance of some models, although there is no consensus that their protocol accurately predicts concussions. We have a page listing models where their recommendations match high impact performance reported by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports says your first consideration in buying a new helmet should be rotational impact energy performance. We think fit, coverage and a well-rounded smooth exterior are more important in the widest range of dangerous impacts.

Rotational energy in a crash can be reduced by a helmet's external shape. If your helmet has points in the rear you might want to consider replacing it with one of the newer, better rounded models. And if you believe that a helmet liner can reduce your chance of concussion you should consult the Virginia Tech ratings and those of the Swedish consumer publication Folksam. Their test protocols may be arbitrary, but with no standards for that type of testing they are all we have.

Consumer awareness is also requiring new models with better coverage, mostly designated as "trail" designs. Once you adjust them in front, some of them do not offer more coverage in the rear. There are more smart helmets and more new ebike helmets are appearing.

If you live in the UK, there is the first custom-fitted bike helmet from HEXR. This 3D printed model marks a new era in helmet manufacturing. It could even lead to scanning heads and matching them to conventional off-the-shelf helmets to find the best fit.

Almost all of the helmets on the US market meet standards and offer good if not excellent protection, although you can find junk and counterfeit helmets online. 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.

Manufacturers reported skyrocketing demand in 2021 as cycling increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some began building new production facilities although post-pandemic demand is unknown. The pandemic has caused some supply-chain problems, with disruptions of both manufacturing and shipping. Retail stock levels are considered low. In late 2021 power restrictions in China disrupted production at some helmet factories. Inflationary pressures are rising. That is bound to result in fewer discounts and an increase in prices in 2022.

If you buy a new helmet you can wash it with mild detergent before using it to make sure no active COVID virus remains on it. The same treatment is best for your daily use helmet.

Since we have no longer able to research this information at Eurobike we are now using a rolling update for this page, dating each review.

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Helmets are evolving more rapidly this year. There are new models in 2022 that are worth a look if you need a new helmet. The rounded compact profile that we think is best when you crash has largely taken over the market, eliminating rear points. There is still no verified major advance in impact performance, ventilation or wearability this year that would compel you to replace your current helmet, but there is new technology available that is worth considering.

Concussion protection dominates helmet news, brought up by football injury problems. Virginia Tech's Biomechanical Engineering department has developed a methodology for testing helmets for their ability to reduce concussions. We have some reservations about the computations behind their ratings, but we support the concept of trying to rank helmets for low-level impact performance, and this is the first system to do that and publish results. We note their rankings for individual models below, and you can check out our page on their methodology for more background and a link to their rankings. We also have a page with the short list of models where their ratings and Consumer Reports agree, giving you both high level impact and low level impact/rotation ratings to aid your selection.

Consumer Reports had a 2018 print article that they have updated on their website more recently. They did not attempt to test low-level impact performance, but did test for rotational force, including MIPS models. We have a summary of their findings below. The Swedish insurance company Folksam issued a helmet report in 2020 for European models, and they provide their actual test data.

Highlights


Some Interesting New Models:


Helmets in the Tour de France

Here is an article in Cyclingnews on the team helmets in the Tour in 2021. And here is an article on four new helmets spotted in the Tour in 2022.

Consumer Reports Picks

We recommend checking Consumer Reports for the only available brand and model recommendations based on actual test lab results to the CPSC standard. Their most recent helmet article appeared in print in 2018 but has been updated online since. 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. In May of 2019 they published an article on their web page recommending rotational energy management as the number one buying criterion for new helmet buyers, mentioning MIPS and WaveCel from Bontrager.

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The Helmets

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.

In 2017 6D won a prestigious competition for helmet technology sponsored by the NFL, GE, Under Armour and National Institute of Standards and Technology, taking home a $500,000 prize. You can read about it on their website. They say that some of what they learned during the competition has already been incorporated in the helmets below. This year's 6D models include: 6D can replace crashed inner liners, but more often offers a discounted price on a replacement helmet. Warranties are 1 year for the ATB-1T and three years for the other models. 6D's technology is interesting, and their test results are impressive, now endorsed by their win in the NFL competition.





Review updated: 2018


100%

Ride One Hundred Percent produces goggles, gloves and other protective gear. In 2016 they introduced helmets as well, and now have several models:

Review updated: 2020


318

318 is a brand of Fitech Sports, a US company. They have a smart helmet with modular and replaceable electronics controlled by either a remote or a phone. It has very large front-to-back vents and unfortunate points in the rear. The speaker is bone-conducting, so the rider's ears are not affected although the brain may be distracted by music. The phone can call if you are in trouble. The retail price is $220.

Review updated: December 2019


7.20

Seventwenty Airhelmets SRL is an Italian company with a road and mountain bike helmet introduced in March 2021 that has a honeycomb liner similar to the HEXR. The name is derived from the sum of the inner angles for a hexagon, the shape of the cells in the 7.20 liner. It is pronounced seven-twenty. The website claims that in European-style testing it keeps g levels well below those of its European competitors. They also say that the honeycomb manages rotational acceleration forces without the use of add-on layers. As we have said in our previous reviews of the HEXR, the honeycomb liner offers the ability to tune impact protection characteristics that exceeds that of EPS foam. The helmet has a well-rounded exterior. The website says it has excellent ventilation. The site says it weighs 499 grams/17.6 oz, heavy for a European model but in the normal ballpark for a US CPSC-certified helmet, and very unlikely to be a weight problem for riders. We do not know what the exterior dimension is. The helmet is certified only to the EN1078 European helmet standard, not to CPSC, so it will not be sold in the US. We tried to order a sample, but the order was refused due to our US address. Neither Folksam nor CERTIMOOV has tested the 7.20 yet. Retail is €199 plus shipping. In November 2021 they dropped their prices €50 for Black Friday.

Review updated: November 2021


Abus

Abus (August Bremicker Söhne AG) is a German company also known in the US as a manufacturer of locks. Some of their helmets 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.) Higher end models now have Fidlock magnetic buckles. 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 was once 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 newer ABUS models below indicate that they have discovered the advantages of internal foam reinforcement and changed their formula. 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 is bringing more of their line to the US market now.

In 2021 Abus acquired Maxi Studio, an Italian helmet design and manufacturing company that produced the GameChanger, AirBreaker and StormChaser models below. There are details in this Bicycle Retailer story.

Here are the 2020-21 Abus designs and a newer ebike helmet: Some of the models below are not in the Abus line for 2020, but we still find them online: 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).

Abus offers a two year warranty on all models, but no crash replacement.

Review updated: 2022


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.

Review updated: 2018


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.

Review updated: 2018


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.

Review updated: 2018


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 for motorcycle helmets.

Review updated: 2018


Airium

Airium is a new brand that had been planning to enter the US market. This Canadian company already has a hockey helmet made with a unique air-filled bladder as the liner. There is a special valve that lets a small amount of air expand a membrane into a cylindrical chamber when an impact starts. When the impact exceeds 30g the membrane contacts a sharp dart at the end of the chamber and the liner deflates through holes at the end at a controlled rate. Airium valve The helmet becomes loose, signaling the wearer to replace the liner. Airium says the helmet will reduce both linear and rotational acceleration forces better than standard liners. We don't know when a bicycle version will be marketed.

We don't find Airium helmets on the web any more.

Review updated: 2020.


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 Industry Co., 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 has been available from Best Price Toys at $42 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.

Review updated: 2017.


Animiles

Animiles introduces itself as a Miami-based company. They have mostly kids helmets in unconventionally-shaped shells with shark fins and other cartoon features. The many of the models have sharp 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. Others have the teeth along the entire edge, all the way around. The designs are similar to those of the Danish company Crazy Stuff below. Their adult helmets are available on Amazon and from the company with the Cigna brand on them. Prices are low. Nothing on their website mentions either "CPSC" or "standard."

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 edges 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 CPSC 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.

Review updated: 2021.


Answer/ANSR

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

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Ascent

Ascent helmets are made in Taiwan, and have been sold in the US market by Performance and Bike Nashbar. There are at least five models, but we have not actually seen them. 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.

Review updated: 2017.


Aurora

Shenzhen Aurora Sports Technology Co., Ltd is a Chinese company with an extensive line of helmets made for other brands.

Review updated: 2020.


Azonic
See O'Neal below


Babaali

helmets are produced by Shunde Moon. In addition to Moon's extensive line of regular helmets, they have developed smart helmets with rear view cameras and displays to replace mirrors, heart rate monitors, turn signals, GPS tracking, phone integration, music and intercoms. Some models have MIPS. Their MTB and skate models are well-rounded, but others still have rear points.

Review updated: 2019.


Bandbox

Bandbox makes hat-style helmets. They use a compact basic helmet made by Yakkay with small round vents, and sell separate covers that disguise it as a hat. The appearance is 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. Bandbox helmets are made in USA.

Review updated: 2021.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Bell

Bell is still the largest company in the US bicycle helmet market. They have been making bicycle helmets since 1975. They were bought by Vista Outdoor in 2016, along with Giro and Raskulls (C-Preme), and bringing along the Bollé brand. In 2018 they were caught up in consumer reaction to Vista's ownership of companies that make ammunition and guns (Stevens and Savage Arms), so some dealers began phasing them out.

In April of 2018 Vista sold Bollé and announced that they planned to sell Bell, Giro, Raskullz, and Krashco. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News had a detailed article about the sale. But the Bell/Giro/C-preme part of it never happened, and Vista announced in mid-2019 that it would keep the three bike brands for a period of years until their sale price improved. They did sell part of their firearm and ammunition businesses in July of 2019. REI resumed selling the Bell brand after that sale and the heat subsided, but in fact Vista Outdoor still owns Bell and Giro, and still produces ammunition on a very large scale. In 2022 Vista announced that it now intends to split off the outdoor division into a new company, probably by 2023. And in 2022 Vista announced that it will acquire Fox Racing in the second quarter of 2023.

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. Unfortunately it is not available in bike stores, only discount stores like Target and Wal-Mart, and has not been extensively marketed.

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. Bell's big BMX visors are held by nylon bolts, designed to shear off in a crash. Their camera mounts are also designed to shear.

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

We found in previous years that the straps on many Bell models would not stay in place when adjusted despite their "cam lock" side pieces. They now have a "lie-flat" junction piece that is even worse. 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, useful for seniors and anyone with loose neck skin.

Most models below have a women's model, formerly called the "Joy Ride" series. Although Bell divides their line into road, mountain, urban and sport helmets, we consider those distinctions artificial:



Review updated: 2020.

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. Bell's European catalog has many of the models sold in the US. But models sold in Europe, even with the same name as a US helmet, 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 that 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 Adrenaline (earning 4 stars in the Virginia Tech STAR system testing.), Knack, Explorer, Reflex (3 stars), 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 once listed as the Ramble in the bike store line at $60 has been in the discount store line, 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 that chunk of MIPS are now under different ownership. Most consumers were probably unaware of any of those changes. Over the years we have not been able to identify any adverse effects of the corporate changes. But in 2018 Vista Outdoor was caught up in a reaction to Vista's ownership of companies that make ammunition (Federal Premium) and guns (Savage Arms), so some dealers were phasing their brands out.


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.

Review updated: 2018.


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 €300. 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.

Review updated: 2018.


Biologic

Biologic developed 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 their website now.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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: Review updated: 2020.




Bobike

Bobike has been a European producer of high-end bike carriers for kids, with both front and rear models. In 2020 they introduced a new line a helmets to complement the seats. They are all inmolded and certified to EN1078 for the European market. Review updated: 2020.




Bollé

Bollé is best known for ski goggles and ski helmets, but launched into bike helmets in 2016. They are a French company that had been owned by Vista Outdoor of Utah who also owned Bell and Giro. In 2018 they were caught up in a reaction to Vista's ownership of companies that make ammunition and guns, so some dealers began phasing them out. But in the fall of 2018 Vista sold Bollé to Antelope Brands Bidco, an entity controlled by a European private equity fund.

Bollé says they use multi-density "AViD" foam and/or channels in their foam liners to "virtually" reduce the density where the channels are. We would have to see results of low and high velocity impacts to be convinced that there is a performance advantage. In 2020 Bollé announced that all of their helmets will now be equipped with MIPS. All of their models are well-integrated with matching goggles, of course.

Bollé's catalog says the Stance and Messenger described below are "suitable for E-bikes" but offers no justification for that such as certification to the Dutch NTA 8776 ebike standard. Bollé models fit heads from 52 to 63cm (

Review updated: 2020.


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. A helmet branded Trek was seen in the 2022 Tour de France.

There are now six Bontrager models at the top of the Virginia Tech ratings for low impact and rotational protection.

All Bontrager models are inmolded. Some 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.

The big news for 2019 was that Trek has new Bontrager models with an inner liner of a new material called WaveCel, a hard plastic mesh that collapses on impact. They are making sweeping claims for injury reduction in certain crash circumstances, but when we sent a Specter model to a lab for conventional impact test results the results were very good but not amazing.

Virginia Tech tested the new models for concussion protection, and rated all of them five stars (best). That marks the new models as worth a look and possibly even better. The MIPS company, a competitor to WaveCel, issued a press release on March 31, 2019 saying that their "preliminary" testing of at least one WaveCel sample did not produce results as good as the Bontrager sales materials, but revealed at an ASTM meeting in November 2019 that they had tested non-WaveCel Bontrager models and routed out the liners to add WaveCel, but without coating the routed out grooves with polycarbonate, a step that Trek says strongly influences WaveCel performance. So the press release was based on testing of different helmets, not actual Trek WaveCel models. In our view the MIPS testing did not prove anything and cost them our respect. The fact that the fraudulent page is still on the MIPS site in November 2020 says volumes about the MIPS Company's integrity.

Note that the mesh does not extend all the way to the helmet rim, particularly on the sides, where conventional EPS foam gives the helmet its shape. The mesh is about 15mm thick, and the outer foam is another 15mm or so, giving your head a little more distance to decelerate. The conventional foam seems very hard, so in a hard impact it would provide energy management after the mesh has compacted, provided you don't hit on the rim or sides where there is no mesh. In addition, the mesh can collapse sideways in any direction, possibly providing management of rotational injury. Trek has info up on the new technology. The WaveCel models are all inmolded. They have the magnetic Fidlock buckle. All have thin inner pads that hopefully would protect your scalp from being cut by the hard WaveCel mesh in a crash. The tri-glides lock and hold the straps very well.

Since the WaveCel mesh is very stiff and the pads underneath it are thin, it is important to push the helmet down on your head during fitting to make sure that extended wear will not produce painful pressure points ("hot spots"). The foam deforms permanently in a very hard impact, so these are not multi-impact helmets.

Consumer Reports has published an article on their web page recommending rotational energy management as the number one buying criterion for new helmet buyers.

Current Bontrager 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.

Review updated: 2020.


Brainguard

BrainGuard has a helmet design that they say reduces rotational force. It is the inner and outer shell type pioneered by POC years ago and more recently by Bell and Giro as their "ball-and-socket" design. The inner layer can move about an inch and a half in the bicycle helmet design. The designer demonstrates their low-rebound padding foam, but a video on the website shows an impactor rebounding much more from a hit on the BrainGuard prototype than the "other" helmet. As of early 2020 the company has no bicycle helmets ready for market, but they have received NOCSAE football standard certification and are proceeding to manufacture their first football helmets. Here is an article on them in the UC Berkeley News with more info.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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. 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. There are two models available now with the FluidInside pads to improve rotational energy management. Briko models include:

Briko has inner pad sets for three of their models available on the website.

Review updated: 2020.


BTIN

BTIN is a helmet brand of the Korean company WRC. They have one model, a road design with long ribs curving down in front almost to the front rim. The helmet is equipped with Bluetooth and an intercom system. It was released in Korea in 2017 and may come to the US and European markets in 2018. We don't know the retail pricing.

The former WRC BTIN site has disappeared from the web in 2020.

Review updated: 2020.


Cairbull

Cairbull is a Chinese company with a line of mostly road helmets that sell at low prices on Amazon. They have a folding helmet called the Fender that is described on our folding helmets page. We have also seen it advertised on Amazon by BYN Bicycles, claiming it is suitable for motorcycles.


Cannondale

Cannondale is owned by Dorel Industries, a Canadian group. 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Carrera

Carrera is an Italian company better known for eyewear. They have made bike helmets in the past but we don't find them on the Carrera site any more. They may be on Facebook. Check our Helmets for 2020 page for our most recent writeup.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 molded in the shell. 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 has 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, perhaps) 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.

Review updated: 2017.


Cigna

Cigna is an Asian company associated with RockBros with an extensive line of inexpensive helmets. You are likely to see their helmets with some other brand on them. We have found helmets with the Cigna brand on the Animiles site but do not know if they are made by this company or not.

Cigna models include:

Review updated: 2020.


Closca

of Spain produced its first folder model in 2013. It was CEN-certified at that time, but they then obtained certification to the US CPSC standard. The first design consisted of three concentric rings that telescope 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.

In 2019 Closca introduced their new Loop model, known in the US as The Stack or the 174 Hudson Stack. The shape is a little different from the original Closca, with a forward-swept lower ring. But the concept is the same, with telescoping rings that Closca says reduce the helmet's volume by 45%. And fully extended the helmet is round and smooth. Certified to the US CPSC standard and to EN1072. Cost is €70 in Europe and $80 in the US through Priority Bicycles.

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.

Review updated: 2019.


Coros

Coros is a Kickstarter campaign company with a single model, the Coros Omni. It is a road helmet with large vents, inmolded, and would be reasonably well-rounded except for the unfortunate pronounced points in the rear. 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. Sound quality is much improved over earlier models. The system links to your phone and has a smart remote for the handlebars. If you crash, a sensor tracks the severity of the impact and will call home with your location if you don't cancel the call. The integrated lights turn on automatically as darkness falls. Coros 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. Coros offers a one year warranty. It is a shame that so much new technology can be negated by an unfortunate exterior shape.

Review updated: 2018.


Cosmo Connected

Cosmo Connected is a French startup with smart helmet designs that include rear LED lights and connections to you phone. The light is oval, and includes a brake light function and turn signals operated from a handlebar unit. It detects crashes and notifies your emergency contacts, and does live route tracking. The unit can be removed easily when you lock your helmet outside, and can be used on any helmet, but comes with the three models below. One of Cosmo's partners is Kali, a respected helmet brand.

Review updated: 2020.


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 the sample we have is a magnificent piece of craftsmanship that we would never want to smash up in a lab! Prices are in the $250-and-up range, depending on choice of wood and liner.

Review updated: 2020.


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. Many of their models now have a buckle with a quick-release pull tab. 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.) There are anti-bacterial pads on some models. They recommend six of their models for ebike use, and four of them are certified to the Dutch NTA 8776 standard (noted below). 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.

Review updated: 2020.


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. Crazy kids helmet 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.

Review updated: 2017.


Crnk

Crnk is produced by Analogue-Plus, a Korean company that produces bike and motorcycle components. They developed a bike helmet line in 2019. They sell in the Korean market only, and sell direct online. Their pricing is about $55. They have a smart helmet add-on called Ahead that attaches to link to your phone for music and calls. There are four models:

Review updated: 2020.


Cycle Force

Cycle Force is a brand distributed by its subsidiary 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. In 2021 Messingschlaager GmbH, a German distributor that had been working with Cycle Force acquired the company.

Review updated: 2022.


Cyclone Bicycle - Acclaim helmets

The Altair line of inexpensive helmets produced for Cyclone Bicycle (formerly Acclaim helmets from Action Bicycle) includes the Metro, a nicely rounded design with a ring fit system that still has some elongation in the rear. Their Curb Dog Shredder is a classic skate model. Cyclone has models from other manufacturers as well.

Review updated: 2018.


D-Curve

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

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


Demon

Demon expanded from snowboard accessories and now has a full face bicycle helmet with chinbar, the Demon Podium. It has a polycarbonate shell with small vents and an EPS liner. The shape is classic downhill/BMX, with a bolted-on visor and one pronounced ridge in the rear, but the helmet is certified only to CPSC for bicycling. They caution that "sizing runs small" so you may have to order a larger size. Fits heads from 19.3 to 24 inches/49 to 61cm. Retail is $100, or $150 with MIPS, both plus shipping. There are wired or Bluetooth audio kit add-ons available.

Review updated: 2021.


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: Review updated: 2017.


Dimensions

See Sakar International below.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


DotOut

DotOut is an Italian company with clothing and other bike accessories including helmets. Their name signifies putting a period to your work and going outdoors to recreate. Their helmets are all inmolded, and they claim that it is an "exclusive manufacturing process" despite a description that mirrors that of about 75% of the helmets on this page. They have a unique strap junction piece but we don't know if it locks well or not, since we have not seen their line. The website says their helmets meet the European EN1078 standard, not CPSC for the US market. Models include: DotOut will accept returns, but "All returns must be in an original condition, as new, unwashed and not worn."

Review updated: 2020.


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. It is 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 reasonable, depending on whose brand is on the one you buy.

Review updated: 2020.


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 was planning to launch early in 2017.

Review updated: 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Electra

Electra is a Trek brand, designed for their ebikes with smaller vents than Trek's Bontrager models and MIPS instead of the newer WaveCel liners. The line includes cruiser bikes available in the US and internationally. They have ebike and skate-style helmets to match. Their Electra Helmet earned 3 stars in the Virginia Tech STAR system testing, well below the leaders. But at least part of their line is certified to the Dutch ebike helmet standard, with a little more coverage than CPSC helmets. The Electra Go! MIPS is very different, with large vents in the top and rear. It is an inmolded thin shell, meets the Dutch NTA 6776 standard and retails for $100.

Review updated: 2021.


Elevety

Elevety is a brand of the Canadian company Domio Sports, 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 the first model retailed for $100. We thought its sound was ok but not terrific, and it varied a lot depending on the helmet and placement of the device. For 2019 there is a Domio 2 for $130, said to be "meaner and louder." We have not heard that one. Recommended helmet types include: Vented Ski Helmet, Standard Snowboard Helmet, Visor Integrated Ski Helmet, and Full-face Snow Helmet. There is no mention of bicycle helmets on the website as of February, 2019. The Domio Pro model is supposed to ship in February 2019 after an Indiegogo campaign, with an intercom and noise-canceling microphone, to eventually retail for $270.

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, but the web page says "The strongest mounts available. Will withstand any force or impact."

Review updated: 2019.


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."

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


Essen

Essen is a Chinese company with road, trail, skate and BMX models. Their products are sold on Amazon for $28 to $70.

Review updated: 2020.


Etto

Etto is associated with the Scandinavian manufacturer Hamax. At one time they had many helmet models on their website, but we don't find them now. 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."

Review updated: 2019.


Evolo

Evolo is a Taiwanese brand from Cycle Chris Company. Almost all of their helmets are and inmolded except for three child models. Most are certified to the EN1078 standard for the European market. The adult models mostly have rear points. They have one adult model with a detachable vented chinbar that is reasonably well rounded and sells for €110. Some of their models are made with Asian fit. Evolo helmets fit heads from 44 to 62cm.

Review updated: 2020.


Exustar

Exustar is a Chinese bicycle accessory company that has a limited line of helmets. All are inmolded. Most of them have exaggerated rear points and look like something pros were wearing 20 years ago. They have very good locking strap junctions. They have one E-BHC301 trail helmet with blocky vents that is better-rounded than the others. Their E-BHM122 has a strange appendage in the rear to provide the point on an otherwise well-rounded helmet. All of their models are certified to the EN1078 standard for the European market.

Review updated: 2020.


Fend

Fend has a folding helmet with ribs that fold in from the sides in two sections to stow in the helmet. Fend helmet image
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We like the way the helmet locks open, with two tabs to lift to let it fold. But the strap junctions do not lock and are so slippy that we would not use the helmet. Width when folded is about 5 inches. The Fend One is CPSC and EN 1078 certified. Comes in white, black and "NY Yellow." Retail on their site is $120 with free shipping. Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 on the outside to snag, 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." Review partially updated: 2019.


Fox

Fox Racing (Fox Head, Inc.) has BMX and skate style helmets to complement their lines of racing accessories. In 2016 they introduced a new liner they call Varizorb, a form of conehead dual-density EPS foam. In 2022 Vista Outdoors, owner of Bell and Giro, announced that it will acquire Fox Racing in the second quarter of 2023. 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.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2022.


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."

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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. There are 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 2020 Garneau introduced ROTEXX pads with a fluid layer on some models as anti-rotational protection. RTR models have some retro-reflective portions.

In March of 2020 Bicycle Retailer and Industry News reported that Louis Garneau Canada had filed for bankruptcy protection. The article quoted a Garneau representative saying the action does not affect their US subsidiary. They reported got help from the provincial government and private investors and have emerged from bankruptcy. Garneau says the company is profitable again and hopes to go public at some point.

Louis Garneau offers a discounted replacement guarantee for crashed helmets.

Review updated: 2017.


GES

GES is a Spanish manufacturer and supplier of many bicycle accessories. Their helmet line is mostly modestly priced, starting at E25. Some are inmolded, but some have glued on shells. Their urban model is well-rounded, but most of the road helmets are older designs, often with points in rear. Their strap junctions hold very well.


Giant/Liv

Giant is a very large bicycle manufacturer originally based in Taiwan. They supply 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 is owned by Dorel Industries, a Canadian group. In 2022 Giant rebranded a "sister company" called Liv (pronounced as in "live it up"), specializing in women's bikes and helmets. There had been Liv women's models previously, but Giant Group Chairperson Bonnie Tu founded the sister company to provide more women-specific products.

Review updated: 2022.


Giro

Giro has been a Vista Outdoor brand in recent years, along with Bell. They were bought by Vista Outdoor in 2016, along with Raskulls (C-Preme), and bringing along the Bollé brand. In 2018 they were caught up in consumer reaction to Vista's ownership of companies that make ammunition and guns (Stevens and Savage Arms), so some dealers began phasing them out.

In April of 2018 Vista sold Bollé and announced that they planned to sell Bell, Giro, Raskullz, and Krashco. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News had a detailed article about the sale. But the Bell/Giro/C-preme part of it never happened, and Vista announced in mid-2019 that it will keep the three bike brands for a period of years until their sale price improves. They did sell part of their firearm and ammunition businesses in July of 2019. REI resumed selling the Bell brand after that sale and the heat subsided, but in fact more than two years after their announcement Vista Outdoor still owns Bell and Giro, and still produces ammunition on a very large scale. In 2022 Vista announced that it now intends to split off the outdoor division into a new company, probably by 2023, and will buy Fox Racing in 2023.

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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Gonex

Gonex has a low-cost line of road helmets, actively marketed online. There is only one model on their site, a 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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Halfords

Halfords is a UK automotive and sports store that sells many helmets made by other helmet manufacturers. They have added a line of their own branded helmets. Their helmets are certified to the European standard, not the US CPSC standard. They include: Halfords helmet line is worth a look for its pricing and features.

Review updated: January 2021.


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. We don't find Haloglow on the web any more.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Haven Sport

Haven Sport is a Czech Republic retailer marketing helmets throughout Europe. Their helmets have bug mesh in the front vents, good strap junctions that do not slip and recessed strap anchors that are removable to wash the straps or change strap colors. Their helmets retail for €30 to €130. The Toltek is their most successful model, with large high points in the rear. The &€130 top of the line has turn signals, a remote and USB recharge, but comes only in black.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


HedKayse

Hedkayse is a UK company (formerly Headkayse) that ran a long Indiegogo campaign to develop a new soft helmet that folds, with ours actually delivered in 2020. The design is interesting, with no standard EPS foam but a flexible material they call "Enkayse." It is a multi-impact material and the manufacturer says it outperforms EPS in lesser impacts and can pass EN1078 after 300 impacts, but it seems to rebound more than EPS. The helmet is thick and feels solid and heavy. It is made of segments held together with straps that open enough to provide vents when it is worn. Folded, our sample flattens to just over 3 inches, and elongates about three inches in the fore-and-aft direction. Hedkayse helmet image
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Despite strap fiddling we have not been able to get a secure fit that does not ride up in front. Hedkayse has a fit video up that may help, but did not help us. Pandemic distancing prevents our trying it on other heads at present.

The helmet has a nice slotted tab buckle that adjusts every time you wear it, but we found the end of the tab a little too sharp. The strap junctions hold exceptionally well. Hedkayse designed the helmet to meet the European EN1078 standard. Instead of test results the company has a YouTube video that would be simply fun and laughable if it were not so misleading about the EN1078 standard. That calls into question the 300 impacts cited above.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Helite (B'Safe)

Helite's line of airbag products does not actually include a helmet, but an accessory piece of safety equipment. They make two airbags--one a vest and the other a surround for a bicycle rear babyseat. In both cases the rider wears a conventional helmet, and the airbag is designed to pop out in case of a fall to mitigate the force of the collision with the ground. So if the airbag fails to deploy, the rider is no worse off than a rider without the airbag. Here is the deployed product on a bicycle seat. Helite airbag photo. And there is a YouTube video that shows how it works in a stationary fallover (about 30% of child seat injuries).

The airbag sensor for both products is on the bicycle. So if the bicycle's motions do not telegraph the imminent impact, the airbag would not deploy. The product is not cheap, but can be re-used after a crash, and replacement air canisters are only about &euro45.

Helite is a French company. We have not seen their products in the US market.

Review updated: 2020.


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).

Review updated: 2017.


HexR

HEXR is a UK producer who began shipping helmets in 2019. They produce custom helmets with a 3D printed liner of hexagonal honeycomb cells that crush on impact. The interior liner is custom made for the wearer's head, using data from a head scan done with an iPad. Scans can currently be done by HEXR if you are in London. In 2020 they have introduced a process using your iPhone that can be done at home if you have access to "devices supporting iOS 13 onwards (iPhone 6S and newer)." Hexr head scan one
Hexr head scan two HEXR claims their helmet provides better energy management than a foam helmet, but cites only one European standard lab test with linear impact results at an average of 144g, a level that is good but can be attained with a good standard thick EPS foam liner. For tangential impact they have an amalgam of test data on their site with a chart they have pieced together showing great performance in oblique impacts, citing testing at the University of Strasbourg. In July 2021 we did not find any data on the HEXR on the University of Strasbourg's CERTIMOOV site, but HEXR has a link to the test report for their helmet. HEXR also cites data from the Swedish Folksam published 2019 tests.

HEXR says their shell is designed to pop off in an impact to improve the response to angular forces. We consider that very poor design for a helmet that often has to perform in dual impacts with a car, then the pavement. If the shell is missing after the first impact the performance of the helmet is in question, and there are no test data presented for that scenario.

When HEXR produces a CPSC model they can submit it to Virginia Tech for oblique impact protection ranking by Tech's star system.

In theory, a custom helmet can use all of the available space between your head and the inside of the shell for energy-management liner, so this technique could be the future of high-end helmets. For football, Ridell has a Precision model football helmet that is made with 3d printing to individual head shapes. For uniquely shaped heads that alone could be a big advance. HEXR is receiving many inquiries from riders with exceptionally large heads, whose varying head shapes often contribute to the size problem. And those with cochlear implants will not be far behind.

The outer shell detaches from the liner. An inner fit system is provided for those who want it, but may not be necessary.

The materials in the helmet liner are made from castor bean oil, a sustainable product. The shell is unspecified, but is probably a petroleum-based plastic.

This helmet might be the answer for riders with unusual head shapes and sizes. We don't know what the maximum and minimum sizes would be. There is no model for children.

The HEXR is certified to the European EN1078 standard, so will not be available in the US market until a CPSC-certified model is developed, planned for later in 2020.

The HEXR sells for £300, including the head scan. For comparison, the only custom 3d printed football helmet currently on the market sells for $1700. HEXR has a 100% crash replacement guarantee for the first year for crashed helmets.

The easily-managed head scan raises the possibility that manufacturers of conventional off-the-shelf helmets could match individual head scans done at home or in a shop with the interior dimensions of their helmets to provide best fit recommendations at a fraction of the price of a custom helmet. For those who must buy online that could be a big advance.

HEXR is working on a motorcycle helmet design according to this page describing the project.

Review updated: 2022.


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 each year for a number of US and other brands, some of them well known.

Review updated: 2020.


Hopus

See Aegis above.


Hornit-Clug

Hornit-Clug first produced a clip that mounts a bike on the rear bumper of a car and called it the Clug. They now have a child/youth helmet with the classic round skate-style shape, LED lights in the rear and a rear stabilizer for fitting. They fit heads from 40 to 58cm. Retail price is $45.

Review updated: 2020.


Hövding

We have a separate page on the Hövding airbag.


IXS - Iki - UrbanIki

Iki means tiny in Japanese and is a brand of Japanese helmet maker OGK. They have a toddler helmet that is the smallest on the European market at 42cm (16.5 inches). We saw them at Eurobike in 2019 but can't find them now on the web. You can try the Urban Iki child seat site. There is a chance that it would not show the helmet to a US browser. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Urbaniki is a Dutch brand. Availability should improve in 2023 as the distributor QBS will be distributing Urbaniki products in the US. Iki toddler helmet Retail for the IKI is €27.50.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2019.


JBI Bike (J&B Importers)

J&B is a long-established bicycle wholesaler with warehouses all over the US. Their products are sold in bike stores. Their 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 Aerius 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. They also have a "KidZamo" branded line of graphically-coordinated child accessories, including helmets at about $20 retail.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Joy Kie - JoyStar

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.

Review updated: 2017.


Kali Protectives

Kali is a leader in researching and using new technology and materials. The company has 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 similarly to the claims for MIPS. Kali Conehead liner We have more on their use of Cone Head technology 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: Kali has a "lifetime replacement" policy, but it has strict requirements and you have to pay shipping both ways.

We expect Kali to continue to produce innovative new products.

Review updated: 2018.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2018.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2018.


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 $48 at Target.

Review updated: 2017.


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. Their latest addition to the line is a full face model with removable chinguard. 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 £65 for the full face model.

Review updated: 2021.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Kokua

Kokua is a German company named for the forest where the owners grew up in North West Germany. (It is also a Hawaiian word.) They primarily market balance bikes (no pedals) and pedal bikes for kids. They have one toddler/kids helmet model with graphics complementing their other products. It is certified to EN1078, not to the US CPSC standard, so is available in Europe but is not on the US website. Fits heads from 46 to 58 cm. Colors include blue or Pink. Made in Germany. Retail is €35.

Review updated: 2021.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Kranium

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. In 2016 they were involved in a court case related to the sale of the technology. We have a page up on the Kranium technology.

Review updated: 2020.


Krashco

Krashco is a companion brand to Raskullz, with similar helmets.


Kuji Sports

Kuji Sports Ningbo is an Asian company based in Taiwan and China. They make over 8 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. They make different helmets for Asian fit, but also have some that can work for Asian heads with just pad changes. They have some models that meet the Dutch NTA ebike standard. Retail prices span a broad range.

Review updated: 2020.


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).

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


LAS

LAS (or L.A.S.) is an Italian company with a line of high-end helmets made in Italy since 1974. Some are available in US bike stores. LAS continues its emphasis on style. There are some nice bright colors available and finish quality is good. High end models have internal carbon reinforcing. Some models have an "LDHR" design that LAS says provides high resistance to side crush(Important in equestrian sports, but not in cycling and not tested by any bicycle helmet standard in the world). 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 most 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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Lazer

Lazer was originally a Belgian company but in 2016 they were acquired by Shimano. For 2020 they have seven models achieving five stars in the Virginia Tech low impact/rotational ratings, one more than Bontrager/Trek. That permitted their PR machine to say they "dominated" the ratings, but they also have the helmet that is third from the bottom with two stars, and their best scoring model was beaten by the Fox Dropframe Pro MIPS.

Lazer's 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 admirable 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. That no doubt helps their Virginia Tech scores. Some models have an "aquavent" you can pour water into for cooling.

Lazer says they sell 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. Models include: Except as noted, most Lazer helmets fit heads from 52 to 61cm.

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.

Review updated: 2020.


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 small round rubbery Armourgel pads that Leatt calls "turbines" that are designed to allow the head to move in the helmet on impact 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. The test reports they formerly posted on the web have disappeared.

There are some bright colors in the Leatt line, but no white models. Current Leatt models include:

Review updated: 2019.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Livall

Livall began producing smart helmets in 2015. They launched an Indiegogo 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 were 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 were 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 Livall models now include: Livall 2017 models Depending on the model the smart features of the Livall include turn signals, tail lights, Bluetooth phone connections and music, photos, performance tracking, fall detection, press-for-SOS, intercom, voice navigation and heart rate monitors. They have a group riding app for the models with intercom. There is a handlebar-mounted controller.

Livall is developing dealer distribution. For now, they are mostly available through Indiegogo Kickstarter campaigns or on Amazon. Most of their models fit heads from 55 to 61cm (21.7 to 24 inches).

Review updated: 2021.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 as a brake light, 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 - Expanded PolyUrethane, a foam that crushes in hard impacts and meets standards but raises questions about performance in lower-level impacts. For some models the phone app lets you "customize your light flashing patterns, check your battery life, track your activity and sync with Strava and Apple Health." Lumos now has four models:

You can buy a Lumos helmet from their website or from the Apple Store. In November 2020 they were available at $180.

Review updated: 2020.

M-Wave

M-Wave is a brand distributed by North American Cycles (now "out of stock") and on Amazon (now "Currently Unavailable). In early 2020 we found the M-Wave Retro Crash Cap available on both sites, but in October 2020 they are no longer being sold. Both say "It's got that genuine leather look the hipsters will love! In addition to the style, it's fully functional, meeting the EN 1078 standard (European ISO)." But the cap has no strap to hold it on, so it could not pass EN1078. M-Wave Retro Crash Cap The Amazon listing has that quoted language, but also says "Stylish retro looking bicycle cap; NOT intended for use as an actual bicycle helmet." The price was quoted in dollars at $50 to $60. In mid-2020 the listing said not available. North American Cycles once distributed it as the Ventura Crash Cap, but now has it as the M-Wave. They had several other M-Wave models as well.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 thick polycarbonate shell, many small round vents, a ring fit system and a Fidlock magnetic buckle. All models have some reflective graphics. Melon scored well in a Swiss consumer testing magazine article. 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. Retail in Europe is € 79.

For 2020 Melon has added two very different new models: Melon will have an add-on LED in 2020 that clips onto the rear stabilizer. Their original helmet fits heads from 44 to 63cm. The two newer models fit heads 52 to 61cm. Melon offers a lifetime crash replacement guarantee with replacement at half price. Melon has a storybook for toddlers that introduces them to the helmet in a story to make it seem more natural to wear one the next day.

Review updated: 2019.


MET

MET is a family-owned 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 a very informative video online about how their helmets are made and tested. MET is planning a special helmet for fall 2022 to honor Tadej Pogacar, Tour de France star, who famously has hair poking out of his helmet vents. MET has replacement parts available on the website.

Review updated: 2020.


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.


Miga-Safety

Miga markets helmets under their own brand and also manufactures OEM for others. They have commuter, urban enduro, mountain and road bike models, including youth and kids sizes. They also have e-bike helmets, including one that meets the Dutch NTA 8776 standard.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Mongoose

Mongoose is a Dorel Industries 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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. Their smart helmet brand is Safe-Tec. 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.

Review updated: 2017.


Morpher

Morpher began raising funds on November 1, 2013 through Indiegogo to launch a new line of helmets that fold flat. They folded the company in 2020 and CPSC issued a recall for the helmet.

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 were 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 revision of the design dealt with that problem. We tried it briefly, and it seemed much improved, but we were unable to try it for a long ride to see how well it worked. The Fidlock buckle was 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 was matte black, there was supposed to be a white option. There were two small reflective rear logos and reflective strap stitching. The US retail price was $120.

In July of 2019 Consumer Reports published a rating for the Morpher helmet of "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" after it failed their impact tests. The tests are basically identical to CPSC testing. Although Morpher said their helmet had passed in other labs, that raised a serious question about its protection. The CPSC recall announcement more than a year later answered the question, but by that time Morpher was no longer in business to fund a recall. We got an email from Morpher in October 2020 informing us that we should no longer use the helmet we had bought from them. Their closeout web page now says "It's being great fun..." but has no mention at all of the recall, leaving you to draw your own conclusions about the company.

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

Review updated: 2020.


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:

Review updated: 2017.


Ninebot/Segway

Ninebot is a brand of Sakar International. They have one model, a skate-style helmet with small rectangular slit vents. On March 24, 2022 CPSC announced a recall of the XS size of the helmet. We have more in this Update newsletter.

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Northwave

Northwave is an Italian brand primarily known for shoes and clothing, but at one point had added a line of bicycle helmets. They had four models, but we don't find them on the Northwave site any more. We have not seen their line, but found this Northwave 2015 Storm Helmet on Amazon UK, an outdated road model with rear points for £62. It is now listed as "Not Available." There was also a similar Aircorsser (Aircrosser) at £58.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Nutcase

Nutcase is now owned by Bravo Sports, whose brands include ONE and SixSixOne. Nutcase began its marketing years ago 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. All come with three sets of pads. All have MIPS option for 2018 and a Fidlock magnetic buckle except the Zone. The Street model earned 3 stars in the Virginia Tech STAR system testing, well below the leaders.

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.

Review updated: 2018.


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:

Review updated: 2018.


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. Their line 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.

Review updated: 2022.


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. (the link above). Since 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.

Review updated: 2020.


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 Nutcase, 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:

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2019.


Orbea

Orbea is a long-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.

Review updated: 2017.


Overade

Overade has a folding hardshell helmet called the Plixi with a complex folding mechanism. It meets the CPSC and CEN helmet standards. Overade helmet image Overade helmet folded Consumer Reports rated its impact performance as Good in their 2019 helmet ratings, 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 €99. We have a page up on folding helmets with more info.

Overade is bringing a rear light with turn signals and handlebar controller to market in 2020. It is listed now on Kickstarter.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Polisport

Polisport is a Portuguese company known for manufacturing plastic items and sporting goods, including child seats for bicycles. Their helmet models include:

Polisport has a joint venture in helmets called Headgy with Strategic Sports of Hong Kong.

Review updated: 2020.


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. 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. Their helmets are made in China, "designed and engineered by POC."

POC's other lines include body armor, gloves and protective eyewear as well as ski helmets. All of the models below meet the US CPSC standard. Some of their helmets meet standards other than the CPSC and CEN bicycle standards--check the sticker inside to be sure.

Back in 2011 POC introduced two models that incorporated the first MIPS design, with a slip-plane layer intended to mitigate rotational force by sliding the outer liner layer over a Teflon-coated inner liner layer at the moment of impact. POC was an early adopter of MIPS, and their implementation was more extensive than most current helmets with just interior slip pads. Bell/Giro have similar models for 2020. POC also began using a new magnetic Fidlock brand buckle that year, one of the first to use it.

In 2019 POC introduced a slip-plane layer in the pads of some of their models that is a concept similar to MIPS. It is a silicone material and is called "SPIN" for Shearing Pad INside. MIPS sued for patent infringement. The two have settled the suit, but we don't know the terms of the settlement. POC has a new visor design for 2020, with a calibrated breakaway force level to prevent snagging.

POC is embedding a Near-field Communications (NFC) chip in some models that can be read by a phone to give EMT's info on your inert body. You program it with your vitals and allergies using an app from twICEme. Almost all smartphones have NFC capabilities. The chip does not require a battery for reading or writing data.

In 2022 POC announced a partnership with AutoLiv to develop hybrid airbag/helmet headgear, with the airbag intended to mitigate an impact before the helmet underneath comes into contact. The image below appears on the AutoLiv site, appearing to show a helmet liner with an airbag that inflates ribs, blowing apart the outer shell of the helmet into sections. POC-Autoliv concept helmet with airbag The rider would be wearing helmet protection at all times, whether or not the airbag was activated by its deployment mechanism. This contrasts to the Hovding, where the rider's bare head is unprotected unless the airbag in the collar has deployed.

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 developing a system connecting cars drivers and bike riders via cell phone and GPS location technology. It uses a programmable RFID chip. 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 could be on the market soon since the car piece is already in Volvo's XC-90 model. The research could open up interesting possibilities for the future.

POC is also collaborating with Volvo on testing helmet performance when the rider is hit by a car. As shown in this video, they have been impacting helmets on actual cars in various locations to research possible optimization for that type of crash.

Review updated: December 2019.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Pro-Tec

Pro-Tec was one of the original skate helmet companies in the 1970's, and is associated with 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 Nutcase, 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. Now their catalog sometimes 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. So check carefully inside the helmet for the F1492 sticker attesting to real dual certification. 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." On September 25, 2017 Pro-Tec issued a recall. But when we checked the web in January 2020 we still found a few "original City Lite" helmets for sale on Amazon and on a UK site (half price!).

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 ASTM-certified models 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, but the Full Cut is somewhat rounder.

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

Review updated: 2020.


Proviz

Proviz is a UK retailer of high-visibility bicycle gear, including helmets. 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Pryme Protective Gear

Pryme was a brand of Seattle Bicycle Supply, purchased by Hawley-Lambert in 2016. Some of the helmets are still being sold through. The line included helmets for BMX, downhill racing, whitewater, snowboarding and skate use, most of them with catchy names. All came with three sets of fitting pads. They fit heads from 52 to 62 cm.

Review updated: 2020.


Puky

Puky is a German company with a wide range of bicycles and accessories, mostly for children. Their helmet models include skate-style child models, some with big vents. They have one full-face model with a detachable vented chin guard that is inmolded and fits heads from 49 to 58cm. but we can't find it on their website.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


R2

R2 is a Czech Republic company that markets high-definition sunglasses for every condition and an extensive line of bicycle helmets. Some have the old high points in the rear, others are more rounded. There are road, aero road, trail, kids, and one round chrono model. We don't know their retail prices.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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. They have a companion brand called Krashco. 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 April of 2018 Vista sold Bollé and announced that they planned to sell Bell, Giro, Raskullz, and Krashco. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News had a detailed article about the sale. But the Bell/Giro/C-preme part of it never happened, and Vista announced in mid-2019 that it will keep the three bike brands for a period of years until their sale price improves. They did sell part of their firearm and ammunition businesses in July of 2019. REI resumed selling the Bell brand after that sale and the heat subsided, but in fact more than two years after their announcement Vista Outdoor still owns Bell and Giro, and still produces ammunition on a very large scale. In 2022 Vista announced that it now intends to split off the outdoor division into a new company, probably by 2023.

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.

Review updated: 2020.


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. When we checked in 2020 the only remaining Rhoads helmet on the NAC site was "out of stock>"

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


Rudy Project

This European manufacturer markets sunglasses and sporting attire from founder Rudy Barbazza. We are not sure what models you may find in your market, 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.

Review updated: 2017.


S-One

All of S-One's 2022 skateboard helmet models are certified by the manufacturer to the ASTM F1492 skateboard, CPSC bicycle, the EN 1078 European bike/skate standard and the AS/NZS 2063 Australian bike/skate standard. That makes them all the type of helmet we recommend for skateboard helmets. All are classic hard-shell skateboard models, available in many colors including highly visible ones for street use. S-1 has a very impressive video up with lab tests generating actual test numbers. Although they are apparently testing only ambient temperature helmets and none that had been immersed in water, the numbers are very good.



Although the company stopped producing non-certified helmets in 2011, it is possible that there may be some of S-One's older models still in the marketplace that were not certified to the same standards. Check the box and standards sticker inside to be sure, but in 2022 it seems unlikely.

S-One has informed us that they are working on and even larger Lifer Mega and on accommodation for rounder heads, so check their website for the latest. Review updated: 2022.


Safe-Tec

Safe-Tec brand helmets come from Shunde Moon Helmet Co., Ltd in China. They were introduced in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2020. The helmets are inmolded and have Fidlock magnetic buckles and lithium ion batteries. The strap junctions are the type that do not hold well. All are CPSC certified. Models include: Safe-Tec helmets fit heads from 53 to 63 cm (20.9 to 24.8 inches). The manufacturer offers a two year crash replacement guarantee.

Review updated: 2020.


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. We are not finding a website for them now.

Review updated: 2020.


Sakar International

Dimensions and Tony Hawk are brands of Sakar International. CPSC announced the recall of the Dimensions Bluetooth Speaker Helmet, a skate-style helmet with small rectangular vents and built-in Bluetooth speakers, on March 24, 2022. We have more in this Update newsletter.

CPSC announced the recall of the Tony Hawk Silver Metallic skate-style helmet with a Tony Hawk signature on the shell on July 14, 2022. We have more in this Update newsletter.

Both helmets were sold exclusively by Walmart.

Sakar International has a place marker for a website that says "Sakar.com is Coming Soon!".

Review updated: 2022.


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.

Review updated: 2018.


Schwinn

The Schwinn brand is now the property of Dorel Industries of Canada. 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. The Schwinn Thrasher and Schwinn Flash earned 3 stars in the Virginia Tech STAR system testing, well below the leaders.


Review updated: 2018.


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).

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


Seattle

Seattle was a brand of Seattle Bike Supply.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Sector9

Sector9 Skateboard Company has two helmet models in their line:

Review updated: 2017.


Sena

Sena produces motorcycle headsets and intercoms, and in 2017 they introduced a smart helmet for the bicycle market. They have two models. Both are round and smooth compact design road models with longitudinal vents. 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, but at least they eliminate the need for earbuds that block traffic sounds. They have noise canceling. There is a remote control and of course a smartphone app. Retail for the R-1 is $230 with all features, including gps and a half-mile intercom for four riders. The X-1 is similar but with fewer features and retails for $200.

Review updated: 2019.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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:

Review updated: 2018.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Shaun White Supply Co

Shaun White Supply Co is a 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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 brought the basic shape back with the revamped Recon.

Review updated: 2018.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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 first test results we saw came from the 2016 Consumer Reports article, where they rated the impact protection of the ForeFront as Excellent (23 others rated Excellent). Now there are Virginia Tech ratings as well. 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 will accept their helmets back for recycling, but you have to ask. 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2020.


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. It lacks the special inside cage that makes Bell's 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.

Specialized was slow to adopt MIPS, but they now have a version that they claim is superior, permitting more ventilation and "10 to 15 millimeters of rotation in every direction." That would be considerably more than other MIPS implementations.

Specialized bought ICEdot in 2018 and replaced it with a new design they all ANGi ANgular G-force indicator). It glues onto any helmet and works with your phone to call for help if you need it. The first year of service is free and it costs $30 per year after that.

Specialized's available 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. The discounted models now are mostly non-MIPS versions.

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.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Spoton

Spoton was introduced in the US market in 2018. This Chinese company has a line of road, trail, toddler and skate models. Most have older designs with elongated shapes and points in the rear, but all we have seen is a 2015 catalog. We don't know what their retail pricing would be.

Review updated: 2018.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Strategic Sports

Strategic Sports designs and produces helmets for a number of U.S. and European companies with the other company's brand (known as OEM arrangements), and they rank among the world's largest helmet producers, with annual production 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. They also manufacture Contego foam, with lengthened polystyrene molecules, resulting in a polymer that they say is more crack resistant and has better impact absorption than standard EPS. Their rotational-mitigation technology uses rubberized inserts in the liner that may assist in reducing rotational force. Strategic liner inserts image. Strategic liner inserts image 2. Strategic has a Biodome process that uses corn-based outer shells with water-based coloring, EPS they have saved from ending up in landfills, straps made from recycled plastic bottles, bamboo padding and interior fabric made from flax seed.

Strategic has a joint venture with Polisport of Portugal called Headgy helmets, but we have not seen a Headgy brand. 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 consumer publicity. Their web page names only a few of the brands they produce for.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Suomy

Suomy is an Italian company that began in the motorsport helmet sector and has expanded into fashion goods and bicycle helmets. Their helmets have unusual styling. Their helmets are 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. All of their models are certified to the US CPSC standard as well as the European EN standard.

Suomy helmets fit heads from 54 to 62cm Suomy offers a 2 year warranty. Review updated: 2018.


Sweet Protection

Sweet Protection has been a Norwegian company, but is now owned by Action Brands of the US. It is associated with skateboard, ski and other outdoor protective gear. Some of their European-market Ripper models were mistakenly sold in the US and had to be recalled in August 2020. Some of their helmets have a unique air channel that directs air from a side vent through an internal channel onto the temporal artery for cooling. Models include:
Sweet Protection models fit heads from 50 to 61cm. (19.7 to 24 inches). They offer a two year materials warranty but the 40% crash replacement discount is available in Europe only and has some qualifications.

Review updated: 2020.


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. Review updated: 2017.


Tony Hawk

See Sakar International above.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


Thousand Helmets

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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2018.


Troy Lee Designs

Troy Lee is best known for its motorcycle helmet and gear with a BMX line known for high quality rad graphics. Long ago 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 are designed to break away or pull out when the visor is snagged. Unfortunately there is no standard for testing that, and nobody will damage a helmet to do it for you at the bike shop or bike show, either, so we still regard the visors as potential snag problems.

There are custom sizing kits available for D4 and D3 helmets. Troy Lee will replace helmet liners after a crash if the shell is not damaged.

Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


TurboSke

TurboSke helmets are made by in China by Dongguan Flying Sports Goods Co. Ltd. and sold on the internet, including Amazon, by SKE Outdoors. In September of 2021 CPSC announced a recall of their toddler helmets.

Review updated: 2021.


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).

Review updated: 2017.


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. Review updated: 2017.


Van Rysel/Decathlon

Van Rysel is the house brand of Decathlon outdoor and fitness equipment. They have an interesting story of how the name was selected on the Decathlon website. Their models include road, skate, ski and equestrian helmets. They have a helmet liner (cap) that they claim will lower your skin temperature by 5 degrees through evaporation (?) and another "helmet" that has bulky facial protection for kids.

Review updated: 2021.


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. Review updated: 2017.


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. Review updated: 2017.


Velotec - Freetown - Cyclic

Velotec was incorporated in 2015 in Inglewood, California, but the company has other addresses in Louisiana and two main helmet brands: Freetown Gear & Gravel, and Cyclic. Their helmets are in Costco stores and online at Amazon, among others. All of them are inmolded. Retail prices start at $40 and go up, but are much lower at Costco and Home Depot's 2018 Black Friday sale had one model at $13. Styles are nicely rounded in the lower price ranges, but tend to the older elongated shape with points in the upper range.


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 was 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. We now cover it under the M-Wave brand above. 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. Review updated: 2020.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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:

Review updated: 2017.


Wheels

Wheels is a rideshare company that rents you an electric bike. On the rear carrier of the e-bike is a helmet. You unlock the helmet with your phone app and use it for free during the ride, relocking it on the bike when you are finished. The inside of the helmet has layers of biodegradable liner, and you just peel off a layer before you put it on to have a fresh helmet. For an introductory period Wheels gives you a 20 per cent discount on your ride if you use the free helmet. The concept is extremely well thought-out.

We have not seen the Wheels helmet in person, and the web description is minimal, but it is obviously a very well-rounded urban/skate-style model. There are no vents, probably to accommodate the peel-off liner. Since this is an ebike, that should not pose a problem for most riders for short rides in most climates. We are speculating that the peel-off layers may even provide some rotational energy mitigation, and the smooth round exterior is the shape we think is optimal for that. No helmet can fit all heads, of course.

We think this is a break-through moment for shared ebikes.

This is a break-through moment for shared ebikes!

Review updated: 2020.


Woom

Woom is primarily a child bicycle company, with a child helmet in classic skate shape with larger than usual vents. It earned a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" from Consumer Reports in July of 2019, with a note that the helmet flunked the impact testing. They reported: "Woom Bikes said it halted U.S. and Canadian sales of its helmets soon after CR contacted the company and is figuring out its next steps." But a month later the helmets were still for sale on the Woom site, but with a price of $69 and the notation "available soon." So perhaps the helmet was being reworked. There was nothing on the site to indicate a recall of the failed helmets, but CPSC announced a recall in August of 2020, more than a year later, of only the size small.

Review updated: 2020.


X-Factor

See Kent International.


Xnito

Xnito has a single ebike helmet, introduced in 2022. It meets the Dutch NTA standard, and has a well-rounded shell with angular graphics to avoid the skate style look. It has larger vents than a skate helmet, but much smaller than a typical road model. It has LED lights front and rear. Has removable liners for summer and winter, but the vents would be really small for summers in the US. Although the website mentions a "hard shell" the weight indicates that this is a thin shell helmet. We have not seen one. Fits heads 22 7/8 to 24 1/8in (58 - 61cm). Comes with a removable fabric visor. Retail is $150.

Review updated: 2022.


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:

Review updated: 2017.


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 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.

Review updated: 2017.


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.

Review updated: 2017.


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).

Review updated: 2017.


Zhuhai Star Safety

See Star Helmets above.


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