With an adaptive aerodynamic design that is built for speed, this futuristic looking slice of head-gear looks to offer oustanding performance whatever situation you find yourself in. It's built from a two layer construction, which adds more protection to your skull and the front SPEEDmask gives you a full field of vision, while preventing air vortex formations. Air stream is optimised by the air guidelines on the outer shell.
£349 | Casco
For our money this is the lightest, strongest helmet money can buy. Just 190g, it's full of vents but provides rock solid protection for any terrain. Giro's 'Roc Loc' fitting system straps you in at the front and back of your head - just don't forget you have it on when you walk into the pub.
£200 | Giro
Trail riders rejoice, this is a crash hat made specifically for the rugged outdoors. Dense padding gives protection and a secure fit, and it's got full coverage across your skull and a removable visor for sunny days out. In this bright yellow, your mates aren't going to lose you in a hurry, either.
£80 | Mavic
Rudy Project Windmax Canondale
Weighing in at only 220g, this lightweight helmet also comes with interchangeable peaks to tailor it to your riding, and a self-centering buckle to keep it square on your head. An obscene number of vents - 21, to be precise - keep you cool, and reinforced fibres keep you protected.
£170 | Rudy Project
Lazer Genesis Lifebeam
An overdue advance in helmet tech. This 19-vented number lets you keep an eye on your heart rate via a sensor in the headband, which sends data to your smartphone. Infinitely useful, and far more comfortable than a slippy chest strap.
£200 | Lazer
This self-proclaimed 'piece of art' manages to walk the walk too - it's been used by Olympic athletes and has enough soft padding to mould itself to your exact head shape and size. It's also engineered specially to distribute impact energy, preserving your precious bonce.
£100 | i-Ride
Made for the city, this super-bright helmet has a back strap and visor perch specifically for mounting headlights, and a tag fit system to perfectly fit your head width and length. Because, as any urban cyclist knows, a snug helmet is often the only thing between you and a HGV.
£50 | Bell
Bern Watts Unlimited
Successor to the popular “Baker”, this skate-inspired lid has won accolades for safety and style. Available in an array of kit-matching colourways, it packs a reassuring “sink fi t” for total head coverage, EPS foam to protect from blunt force, and a visor for, well, the sun.
£50 | Bern
Torch Apparel T1
A white and red light on the front and back respectively makes you clear and visible at all hours of the day, with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours. A two-way adjustment system ensures a snug fit.
£85 | Torch
Kask Infinity Aero
Developed alongside the until-recently rather-successful Team Sky, this aerodynamic number has adjustable vents and a leather chin strap to minimise rubbing. The inner padding is removable and washable, and an additional polycarbonate layer amps up the protection.
£220 | Kask