I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one?

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I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one?

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 8:39am

Not saying it'll save my life or anything just that I want one for my own way reasons, just not sure what's good one to get for commuting. Any ideas? Fit then price are my priorities but I'm thinking something in a bright colour with plenty of reflective decals.

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Vorpal » 28 Sep 2015, 8:54am

If fit is the most important, than recommendations on here won't mean much; you have to go try them on. I haven't seen too many with reflective bits. You can always get a sheet of retroreflective stickers and decorate it yourself :)

That said, I recommend a Specialized S-works. It's not the cheapest helmet out there, but it's light, comes in a variety of colours, and Specilized are tested to the more stringent Snell standards.
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 9:13am

I was looking more at the spesh align or Centro end of the spectrum. Think I once tried the align on and it's shape matched my head well. Just curious as to what else is out there worth looking at. I've had an met, my first one which was huge looking. Then I spent a lot more fit giro skyline which was considered a good lid back when I got it but a budget lid now.

thing is I've not been wearing one for years so not sure if a cheapo lid can be comfortable even if it fits well. If a £30 helmet fits well will it be comfortable even if it weighs a bit more than a £100 lid?

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby honesty » 28 Sep 2015, 9:23am

Specialized helmets (most of them anyway) are tested to Snell standards. i have an S3. I think if you are going to wear one, you may as well wear one that's at least tested to a better standard than others. I also usually wear a cycling cap under it to help with heat.

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Vorpal » 28 Sep 2015, 9:23am

Heavy helmets give some people neck ache, but other than that, I'd say it's personal. I honestly would recommend go try them on. The main reason I bough the one I did was that I could hardly feel it on my head compared to other helmets.
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby squeaker » 28 Sep 2015, 9:34am

Bought one of these a few months ago for MTB use (the peak can be removed). Wanted something with a fairly round profile (to minimise head rotation torques should I hit anything with it - the MIPS should help too) with an adjustable peak; the colour was the icing on the cake, so to speak. Has proved very comfortable so far, not too warm but definitely on the warmer side.
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 9:45am

Giro are a good make but my skyline gives me a headache. I've tried some giro lids and TBH the brand just didn't fit no matter which helmet I tried. I get the feeling that helmet brands are like clothing brands in that they have their own fit/shape.

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby squeaker » 28 Sep 2015, 10:12am

Tangled Metal wrote:Giro are a good make but my skyline gives me a headache. I've tried some giro lids and TBH the brand just didn't fit no matter which helmet I tried. I get the feeling that helmet brands are like clothing brands in that they have their own fit/shape.
Agree: I definitely have a Giro head :lol:
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 10:15am

Suspect I'm specialized head. Not really looked at bell, met, kask, Altura, garneau, etc. Not seen many of them around TBH.

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Vorpal » 28 Sep 2015, 10:16am

I wonder what it means that I have a Specialized head? :mrgreen: :lol: :lol:
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby al_yrpal » 28 Sep 2015, 11:08am

My 10 quid Aldi job is comfortable and appears as well made as helmets many times the price. A multicoloured shower cap goes over it nicely :D

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 11:20am

Super Scrimper! Love it, what a way to save money. I guess if something fits and works for you then what is the point of paying top whack giro helmet prices?

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby NUKe » 28 Sep 2015, 11:25am

I quite like thse but can't get one to fit me. If you want something different and they have things like winter liners
http://bernunlimited.com/shop/bike.html they ca nbe bought inthe UK as well
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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby geocycle » 28 Sep 2015, 11:47am

Vorpal wrote:If fit is the most important, than recommendations on here won't mean much; you have to go try them on. I haven't seen too many with reflective bits. You can always get a sheet of retroreflective stickers and decorate it yourself :)

That said, I recommend a Specialized S-works. It's not the cheapest helmet out there, but it's light, comes in a variety of colours, and Specilized are tested to the more stringent Snell standards.


The Specialized propero is the more economical version of the S-works. You can use replacement pads from the s-works in the propero if needed. Does a decent job for a £45 helmet.

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Re: I want a helmet for winter commuting - what's a good one

Postby Tangled Metal » 28 Sep 2015, 1:33pm

NUKe wrote:I quite like thse but can't get one to fit me. If you want something different and they have things like winter liners
http://bernunlimited.com/shop/bike.html they ca nbe bought inthe UK as well

Bern looks like skate park bmx lids. Also canoeing lids I think.