The Best Helmets of 2013

Kali Maraka XC (Inga Hendrickson)
Kali Maraka XC best helmets of 2013 summer buyers guide

Kali Maraka XC

BEST FOR: The Weight Conscious

The Maraka XC is a svelte nine ounces, but it’s as comfy as heftier helmets thanks to a layer of soft foam next to your head. And it’s just as safe: Kali reinforced the vents with roll-bar-like plastic shells to help dissipate the energy of a crash.

Specialized Tactic

Specialized Tactic best helmets of 2013 summer buyers guide
Specialized Tactic (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: All-Mountain Riding

With a tricked-out Headset fit system (including four height adjustments and a tension microadjustment dial), a removable visor, and decent ventilation, the Tactic is a lot of helmet for the price. We liked the fuller coverage in back and the sewn-in reflective thread on the ear straps, but it’s a bummer they’re not adjustable.

Louis Garneau Course

Louis Garneau Course best helmets of 2013 summer buyers guide
Louis Garneau Course (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Hot Weather

Nine channels that run the length of the shell come closest to giving that wind-through-the-hair feeling of freedom you get from not wearing a helmet at all. Smart: includes an integrated taillight, which snaps onto the dial on the retention system.

Giro Air Attack

Giro Air Attack best helmets of 2013 summer buyers guide
Giro Air Attack (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Aero Geeks

It might look like a throwback to the eighties, but the Air Attack’s full-shell design combines the slipperiness in the wind of a time-trial lid (in a 25-mile time trial, Giro says the Air Attack was 17 seconds faster than its top-end road offering) with the comfort, ventilation, and lightness (just 8.8 ounces) of a traditional road helmet.

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