The Troy Lee A1 took home the top prize for our mountain bike helmet review, making it the easy choice for our Editors' Choice Award. It beat out a competitive field of six other modern, extended coverage half-shell helmets, including the Bell Super, the A1's closest competitor.
We think that many riders reading this review will likely be trying to decide between the A1 and the Bell Super which earned our Top Pick Award. We think both helmets are great options, and we recommend you also read our full Bell Super review before you decide. In short, the A1 is lighter, better ventilated, has better day-to-day durability, and all of our testers found it to be way more comfortable than the Super. We also think the A1 is a better-looking helmet. The Super is less expensive and has better visor articulation, which is important if you want to wear goggles up on the front of the helmet while you climb. The Super also comes with a couple extras you may or may not need, like an integrated GoPro mount and guides so you can run goggles without a visor. The full face version of this helmet, the D3, won our Editors' Choice Award in the Downhill Helmet Review.
Troy Lee confirmed some changes to the new version of the A1 helmet, pictured above. The latest version features a MIPS system, snazzy new graphics, an updated liner, and a slimmer price tag. We've summarized all the details below, so make sure to keep reading for the full story!