Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

Credit author Emilie Hauss

Catlike, Louis Garneau, Nutcase, POC, Smith Optics. Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

A bad move, lots of speeding, a helmet cracked open in 3 – but a safe and sound girl still in one piece – without a concussion. That was me in April 2013 after I fell off my bike. I landed directly on my head but didn’t even get a scratch.

+1 for the helmet that saved my life!

Now that I made you scared about riding a bike without wearing a helmet, let me give you some tips on how to choose a good one. Round or aero? What are the real differences?

The Look

Let’s be real: if we don’t like the way we look while wearing something, we’re simply not going to wear it. That’s a fact. So, the first step when shopping for a biking helmet is to find one that suits your head well.

street helmet

Nutcase

Street Helmet

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metroride helmet

Nutcase

Metroride Bike Helmet

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route helmet

Smith Optics

Route Helmet

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octal x helmet

POC

Octal X Helmet

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The Comfort

Even if a pair of jeans can look good on a picture, it’s not even worth fighting with it if it doesn’t fit your shape and your body.

It’s the same thing with helmets: we all have different head sizes and shapes. That’s why you have to try out a couple before sticking with one. A right fit won’t give you any pressure points.

 

octal avip helmet

POC

Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet

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kompact'o helmet

Catlike

Kompact’O Helmet

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course helmet

Louis Garneau

Course Helmet

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overtake helmet

Smith Optics

Overtake Helmet

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Round VS Aero

One of the things we notice first with the ”round” types of biking helmets is the aesthetic. They are always more funky – with colors and cool designs. Aero helmet tend to be more conservative.

 

crane helmet

POC

Crane Pure Helmet

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street helmet

Nutcase

Street Helmet

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little nutty helmet

Nutcase

Little Nutty Helmet

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metroride

Nutcase

Metroride Bike Helmet

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However, the more space we use to decorate, the less space we have for aeration holes – which brings me to the second point: ventilation.

For people who get warm easily, a light and well aerated helmet is the key to your troubles. With these types of helmets, the aero adopts the ”racing” look. Personally, I really like it. Plus, the Smith Optics Overtake is made to be ponytail friendly!

overtake helmet

Smith Optics

Overtake Helmet

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octal helmet

POC

Octal Helmet

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asset cycling helmet

Louis Garneau

Asset Cycling Helmet

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mixino helmet

Catlike

Mixino Helmet

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One thing is for sure: both options will protect you. If you get the right fit, any helmet is safe. To be allowed on the market, companies have to go through a run of tests to make sure every model meets the security standards.

The Right Fit

To verify is the size of a helmet is good for you, all you have to do is put it on and adjust it, then make ” no ” signs with your head. If the helmet isn’t moving, then it’s the right fit. However, if the shell moves from left to right, that means it’s too big.

There you go, now you can make a choice. No excuses not to wear one!

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