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The best mountain bike helmets offer maximum protection thanks to features such as an impact-resistant shell and an adjustable retention system. Mountain bike helmets are distinguished from road helmets by their visor and ventilation adapted to off-road riding conditions. By choosing a helmet that's right for you, you can enjoy optimum protection and comfort during your mountain bike rides.
What are the best mountain bike helmets for safety?
The safest mountain bike helmets are those that offer maximum protection, fit well, and are comfortable to wear. The key features to look for are an impact-resistant polycarbonate outer shell, backed up by an expanded polystyrene structure designed to absorb high-speed and low-speed impacts, a retention system that provides a secure fit, and sturdy fastening straps. Helmets with advanced technologies such as MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) offer additional protection against rotational forces during a fall. It's also important to choose a helmet that is certified to current safety standards, such as CPSC in the USA or EN1078 in Europe, which is the case for all Mavic helmets.
How do I choose the right size mountain bike helmet?
Ideally you have the opportunity to try your new helmet on in person. If ordering online or sight unseen, measure the circumference of your head using a tape measure. Then refer to the size guide to determine the most suitable size. Make sure the helmet sits comfortably on your head, without sitting too high, being too tight, or too loose. It should fit snugly and stay in place when you shake your head. If you're between sizes, opt for the larger size and use the available adjustment systems for a precise fit. Ensure that the helmet covers an adequate amount of your forehead, and provides ample coverage for the back of your head as well.
What is the difference between a mountain bike helmet and a road helmet?
The main difference between a mountain bike helmet and a road helmet lies in their design and specific features. Mountain bike helmets generally have a visor to protect the rider's eyes from the sun and deflect trailside branches and other obstacles., They also have plenty of ventilation to enhance airflow when riding at max effort, even when riding at lower speeds in technical terrain. Mountain bike helmets typically offer more coverage to protect the back and sides of the head. Road helmets, on the other hand, are more aerodynamic and much lighter, making them suitable for higher speeds in more open, paved terrain. They do not have a visor and offer ventilation suitable for a wider range of speeds over longer distances. It's important to choose the right type of helmet for your riding to ensure optimum protection and comfort.
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