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A mountain bike helmet is simple right? Buy one that looks nice and go for a ride? It isn’t quite that simple, as there is a huge amount of mountain bike helmets to choose from. Your choice is based on your type of riding, budget and size. If you are unsure on what kind of helmet to buy check out my guide here. But if you have an idea of what you are looking for read on, as I have put together a list of the best mountain bike helmets 2019 has to offer.

Things to look out for

I am assuming you know what type of mountain bike helmet you want at this point, but there are a few considerations to make sure you get the right one for you. 

1. Make sure it fits

Check out the size guides on the helmet manufacturer’s websites. You will also find these on most online shops. Sizing is slightly different with different brands, so it is important to check. Women’s helmets may have their own sizing guide too. Just measure your head with a tape measure and match your head with the guide.

This is also the case with head shape. If, when you receive your helmet in the post you find you have pressure points, this is probably not the helmet for you, so you may want to send it back before you use it. These pressure points can be really painful after a while. These pressure points will be determined by the shape of your head. For example, my Bell Super 3 R is very comfortable for me (and many of my friends), but others complain about pressure pints on the back of their head.

2. Make sure is is secure

If a helmet is too loose or the wrong shape, it will move around compromising protection. Therefore, make sure it is secure on your head.

3. Weight

It isn’t much of a problem these days, as helmets are getting lighter. But, if your helmet is too heavy, it will cause strain on your neck, especially on bumpy terrain or if you have a GoPro or Insta360 mounted on it.

4. Level of protection

Obviously the whole point of a mountain bike helmet is to protect your head. More expensive helmets offer more protection. Look for features like MIPS, which reduces the rotational forces during an impact.

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets 2019 Has To Offer

XC Helmet - Giro Fixture

Pros

  • Great price
  • Good protection for the money
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Only one size???
  • Visor is not adjustable

I’ve chosen the Giro Fixture helmet for this category, due to its value for money. It has to be one of the cheapest MIPS helmets around. This helmet gives you good coverage along the back of the head. Its lightweight construction makes it a good helmet for XC riding. I would recommend this helmet to those that are just starting mountain biking or for those that are not riding particularly technical terrain.

It is well ventilated from its 18 ventilation holes and features the Giro Roc-Loc twister adjuster. This is a well respected size adjuster, which is a good job because this helmet only comes in one size. If you have a large head you may want to go for the Giro Compound.

Enduro/Trail - Fox Dropframe

Pros

  • Well ventilated
  • Easy to use clip, even when wearing gloves
  • Super comfortable
  • Customisable fit, thanks to various sizes of foam pads

Cons

  • Not MIPS

From what I can see, the Fox Dropframe is an awesome helmet. It is well ventilated and comes with a range of foam pads to optimise your comfort and fit. If you find that you are between sizes, you may want to go for the larger size and use thicker padding to get the perfect fit.

The Dropframe  is not a MIPS helmet. However, the duel density liner does provide good protection.

Some people say it is the most comfortable mountain bike helmet they have ever worn. Obviously, everyone’s head is different, but I think you should give this one a go.

Removable Chin bar - Bell Super 3R

Pros

  • Well ventilated
  • Easy to use clip, even when wearing gloves
  • Super comfortable
  • Customisable fit, thanks to various sizes of foam pads

Cons

  • Not MIPS

The Bell Super 3 R is my current helmet of choice. I really like that it is light and airy and the fact that you can remove the chin bar quickly. This makes it a very versatile helmet. When I am on a big climb I attach the chin bar to my bag and clip it back on for the descents. If I am just going for a pedal, I will leave the chin bar at home. I find it very comfortable, but some find that they get pressure points on the back of their head. This is just due to different shaped heads.

There is also a downhill version. This is for those that spend the majority of their time charging down mountains. When it is time to change my helmet, I will probably buy one of these.

Full Face - Fox Proframe

Pros

  • Well ventilated
  • Easy to use clip, even when wearing gloves
  • Super comfortable
  • Customisable fit, thanks to various sizes of foam pads

Cons

  • Not MIPS

The Fox Proframe is a fantastic full face mountain bike helmet, with a focus on ventilation. It is lightweight, but gives you way more protection than an open face helmet. The ProFrame is ideal for bike park days and trips to the alps, or for those who want a bit more protection, but don’t want a sweaty head.

What are your thoughts about these mountain bike helmets? Do you have any good or bad experiences with them? Please let me know in the comments section below.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

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