Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

Text by: Emilie Hauss

Bern, Catlike, Louis Garneau, Nutcase, POC, Scott, Smith Optics, Sweet Protection. Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

A wrong move cycling a bit too fast, and bang! My bike helmet cracked into three parts – but I was safe and sound, still in one piece and without a concussion.

That was me in April 2013 after I fell off my bike and landed directly on my head. I didn’t even get a scratch thanks to my helmet.

+1 for the helmet that saved my life!

Now that you’re scared of riding a bike without a helmet, let me give you some tips on how to choose a good one. Round, aero…what are the real differences anyway?

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The Look

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

Nutcase

Street Helmet

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Sweet Protection

Outrider MIPS Helmet

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Smith Optics

Session Mips Bike Helmet

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POC

Tectal Helmet

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Comfort

Even if a pair of jeans looks good in a picture, it’s not worth the struggle if it doesn’t fit your body shape.

It’s the same thing with helmets. We all have different head sizes and shapes. You have to try out a couple before sticking with one. The right fit won’t cause any pressure points.

Round VS Aero

One of the first things we notice with round bike helmets are the funky colours and cool designs. Aero bike helmets tend to be more conservative.

Nutcase

Metroride Bike Helmet

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Oakley

ARO7 Helmet

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POC

Corpora Helmet – Unisex

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POC

Union Helmet – Men’s

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The thing is, the more space we use to decorate, the less space we have for aeration holes. The protection is fine but you don’t get as much airflow. This brings me to ventilation.

For people who heat up quickly, a light, well-aerated helmet is the key to solving your troubles. These types of bike helmets also have the racing look. The Smith Optics Overtake has all of this, and bonus – it’s ponytail friendly. I love it!

POC

Omne Air Spin Cycling Helmet

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Scott

Venture MIPS Bike Helmet

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Oakley

ARO3 Helmet

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Giro

Synthe MIPS Helmet

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Both round and aero bike helmets offer the right level protection for riding in Canada. To be allowed to sell them, brands must have their helmets pass a run of tests to make sure every model meets all cycling helmet safety standards and laws. Once you find the right fit, any certified bike helmet is safe.

MIPS

Another important detail to look for while shopping for a new cycling helmet is if the helmet is equipped with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System). MIPS lets the head rotate slightly inside the helmet, reducing impact trauma. These are the safest bike helmets on the market. If you are competing or enjoy cycling at high speeds, a helmet equipped with MIPS is the right choice. Best of all, MIPS is found in both road and mountain bike helmets – your head is safe no matter where you go.

The Right Fit

To check if the size of a bike helmet is right for you, all you have to do is put it on and adjust it, then shake your head ‘no’. 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 a safe bike helmet!

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