Cycling helmets are designed to protect, so you need to know all about it before buying one, writes Deepthi Velkur.
A cycling helmet is undoubtedly one of the most important biking accessories you need and is designed to protect the rider from a head injury in case of an accident.
The available options are seemingly endless and with brands competing with each other to create the best helmet, deciding on one can become overwhelming at most times.
To help you (hopefully!) wade through this circle of confusion, here are a few pointers to keep in mind when choosing a helmet:
- Purpose of your ride: You need to understand and determine the purpose for which you will be using it for – Road or MTB. If you love the tough trails, consider buying either a trail or an enduro model which provides greater protection for the back of your head and on the sides. Road or XC helmets are a lot lighter in weight, designed more aerodynamically to cut through the air and are extremely well ventilated but lack the protection that a trail helmet would give you. They have no provision for a wiper, nor can they accommodate goggles.
- Integration of accessories: A lot of helmets now come with accessory integration. For example, some MTB helmets have a camera/light mounts and a few come with a breakaway feature that prevents you from further injury in the event of a crash. Riders who ride in the dark prefer helmets that come with integrated lights/built-in crash sensors.
- Ventilation: When we speak of ventilation, road helmets are the best, followed by commuter helmets and then a trail helmet. The vents on a trail are smaller than what you find on a road helmet allowing more room for impact absorbing foam and enhance cooling by directing air flow through the helmet and over your head.
- MIPS (Multi-directional Impact system): Some helmets usually carry the MIPS Logo which means they come with an additional liner that protects your head from a rotational force that may be transferred to the rider’s brain during certain impacts.
- Fit: Make sure you try your helmet before buying. A helmet can only protect you if it fits right without wobbling or slipping off. To determine the best size, measure the circumference of your head and if you fall between sizes just go by comfort. The correct size helmet will sit low and straight on your forehead.
- Retention system: The helmets come with the most common feature, a click wheel or ratchet system is located at the back of the helmet which helps adjust the tension so as to make it wrap around your head in a way that’s comfortable for you.
If you’re looking to buy a good helmet for yourself, there are several popular brands in India like the Giro, Kask, Laser, Bontrager, Merida, Specialized helmets, etc.
In this article, I would like to call out the Giro Savant road bike helmet and talk about some of their most defining features.
Giro is arguably the leader in helmet design for over 3 decades now across bicycling, snowboarding and ski helmets.
The Giro Savant MIPS is a lightweight, slim and highly ventilated road helmet with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact system) to further protect and withstand oblique impacts. The MIPS liner has venting holes aligning with the 25 vents channelling the air out through the rear providing excellent cooling properties. The helmet offers a secure feel and comfortable fit due to its adjustable locking system and the comfortable padding wicks moisture effectively.
A few glaring drawbacks to this helmet are: (1) the airflow isn’t as good as what some competitors offer and (2) the straps are a bit wide and stiff.
- Plush interior padding
- Constructed with in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
- Roc Loc 5 Fit System
- 25 wind tunnel vents with internal channelling
- Classic road styling
- Small 51-55cm | Medium 55-59cm | Large 59-63cm
- Weight: 286g(size large)
The Giro Savant road bike helmet comes with a decent choice of colours – Matte white, Black, Red, and Titanium.
They do tend to be a bit pricey like most good bike helmets with the price varying on the basis of the size of the helmet. They are available online at www.amazon.in in the price range of INR 12999 – INR 21749.