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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 at the bottom of this page 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 (in order)

Five Stars: Bontrager Specter Wavecel, Bontrager Ballista MIPS, Bontrager XXX WaveCel, Lazer Z1 MIPS, Rudy Project Racemaster MIPS, Louis Garneau Raid MIPS, Bern Union MIPS, Bell Stratus MIPS, Giro Synthe MIPS, Specialized Chamonix MIPS, Bontrager Blaze WaveCel, Bontrager Charge WaveCel, Giro Chronicle MIPS and Smith Route MIPS.

Four Stars: Bontrager Circuit MIPS (same score as Smith Route MIPS above), SCOTT Arx PLUS (MIPS), Bontrager Quantum MIPS, Specialized S-Works Prevail II, Smith Optics Overtake, Giro Savant, Bell Sixer MIPS, Cannondale Ryker AM (MIPS), Bell Draft MIPS, POC Octal, POC Tectal, Giro Foray MIPS, Schwinn Intercept, Giro Synthe, Giro Register, SCOTT Cadence PLUS (MIPS), Giro Sutton MIPS, Kali Therapy, Specialized S-Works Evade II, Louis Garneau Le Tour II, Bell Adrenaline.


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
  • Schwinn Intercept (MSRP $18)
  • Scott Arx Plus MIPS
Note that Consumer Reports has not tested many of the best performers in Virginia Tech's testing, including the new Bontrager WaveCel models.

This page was revised on: May 7, 2019.
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