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Looking for a new road cycling helmet? Wondering what your buddies are going to be using to protect their domes this year? Chances are you’ll end up with one of these five helmets. From what we’ve examined thus far, this list presents the best performance, features, and value of 2017′s road helmet choices.
1. Bell Zephyr
If cutting-edge technology is what you want, this is the helmet to have. Bell has loaded the Zephyr with features enhancing safety, convenience, and style. A MIPS slip plane is integrated into the Float Fit Race retention system, which also offers micro-detente tension adjustability. Boosting your safety is Bell’s Progressive Layering EPS liner, which absorbs impact energy more effectively than a single layer of harder foam.
Read RoadBikeReview’s First Ride Test of the new Bell Zephyr.
2. Smith Overtake
Want a helmet with a distinct look — and not just because of its shape? Smith’s Aerocore technology packs Koroyd tubes into all the Overtake‘s vents, which they claim increases both ventilation and impact absorption capabilities. If you’re looking for a radical take on helmet design, this is it.
3. Giro Savant
With the look, ventilation, and adjustability of a top-shelf race helmet, the Giro Savant serves up a solid helping of have your cake and eat it too. All that comes in at half the cost of the helmets the Savant mimics.
4. Specialized Evade
With road helmets split into several different categories, Specialized has taken control of the “aero road” designation, thanks to the Evade. Tested, refined, and tested again in their in-house wind tunnel, the Evade’s aerodynamics will help you slice and dice your way to the podium without suffering the indignities of an overheated head.
5. Lazer Blade
One of the best retention systems on the market, Lazer’s Rollsys puts smooth, consistent tension all the way around your head for a snug, comfortable fit. The Blade is Lazer’s most affordable helmet to feature Rollsys, and that alone makes it worth the cost. But you also get to enjoy advanced ventilation and construction along with the super-accurate, one-finger fit system.
Get more product insight from our friends at Art’s Cyclery.