Bargain bike bonnets
We regularly trawl the online retailers for the very best mountain bike helmets deals. Here’s this month’s current offers on excellent trail riding helmets.
How to find your helmet size
Get hold of a fabric or paper tape measure if possible. If you don’t have one, don’t try and wrap a metal tape measure around your noggin, it doesn’t work – believe us. In the absence of a fabric/paper tape measure, find some string and wrap that around your head and note its length.
Whereabouts to measure around your head? Essentially around the widest (biggest circumference) part of your head. Around your forehead and around the most prominent bit of the back of your head. Note down the measurement in centimetres. All helmets have size ranges and with your head measured it’s then easy enough to find which sizing has your head size covered.
How often should you replace a helmet?
You should replace a helmet after any slightly significant impact or crash. A lot of helmet companies offer crash replacement schemes so it’s worth checking out their websites for info about such things.
In terms of general lifespan, it’s typically advised that you should think about replacing your helmet every two to three years. Some companies in the past have stated a longer term than this but we’d feel a bit iffy using a helmet that’s had more than three years proper trail riding use. General wear and tear as well as things like UV degradation can have negative affects on the performance and reliability of your helmet.
Mountain bike helmets deals – under £30
GT Helion All Mountain helmet –
£44.99 – £14.99
Yes, that price is correct. it’s not a typo. An impressively contemporary looking lid form GT. Eighteen vents. Two sizes (this isn’t a cheapy unisize jobber). Adjustable fit system.
Mountain bike helmet deals – under £80
MET Parabellum –
£129.99 – £69.85
Light in weight. Airy in ventilation. MET have a strong pedigree in making helmets that you can easily forget that you’re wearing due to their lack of mass and lack of overheating. The looks may not be for everyone – ifyou’re looking for an enduro-roundhead aesthetic look elsewhere.
- Buy Now: MET Parabellum for only £69.85!
MET Lupo –
£99.99 – £34.99
Do you like pink? Or do you own a very effective black marker pen? Because if the answer is yes to either of those questions, this excellent £100 helmet can be yours for thirty five earth pounds. £35!
- Buy Now: MET Lupo for only £34.99!
Scott Stego MTB helmet –
£119.99 – £69.99
It’s all too easy to skip over Scott’s apparel and protection range, the mistake being to think that’s it’s only really intended for Scott bike owners. Scott stuff is excellent. This MIPS equipped lid is a splendid bargain.
- Buy Now: Scott Stego MTB helmet for only £69.99!
Cube AM Race MTB helmet –
£89.99 – £44.99
This is a similar story to the Scott helmet above. The difference here being that Cube’s stuff is solid, entry-level to mid-range stuff (whereas Scott’s stuff is almost pseudo high end). A nice colourmatched lid with a modest peak and decent venting.
- Buy Now: Cube AM Race MTB helmet for only £44.99!
Louis Garneau Edge helmet –
£74.99 – £44.99
Louis Garneau are an exclusive to Evans Cycles quasi in-house brand and as such there’s something of a middleman aspect cut out of the whole retailing chain which helps keep the price down. Especially so when they end up in the sale like this one.
Fox Clothing Metah helmet –
£100.00 – £49.99
The Fox Metah goes away with the quantity of vents and instead concentrates on the quality of vents. Ten vents is a modest amount but just look et’ em – they’re huge. There’s a red white and blue colourway as well as this subtle grey number.
MET Lupo –
£99.99 – £59.99
Yep, this is the same helmet as the pink accented one listed above. But this time there’s no pink on it. And although there is no pink tax to pay, the price is still an attractive sub-£60 affair. Which is nice.
- Buy Now: MET Lupo for only £59.99!
Troy Lee Designs A1 helmet –
£129.99 – £43.49
Now that the TLD A2 helmet is out there it’s possible to find some great deals on the previous version: the TLD A1. It’s something of a modern classic actually and certainly doesn’t look passé or anything less than stylish. Troy Lee stuff is sorta timeless really.
Mountain bike helmet deals – over £80
Sweet Protection Bushwhacker MIPS Carbon helmet –
£199.99 – £119.99
An aspirational helmet from an aspirational brand. Over a hundred pounds is still a fair amount to shell out for a helmet but try to concentrate on the saving. Eighty quid saving. Eighty quid saving. It’s not a £120 outlay, it’s a £80 saving.
Happy helmet hunting!
You can see there are a lot of very good helmets in this collection, and it is really hard to pick a winner. That’s not a cop-out, it’s just that most manufacturers have really upped their game recently and are producing some cracking lids. You’ll not go wrong with any of these helmets.