The Helmetor is a nice idea that's functional and useful enough to just about justify the cost. While few cyclists would consider it an essential purchase, it will keep your lid, plus any bits you want to keep inside it, safe and secure.
- Pros: A nice gift idea, simple to set up and use
- Cons: No wall plugs supplied, doesn't work with helmets that don't have vents
Described as "the only helmet holder" on its website (a bit strange because it definitely isn't, here's another example), the Helmetor comes in four different colourways and has two screws supplied.
The instructions are on the back, which I quickly realised needed consulting after getting the Helmetor screwed in, because it's not immediately obvious how it works. We attached ours to the end of a bookcase in the office, careful to put it on the right way up as per the instructions. At first I just stuck my helmet on it with the shell facing up, then after looking at the diagram, saw the light...
You actually attach it with the shell facing the wall/bookcase, by putting the bottom hook through a vent and then bending it upwards until the top section pops through the same vent.
It doesn't look as good perhaps, but is more practical for a couple of reasons: first, it means no contact between your (potentially sweaty) helmet and your wall, and secondly you can also stick bits like gloves and skull caps inside it. Job's a good 'un! You can always pick a vent further towards the end of your helmet if you want it shell-up, you just won't be able to put anything in it, of course.
My colleague Tass also put one up in her utility room and similarly took a few moments working out how to use it, but was happy with it when all became clear.
A sticking point is that it obviously doesn't work with skate-style commuter, TT or aero road lids with little/few vents (the vents need to be between 30-65mm to fit), but for almost any regular road, leisure or mountain bike helmet it will work fine.
If you have an irrational fear of your helmet being nicked you can also lock it through the hole at the end, which will also help secure it from being knocked off, if it's on a door, for example. You don't get wall plugs supplied, so these need to be bought separately if it's going into masonry.
Helmetor isn't a must-have item, but for someone who wants to make their bike cave a bit neater it's a nice addition, and you might even want more than one if you have multiple helmets to hang. It would also make a decent quirky gift for the cyclist who has everything. Yes, you can buy simple hooks much cheaper from a DIY store, but to my mind this is a really neat idea.
A quirky yet functional and practical little device that keeps your helmet safe and secure
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Helmetor helmet holder
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for
It's a wall-mounted helmet holder, that holds your helmet using a single air vent.
Helmetor says, "Due to its intuitive patented design, its lower arm acts like a leaf spring allowing Helmetor to hold the helmet using a single air vent between (this may vary depending on helmet type) 30mm to 65mm long. It is easy to use, attaching a helmet securely in one, swift, single-handed movement."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Holds the helmet using a single air vent between 30mm to 65mm long
Attaches helmet securely in one, swift, single-handed movement
Secured with two screws
Well designed, it works.
Seems sturdy enough for what it needs to do.
21g is pretty light.
Considering the work that's gone into it, a tenner ain't bad. Compared with simple hooks from a DIY store it's a bit expensive, but it does a bit more for your money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does what it says, fine.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Works with most vented helmets, it's easy to affix and use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No plugs supplied, you can't see the shell of the helmet, doesn't fit TT/non-vented lids.
Did you enjoy using the product? Wouldn't say enjoy, it is what it is!
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's nice and easy to use; okay, it's not exactly a must-have item but it's good nonetheless.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike (currently Specialized Tarmac) My best bike is: Ridley Chronus TT bike
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, triathlon races
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.