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Bicycle Helmet Performance Ratings

Summary: At last in 2018 we have ratings from two independent labs of bicycle helmets tested for both high-level and low-level impacts. Consumer Reports and Virginia Tech ratings can help you select a helmet. Unfortunately, neither has tested many helmets, so the list where their ratings concur is short.

Consumer Reports: Top ratings from high impact testing

Scott Arx Plus, Bell Muni, Bell Draft, Bell Draft MIPS, Bell Stratus MIPS, Cannondale Teramo, Giro Revel MIPS, Giro Foray, Lazer Cyclone, Giro Revel, Schwinn Intercept Adult, Cannondale Quick, Giro Bishop, Garneau Raid MIPS, Bontrager Starvos, Specialized Chamonix MIPS, Specialized Align, Garneau Sharp, Bontrager Solstice Youth, Garneau Nino, Bell Sidetrack MIPS, Uvex Quatro Junior, Specialized Shuffle Youth SB, Giro Scamp MIPS, Razor V17, Bell Disney Frozen Tiara and Raskullz Mohawk.

Virginia Tech: Top ratings for preventing concussions

Five Stars: Bontrager Ballista MIPS, Louis Garneau Raid MIPS, Bell Stratus MIPS and Specialized Chamonix MIPS.

Four Stars: SCOTT Arx PLUS (MIPS), Bontrager Quantum MIPS, Specialized S-Works Prevail II, Smith Optics Overtake, Giro Savant, Bell Draft MIPS, POC Octal, Giro Foray, Giro Synthe, Giro Sutton, Specialized S-Works Evade II, Louis Garneau Le Tour II.


Five Stars and Excellent Impact protection:
  • Bell Stratus MIPS
  • Louis Garneau Raid MIPS
  • Specialized Chamonix MIPS
Four Stars and Excellent Impact protection:
  • Bell Draft MIPS
  • Giro Foray
  • Scott Arx Plus MIPS

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