A good helmet is arguably the most important piece of cycling equipment you can own. It keeps your brain safe!
That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of women’s road bike helmets that have gone the extra mile in terms of safety features. Most of these lids include MIPS and several boast extra safety features like memory foam padding, propriety retention systems, and one of these even has a sensor that will alert your loved ones if you crash.
Of course, safety isn’t all we look for in a good women’s road bike helmet. They should be lightweight, well ventilation, comfortable, and offer a good fit.
As women, we also believe that a helmet should look good! We’ve picked helmets that offer feminine designs, low profiles, and a wide variety of colors.
Here are our 9 faves in a wide range of price points and profiles so you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Mavic Echappee Pro Helmet
You don’t have to pick safety, comfort, or looks: the Mavic Enchappee Pro provides it all.
This helmet is feminine without being pink or purple and includes delightful little touches such as dots on the chin strap and on the interior padding. It’s rare to find a look that everybody likes, but of all the women we asked, this helmet was one of their favorites
That said, what really sets this helmet apart is how comfortable it is. We love the XRD memory foam at the front of the helmet that helps conform to your particular head shape. That said, it did seem to run a little small for ladies with a lot of hair, so order up a size if that’s you.
In terms of safety, we appreciate the extended rear-of-head coverage that is reminiscent of more modern mountain bike helmets. The only bummer is that the helmet doesn’t include MIPS, so if that’s important to you, keep searching.
Price: (Last updated: 2021-06-15 at 20:50 – More Info)
Giro Saga MIPS
For under $100, the Giro Saga MIPS is a great helmet. There aren’t a ton of helmets in this price range that offer MIPS technology, so if that’s important to you, and you’re on a budget, you probably can’t beat the Saga.
We found that the dial on the back of the helmet was super easy to adjust one-handed while riding thanks to a rubber grip. There is also good clearance at the rear for a ponytail, if you’re a long haired gal.
Finally, for a budget helmet, the Saga does a good job of ventilation thanks to
22 holes and internal channeling.
It comes in several different colors including ones that aren’t pink.
Bontrager WaveCel Helmets (Specter and XXX)
Like the Koroyd on the Smith helmets (below), the Bontrager Specter and Bontrager XXX helmets use a honeycomb style sheet that is inserted into the helmet and which helps absorb impact.
Whether or not you buy into the WaveCel hype, the helmets have high safety ratings in independent tests, making them a good choice if you’re looking for one of the safer lids around.
Both helmets are super comfy, have good ventilation, and work well with a ponytail (always important for us ladies).
Read Our Review: Bontrager Wave Cel Helmets
Price: Specter: $149.99
Price: XXX $299.99
Smith Overtake Helmet
The Smith Overtake is not a women’s-specific helmet, but it does come in a bunch of color options and it’s simply a GREAT helmet. In fact, we know more folks who use this helmet on the road and swear by it then other any other lid on this list.
No, it’s not cheap, but it does come with a long list of features that provides good bang for your buck. Extras include sunglass channels and honeycomb vent coverage to keep out bugs.
We know several people who have had a crash in this helmet, to good outcomes. That is thanks in large part to the extended rear-of-head coverage and Smith’s proprietary Koroyd construction.
Finally, if you’re a racer (or you just like to go fast), the Overtake is highly aerodynamic. In a wind tunnel study, the Giro Overtake did significantly better than many of its competitors.
Price: Price not available (Last updated: 2021-05-31 at 03:48 – More Info)
Bell Nala Joy Ride Helmet MIPS
Here’s another affordable, women’s-specific helmet with MIPS. This is a favorite of ours for women who are new to the sport and don’t want to invest a lot of money.
It doesn’t have the same fit and comfort features as some of the other helmets on this list, but it will keep your head safe. It has MIPS technology and in-mold construction which you don’t usually see in helmets at this price.
Bell has discontinued this model, but there are still a bunch available out there, so get it while the getting’s still good.
Price: $29.99 (Last updated: 2021-06-09 at 09:49 – More Info)
Kask Protone Helmet
The Kask Protone is a premium road bike helmet. It looks
But it doesn’t just look good. This is also a helmet favorite favored by pros including Team Sky. It is aerodynamic, light, and offers good ventilation.
When you’re paying this much for a helmet it’s not necessarily safer; what you’re paying for is fit. And the Kask Protone offers an excellent fit. The sizing is spot on, the retention system is easy to adjust and won’t catch your hair.
Price: Price not available (Last updated: 2021-06-16 at 10:52 – More Info)
Giro Seyen MIPS
The Giro Seyen isn’t anything fancy but it gets the job done. Actually scratch that– the color schemes are a bit fancy.
The Seyen has MIPS technology, 25 air vents, adjustable ROC LOC retention system, and a slim buckle that won’t rub your chin raw. Basically, all the stuff you want, and nothing you don’t.
It has a slim profile so you won’t feel too dorky, and is lightweight so you won’t even feel it there.
Price: Price not available (Last updated: 2021-06-16 at 10:52 – More Info)
Specialized Propero III with ANGi
If you enjoy riding alone, or in rural areas, the Specialized Propero might be for you. The helmet includes Specialized’s
That’s not the only safety feature. The
On the lighter side of things, we appreciate the helmet’s “
The straps have a splitter that makes adjustments dummy-proof and keeps straps laying flat, and it comes with a clip-on visor. (The only one on this list that does).
Price (MSRP): $130
Comparison Chart: Road Bike Helmets for Women
Not sure which helmet is best for you? This comparison chart might help you narrow it down.
|Helmet||MIPS?||Weight||# Air Vents||Manufacturer's Warranty||Visor?||Women's Specific?|
|Mavic Echappee Pro||No||265 g||22||2 years||No||Yes|
|Giro Saga MIPS||Yes||240 g||22||1 year||No||Yes|
|Smith Overtake||Comes in both MIPS and non-MIPS versions (specs reflected here are for non-MIPS)||255 g||21||2 years||No||No|
|Bell Nala Joy Ride Helmet MIPS||Yes||272 g||19||1 year||No||Yes|
|Kask Protone||Yes||230 g||20||limited lifetime||No||No|
|Giro Seyen MIPS||Yes||25||1 year||No||Yes|
|Specialized Propero III with ANGi||Yes||265 g||2 years||Yes||Yes|
|Bontrager Specter||No||341 g||1 year||No||No|
|Bontrager XXX||No||325 g||1 year||No||No|
What To Look For In A Road Bike Helmet
The lighter a helmet is, the more comfortable it’s going to be for long days in the saddle. This might not matter much to you if you’re new to riding and just want a good, safe lid. If, however, you’re doing century rides or other all-day rides, you might want to consider the weight of a helmet before buying.
Safety and MIPS
All helmets for sale in the U.S. have met the standards set by the meet standards set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and are “safe.” That said, these standards are pretty minimal and don’t consider things like repeated impact or rotational impact.
Some helmet manufacturers will also pay to have their helmets tested by the SNELL Foundation. While the standards are pretty similar to those set by the CPSC, the SNELL certification is a indicator that the helmet has high quality control, and continues to meet the initial standards over time.
You’ll also notice that many helmets are now offered with MIPS technology. MIPS stands for “multi-directional impact protection system.” Essentially, it’s an additional liner inside the helmet that provides a low-friction layer and helps protect your brain in the event of a rotational impact.
Although the jury is still out on the effectiveness of MIPS, we think there’s enough evidence that it works, that we highly recommend choosing a helmet with MIPS. It adds minimal weight and cost, and provides additional peice of mind.
The only thing worth noting, is that for women with long hair, a MIPS liner can snag your hair. Not ideal, but again, probably worth the additional safety.
How safe a helmet is also depends on how well it actually fits on your head. Good fit also improves comfort.
The best way to know if a helmet will fit, is to measure your head circumference. Measure around your forehead, right above your eyebrows. You can then compare that measurement, to the size chart for the particular helmet you are considering.
We like helmets that have a Roc Loc fit system. This is a small dial at the rear of the helmet that tightens or loosens the helmet so it’s nice and snug on your head.
For most riders, ventilation should be a serious consideration. The better ventilated a helmet is, the less sweaty your head will get and the more comfortable you will be especially on hot days.
Pay attention not only to the number of ventilation holes, but also to their size and placement. The larger the holes and better distrubuted they are, the cooler the helmet will be.
You might also want to flip the helmet over and look at the inside. The helmets with the best ventilation won’t just have vent holes, they will also have airflow channels on the helmet interior.