I can’t emphasise enough the importance of a good helmet, especially in a high risk activity such as cycling. Over the 12 years I’ve been riding, I’ve had three big crashes where my helmet has saved the day. Helmets have come a long way, with many companies offering a number of different features and designs, making it a choice-filled market. The right helmet for you will be determined by your requirements such as head size, function, safety, and colour preferences.
I previously owned a Bell Super helmet, which provided good coverage for the back of the head, but that came at a price, with the helmet weighing in at around 760g. I found this quite heavy for an MTB helmet, but it provided great overall protection, with the new Bell Super 3 supporting the chin-bar add-on that is well suited for Enduro. Bell Helmets is a proven company that has been operating since 1954, so they’re definitely a brand to consider.
There are three features I look for in my helmet – that it comes in size XS, has good coverage for the back of the head, and has sufficient ventilation. I’m running the Troy Lee Designs A1 AS MIPS helmet because it ticked all those boxes. I have an abnormally small head so finding a helmet that actually fits can be quite challenging. This helmet has three sizes, XS/S (340g), M/L (360g) and XL/XXL (410g), so it caters for nearly every size. It also has great coverage for the back of your head, plus it’s running Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology. This technology lets the helmet slide relative to the head, adding more protection against rotational violence to the brain caused by angled impacts. This helmet also has several ventilation passages to allow for good airflow and reduce overheating, so overall I’m really happy with the helmet. Troy Lee is a reputable brand that has been in business for over 30 years, so I feel safe in this helmet.
By Janine Jungfels – Pushys Sponsored Athlete