For years, you had two options for a bike helmet: a sleek and aerodynamic road helmet that suggested you probably spent your free time shaving your legs, or a clunky thing that made you look like a five-year-old in a hand-me-down lid. Thankfully, helmet-makers have adopted a more stylish approach to design recently. Here are five commuter helmets that are so good looking, you’ll actually want to wear them.
Thousand Premium ($95)
Is the gold ostentatious? Hell yes, but that’s why we love it. Also, the retro cut makes us feel like we're in a ‘60s motorcycle gang. And that’s what riding bikes is all about, right?
Bern Union ($90)
Plenty of vents keep you cool while liquid foam increases the strength to weight ratio but it’s the removable flip visor that we dig the most.
Sawako Furuno Crocodile ($155)
This lid has a women's specific design and is covered in hand-stitched faux crocodile leather.
Lazer Street DLX ($60)
The wood grain shell of this helmet is unique but it also has technical chops including 16 vents, leather straps, and a one-handed magnetic buckle system.
Bolle Messenger Premium ($90)
This helmet is as much about function as form. The Messenger has glow in the dark hits and a rear blinking LED light to make you as visible as possible on your way home from happy hour.