When it comes to riding mountain bikes, safety is crucial. Especially if you ride off road or on rough terrain, a quality helmet can mean the difference between making it out intact or suffering significant damage in the event of an accident.
Today I'll be showing you some of the best mountain bike helmets, as well as show you what to look for when purchasing.
Best Mountain Bike Helmets Review
Below are some of the best mountain bike helmets available on the market today.
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Schwinn Thrasher Adult Micro Bicycle Helmet Adult
First on our list of bike helmets is the Schwinn Thrasher Adult Helmet. When it comes to biking, Schwinn has always been one of the top brands in the sport, making both high-quality bicycles and helmets.
Some essential elements of the Thrasher Adult are the 21 integrated vents for maximum air flow, a built-in visor to increase shade from the sun, and adjustable webbing to make a nice, tight fit.
In addition to the vents, this helmet also has pads installed that help wick away moisture from the biker’s head. Regarding size, the Thrasher can fit most heads measuring between 22 ⅞” up to 24”. To adjust, use the strap provided in the back of the helmet.
As far as any negative aspects to the helmet, the only thing I have noticed is the quality of construction. Not for the main headpiece itself, but all of the little accessories.
The visor is attached with plastic pins, the interior pads are placed on with small velcro strips, and the plastic exterior feels a tiny bit loose. However, this is to be expected for such a cost-effective piece.
- Super lightweight design
- Fits heads between 22 ⅞” and 24”
- 21 top vents for maximum air flow
- Attached visor provides extra shade
- Adjustable webbing allows for a tight
- Moisture-wicking pads help eliminate sweat
Bell Solar Bike Helmet
Next on our list of mountain bike helmets is the Bell Solar Helmet, which I assume, is so named for its bright red color. Bell has a long standing history of making high-quality helmets both for motorcyclists and bicyclists, and the Solar is no exception.
Safety has always been Bell’s first commitment, and this unit is rated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, so you know that it is a high-quality helmet.
What I also like about this helmet is that the EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam was inserted and molded along with the outer shell, instead of attached and reassembled later.
This process means that the Solar Helmet is much sturdier and robust than other helmets that opt for the two-step method.
While attaching EPS foam to the shell afterward is not necessarily a bad thing, the fact that Bell chooses to go this route shows the company’s commitment to excellence and safety.
- Bold red color
- Rated by the CPSC for safety
- 23 integrated vents for superior airflow
- Adjustable dial allows you to change sizes quickly
- Rated as a universal size for adults, not for children
Giro Hex Mountain Bike Helmet
Another high-quality manufacturer of bike helmets is Giro. Whether it is sleek racing helmets for motorcyclists or sporty units for the average cyclist, Giro knows a thing or two about making a lightweight, durable, and top-quality helmet.
Although Giro is a little pricier than other brands, such as Schwinn, you are paying for extra attention to detail that is present in all Giro helmets.
In this case, the Hex Mountain Bike Helmet is a perfect example of the company’s rugged designs meeting high safety standards. What stands out about this helmet is the sleek all-black matte design.
This helmet also features an adjustable visor and proprietary Roc Loc technology for adjusting the size to meet your needs. Overall this is one of the most durable helmets out there.
- Sleek all black design
- Unisex size fits most adult heads
- 21 integrated air vents for superior airflow
- Adjustable visor adds shade only when you need it
- Proprietary Roc Loc 5 adjustment system makes sizing this helmet a breeze
- Unit is made of combined polycarbonate shell, and EPS lined foam interior
Fox Head Flux Mountain Bike Helmet
Much like the Solar Helmet, this Fox Head Flux Mountain Bike Helmet has nothing but style all over it. Featuring a multicolor camo design, the Flux Helmet is sure to get you noticed out on the trails.
However, just because Fox added a little bit of wow factor to this helmet doesn’t mean that it is any less safe or comfortable than the others on this list.
The most notable feature of this helmet, besides the color scheme, is the fact that it protects much more of your head than most mountain bike helmets. Other models sit relatively high on your head, exposing the back of your neck almost entirely.
The Flux helmet, however, has a much deeper inset, so you get much more coverage than most other models. That being said, though, with 20 dynamic air vents to help eliminate heat, this helmet is just as “cool” as anything else out there (pun intended).
- CPSC rated for safety
- Built-in visor for extra shade
- Super comfortable fit around your head
- Interior pads are removable for washing
- Stylish camo design adds flair to your gear
- 20 integrated air vents for maximum airflow
- Provides more surface protection than most helmets
- Adjustable dial system allows for quick and easy size adjustments
Giro Feature Mountain Bike Helmet
Finally, we come to another model by Giro, the Feature Mountain Bike Helmet. Looking at this unit, the first thing you notice is the fact that it seems like a hybrid between a motorcycle and a mountain bike helmet.
The shape is much more rounded, which has the added benefit of providing extra protection for the back of your head.
Much like the Fox Flux Helmet, the Giro Feature Helmet is designed to cover more of your skull than most traditional units. Like most Giro models, the Feature also has an adjustable visor, all matte black design, and is made of high-quality polycarbonate with an EPS foam interior.
What you will also notice about this model is that it only has 12 vents for airflow, but they are strategically placed, so the helmet still doesn’t get too hot while riding.
- Sleek all matte black design
- Unisex design fits most large adult heads
- Form fit system easily adjusts to meet your head size
- Adjustable visor gives you shade only when you need it
- Super durable polycarbonate outer shell with an EPS foam interior
- Only 12 vents but they are still designed to provide maximum airflow
- Hybrid helmet design covers more of your head for added protection
How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Helmet
One of the most important aspects of a bicycle helmet is how well it can withstand a collision.
Most helmets are made of a polycarbonate shell with an expanded polystyrene foam interior, which is perfect for absorbing impact and dispersing weight.
When looking at a mountain bike helmet, make sure to check the durability of the materials to ensure maximum safety.
If you’re riding around and your helmet is falling off your head or is sitting loose on your skull, it may do more damage than good in the event of an accident.
When looking at helmets, make sure to try it on and see how it fits size. Most helmets are adjustable, but even still many models come in a particular size, like medium or large.
If you’re looking at helmets online, then measure the size of your head with a string, making sure to go around the outermost part of your forehead and the back of your head for accuracy. Then, compare the string to a ruler or measuring tape to get an idea of the size of your head.
Since most helmets have a foam interior, the weight of the unit itself is rather small. That being said, though, some helmets can be relatively heavy, which can have a significant impact on your neck over extended periods of time.
Even if it doesn’t feel so thick when you try it on, imagine wearing it for several hours while keeping your neck arched and decide if the weight is too much.
Ideally, your helmet should be light enough that eventually you don’t even know it’s there.
Along with the expanded polystyrene foam, many helmets come with extra padding for comfort. Additionally, most helmets come with air vents to allow air to flow through the unit, keeping your head relatively cool.
When choosing a mountain bike helmet, gloves check out the extra padding as well as the straps to make sure that they feel as comfortable as possible.
Remember, if something is a minor annoyance now, it will only be a hundred times worse while riding for hours. Since it’s your helmet, make sure it’s as comfortable as possible.
Finally, when choosing a best mountain bike and MTB helmet, take into account any added features it may have.
These added bonuses could include a visor for extra shade, removable padding for better comfort, chin bars for extra security, and even a hair port for ponytails or any other type of long hair.
When making your decision, take into account the type of riding you will be doing, as well as how often. This should help you determine which features are necessary and which are a luxury that may not be worth the added price.
When looking at the helmets on our list, I have always been partial to the Bell brand. I have had numerous Bell helmets over the years, and I especially like the company’s commitment to safety for its customers.
Finally, however, if you are just looking for something quick and cheap that can still protect your head, the Schwinn would be my recommendation.
However, when it comes to safety, money shouldn’t be a deciding factor, as your life is worth far more than a cheaply made helmet.