Bicycle Helmet Ratings

Bell Stratus MIPS Bike Helmet

When buying a bicycle helmet, it’s important to get a good one. You don’t want to shell out bucks for a helmet that isn’t going to give you adequate protection.  The newer MIPS helmet not only protect you from a head-on accident, but also provide protection from a blow that rotates the head. No helmet is perfect, and head trauma is still possible, even if one is wearing the top rated helmet. But without a helmet, trauma is almost a sure thing in an accident where the head is involved.

Virginia Tech, in collaboration with The Institute for Highway Safety, performed a study of 30 of the most popular helmets, and rated them according to safety.  Their helmet impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience.

For a full list of the ratings,