Whether you’re looking for a way to improve your safety on your commute, off-road or long weekend rides, these are the best cycling helmets you can buy… 

When it comes to improving your safety while riding one of the best electric bikes (or any bike), clipping on one of the best cycling helmets is the best thing you can do before leaving the house. Although there isn’t a law that enforces the use of a helmet when getting around on two wheels, studies show that wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of death and the severity of brain injuries if involved in a crash. 

All helmets sold in the UK and US have to meet the EN 1078 and Consumer Product Safety Commission’s CPSC 1203 standards respectively, passing requirements such as G-force thresholds and impact tests. But when looking for a helmet, this is the minimum you should expect. 

A key safety feature to look out for is MIPS – a multi-directional impact protection system. Located between the internal padding and the EPS (expanded polystyrene) outer shell of the helmet, the thin layer is unnoticeable when wearing the helmet but comes into its own if involved in a crash. The MIPS allows for 10-15mm of rotation, reducing rotational impacts and associated risks such as concussion and trauma. 

Other than MIPS, things to factor in when buying a cycling helmet include its airflow (with more vents generally equalling better ventilation), reflective detailing and even integrated lights. 

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These are the best cycling helmets in 2024

POC Ventral MIPS Helmet

Best aero helmet


Product shot of POC cycling helmet

RRP: $300 / £270

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  • Comfortable aero-optimised helmet 
  • Superior MIPS safety 


  • Matte black finish scratches easily 
  • Price 

Comfort: 5/5
Ventilation: 5/5
Extra features: 4.5/5

Sizes:S (50-56cm) / M (54-59cm) /  L (56-61cm)
Features:MIPS, EPS liner, aero-optimised design, grippers for sunglasses storage
Colours: 9 colours available

It’s no surprise that Swedish company POC can apply its headgear knowhow to snowsports and cycling with equal success. Both sports rely on comfort, reliability and aerodynamics for its safety gear, and its Ventral MIPS cycling helmet excels at all three. It’s a premium, aero-optimised helmet with 13 vents so it never leave you red-faced. Well designed padding, sunglasses storage and lots of strap adjustment help make this one of the comfiest, best designed lids we’ve tested.

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Endura Singletrack MIPS Helmet

Best for mountain biking


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RRP: £109.99 – not available in the US

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  • Koroyd and MIPS protection for reasonable price 
  • Great breathability 


  • No reflective detailing 
  • Worth going a size up if between ranges 

Comfort: 4/5
Ventilation: 5/5
Extra features: 4.5/5

Sizes:S-M / M-L / L-XL
Features:Koroyd, MIPS, removeable/adjustable visor, goggle-friendly design, one-handed micro-adjust fit system
Colours: 9 colours available

Endura has become one of the most dependable UK brands when it comes to off-road gear. Its Singletrack helmet offers both MIPS and Koroyd protection, an adjustable and removeable visor and a goggle-friendly design, making it suitable for cross-country, enduro and all-mountain riding. There are 15 vents and plenty of moisture-absorbent padding, and overall we think this is a great off-road helmet for all but the most extreme pursuits, particularly for the price.

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Specialized Align II Helmet

Best value MIPS helmet


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RRP: $55 / £45

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  • Great price 
  • Reflective detailing 


  • No eyewear storage 
  • Sweat management could be better 

Comfort: 4/5
Ventilation: 4/5
Extra features: 4/5

Sizes:S/M (52-56cm) / M/L (56-60cm) / XL (59-62cm)
Features:MIPS, reflective detailing, compatible with Specialized’s ANGi crash sensor
Colours: Matte black / matte white / oak green metallic and black reflective / gloss cast blue / white sage

With the Align II, Specialized proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to look after your noggin. A fraction of the price of some of the helmets on test, it’s one of the best value MIPS lids around.  And while it might lack features like dedicated eyewear storage, the Align II gets the job done and looks pretty good doing it. With 16 vents, Specialized’s proprietary 4th Dimension Cooling System and a micro-adjuster at the rear to fine-tune fit, we think it’s a standout pick for the price.

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Oakley ARO3 Endurance MIPS Helmet 

Best for versatility


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RRP: $135 / £110

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  • Impressive ventilation 
  • Front vent eyewear storage 


  • Size comes up a bit small  

Comfort: 3.5/5
Ventilation: 5/5
Extra features: 4/5

Sizes:S (52-56cm) / M (55-59cm) / L (58-62cm)
Features: MIPS, adjustable dial, sunglasses grippers 
Colours: Polished and matte black reflective / matte redline / matte poseidon / matte franktel and light curry / matte light grey /  polished and matte white reflective 

Oakley is another manufacturer that specialises in cycling and snowsports gear, and in the ARO3 it’s produced a versatile all-rounder that’s lightweight, well vented and relatively affordable. It managed to squeeze 19 vents into a sleek, low-profile design. And we reckon that minimal look makes it suitable for road, MTB or commuting use. Given its reasonable price, this might be the only helmet riders who dabble in different kinds of cycling really need.

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Giro Escape MIPS Helmet 

Best for commuting


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RRP: $130 / £149.99

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  • Integrated rechargeable lights 
  • Reflective detailing 


  • Can get quite hot 

Comfort: 5/5
Ventilation: 3/5
Extra features: 5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5 

Sizes:S (51-55cm) / M (55-59cm) / L (59-63cm)
Features:MIPS, integrated rechargeable lights, one-hand micro-adjustment, reflective webbing and detailing
Colours: Matte black / matte chalk / matte graphite

If you’re a regular commuter or urban rider, we’d recommend you check out the Giro Escape. Not only does it come with the peace of mind of MIPS protection, it also has integrated rechargeable lights, front and rear. There’s reflective detailing too to increase your night-time visibility, and a rear adjustment dial you can use with gloves, making it our go-to helmet for year-round city use.

Read our full Giro Escape MIPS Helmet review

Smith Network MIPS Helmet

Best reflective helmet


Product shot of a Smith cycling helmet

RRP: $170 / £139.99

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  • Koroyd and MIPS protection 
  • Reflective detailing 
  • Yellow viz colourway offers extra visibility 


  • Eyewear storage system optimised for Smith sunglasses 
  • Sizing comes up small 

Comfort: 3.5/5
Ventilation: 4.5/5
Extra features: 4/5
Overall: 4/5 

Sizes:S (51-55cm) / M (55-59cm) / L (59-62cm) / XL (61-65cm)
Features:Koroyd, MIPS, reflective detailing, optional fabric visor for extra sweat wicking
Colours: 14 colours available

Smith is not a widely known maker of cycle helmets yet, but we predict that won’t be the case for long. Its Network helmet features both Koroyd and MIPS safety features, as well as 360-degree night-time visibility. That’s thanks to reflective panels front and rear as well as reflective detailing on the straps. And if you opt for the Matte Neon Yellow Viz finish, there’s no way you can be missed on the road. Fifteen vents take care of cooling duties too.

Read our full Smith Network MIPS Helmet review

How we tested the best cycling helmets

Our testers ride up to 150km a week across a mixture of road, gravel and indoor cycling. They test these helmets over a variety of uses: on commutes to work, trips to the gym or supermarket, as well as longer sessions on road, gravel and trail. Each helmet is primarily tested in the environment it was designed for – for example, a mountain bike helmet off-road, and a commuting-focused lid for shorter, local journeys. All helmets are tested over a prolonged period, mostly from the height of summer to the depths of winter. 

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