Bicycle Helmets: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Editors of Cycling Plus
Our AssessmentCycling Plus puts 16 performance bike helmets to the test in this thorough review. Each bicycle helmet is rated on a five-point scale, and pros and cons are clearly noted throughout the balanced analysis. The Specialized Prevail and Giro Prolight helmets earn high overall ratings. The only downside is that some of the helmets reviewed are not widely available in the United States.
Gear Test: Helmets
by Editors of Cycling Plus
Our AssessmentIn an annual special on bike commuting published by Cycling Plus, editors rate and review 20 bike helmets. Each helmet receives a paragraph of analysis in addition to an overall rating out of 10 points. Both performance and budget helmets are included. Unfortunately, many of the top-rated helmets are not widely available in the United States, but Cycling Plus has excellent reviews on popular helmets like the Bell Volt and Giro Stylus.
Bicycle Helmets for the 2011 Season
by Editors of the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Our AssessmentThe Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has a comprehensive discussion of bicycle helmets and manufacturers, although they don't make any recommendations for the best helmets. The Institute briefly highlights nearly every bike helmet on the market, but this review is more helpful for researching brands rather than specific helmets. Overall, the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute recommends round helmets that don't have sharp edges, which can catch on curbs or obstacles when you crash.
by Editors of Mountain Bike Rider
Our AssessmentThe editors at Mountain Bike Rider, a U.K.-based magazine, test nine budget helmets in this comparative review. Each helmet receives a detailed overview and is scored on a scale of 1 to 10. The Bell Slant is the only helmet to receive a perfect 10 rating. Unfortunately, some of the tested helmets are not widely available in the U.S.
by Editors of BikeRadar.com
Our AssessmentBikeRadar.com has a comprehensive database of helmet reviews, with each bicycle helmet receiving a rating out of 5 stars. Dozens of helmets are covered in detailed single-product reviews, and analysis is appropriately critical when necessary. However, its reviews tend to focus on high-end helmets for serious riders, and most of the highly rated helmets cost more than $200.
Kid & Toddler Bike Helmets
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors rate 12 youth helmets and three for toddlers. Editors score each bike helmet for its impact absorption, retention system, ease of use, weight and ventilation. Each helmet also gets a rating for "resistance to roll-off," which measures how securely a helmet will stay on a child's head. Unfortunately, the ratings haven't been updated in more than two years, and the site doesn't cover adult helmets.
2011 Bike Special
by Editors of Outside
Our AssessmentOutside magazine editors recommend three bike helmets in their annual cycling issue, including appropriate styles for road cycling, mountain biking and commuting. While the helmets have been tested, they are not rated and there is little analysis to accompany the recommendations. Uvex and Giro bike helmets earn a recommendation.
Buyer's Guide Summer 2011
by Editors of Outside magazine
Our AssessmentOutside magazine recommends six bicycle helmets in its Summer 2011 buyer's guide, including several affordable helmets under $70. The helmets have been tested for fit and comfort, and tester comments are included within some of the reviews. However, the reviews are very brief and could include more critical analysis.
by Editors of Bicycling magazine
Our AssessmentBicycling magazine's annual buyer's guide includes some helmet reviews, but their recommendations tend to focus on expensive bicycle helmets for serious cyclists. Older reviews are also available in the online Gear and Bike Review Finder.
Put a Lid on It
by Editors of Bicycling South Africa
Our AssessmentThe South African edition of Bicycling magazine reviews a variety of performance and budget helmets in this review. Six performance helmets and five budget bike helmets earn recommendations. The helmets aren't rated, and the analysis is based largely on features.
Road.cc Review Archive
by Editors of Road.cc
Our AssessmentRoad.cc, a British cycling site, has detailed single-product reviews of bicycle helmets. Each helmet is rated on a five-point scale, and analysis is lengthy. Unfortunately, some of the top-rated helmets are not widely available in the U.S. Like most specialty bike publications, reviews focus on high-end performance helmets.
Helmets Go Head to Head
by Bryce Dyer
Our AssessmentTriathlete's World magazine has an excellent group test of 11 bike helmets. Although the review is geared towards serious cyclists, each helmet receives a lengthy overview and an overall winner is named. However, the top-rated helmets are not widely available in this country.
Gear Junkie Gear Review Archive
by Editors of GearJunkie.com
Our AssessmentGearJunkie.com reviews a wide range of outdoor gear, including bikes and helmets. Few helmets are covered here, but the detailed single-product reviews are worth a read. Editors seem to focus mainly on off-road biking, so this is a good source for reviews of mountain bikes and gear.
by David Arthur
Our AssessmentBikeMagic.com, a cycling website, has detailed helmet reviews; too bad no new reviews have been added over the past year. Helmets are tested and scored, and the analysis is appropriately balanced. The site is a good source for older reviews, but it lags behind other sources for reviews of current bike helmets.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentSeveral helmets score above-average ratings on Amazon.com, including the Giro Indicator and the Giro Me2 toddler helmet. Other bike helmets from Bell and Giro attract fewer reviews, but opinions are largely positive.
Cycling Helmet & Protection Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com, a review site that compiles owner feedback from various online retailers, lists more than 500 bike helmets. Only a handful of these helmets receive a significant amount of feedback, including the Bell Influx and Giro Pneumo helmets.