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What's behind our bike helmet Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 5 models in bike helmets to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Judged primarily on the basis of impact absorption, retention system strength,ventilation, ease of use, resistance to roll-off and also weight and features.
  • Impact absorption
    How well a helmet can absorb impact forces, thus reducing the deceleration experienced by a head, during an impact. Based on helmet performance in laboratory impact tests at various impact speeds and impact surfaces under several conditions.
  • Ventilation
    Our evaluation of how well air flows through the helmet to provide cooling while riding.
  • Fit adjustments
    How versatile the helmet retention system adjustments are with regard to the ability to accommodate various head sizes and shapes. Based on expert judgements.
  • Ease of use
    How easy the various buckles and adjustments of the helmet are to use. Based on sensory panelist judgments.
  • Weight
    All other things being equal, a helmet that weighs less causes less fatigue. Score is based on weight relative to other tested helmets.



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Recommended bike helmets are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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A bike helmet can not only save a life, but it can also prevent or lessen the severity of brain injury during a bicycle crash. If you're looking for information about bike helmets, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ bike helmet reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our bike helmet buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and bike helmet reviews to help you choose the best bike helmet for your needs.

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The racy good looks of today's bicycle helmets mask a serious purpose: protecting their wearers from head injuries and even death.

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