How We Tested Mountain Bike Helmets

How We Test
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OutdoorGearLab

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Luke Lydiard making the most of the fading light in the Xar. Mountain Bike helmet testing at its finest.
Luke Lydiard making the most of the fading light in the Xar. Mountain Bike helmet testing at its finest.

We collectively rode in these helmets for hundreds of miles on terrain varying from double-track fire roads to machine groomed bike park jump runs. Our test riders wore these helmets in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, on trails outside Las Vegas, NV, and all over California's Eastern Sierra, including at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. They were worn on casual rides, in local cross-country races, and during a couple enduro races.

Each helmet was weighed on our digital scale and the weight was rounded to the nearest tenth of an ounce. The helmets were passed around to multiple testers, male and female, and opinions were gathered from trail riders of all styles and ability.

We did not perform any scientific crash tests to evaluate protection. We leave that up to the certifying agencies and instead focused our review on user friendliness. All seven of the helmets we tested meet the US's CPSC Bicycle standard as well as the European CE EN 1078 standard. None of these helmets are rated by the DOT and should not be used on motorcycles of any kind.


Unbiased.