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Bicycle Helmet Ratings


In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 99 bike helmets using the STAR evaluation system. Our bicycle helmet impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars.

Wearing a helmet is most important and can be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. These ratings supplement standards by providing additional information on which helmets best reduce concussion risk. For bike helmets, we recommend any 4 or 5 star helmet. While there are some differences in impact performance within these groups, other factors such as cost, fit, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a helmet.

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: Best Available
: Very Good
: Good
: Adequate
: Marginal
: Not Recommended

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is MSRP at the time of testing.

See our test methodology.

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  • Fox Dropframe Pro (MIPS)


    Fox Dropframe Pro MIPS helmet

    Cost: $200

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 8.9



  • Lazer G1 MIPS


    Lazer G1 MIPS helmet

    Cost: $240

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 9.2



  • Bontrager Rally MIPS


    Bontrager Rally MIPS helmet

    Cost: $150

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 9.3



  • Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Decoy


    Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Decoy helmet

    Cost: $179

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.0



  • Lazer Century MIPS


    Lazer Century MIPS helmet

    Cost: $180

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.0



  • Lazer Cyclone MIPS


    Lazer Cyclone MIPS helmet

    Cost: $75

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.5



  • SCOTT ARX PLUS (MIPS) 2020


    SCOTT ARX PLUS (MIPS) 2020 helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.7



  • Bontrager Specter WaveCel


    Bontrager Specter helmet

    Cost: $150

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.8



  • Fox Speedframe Pro (MIPS)


    Fox Speedframe Pro (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $160

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.8



  • Bontrager Ballista MIPS


    Bontrager Ballista MIPS helmet

    Cost: $200

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 10.9



  • Lazer Anverz NTA MIPS


    Lazer Anverz NTA MIPS helmet

    Cost: $200

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.0



  • Giro Tyrant MIPS SP


    Giro Tyrant MIPS SP helmet

    Cost: $170

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.2



  • Bell Z20 MIPS


    Bell Z20 MIPS helmet

    Cost: $230

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.2



  • Troy Lee Designs A1 Classic MIPS


    Troy Lee Designs A1 Classic MIPS helmet

    Cost: $139

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.7



  • POC Tectal Race Spin


    POC Tectal Race Spin helmet

    Cost: $220

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.7



  • Bontrager XXX WaveCel


    Bontrager XXX helmet

    Cost: $300

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.8



  • Bell Formula MIPS


    Bell Formula MIPS helmet

    Cost: $95

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 11.9



  • Lazer Z1 MIPS


    Lazer Z1 MIPS helmet

    Cost: $255

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.2



  • Specialized Echelon II MIPS


    Specialized Echelon II MIPS helmet

    Cost: $90

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.2



  • Rudy Project Racemaster MIPS


    Rudy Project Racemaster MIPS helmet

    Cost: $350

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.3



  • Lazer BLADE+ MIPS


    Lazer BLADE+ MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.3



  • Louis Garneau Raid MIPS


    Louis Garneau Raid MIPS helmet

    Cost: $120

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.3



  • Bell Z20 Aero MIPS


    Bell Z20 Aero MIPS helmet

    Cost: $250

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.4



  • Giro Aether MIPS SP


    Giro Aether MIPS SP helmet

    Cost: $325

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.5



  • Bern Union MIPS


    Bern Union MIPS helmet

    Cost: $110

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.6



  • Specialized S-Works Prevail II (MIPS)


    Specialized S-Works Prevail II (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $250

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.7



  • Bell Stratus MIPS


    Bell Stratus MIPS helmet

    Cost: $150

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 12.9




  • Giro Synthe MIPS


    Giro Synthe MIPS helmet

    Cost: $270

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.0



  • Lazer Chiru MIPS


    Lazer Chiru MIPS helmet

    Cost: $55

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.0



  • Specialized Chamonix MIPS


    Specialized Chamonix MIPS helmet

    Cost: $75

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.1



  • Bontrager Blaze WaveCel


    Bontrager Blaze helmet

    Cost: $300

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.2



  • Giro Syntax MIPS


    Giro Syntax MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.4



  • Bontrager Charge WaveCel


    Bontrager Charge helmet

    Cost: $150

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.6



  • Giro Chronicle MIPS


    Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.7



  • Lazer Impala MIPS


    Lazer Impala MIPS helmet

    Cost: $140

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 13.8



  • Specialized Ambush (MIPS)


    Specialized Ambush (MIPS)

    Cost: $200

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.0



  • Smith Route MIPS


    Smith Route MIPS helmet

    Cost: $105

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.0



  • Bontrager Circuit MIPS


    Bontrager Circuit MIPS helmet

    Cost: $90

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.0



  • Giro Caden MIPS


    Giro Caden MIPS helmet

    Cost: $95

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.2



  • SCOTT ARX PLUS (MIPS)


    SCOTT ARX PLUS (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.3



  • Bontrager Quantum MIPS


    Bontrager Quantum MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.3



  • Specialized S-Works Evade II (MIPS)


    Specialized S-Works Evade II (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $275

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.4



  • Bell Annex MIPS


    Bell Annex MIPS helmet

    Cost: $125

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.5



  • Lazer Coyote MIPS


    Lazer Coyote MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.8



  • Specialized Centro (MIPS)


    Specialized Centro MIPS helmet

    Cost: $65

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.8



  • Specialized S-Works Prevail II


    Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet

    Cost: $225

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 14.8



  • Smith Optics Overtake


    Smith Optics Overtake helmet

    Cost: $163

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.0



  • SCOTT Vivo PLUS (MIPS)


    SCOTT Vivo PLUS (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $130

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.4



  • Catlike Whisper


    Catlike Whisper helmet

    Cost: $130

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.4



  • Giro Savant


    Giro Savant helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.5



  • Bell Sixer MIPS


    Bell Sixer MIPS helmet

    Cost: $150

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.6



  • Cannondale Ryker AM (MIPS)


    Cannondale Ryker AM (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.6



  • Bell Draft MIPS


    Bell Draft MIPS helmet

    Cost: $60

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.6



  • Specialized Ambush (non-MIPS)


    Specialized Ambush helmet

    Cost: $180

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 15.7



  • POC Octal


    POC Octal helmet

    Cost: $200

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 16.1



  • POC Tectal


    POC Tectal helmet

    Cost: $190

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 16.4



  • Giro Foray MIPS


    Giro Foray MIPS helmet

    Cost: $85

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 16.5



  • Louis Garneau Course


    Louis Garneau Course helmet

    Cost: $180

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 16.8



  • Schwinn Intercept


    Schwinn Intercept helmet

    Cost: $18

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 16.9



  • Giro Synthe


    Giro Synthe helmet

    Cost: $250

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 17.0



  • Giro Register


    Giro Register helmet

    Cost: $45

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 17.1



  • SCOTT Cadence PLUS (MIPS)


    SCOTT Cadence PLUS (MIPS) helmet

    Cost: $250

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 17.2



  • 6D ATB-1T EVO


    6D ATB-1T EVO helmet

    Cost: $210

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 17.4



  • Giro Fixture MIPS


    Giro Fixture MIPS helmet

    Cost: $65

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 17.8



  • Giro Sutton MIPS


    Giro Sutton MIPS helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.1



  • Kali Therapy


    Kali Therapy helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.2



  • LEATT DBX 3.0 All Mountain V19.2


    LEATT DBX 3.0 All Mountain V19.2 helmet

    Cost: $170

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.3



  • Specialized S-Works Evade II


    Specialized S-Works Evade II helmet

    Cost: $250

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.5



  • Smith Optics Forefront


    Smith Optics Forefront helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.6



  • Louis Garneau Le Tour II


    Louis Garneau Le Tour II helmet

    Cost: $50

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.8



  • Bell Adrenaline


    Bell Adrenaline helmet

    Cost: $23

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 18.9



  • Triple 8 Dual Certified MIPS


    Triple 8 Dual Certified MIPS helmet

    Cost: $75

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC, Skate

    Score: 19.0



  • Garneau Eagle


    Garneau Eagle helmet

    Cost: $40

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.1



  • Lazer Blade


    Lazer Blade helmet

    Cost: $95

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.2



  • Troy Lee Designs A1 Drone


    Troy Lee Designs A1 Drone helmet

    Cost: $99

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.3



  • Schwinn Excursion


    Schwinn Excursion helmet

    Cost: $25

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.4



  • Bern Allston


    Bern Allston helmet

    Cost: $80

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.4



  • Giro Hex


    Giro Hex helmet

    Cost: $80

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.5



  • Kask Valegro


    Kask Valegro helmet

    Cost: $185

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.6



  • Kali Interceptor


    Kali Interceptor helmet

    Cost: $180

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.6



  • Kali Maya 2.0


    Kali Maya 2.0 helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Mountain

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.7



  • Bell Reflex


    Bell Reflex helmet

    Cost: $10

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.9



  • Bontrager Solstice


    Bontrager Solstice helmet

    Cost: $40

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.9



  • Bern Brentwood


    Bern Brentwood helmet

    Cost: $70

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 19.9



  • Bell Division


    Bell Division helmet

    Cost: $40

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC, Skate

    Score: 20.1



  • Schwinn Thrasher


    Schwinn Thrasher helmet

    Cost: $14

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 20.1



  • Giro Revel


    Giro Revel helmet

    Cost: $45

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 20.9



  • Schwinn Flash


    Schwinn Flash helmet

    Cost: $30

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 21.0



  • Smith Holt


    Smith Holt helmet

    Cost: $70

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC, Snow

    Score: 22.0



  • Kali Tava


    Kali Tava helmet

    Cost: $240

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 22.3



  • Kali City


    Kali City helmet

    Cost: $125

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 22.5



  • Nutcase Street


    Nutcase Street helmet

    Cost: $70

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC, Skate

    Score: 22.7



  • Specialized Centro


    Specialized Centro helmet

    Cost: $60

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 22.8



  • Schwinn Chic


    Schwinn Chic helmet

    Cost: $25

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 22.9



  • Electra Helmet


    Electra Helmet

    Cost: $70

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 23.3



  • Cannondale Quick


    Cannondale Quick helmet

    Cost: $40

    Style: Multi-sport

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 24.2



  • Lazer Genesis


    Lazer Genesis helmet

    Cost: $100

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 24.3



  • Specialized Echelon II


    Specialized Echelon II helmet

    Cost: $70

    Style: Road

    Certifications: CPSC

    Score: 25.2



  • Bern Watts


    Bern Watts helmet

    Cost: $60

    Style: Urban

    Certifications: CPSC, Snow

    Score: 25.3



  • No Helmet


    No helmet

    Not wearing a helmet poses extreme risk of injury compared to wearing any helmet.





Notes

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is MSRP for the helmets at the time of testing.

For proper fit, cyclists should position the helmet rim 1-2 fingers’ width above the browline and tighten the fit system to minimize movement of the helmet on the head.

All helmets sold in the US must be CPSC-certified. This standard requires protection against catastrophic injuries in extremely severe impacts, which are rare. Several helmets are certified by additional US standards. The ratings indicate helmets that pass standards for snow sports (ASTM F2040) or skate sports (ASTM F1492).

Documents

See our test methodology.

*Anyone can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection. This analysis is based on data trends and probabilities, and therefore a specific person’s risk may vary. This variation is likely dominated by genetic differences, health history, and impact factors such as muscle activation.

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