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The top 16 best gravel road bike helmets

In this article I’m going to give my thoughts on what the best gravel road bike helmets are.

The first question that pops up is “is there such a thing as a gravel helmet?”, and if you’d ask me I’d say the answer is no. And there are a number of reasons why I think that’s the case.

There are a number of designs for bicycle helmets, each of which offers different features unique for that particular design. The most obvious one for gravel riding is the road bike helmet, but you’ve also got urban helmets, bmx, open face or trail, full face or downhill, and of course aero and time trial helmets.

Other than the road bike helmet, none of the other designs, except maybe for the trail helmet, makes sense for a gravel bike. I’ve seen trail helmets creeping into lists of what the best gravel helmets should be, but either those guys know something I don’t or they’ve never actually ridden a trail with a mountain bike helmet.

The most standout feature setting a road bike helmet apart from an open face helmet is the visor. It’s function is often quoted as being able to shade your eyes from the sun. That sure is nice, but I mainly use it to prevent branches from whipping across my face, by quickly dipping the front of the helmet down.

If you’ve ever used a mountain bike helmet on a bike that puts you in a similar position as a road bike, you’re immediately being confronted by the fact that the more aggressive position moves the visor into your field of vision. That’s an incredible nuisance and the core reason you don’t want to use a mountain bike helmet on anything resembling a road bike.

Among professional mountain bikers road bike helmets are exclusively featured among cross country riders, with none of them wearing open face helmets. Road bike helmets are lighter, and better ventilated than their mountain bike counterparts, which is probably the reason.

Furthermore, although mountain helmets are bigger, and cover a larger area of the head, they aren’t more crash resistant. Road bike and mountain helmets are equally represented among helmets receiving the best ratings from Virginia Tech’s crash tests.

Even if I could I wouldn’t stop you from wearing any helmet you want on your gravel bike. You do you. But you won’t find any other helmet than road bike helmets on this list for the best gravel road bike helmets. I decided to display a wide variety of them, ranging from mid-tier helmets offering good value, to top-of-the-range with all the latest tech. A table overview is located at the end of the article for your convenience.

Bell Falcon XR MIPS

Bell Falcon XR MIPS
Bell Falcon XR MIPS
Bell Falcon XR MIPS
Bell Falcon XR MIPS
Bell Falcon XR MIPS
Bell Falcon XR MIPS

The Bell Falcon XR MIPS offers excellent value for money, and is one of the more affordable helmets featuring the latest MIPS evolved crash technology.

For half the price of its more premium siblings, you get both this technology, as well as the similar Float Fit system with Fidlock buckle.

There are multiple colors to choose from, easy eyewear storage, and a quick-drying Ionic+ antimicrobial, washable liner. The same liner used in their most expensive helmets.

A nice touch that’s not included is the optional rear light, which neatly fits in a rear exhaust vent.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – April 4, 2023

The first thing you’ll notice is that it is weightier than most. On our scales this medium clocked 369g, which is over 130g more than something like the £90 Kask Sintesi(link is external).

That aside, the Falcon is comfortable. The Float Fit cradle system runs right the way around rather than just across the rear and sides like some helmets, so when you use the wheel at the rear to adjust for fit it tightens with an even pressure all the way around your head.

Yes, it’s a bit weighty, but aside from that the Falcoin XR is a quality all-rounder thanks with a good fit and finish. If you are after a comfortable helmet for all kinds of riding then the Bell has most things covered – and the LED is a bonus.

Pros and Cons

Bell XR Spherical

Bell XR Spherical
Bell XR Spherical
Bell XR Spherical
Bell XR Spherical
Bell XR Spherical
Bell XR Spherical

The MIPS Spherical technology is one of the best ways to improve upon the safety of a helmet, and the Bell XR Spherical is the single helmet of the American brand featuring this outstanding technology.

All helmets featuring the MIPS Spherical ball-in-socket crash technology are very expensive, and unfortunately this helmet is no exception to that rule. The Spherical technology split a helmet into two halves that can minimally move independently from each other. Upon impact this slight movement absorbs a significant amount of energy which would otherwise be transferred onto the rider’s head, with all negative consequences associated with it.

Another feature of this helmet is the multi-density EPS layer which progressively absorbs energy as well.

The Float Fit system with Fidlock buckle and Ionic+ liner with antimicrobial silver has proven to be an excellent way to achieve a secure and comfortable fit.

Expert Experience

George Hill | Road.cc podcast host – Jan 3, 2023

The helmet pads strike a good balance between plushness and not being absorbent – so they don’t end up stinking after a few rides or letting sweat drop down your face after a long ride. They also keep the helmet from knocking against your head on rough gravel rides.

The helmet straps run through the inner shell and connect to the outer shell, which means there is an entire shell between the anchor points and your head. This adds comfort and creates a seamless look, with the straps almost just disappearing into the helmet.

Pros and Cons

Bell Z20 MIPS

Bell Z20 MIPS
Bell Z20 MIPS
Bell Z20 MIPS
Bell Z20 MIPS
Bell Z20 MIPS
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The Bell Z20 MIPS is a helmet that offers excellent crash protection with a great fit.

At 310 grams it’s not exactly a lightweight. On the other hand, they’ve included the latest MIPS Evolve crash technology with multi-density EPS liner.

The Float Fit Race fit system allows for multiple ways to get to the ultimate fit for your head, cleverly integrating it with the MIPS technology. Both the vertical height, circumference, and even padding width is adjustable.

Furthermore the EPS liner has a multi-density structure, which allows for progressively stronger impact absorption.

A great helmet, with a great overall value.

Expert Experience

Nick BruckBauer | Contributor – May 7, 2020

The Bell Z20 MIPS stands out from the pack with its class-leading comfort and ventilation that comes in a modern and stylish package, earning it one of our highest honors. With a MIPS liner that is built into the adjustable headband retention system, and the perfect location and amount of padding, the Z20 is one of the most comfortable helmets in our lineup. The numerous large vents provide excellent ventilation, and the modern, sleek design completes the high-end look. The Z20 is ideal for any type of road cyclist looking for the ultimate in protection, comfort, ventilation, and style.

Pros and Cons

Giro Aether Spherical

Giro Aether Spherical
Giro Aether Spherical
Giro Aether Spherical
Giro Aether Spherical
Giro Aether Spherical
Giro Aether Spherical

The Giro Aether Spherical is arguably a better value-for-money proposition than the far more expensive Aries Spherical.

That’s because it boasts the exact same crash technology in a slightly different package. MIPS Spherical crash technology to reduce rotational impact forces, a multi-density EPS liner, and a reinforced polycarbonate shell. All are the same.

The Roc Loc 5 Air fit system is also featured, ensuring a great fit of the helmet with multiple ways to adjust the padding, vertical height and circumference. To keep you cool, air is ingeniously guided along your head.

There are many colors to choose from to fit the rest of your outfit or your bike. All in all a no-brainer if you value safety and are willing to spend the money on a premium helmet such as this one.

Expert Experience

Nick BruckBauer | Contributor – October 2, 2019

The Giro Aether is a very elegant-looking helmet with a uniquely designed built-in MIPS liner, excellent ventilation, and one of the highest list prices in our lineup. Giro’s unique Spherical design houses the MIPS liner between different layers of the EPS foam shell, rather than directly against the rider’s head, allowing for the placement of internal airflow channels in the foam liner that add to the already excellent ventilation. Riders willing to shell out a bunch of cash for high-end features and a fancy design will love this model, but those looking for better value can likely find something with similar or better performance and comfort at a lower price.

Pros and Cons

Giro Aries Spherical

Giro Aries Spherical
Giro Aries Spherical
Giro Aries Spherical
Giro Aries Spherical
Giro Aries Spherical
Giro Aries Spherical

The Giro Aries Spherical is one of the safest if not the safest helmet within its category. It also has the highest suggested retail price at 300 USD. On its product page Giro boasts the helmet having the lowest Virginia Tech helmet rating (lower is better), and you have to if you charge this price.

So what exactly do you get for the money? This is one of a couple of helmets offering the MIPS Spherical technology, which reduces rotational damage with a ball-in-socket helmet setup. Furthermore the polycarbonate shell is reinforced with twin bridges on each side, alongside a roll-cage-like reinforced band. It all makes for an incredibly strong helmet that doesn’t weigh more than your average similar helmet.

It has silicon beads so sweat doesn’t drip into your eyes, or runs down your glasses, which is a feature far more useful than you might think.

The helmet is tightened on your head with the Roc Loc 5 Air fit system, something featured in all of their premium models. And something that does a great job of keeping the lightweight lid in place.

Expert Experience

Suvi Loponen | Technical writer – July 07, 2023

The Giro Aries Spherical is the company’s latest pro-level helmet, featuring its Spherical Technology system, a unique ball-and-socket design that adds more safety on top of Mips. As well as ranking as one of the safest helmets out there, the Aries is also one of the lightest helmets on the market, and the abundant vents definitely make it one of the coolest I’ve used. It does, however, come at a high price.

Pros and Cons

Giro Synthe MIPS

Giro Synthe MIPS
Giro Synthe MIPS
Giro Synthe MIPS
Giro Synthe MIPS
Giro Synthe MIPS
Giro Synthe MIPS

The Giro Synthe MIPS is a mid-tier helmet with a lot of strongpoints, that falls just short of being excellent.

A popular choice in Giro’s lineup it’s a very comfortable, and well-ventilated helmet at an average weight of 275 grams.

However it’s kind of pricey considering the Giro Agilis has the same features for half the price.

Expert Experience

Simon Smythe | Cycling Tech W – March 30, 2022

It’s not often that an updated, improved version of helmet is priced lower than the original, but this is the case with the Giro Synthe MIPS II. This is because it uses what has become entry-level MIPS – the slip plane type – now that Giro is speccing its latest Spherical MIPS on its flagship road helmets the Eclipse and Aether. However, if you’re not bothered about having the latest MIPS protection system and are looking for a comfortable, well vented, classic-looking road helmet the Giro Synthe MIPS II could be for you.

Pros and Cons

Kask Protone Icon

Kask Protone Icon
Kask Protone Icon
Kask Protone Icon
Kask Protone Icon
Kask Protone Icon
Kask Protone Icon

The Kask Protone Icon stylish looks underwrites its premium nature as the best road bike helmet the brand has to offer.

Extremely lightweight at 230 grams, the helmet has huge intake vents which are reinforced. A well-chosen color-scheme provides a sharp contrast between the glossy or matt polycarbonate and the black reinforced EPS liner.

The amount of ventilation achieved, makes this one of the best helmets for hot and summer rides. And well-placed vents in the front alongside the CoolMax padding keep your head dry and prevent hot spots and sweat from going places where you don’t want it to go.

The Octo Fit system does a perfect job of fastening the helm evenly around your head, offering both vertical and horizontal adjustment.

Everything pro peloton riders use can be had for a small fortune, and the same goes for this helmet, which is incredibly expensive. But for that money you get an exceptionally well-designed, highly ventilated, and comfortable road bike helmet.

Expert Experience

Shaun Audane | Technical writer – July 04, 2022

An evolution of the Protone helmet, the Kask Protone Icon is reckoned to have improved on its predecessor ‘in every way possible’. Having not tested a Protone it’s difficult for me to comment on this statement, but what I can say is that the Icon is the airiest and most comfortable helmet I’ve ever used, in 35 years of cycling. At 223g it’s also possibly the lightest – I barely noticed it.

Pros and Cons

Kask Valegro

Kask Valegro
Kask Valegro
Kask Valegro
Kask Valegro
Kask Valegro
Kask Valegro

The Kask Valegro is by far the lightest road bike helmet I could find, and the only one diving below 200 grams (for a size small that is).

At 180 grams it’s 35 percent lighter than the average weight of 280 grams. There are many things beside weight that add to the overall comfort of a helmet, but if you’re looking for a lightweight one this is definitely it.

The weight saving had to come from somewhere, and with the same Octo-fit fastening system used in other helmets it came from the minimal padding and what feels like less material in the EPS liner. It means you not only get a lightweight helmet you also get one which is less safe than other helmets that do not similarly compromise the liner.

The thing is airy enough and you probably don’t feel the minimal padding while riding, but the cost of the weight gain is not something I’d be willing to pay. And as far as price goes, the thing isn’t especially cheap, coming from a brand which supplies the pro peleton as well.

As far as looks go, I like the Kask Protone Icon better, but the Valegro is a very pretty helmet indeed. And it comes in enough colors to mix and match with your outfit and/or bike.

Expert Experience

Mat Brett | Technical editor – August 18, 2020

Overall, the Valegro puts in a strong performance if you’re after a lightweight and cool helmet. The only real issue I had was that the pressure didn’t feel as comfortably distributed on my head as with other helmets in Kask’s range, despite an excellent fit system, although other people didn’t find the same thing. If you’re interested in the Valegro, I’d suggest you try before you buy because if the fit feels good to you this is a high-quality option.

Pros and Cons

Lazer G1 MIPS

Lazer G1 MIPS
Lazer G1 MIPS
Lazer G1 MIPS
Lazer G1 MIPS
Lazer G1 MIPS
Lazer G1 MIPS

The Lazer G1 MIPS is marketed as one of the lightest helmets in its category. And to be fair it is.

Yet I want to put the 235 grams of this helmet in perspective, because the average road bike helmet weighs 280 grams. That’s 45 grams heavier and something you will not notice while riding.

On the other hand, things like ventilation and fit are far more important things with respect to comfort than a couple of grams less. And luckily this helmet performs exceptionally well in that area. You get 2 different sets of padding to fully customize the fit.

Unlike your classic dial at the base of your skull you actually modify the fit with a wheel on top of the helmet. This non-indexed dial draws the helmet tight around your head around the entirety of its circumference.

Although it does a fantastic job of creating a superb fit, the two strings underneath the helmet look rather delicate. And I’m familiar with fit systems breaking with helmets being stuffed into bags. So that’s something you might want to keep in mind if you’re not the type of person who’s really careful with her/his material.

In terms of safety it offers MIPS technology and sits just behind Giro’s Aries Spherical, so its most important feature is taken care of. And a helmet cover is included to marginally increase aerodynamic properties or protect you from the rain.

Expert Experience

Brandon Bilyeu | Professional cyclist – January 13, 2020

The marketing of this helmet as superlight might only appeal to a small subset of cyclists, but the reality is that this is a great, no compromises helmet that just happens to be lightweight too. The Lazer G1 shines in fit, comfort, and ventilation. Extra safety is available with the MIPS version and extra aero performance with the Aeroshell. It is by no means cheap, but for a top of the line helmet in today’s market it is a relative value.

Pros and Cons

Lazer Sphere MIPS

Lazer Sphere MIPS
Lazer Sphere MIPS
Lazer Sphere MIPS
Lazer Sphere MIPS
Lazer Sphere MIPS
Lazer Sphere MIPS

The Lazer Sphere MIPS is an excellent choice if you want a helmet with a proven track record in safety without paying an absurd price.

When looking at the catalog of helmet manufacturers you can see an exponential increase in price to obtain the latest technology or the lightest variants. The Lazer Sphere MIPS is an excellent example of this, where a decent price get’s you all the latest bells and whistles in a slightly heavier package than Lazer’s top dog.

MIPS technology, the ARS fit system with the non-indexed dial on top of the helmet, and a weight of 280 grams, which is the exact average for road bike helmets all make for a great package.

Expert Experience

Steve Williams | Product reviewer – March 10, 2021

Despite a terrible first impression, I ended up really liking this helmet, because I simply don’t notice it when I’m riding – yet the safety features promise benefits I hopefully will notice if I crash. It’s not the lightest, coolest or sexiest helmet you can buy, but it’s a very comfortable, stable and reassuring one indeed.

Pros and Cons

POC Octal MIPS

POC Octal MIPS
POC Octal MIPS
POC Octal MIPS
POC Octal MIPS
POC Octal MIPS
POC Octal MIPS

I will not hide the fact that I’m a fan of the Swedish brand, and with the POC Octal MIPS they’ve created another fantastic-looking product to their already impressive lineup.

Always striving to cram their products with the best technology the Octal MIPS features the Integra version of this crash technology, which means the slip plane is customized to the specifics of this helmet. The helmet has a unibody build for enhanced structural integrity in case of a crash.

It’s touted as being extremely lightweight, with a stripped down EPS liner and fit system, but it isn’t really. 270 grams sits just below the average for a premium bike helmet such as this one, and if you really want the lightest helmet you have to look somewhere else.

Personally, I feel again that this helmet is the best-looking of the whole bunch, but am acutely aware of the subjectivity of that statement. And I have read a number of comments from people being less favorable about its above-average width. Nonetheless is the craftsmanship of this helmet undeniable, and it has a safety rating to match.

Expert Experience

Nick BruckBauer | Contributor – May 7, 2020

The POC Octal is a well-built, extremely lightweight helmet with excellent ventilation that has a very distinct Swedish design. This lid provides solid crash protection with its thick EPS foam liner, but falls short of our top awards with lower rankings in our comfort and adjustability metrics with minimal padding and a simple and lightweight adjustment system. While there are other helmets out there with more creature comforts and better adjustability to fit a wider range of heads, riders looking for extreme ventilation in a lightweight package with a classic Swedish design will appreciate the Octal.

Pros and Cons

POC Ventral Air MIPS

POC Ventral Air MIPS
POC Ventral Air MIPS
POC Ventral Air MIPS
POC Ventral Air MIPS
POC Ventral Air MIPS
POC Ventral Air MIPS

The POC Ventral Air MIPS is a premium road bike helmet from the Swedish brand.

POC offers cleanly designed products crammed with the best technology within its specific product category. In the case of the Ventral AIR, it offers the MIPS Integra technology within a unibody shell. It’s a custom fit slip plane for a helmet with excellent structural integrity.

In terms of comfort they offer their rather finicky adjustable 360-degree fit system. However, once set up it proves a solid fit, no hot spots, and great ventilation.

The helmet has been wind-tunnel tested. I don’t have any comparison data between helmets, but it speaks volumes about POC’s approach towards road bike helmet design.

The helmet is known for its ability to keep your head cool during the hottest summer rides.

Expert Experience

Ryan Baker | Review Editor – May 9, 2023

The POC Ventral Air MIPS lands on the awards podium with a Top Pick Award, earning very high marks in every category. This prize contender should be highly considered by any rider looking to cool their head on a hot day and those tired of neck strain from lowering performing competitors. Our testers were wowed by its unique design but it may not be the style for everyone. The big recessed air channels reduce noise and move air efficiently keeping our heads dry even during record heat in the summer sun.

Pros and Cons

POC Ventral MIPS

POC Ventral MIPS
POC Ventral MIPS
POC Ventral MIPS
POC Ventral MIPS
POC Ventral MIPS
POC Ventral MIPS

It says something about a product if they offer incremental payments, but it says that quite clearly on the sales page of the POC Ventral MIPS, the Swedish brand’s most expensive piece of road bike kit for your head.

So what do you get for a helmet that is twice the amount of the average road bike helmet? Well it’s a helmet that underwent the rigors of a CFD testing, which stands for Computational Fuild Dynamics. I’m no aerodynamics expert, but there’s a general consensus that aerodynamics are a factor.

The fact that this helmet is wind-tunnel tested also says something about its target market. You either actually do races and crits, have too much money, like to have the latest-and-greatest, or a combination of those.

In terms of safety it offers POC’s best. The MIPS Integra version, which means the slip plane was customized for this specific helmet. The helmet also has a unibody design for added structural integrity.

Everything about the helmet oozes premium quality, including its overall minimalistic design and the comfort of the padding and its ability to achieve high levels of ventilation.

Pros and Cons

Smith Persist

Smith Persist
Smith Persist
Smith Persist
Smith Persist
Smith Persist
Smith Persist

The Smith Persist is a good-looking and affordable road bike helmet with MIPS technology.

The in-mold shell neatly wraps around the edges of the helmet, giving it a premium look-and-feel.

I’m not sure whether or not I’m willing to pay the more premium price, because it shares all other features with the Signal, which is significantly less expensive.

The helmet does offer MIPS technology, and even though it cannot be vertically adjusted, the VaporFit dial system in combination with a plush liner does the job of providing you with a nice fit.

The Smith Persist does everything really well, yet doesn’t excel in anything when compared to true premium offerings. Which, I guess, is the hallmark of a solid mid-tier contender.

Expert Experience

Luke Hollomon | Contributor – May 9, 2023

Smith markets the Persist as a gravel helmet, but we found that it’s a good performer across all disciplines. The padding is comfortable, it adjusts to fit almost any shaped head, and the head retention dial is easy to turn, even with thick gloves on. The ventilation is good, though not exceptional, but it’s made up for by the impressive style and durability given by the full wrap of polycarbonate protecting the EPS foam. Its weight is competitive with the best bike helmets costing over twice as much. If you’re looking for a durable, comfortable, attractive helmet to use across multiple disciplines or even just on the road, the Smith Persist provides great features at a lower price.

Pros and Cons

Smith Signal

Smith Signal
Smith Signal
Smith Signal
Smith Signal
Smith Signal
Smith Signal

The Smith Signal is a nice-looking and affordable helmet. Smith describes this helmet as a commuter helmet. I have no idea why, since it features almost the same shape, same liner, and same fit system as the Persist.

It could simply be the price, which doesn’t break the bank. The reason is that this is not an in-molded helmet where the EPS liner and polycarbonate shell are fused together in the same mold. In terms of safety this doesn’t matter. In terms of ventilation and cost it does.

The helmet does feature an exposed EPS liner sticking underneath the shell. Besides the fact that this doesn’t look great, the delicate EPS might nick more easily. I never had to throw away a helmet because of it though.

It’s one of the most affordable road bike helmets (or commuter) that feature MIPS. And because it has the same weight, VaporFit dial system, AirEvac 21 vents, and eyewear port as the Persist, it’s one of the best choices for budget-minded cyclists.

Expert Experience

Shaun Audane | Technical writer – August 11, 2020

Though closer to what I’d describe as a ‘commu-tour’ (commuting/touring) model, the Signal has performed rather well on my off-road exclusions, too, offering reasonable protection against brambles.

Its shape is also fairly conducive to mounting lights and lightweight cameras. I found my TomTom Bandit a touch on the weighty side but the Go-Pro (and its emulators) were a better bet.

Pros and Cons

Smith Trace

Smith Trace
Smith Trace
Smith Trace
Smith Trace
Smith Trace
Smith Trace

As one of the standout features, the Smith Trace uses a Koroyd liner for impact protection.

Koroyd has a honeycomb-like structure, and is made by gluing polymer tubes together. It means you don’t have to cut holes into your liner, but instead can cover the interior of the helmet entirely.

EPS liners have been around for as long as I can remember, and judging from its widespread use across all major brands, it looks like the majority hasn’t jumped on the Koroyd bandwagon. That’s because there are both advantages and disadvantages associated with it.

A Koroyd liner is a full shell inside the helmet. So it offers impact protection no matter where it occurs, but still keeps the weight down because it’s lighter than EPS. The Smith Trace weighs 280 grams, which is average for a road bike helmet.

It is said Koroyd has a better energy absorption effect, yet the Virginia Tech ratings for the Forefront and Overtake, the only two helmets using Koroyd on that list, doesn’t support that notion with a respective rating of 18.62 and 15. These are mid-level ratings at best.

So talk about better energy absorption aside, there’s no clear-cut evidence which would support an industry-wide adoption of the Koroyd for helmet liners.

Another thing is that with Koroyd being a full shell, ventilation seems to be lower no matter what helm you pick. Depending on what weather conditions you use the helmet, that could be a good thing, but in general it’s not. And it at least makes the helmet less versatile from a seasonal perspective. Because you can wear a thermo-cap underneath a helmet, but you can’t strip out the liner for hot summer rides.

The Smith Trace is a very well designed helmet, and the Koroyd liner peaking through the ventilation holes looks distinctive. You can easily put your glasses on top of it. And like basically every other helmet, it has a vertical and horizontal adjustment system with excellent padding.

Expert Experience

Tom Weijand | Tech writer – September 19, 2023

It’s not especially light – it has a claimed weight of 280g though on our scales it was 289g. Neither is it especially aero or incredibly well ventilated, but it has a foot in both camps. It doesn’t have the most daring looks, nor is it drab, and it doesn’t scream roadie or mountain biker.

To be fair, if you’re looking for a super-light lid or a helmet for maximum aero-friendliness, then you have lots of options from which to choose. But if you ride a variety of disciplines and want a very good performance across all of them, the Smith Trace MIPS is well worth considering for its impressive versatility.

Pros and Cons

Specifications gravel road bike helmets

Name
Price
Technology
Shell
Liner
Visor
Fit
weight (gr)
eyewear port
rating
Bell Falcon XR MIPS
120 USD
MIPS Evolve
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Float Fit w. Fidlock buckle
310
yes
Bell XR Spherical
225 USD
MIPS Spherical
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Float Fit w. Fidlock buckle
285
yes
Bell Z20 MIPS
200 USD
MIPS Evolve
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Float Fit Race
310
11.23
Giro Aether Spherical
225 USD
MIPS Air/Spherical/Aura II
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Roc Loc 5 Air
280
yes
12.51
Giro Aries Spherical
300 USD
MIPS Air/Spherical/Aura II
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Roc Loc 5 Air
275
yes
8.4
Giro Synthe MIPS
170 USD
MIPS/Hardbody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Roc Loc 5 Air w. Slimline buckle
275
16.95
Kask Protone Icon
275 EUR
MIT/Inner Frame
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Octo-fit
230
Kask Valegro
209 EUR
MIT
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Octo-fit
180
19.57
Lazer G1 MIPS
250 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
ARS
235
9.23
Lazer Sphere MIPS
160 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
ARS
280
10.23
POC Octal MIPS
200 EUR
MIPS Integra/Unibody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
lightweight system
270
yes
10.59
POC Ventral Air MIPS
260 EUR
MIPS Integra/Unibody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
adjustable 360-degree fit
295
POC Ventral MIPS
300 EUR
MIPS Integra/Unibody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
adjustable 360-degree fit
264
yes
Smith Persist
120 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
VaporFit
300
yes
Smith Signal
85 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
VaporFit
300
yes
15.49
Smith Trace
250 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS/Koroyd
none
VaporFit
280
yes

Sources

Stu Kerton, Bell Falcon XR LED MIPS Road Helmet, Road.cc, April 4, 2023
George Hill, Bell XR Spherical Road Helmet, Road.cc, Jan 3, 2023
Nick BruckBauer, Bell Z20 MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 7, 2020
Nick BruckBauer, Giro Aether MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, October 2, 2019
Suvi Loponen, Giro Aries Spherical Helmet, Road.cc, July 07, 2023
Simon Smythe, Giro Synthe MIPS II helmet review, Cycling Weekly, March 30, 2022
Shaun Audane, Kask Protone Icon helmet, Road.cc, July 04, 2022
Mat Brett, Kask Valegro helmet, Road.cc, August 18, 2020
Brandon Bilyeu, Lazer G1 Helmet Review, Road Bike Rider, January 13, 2020
Steve Williams, Lazer Sphere MIPS helmet, Road.cc, March 10, 2021
Nick BruckBauer, POC Octal Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 7, 2020
Ryan Baker, POC Ventral Air MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 9, 2023
Luke Hollomon, Smith Persist MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 9, 2023
Shaun Audane, Smith Signal MIPS helmet, Road.cc, August 11, 2020
Tom Weijand, Smith Trace MIPS, Road.cc, September 19, 2023
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Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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