Helmets save lives. Period. Make sure your gift getter is protected (and looking good) with one of these great road cycling lids.
Scott Centric Plus
Designed for road or XC mountain biking, Scott’s brand new Centric PLUS helmet is well ventilated and aerodynamic. Airflow is optimized on both the outside and inside of the helmet, and MIPS + Scott AIR technology provides the benefits of MIPS brain protection along with further enhanced ventilation. Approximate weight is 250 grams size medium and the Centric PLUS comes in five colors and three sizes. Price: $200 | More info at www.scott-sports.com
Mavic Cosmic Pro
New for 2017, Mavic’s lightweight Cosmic Pro helmet tips the scales at just 230 grams size medium. Other highlights include Live Fit SL technology, which utilizes flexible XRD foam construction to mould to your head shape for a better fit, secure position, and no hotspots. Signature 37.5 padding fabric helps keep you cool via active particles that attract humidity vapor and wick it away faster than standard fabrics. Available in four colors and three sizes, including this sharp sky blue and black number. Price: $170 | More info at shop.mavic.com
Bell Zephyr MIPS
The most advanced road helmet Ball has ever made, the new Zephyr is designed with comfort and safety in mind. That means incorporating MIPS into the helmet. But instead of the usual “bolt-on” strategy, the added safety layer is directly fitted into the helmet. By melding in MIPS, overall weight is reduced and the helmet takes on a smaller shape, meaning if you’re between sizes you wont have to automatically size up to wear the MIPS equipped Zephyr. Claimed weight for a size medium is 263 grams. Price: $230 | More info at www.bellhelmets.com
Specialized S-Work Evade LTD
Channel your inner Peter Sagan with Specialized’s World Champion edition S-Works Evade aero road helmet. The Evade uses the same profile shape as Specialized’s TT model, which results in a decrease in drag. Compared to the traditionally-shaped S-Works Prevail helmet, the Evade is claimed to shave 46 seconds over 40km. Your rainbow jersey awaits. Price: $225 | More info at www.specialized.com
Long a RoadBikeReview favorite, Bontrager’s Velocis features an in-mold composite skeleton that increases helmet integrity and allows for larger vent variations to enhance on-bike cooling. The Headmaster II fit system means easy one-handed height and circumference adjustments, while the flexible head-conforming FormFit brow band improves comfort. Price: $200 | More info at www.trekbikes.com
Giro Cinder MIPS
The latest helmet from Giro, the Cinder MIPS is feature packed wont break your budget. Design is inspired by Giro’s premium Synthe helmet, offering similar performance and style for less. Key features of the Cinder MIPS include a Roc Loc 5 fit system, which allows you to easily dial-in fit tension and adjust vertical position with one hand. A generous 26 vents plus internal channeling help keep you cool. Price: $150 | More info at www.giro.com
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