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The 9 Best Mountain Bike Helmets of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 2, 2022

 

Many riders spend money on that expensive bike but just get by with a basic helmet thinking it’s a minor bike accessory? Sure, all bike helmets on the market meet all the same minimum safety standards, but that doesn’t mean they’re created equal. They all have slightly different fits and features, as well as varying levels of safety technology above those minimum safety standards. Because your brain is important, we take mountain bike helmets seriously. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best mountain bike helmets on the market right now.

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But that’s not to say that all of these helmets are interchangeable. They’re all best in class for different reasons. So it’s up to you to decide what you’re looking for in a helmet, and then choose a bike helmet that fits those needs. Helmets this year continue the emphasis on being lightweight and breathable while maximizing protection. Need a lot of venting, extended back-of-head protection, or MIPS? Great, we’ve listed helmets with their technologies and any other standout features. Stop getting by with “ok” helmets and slip your head into the best mountain bike helmet for you.

best mountain bike helmets of 2022

Troy Lee Designs A3 MIPS Bike Helmet

The Troy Lee Designs A3 MIPS Bike Helmet is the newest edition of TLD's top-of-the-line trail helmet, and it's somehow better than any they've made before. The A3 utilizes a new MIPS harness that's integrated into the retention system, upgrading your comfort and safety in one fell swoop. On the subject of safety, they've also made the coverage deeper, giving you the maximum protection a half shell can offer. The one problem with the A3 is that it's just a little too comfortable, so you'll often forget you're wearing it and find yourself driving home with it still on your head, or clipping in the magnetic buckles before bed just to make sure you stay safe if you dream a little bit too fast. The A3 is one of the best mtb helmets for big trail rides, or mellower Enduro races, it offers a lot of protection but is comfortable as well.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
16Fidlock magnetic buckle$220

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best budget mountain bike helmet

Fox Speedframe MIPS Bike Helmet

Cinching up the chinstrap on the Fox Speedframe MIPS Bike Helmet sets the tone for your ride: fast! One of the best values available, the Speedframe brings MIPS and great style to the masses, as one of the best-looking helmets out there. It plays well with goggles, has a removable and washable liner, and is super light. The Speedframe is a very versatile helmet that works well for a variety of riding styles and head shapes, and the best budget mtb helmet.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
Optimized venting3 position visor$119.95

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Smith Session MIPS Bike Helmet

An all-new offering from the helmet maestros at Smith, the Session MIPS Bike Helmet leverages the awesome Koroyd-style construction found in other high-end Smith helmets and pairs this lightweight protection with huge airports and internal channeling for awesome airflow and ventilation. The Session MIPS Bike Helmet also comes with a focus on adjustability and goggle or sunglasses storage thanks to front-of-helmet channels and a super-adjustable 3-point visor. The Session is a very comfortable helmet that offers great protection and ventilation and is one of the best bike helmets for out on the trail.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
15 optimized ventsKoroyd construction$160

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best enduro helmet

POC Tectal Race MIPS Bike Helmet

Designed for aggressive riding and enduro racing, the POC Tectal Race MIPS Bike Helmet features tried and true MIPS technology for rotational impact protection that enhances safety when your body twists during a fall. Complete with Aramid Bridge Technology, an adjustable fit, and a polished Scandinavian design, the POC Tectal Race MIPS Bike Helmet is proof that POC is always working to improve your safety and comfort in the saddle. The Tectal Race is one of the most refined helmets on the market, it’s very safe, and still comfortable for all-day rides, making it one of the best enduro helmets.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
Wind tunnel tested ventilationGoggle clip$230

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best mountain bike helmets of 2022

Giro Montaro II MIPS Bike Helmet

Giro, one of the best bike helmet brands, makes their first appearance on the list with The Giro Montaro II Mips Bike Helmet. It is a proven classic you want on your noggin. MIPS® technology reduces the impact of rotational forces on your brain and the in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS foam is compact without sacrificing coverage. 16 vents and the new Roc Loc® 5 Air System creates airflow between your head and the shell for easy-breezy riding all year long. The Montaro II takes everything that made the original great and improves upon it.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
16 ventsPOV Visor$160

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Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Bike Helmet

A1 might normally remind you of steak, but in this instance, we are talking all-mountain bike helmets. The Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Bike Helmet is built for balance. Its polycarbonate shell with EPS core bridges the gap between coverage and comfort for added protection when the trail gets steep and the triple fit support system keeps this bucket locked in place, eyewear or not. From dirt jumps to the mountain top, the Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Bike Helmet is built to ride. The A1 is one of the top mtb helmets: a lightweight, comfortable helmet that doesn’t skimp on protection.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
16 VentsExtra plush, removable liner$145

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affordable bike helmet

Giro Source MIPS Bike Helmet

The Giro Source MIPS Bike Helmet is a fully-featured piece of protection that helps to keep you safe and cool while you ride. It uses an in-molded EPS construction and a MIPS harness to keep your head protected, and an internal ventilation system to keep you from overheating. The visor style is timeless and low profile, and the helmet comes in your choice of toned-down colors. The Source is an affordable helmet with high-end fit and features.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
16 ventsAdjustable visor$130

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best mtb helmet under $100

Giro Fixture MIPS Bike Helmet

Don't let cost deter you from enjoying loamy goodness. Pick up the Giro Fixture MIPS Bike Helmet with its Roc Loc® Sport Fit System, MIPS slip plane liner, and plush padding for awesome trail protection and style. The Fixture is a wildly affordable helmet that punches way above its price and won’t let you down, making it the best mtb helmet under $100.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
18 ventsRoc Loc fit system$70

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 best trail helmet

POC Kortal Bike Helmet

The POC Kortal Bike Helmet offers complete protection for trail and enduro riding with a 360° adjustment system, and seamless integration with your goggles and sunnies. Add uninterrupted ventilation and a patented break-away visor, and it's clear this is one of the best trail helmets around for serious riders. The Kortal is a premium helmet with all the bells and whistles you’d expect.

VentsExtra FeaturesOriginal Price
Uninterrupted ventilationE-bike certified$200

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.