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The Helmet Update

Volume 36, #1, February 6, 2018

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Our review of Helmets for 2018



The most evident trend in the US market this year is the introduction of more Smart Helmets that feature new lights, communications or electronics. We have not found any proven radical safety improvement that would compel you to replace your current helmet. New technology has been reaching the marketplace, but there are no independent public test results confirming better performance. There are fewer innovations this year because the bicycle industry is in a slowdown.

Almost all of the helmets on the market meet standards and offer good if not excellent protection. We have tested a sample of cheap and expensive helmets and found no real performance differences by price. We recommend looking for a helmet that fits you well, pleases you as wearing apparel and has a rounded, smooth exterior with no major snag points.






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