The Specialized Tactic II doesn’t quite have the aggressive looks of the others on test, nor is it as durable; the lower edge of the EPS core is exposed.
The Seven iDP M2 helmet has 10 forward vents to suck in air, and nine exhaust ports to push it out again. A handy insect screen is built in too.
The Poc Tectal helmet is expensive but it is fantastic quality with a sleek construction, internal Aramid grid, bottom-wrapping and metal visor screws.
The Louis Garneau Raid doesn’t quite extend down the back compared to most, but the Raid does feature a protective ring round the base of the helmet.
Lazer’s Revolution FF might be taking the limelight currently, but the Belgian company also produces some other cracking helmets. Enter the Lazer Ultrax. This mid-priced trail helmet might creep under…
The Kali Interceptor is one of the Californian company’s latest mountain bike helmets. With a focus on trail riding, it is comfortable and well ventilated.
Loud and proud colour scheme that continues onto the straps, the 7iDP M2 helmet is not subtle, but the rugged design combines to make it an aesthetic win.
Smith wanted to offer the benefits of the Forefront at a lower price point, so now offers a cheaper Rover helmet.
A top-quality product, and the inclusion of a sticker kit to customise the go faster stripes is a nice touch.
In terms of fit and comfort, the Rex is up there with some of the best helmets
Surprisingly well vented, a reasonable weight and pretty durable
Takes the old Notch helmet's comfortable fit and good durability and adds a couple of worthwhile features
An excellently put together all rounder - £119.99
Only affordability stops it from getting top marks - £190
Helmet innovator 661 brings plenty of new tech but a poor fit lets the EVO AM MIPS down
A premium shell with lacklustre finish at a bargain price - £45.99
The Orbiter II has some great features but is let down by the small details - £61.99
The Kili Maya uses some innovative technology but is let down by the basics - £89.99
A great, light platform let down by a lack of venting - £69.99
The cheaper of Bell's premium helmets and the performance difference is stark - £84.99