Six performance cycling helmets from Met, Specialized, Lazer, Kask, Giro and Oxford

Helmets are commonplace in cycling and the choice in any local bike shop can seem bewildering, so to help you narrow down that choice may we present you with six of our fave performance cycling helmets.

Performance helmets need to strive for low weight, excellent ventilation, comfort and increasingly, aerodynamic concerns. The lightest modern helmets come in around 200g which is light enough that you really do barely notice they’re there.

You can pay as much, or as little, as you want with the choice at most price points better than ever before. In this video we’ve got helmets from £30 right up to the £200, so truly something for everyone.

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Our pick of six of the best performance helmets


Weight Market price Read more
Met Strale
241g
£42.00-£63.99
Read our review
Lazer Z1
225g
£114.95
Read our review
Giro Synthe
223g
MIPS: £169.00-£187.49|Standard: £131.30
Read our review
Specialized Prevail II
201g
£150.00-£175.00
Read our review
Oxford Raven
255g
£39.99
Read our review
Kask Mojito
251g
£89.00
Read our review

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Leviathan [3057 posts] 6 months ago
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Here we go again...

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don simon [2542 posts] 6 months ago
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Something a little more glossy and I'm bollocksed if I'm going out on my own.

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Cugel [51 posts] 6 months ago
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"Performance helmets need to strive for low weight, excellent ventilation, comfort and increasingly, aerodynamic concerns".

No need for any "safe" then?

Anyroadup. I find a cotton cap to be very low weight, with excellent ventilation and, if worn backwards, quite aerodynamical. It also evaporates sweat well and keeps the heed from getting sunbont. The wee peak is good at preventing sunblast to even Oakleyed-up eyes.

Best of all, it seems the cotton cap (or nowt) is safer than them helmets, which induce over-confidence, excessive risk-taking and consequently a greater degree of head injuries in cyclists who wear them rather than something else! Coo.

Cugel, not wearing a suit of armour in the car, neither.

PS Have you noticed how daft helmets look? ... Not that we cyclists care about fashion over function though, eh?   1

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drjohn [55 posts] 6 months ago
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Has anyone ever successfully sued a cycle helmet manufacturer because the helmet failed to prevent death or brain injury?

No? Why is that?

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RoubaixCube [89 posts] 6 months ago
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Each to their own, but having owned a Giro Savant and Atmos II for years, I ended up switching the Atmos II out for a Kask Mojito and it is by far superior and the most comfortable helmet ive ever had on my head. Even when the mercury was hitting the 30's here in london. the mojito handled the sweat very well and Im a person that tends to run hot when out on the bike.

If im going to be on the bike for prolonged periods of time, I wear a bandana or a headband/sweatband underneath to help soak up my sweat and get it evaporating.

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alexb [190 posts] 6 months ago
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I've just bought a new helmet from Lidl for commuting.

It's actually lighter, more comfortable and has noticeably better ventilation than my previous helmet.

I've just weighed it and it come sin at exactly 250g (including the rear blinky LED) which makes it a stunning buy for £12.99.

It meets all the current EC regulations of course.