Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
The Helmet Update
Volume 37, #2, May 5, 2019
Consumer Reports rates rotational energy management first criterion
Consumer Reports has published an article on their web page recommending as the number one buying criterion that helmet buyers:
"'Consider a helmet with rotational force-reducing tech like MIPS or WaveCel if you can find one that fits your budget. It's absolutely worth looking for a helmet that reduces rotational force,' says Anzalone."
If you are inclined to accept that judgment we have a page up that matches their previous highest ratings for impact with Virginia Tech's highest ratings for concussion-level injury prevention, including rotational energy management.
Note that the Bontrager WaveCel helmets are too new to have dual test results.
We sent a WaveCel helmet to a lab for conventional CPSC-level impact testing and the results were good but not extraordinary.
Consumer Reports also announced that they are working on a helmet article for publication later this year.
See this link for reviews of Consumer Reports articles in subsequent years.
This page was revised on: April 18, 2021.