Government standards dictate that all cycling helmets offer protection in a crash. But if you’ve ever worn one, you know a good helmet is about much more than safety. It needs to fit comfortably, have ample venting, and not make you look like a dork. The following are among the best out there. Each utilizes MIPS (multidirectional impact protection system) technology, which absorbs not only impact energy, but also rotational force, which may help prevent TBI.'
POC Cortex DH MIPS, $500
The Cortex is an expensive but extremely protective full-face option for downhill/gravity specialists. (Storm Cycles, 1680 W Ute Blvd, 435.200.9120, stormcycles.net)
Smith Optics Forefront, $220
Smith’s avant-garde entry into the helmet market utilizes an AeroCore honeycomb construction that is extremely protective, lightweight, breathable, and low volume for all-mountain riders and racers. (Cole Sport, 1615 Park Ave, 435.649.4806, colesport.com)
Scott Stego, $160
Designed for comfort and safety, the Stego is a great option for enduro or all-mountain riders. (Jans Mountain Outfitters, 1600 Park Ave, 435.649.4949, jans.com)