What characteristics do good Cycling Helmets have?
Size and fit are crucial in a cycling helmet because the perfect fit is essential for the helmet to fully protect you. First you should measure your head circumference to determine the right helmet size. This way you can be sure your helmet doesn’t wobble around or fit too tight. Many high-grade modern cycling helmets feature an adaptable adjustment system so the helmet can be individually adapted to the shape of your head by adjusting height and width.
Low weight is always an asset in Cycling Helmets for Women as well as for Men because if it weighs too much you will perceive it as a burden and your neck will soon be exhausted. At the same time a good cycling helmet has to be absolutely robust and offer effective protection. In Germany helmets have to fulfil fundamental safety requirements and bear a test seal such as the test seal for the European standard DIN EN 1078 (CE) and a certification by the TÜV (German Technical Service).
Apart from that it is essential for a good cycling helmet to offer sufficient ventilation. This way your head will remain pleasantly cool. Numerous ventilation eyelets and internal air channels provide air flow and prevent you from perspiring or overheating underneath your helmet.
The following important features qualify a perfect cycling helmet:
- An In-Mold construction where the helmet shell is bonded to the rigid foam shell guaranteeing best helmet stability & shock absorption. In-Mold helmets, in addition, are very lightweight and durable.
- A simple and quick system for adjusting height and width which is easy to handle. The width is often adjusted with a small dial at the back of the head.
- Reflective elements which serve safety and visibility in low light situations.
- Strategically placed pads inside the helmet which prevent pressure points and absorb perspiration and wick it away.
Helmet manufacturers are heavily working on impact protection. MIPS Protection (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) is one example, a special insert which is only slightly fixed to the inner shell and which will absorb and distribute energy peaks in case of an impact at a slanted angle so that the risk of a traumatic brain injury is reduced significantly. There are many cycling helmets, with or without additional protective systems.