Best Triathlon Bike Helmets Tested & Reviewed
There are three important aspects that go into selecting a bike helmet. Safety, Aerodynamics and Comfort. The most important being safety. Through the decades there has been a push to make helmets have as much protection as possible for all bike enthusiasts. The MIPS or Multi-directional Impact Protection System has come along way in innovation by using the slip plane concept. It has a double layer protective barrier and was designed to prevent injury and concussion of the brain upon impact during an accident.
Trimming times is essential to those triathletes that want the time gains in speed when on the bike, and the aerodynamics that are implemented into the helmet have come along way in the science and technology. During the mid 1980’s, the aerodynamics inside the helmet were becoming somewhat improved but were still only available to few athletes. It was only in the early 2000’s that both safety and air flow speed were finally inputted into the helmet and that was a combination of an expanded polystyrene core. Wearing an aerodynamic helmets is proven to increase speed up to 10-15 watts over a traditional bike helmet and with its add on to the helmet itself it could be worth the money spent.
1. Giro Aerohead MIPS
The visor on this helmet is one of the best on the market, offering long range visuals for long distance cyclists and give you those unobstructed views for safe riding.
Above average pricing for serious buyers
- Best All Around Helmet on the Market
- Polycarbonate Shell
- Increased Ventilation System Wide Long Range Visors
- Flip up Visor for Simple Transition Great Selection of Styles
- More Colors Possibly?
2. Gray Synergy TT Aero
The lifetime warranty not only covers unexpected crashes, it also is fully warranted against any damage or defect that was the fault of the manufacture, its material or workmanship.
Moderate pricing with a warranty included.
- Extremely lightweight and slim lined
- One sizes fits all with adjustable dials
- Flexible material to prevent cracking
- Extra padding included with all new helmet purchases Comfortable against neck fatigue
- Lifetime Crash Warranty
- Low Drag
- Fits 95% of cyclists - not all
- Limited style options - Comes in only two colors
3. Lazer Tardiz Aero TT
Time is very imperative in a Triathlon and struggling with you helmet buckle can cost you precious time in both trials and competition. The Aero TT helmet has a magic buckle with a magnetic mechanism that will instantly snap together and stay put throughout your ride.
Moderate to Pricey depending on color
- Adjustable Rollsys Retention System
- Seven Additional Add on to Helmet (Sold Separately)
- Eight Colors to choose from
- Available in Three Sizes
- Special Padding for Odor
- Magnetic Clasps and a Magic Buckle for Super Easy Transition Water Hole on
- top for Quick Cooldown
- Earpiece can be uncomfortable
4. Bell Javelin Time Trial
Sweat within the helmet has always played a factor in odor and dry wicking of moisture. The TT speed series helmet has an X-Static Antimicrobial padding for no odor and an micro adjust for non-sliding and a firm fit.
Moderate price for the quality
- Well Ventilated
- Fusion In-Mold Microshell
- Removable Visor Shield
- Enhanced Aerodynamics
- Ear flaps for comfort
- Sleek Design
- Visor is very delicate
- Sizing can be unpredictable
5. Rudy Project Wingspan Aero TT
The ventilation on the Wingspan Helmet is exceptionally made. It has internal exhaust vents, keeping your head cooler in warmer rides and has an RSR7 system gives you the ability to single handedly remove the helmet which makes for an easy on easy off transition.
Cost or Value
Pricey but Worth its Weight in Gold
- Removable Tail Cover
- Internal Exhaust Vents
- Mesh Front Vent Cover
- Easy Transition RSR7 System
- One Size does not Fit All (Reference Sizing Chart)
6. Louis Garneau P-06
Maximum ventilation shafts give you the airflow needed for quick entry in and out for a fast cooldown. If you want the extra sweat proof protection this helmet is exactly what you need with a Drylock air padding for extreme wicking.
Cost and Value
Moderate Pricing for Professional Grade Helmet
- 5 Vent Air Circulation
- Adjustable Spider Pro II for Head and Neck Comfort
- Highly Aerodynamic
- Helmets Fits Well to Size
- Removable Molding both Comfortable and Washable
- No Visor
7. Giro Advantage 2
This helmet has some pretty cool ventilation channels that start in the front of the helmet and surround almost the entire top, giving you the chance to wear it in both the hottest of summers and the coolest temperatures in the fall and winter.
Cost or Value
Low to Moderate Pricing depending on Style
- Deep Channeling for Ventilation
- RocLoc 5 System
- Comfort is Good
- Great Helmet Aesthetics
- Fast Times against High Wind Speeds
- Size up (Use the Sizing Guide for Accurate Fit)
- Colors are limited
- Ear Flaps are Snug and Not Attached
8. Gray TT Aerodome
The inner core of the helmet and padding was made for both safety and comfort and for those who need the extra coverage there is an easy insert for additional padding.
Cost or Value
Relatively inexpensive for what you get
- Lightweight (345 grams)
- Extreme Internal Ventilation Channeling
- Flexible Side Panels
- In Mold Construction with a Durashell
- Extra Inner Padding Included
- Does not have attachment for Aero Eye Shield
- Helmet Tail may cause Too Much Drag for Some
9. Giro Trinity
There is an adjustable ratchet system helmet dial to ensure proper fit along with the twenty two vents to keep you head dry and from excess moisture and cool from the heat. They also provide the maximum speed for those times when time is of the essence.
Affordable for all types of cyclists
- Internal Styrofoam for head protection
- Great Air Flow
- Assorted Colors
- Easily Adjustable
- Some may want to size down
- Scratches easy
- Not preffered by those who like extreme amounts of padding inside
10. Giro Air Attack
This helmet has an excellent aero and drag profile and has a surprising amount of air ventilation to both keep your head cool and give you the headwind needed for speed.
Moderate Price, depends on the color and style.
- Protective Foam
- Good Ventilation
- Added Visor for enhanced optics (Can wear your prescription sunglasses)
- Wind Tunnel design
- Comfortable and lightweight
- Good for long distance races and short bike rides
- Not ergonomical for some
- Visor could be longer
- Magnets to hold visors may not sustain extreme headwinds
Comfort is also key for long rides and neck easement. It has to stay put and not overheat. The chin strap needs to stay secure and not pinch or be uncomfortable. The earflaps on the aerodynamics helmets need to stay put and be comfortable for the long course races and you have to make sure that you have an overall overheating mechanism built with the helmet whether that be a water spout at the base of the helmet or the overall material to keep your head from the infamous overheat
With that said, we have selected six of the best helmets on the market to date that will cover all of the those questions, plus give you the most bang for your buck.
Selecting the perfect helmet can be difficult purchase to make. You have to consider safety and whether a MIPS helmet would be a great fit. Then there is of course, the aerodynamics to consider in order to shave off as much time as possible on both trials and competitively. Comfort is just as important. It has to fit your head right without moving too much and the size is imperative because you don’t want a tight fitting helmet. The cooling mechanisms are a must for even the most serious cyclist and you have to be able to put water into the helmet for a fast and rapid cool down. All of the helmets reviewed have a combination of what athletes and triathletes alike are looking for, now it is just a matter of choosing one and getting out there for fun, competition and a healthier lifestyle.