I bike a lot. Between my sweat and the sun, I wonder—how long does a helmet last? If it's time for a new lid, what do I buy?
It’s true you can easily spend $180 and up for a road helmet. But for good protection you don’t need to.
So take a look at Giro’s Savant ($90). A few years back it would have been the top of the Giro pecking order, now it’s just a great value in a light, 25-vent helmet. I like Giro’s “RocLoc” fit and strap system, and of course the Savant meets all current standards for head protection.
THE ALTERNATE: Of course, you can splurge as well—on a Mavic Plasma ($250). This is a very hot-looking helmet, but one with enough venting to keep you plenty cool. Plus it has exceptional fit, and a removable visor.
Need something for mountain biking? Then take a look at this next one.