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Best MTB Helmets 2019

Modern mountain bike helmets are incredibly sophisticated, packed with so many features, it could give you a headache. Our guide is the perfect starting point for your search.

Understanding full-face vs open face

If you're a downhill rider or spend your time at the extreme end of the spectrum, you're going to want a dedicated full-face helmet. For an in-between option, consider a lighter weight full-face helmet or one whose chin guard can be removed. The latest generation of all-mountain/enduro lids provide more coverage at the rear of your head.

  • Fit: A correctly fitting helmet, with all straps and adjusters snug and comfortable, is essential. It’s worth noting that while many helmet models are available in a range of sizes, sometimes offerings from particular manufacturers may not best suit a particular head shape.

  • Ventilation: Helmets are designed with a range of air channels and vents the purpose of which is to draw cool air over the head through the front ports, while expelling warm, stale air from the rear. Because of the nature of downhill riding, short race runs mean lack of ventilation on DH lids is not usually a problem, although most will provide some means of circulating cool air through intake ports on the front of the helmet.

  • Technology: High performance helmets pack in as much technology as possible, and some of the latest protection systems include MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) and Koroyd - claiming to keep you safer should the inevitable happen.

  • Visor:Visors can be useful in preventing glare from the sun or as an additional measure to protect the eyes from protruding branches or airborne debris.

  • Key features to consider:

  • Fit: A correctly fitting helmet, with all straps and adjusters snug and comfortable, is essential. It’s worth noting that while many helmet models are available in a range of sizes, sometimes offerings from particular manufacturers may not best suit a particular head shape.

  • Ventilation: Helmets are designed with a range of air channels and vents the purpose of which is to draw cool air over the head through the front ports, while expelling warm, stale air from the rear. Because of the nature of downhill riding, short race runs mean lack of ventilation on DH lids is not usually a problem, although most will provide some means of circulating cool air through intake ports on the front of the helmet.

  • Technology: High performance helmets pack in as much technology as possible, and some of the latest protection systems include MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) and Koroyd - claiming to keep you safer should the inevitable happen.

  • Visor:Visors can be useful in preventing glare from the sun or as an additional measure to protect the eyes from protruding branches or airborne debris.

Which are the best for you?

Fox Racing

Rampage Pro Carbon Tig Helmet

Packed with protective technologies, the Pro Carbon's hyper-aggressive styling and huge ventilation channels make for a ferocious performance on the trail.

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Aircraft Composite Helmet

Ejecting from the Aircraft is easy, with emergency release pads to ensure safe removal after a hit. Its stunning profile and composite construction makes this a high flier among the top lids.

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SixSixOne

Reset MIPS Helmet

Fitted with MIPS technology and offering superior styling, it's no wonder this high value helmet is so popular with riders everywhere.

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Fox Racing

Proframe Matte Helmet

Big bore ventilation makes the Fox Racing Proframe big on excitement, while a range of protective technologies gives you the confidence to snake through those trails with ease.

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Troy Lee Designs

Stage MIPS Stealth Helmet

A lightweight helmet from purveyors of style, Troy Lee Designs. The Stage is packed with safety and comfort features including MIPS brain protection, 11 high flow air intakes and Fidlock magnetic buckle system.

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MET

Parachute MCR Helmet

Weighing in at just 700g, the MET Parachute floats like a butterfly while punching way above its weight in terms of protection, making it a joy to ride up the climbs and poised on the descents.

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Giro

Studio Switchblade MIPS

Certified to the highest levels of protection standards, Giro's Studio Midnight Mirage Switchblade has a removable chin bar, making it uniquely adept at both serious descents and all-day enduro.

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Fox Racing

Dropframe MTB Helmet

The Dropframe is a hybrid helmet offering the best of all worlds - light weight, maximum ventilation, yet rugged with advanced protection systems.

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IXS

Trigger AM Helmet

This incredible value helmet offers an ErgoFit UltraTM system for bespoke comfort and a shock-absorbing EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam for solid protection on the trails.

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Oakley

DRT5 Helmet

Maximum ventilation and a very comfortable fit makes this an excellent choice.

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Bell

Sixer MIPS Helmet

Stir up the trail envy with Bell's Sixer. Available in a vast range of colour options, the helmet has an unrivalled fit system and ventilation, making it one of the most comfortable options available.

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Troy Lee Designs

A2 Decoy MIPS MTB Helmet

The fully-featured, value for money, A2 Decoy MIPS MTB Helmet is a trail warrior and firm favourite among riders. With excellent ventilation and a personalised fit, this is a great choice from a trusted brand.

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  • Fox Racing

    Rampage Pro Carbon Tig Helmet

    Packed with protective technologies, the Pro Carbon's hyper-aggressive styling and huge ventilation channels make for a ferocious performance on the trail.

    More Info ►

    100%

    Aircraft Composite Helmet

    Ejecting from the Aircraft is easy, with emergency release pads to ensure safe removal after a hit. Its stunning profile and composite construction makes this a high flier among the top lids.

    More Info ►

    SixSixOne

    Reset MIPS Helmet

    Fitted with MIPS technology and offering superior styling, it's no wonder this high value helmet is so popular with riders everywhere.

    More Info ►

    Fox Racing

    Proframe Matte Helmet

    Big bore ventilation makes the Fox Racing Proframe big on excitement, while a range of protective technologies gives you the confidence to snake through those trails with ease.

    More Info ►

    Troy Lee Designs

    Stage MIPS Stealth Helmet

    A lightweight helmet from purveyors of style, Troy Lee Designs. The Stage is packed with safety and comfort features including MIPS brain protection, 11 high flow air intakes and Fidlock magnetic buckle system.

    More Info ►

    MET

    Parachute MCR Helmet

    Weighing in at just 700g, the MET Parachute floats like a butterfly while punching way above its weight in terms of protection, making it a joy to ride up the climbs and poised on the descents.

    More Info ►
  • Giro

    Studio Switchblade MIPS

    Certified to the highest levels of protection standards, Giro's Studio Midnight Mirage Switchblade has a removable chin bar, making it uniquely adept at both serious descents and all-day enduro.

    More Info ►

    Fox Racing

    Dropframe MTB Helmet

    The Dropframe is a hybrid helmet offering the best of all worlds - light weight, maximum ventilation, yet rugged with advanced protection systems.

    More Info ►

    IXS

    Trigger AM Helmet

    The game-changing Super 3R has been updated with an improved fit and increased protection.

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    Oakley

    DRT5 Helmet

    Alongside the attention to detail and style you've come to expect from Oakley, the DRT5 uses silicone sweat-wicking brow pad for comfort, a unique eyewear stowing system, and EPS tech for pro-level protection.

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    Bell

    Sixer MIPS Helmet

    Stir up the trail envy with Bell's Sixer. Available in a vast range of colour options, the helmet has an unrivalled fit system and ventilation, making it one of the most comfortable options available.

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    Troy Lee Designs

    A2 Decoy MIPS MTB Helmet

    The fully-featured, value for money, A2 Decoy MIPS MTB Helmet is a trail warrior and firm favourite among riders. With excellent ventilation and a personalised fit, this is a great choice from a trusted brand.

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