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The Helmet Update

Volume 30, #3, May 14, 2012

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Consumer Reports publishes bike helmet ratings

Consumer Reports has published ratings for 13 bike helmet models.

Only two rated above average in impact protection: Specialized Echelon and the Bontrager Solstice Youth from Trek.

In addition to those two, CU checkrated the Bontrager Circuit, Bell Array and Louis Garneau Baristo (a Best Buy).

Two of the tested helmets were rated Poor for impact: Nutcase Streetsport 8 Ball and Bern Brighton.

The full report including ventilation ratings and more is available to web subscribers, and will be in the print magazine.

Our review of the article is up. See this link for reviews of Consumer Reports articles in subsequent years.

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