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The top 10 best women’s road bike helmets

In this article I’m going to give you a list of the best women’s road bike helmets. And let me follow up that statement by saying immediately that there aren’t any.

Although some brands have designated a number of their helmets as women’s helmets, there really is no such thing as a women’s road bike helmet. There’s no anatomical difference between men and women’s heads other than, in general, women’s heads are somewhat smaller.

It means what’s good for men is just as good for women, and the only difference you might find between men’s and women’s helmets is their paint job. So with that out of the way let’s see what’s made it on this list of the best women’s road bike helmets, for what it’s worth to designate it as such.

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

Bell Avenue MIPS

Bell Avenue MIPS
Bell Avenue MIPS
Bell Avenue MIPS
Bell Avenue MIPS
Bell Avenue MIPS
Bell Avenue MIPS

The Bell Avenue MIPS is the cheapest road bike helmet featuring the MIPS technology I could find.

Being the cheapest within a certain category is always a good thing from a budget perspective. The biggest question then remains, how well does it score in other areas. It’s 3 times less than the average price for a road bike helmet, so something has got to give. But the sacrifices have been minor in comparison.

The MIPS technology included is the latest Evolve variant. This is the same technology featured in the Bell Z20 MIPS, which is one of Bell’s top-of-the-line models.

It’s not a light helmet at 340 grams (the average road bike helmet weighs 280 grams). So for each dollar less than the average price you add about a single gram. It means the helmet’s construction is somewhat less sophisticated. Adding strength to its structural integrity has simply been done by adding more material.

To keep the price as low as it is, the helmet also doesn’t wrap its polycarbonate shell around the lower edges, leaving the EPS liner exposed to scuffs and scratches. Otherwise the overall helmet design looks just as good as more premium variants.

The helmet features the ErgoFit system to tighten it. It’s the entry level fit system, which means it’s heavier yet works with a dial at the base of the head, just like a huge number of other fit systems. And both the shape, liner, and fit system ensure a comfortable feeling when wearing the helmet, so no issues there.

All in all, you can honestly state that this is one of the best value-for-money road bike helmets. Good looks, in a comfortable package, for an excellent price makes you forget that it’s somewhat heavier than other options.

Expert Experience

Ian Osborne | Contributor – June 14, 2020

The 18-vent shell features a tough-wearing polycarbonate outer and I liked the matt black colourway I tested. There are reflective logos and detailing on the side and rear to help keep you seen at night.

The Avenue might not have the small refinements of some of the more expensive MIPS helmets on the market, but the performance, user-friendly features and top-end safety make it outstanding 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

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

Giro Women's Agilis MIPS

Giro Women's Agilis MIPS
Giro Women's Agilis MIPS
Giro Women's Agilis MIPS
Giro Women's Agilis MIPS
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The Giro Women’s Agilis MIPS is exactly the same as the non-women’s version. The only difference is the color options.

It has the same design, shape, weight, number of vents, and Roc Loc 5 fit system. And since the colors don’t necessarily strike me as characteristically feminine (e.g. pink), the moniker “women’s” is nothing more than marketing for what is indeed one of the best mid-level helmets on the market.

Expert Experience

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan | Technical writer – April 17, 2020

I can see the merit in a helmet like this if you’re tackling the trails and want to know your helmet provides extra coverage in the event of a crash. However, for me the lack of breathability when pushing the pace was distracting.

Pros and Cons

Giro Women's Ember MIPS

Giro Women's Ember MIPS
Giro Women's Ember MIPS
Giro Women's Ember MIPS
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The Giro Women’s Ember MIPS is up there with the Agilis version, offering the same technology in a different looking design.

The helmet includes the MIPS technology, weighs about the same as the Agilis, has the same price, the same antimicrobial liner, and the same Roc Loc 5 fit system for both vertical and horizontal adjustment.

This helmet features a webbing called roll-cage, which strengthens the helmet’s EPS liner when impacted. That could be the same technology as the Hardbody roll-cage reinforcement found in the similarly priced Giro Agilis. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on the subject, and both helmets haven’t been rated, so I couldn’t say whether one trumps the other in terms of safety either.

The helmet looks great, with subtle color combinations and both gloss and matt finishes on the polycarbonate shell. If you ask me.

Expert Experience

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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 Eclipse Spherical

Giro Eclipse Spherical
Giro Eclipse Spherical
Giro Eclipse Spherical
Giro Eclipse Spherical
Giro Eclipse Spherical
Giro Eclipse Spherical

The Giro Eclipse Spherical is a helmet meant for aero-fanatics.

Offering the same crash-protection technology as the Giro Aries Spherical. That means this one also has the MIPS Spherical ball-in-socket helmet setup, with the multi-density EPS liner, and the Aura II polycarbonate reinforcement.

The weight difference is negligible, you get the same Roc Loc 5 Air fit system, this time without the DryCore silicone pads that wick sweat away from your brow and to the sides of your helmet.

Giro claims the helmet is best-in-class in the aero department and offers some data to back this up. Whether or not that’s true I don’t know. The helmet certainly looks the part.

Expert Experience

Nick Cox | Contributor – August 08, 2022

Overall, I really enjoyed using the Giro Eclipse. The only issue I had was that the helmet sometimes clashed with my sunglasses. I needed to adjust the arms of my Oakley Jawbreakers to their shorter length to avoid any contact, and my Oakley Sutro and Encoders both clashed a little. The Mips technology is reassuring, and though the aerodynamic claims are impossible to verify, it passed the toughest of tests on cooling.

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

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

Specifications women's road bike helmets

Name
Price
Technology
Shell
Liner
Visor
Fit
weight (gr)
eyewear port
rating
Bell Z20 MIPS
200 USD
MIPS Evolve
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Float Fit Race
310
11.23
Bell Avenue MIPS
55 USD
MIPS Evolve
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Ergo Fit
340
yes
Lazer Sphere MIPS
160 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
ARS
280
10.23
Lazer G1 MIPS
250 USD
MIPS
polycarbonate
EPS
none
ARS
235
9.23
Giro Women’s Agilis MIPS
90 USD
MIPS/Hardbody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Roc Loc 5 w. Slimline buckle
300
Giro Women’s Ember MIPS
100 USD
MIPS/Roll Cage
polycarbonate
EPS
none
Roc Loc 5
295
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 Eclipse Spherical
250 USD
MIPS Air/Spherical/Aura II
polycarbonate
Progressive Layering 3-layer EPS
none
Roc Loc 5 Air
270
11.2
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
POC Octal MIPS
200 EUR
MIPS Integra/Unibody
polycarbonate
EPS
none
lightweight system
270
yes
10.59

Sources

Nick BruckBauer, Bell Z20 MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 7, 2020
Ian Osborne, Bell Avenue MIPS helmet review, Bikeradar, June 14, 2020
Steve Williams, Lazer Sphere MIPS helmet, Road.cc, March 10, 2021
Brandon Bilyeu, Lazer G1 Helmet Review, Road Bike Rider, January 13, 2020
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan, Giro Agilis MIPS helmet review, Cycling Weekly, April 17, 2020
Nick BruckBauer, Giro Aether MIPS Review, Outdoorgearlab, October 2, 2019
Nick Cox, Giro Eclipse Spherical Road Helmet, Road.cc, August 08, 2022
Suvi Loponen, Giro Aries Spherical Helmet, Road.cc, July 07, 2023
Nick BruckBauer, POC Octal Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 7, 2020

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