The 11 best mountain bike helmets at a glance.
Whether off-road, downhill or in everyday life: if you are on your mountain bike, it is essential to wear a helmet. MTB helmets are specially designed and designed for mountain bike riders offer you safety on the bike.
In addition to the stability of your MTB helmet, you should above all pay attention to its customizability. Many products can can be adjusted in size using a rotary knob. The visor can also be adjusted and removed in many cases. Especially on longer bike tours ventilation of your helmet is very important. Find the MTB helmet that protects you and offers ideal comfort in our product table.
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|Model *||Alpina D-Alto L.E.||UVEX Quatro||Uvex I-VO CC||POC Tectal||Cairbull CB30||AWE Aerolite CE EN1078||IXS Helmet Trail RS||Alpina Myth 2.0||MET Terra / Dedalo||ALPINA Carapax||TSG Substance 3.0|
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|40 reviews||48 reviews||886 reviews||43 reviews||77 ratings||54 reviews||45 reviews||96 reviews||10 reviews||51 reviews||5 reviews|
|Construction The in-mold process is used for MTB helmets. Welding the shell with very stable hard foam creates a particularly robust and drop-resistant helmet. Helmets with this construction are also very light and durable.||mold Add-||Double in-mold||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-||mold Add-|
|sizes||M 52-57 cm, L 57-61 cm||S / M 52-57 cm, M / L 56-61 cm||M 52-57 cm, L 56-60 cm||XS-S 51-54 cm, M-L 55-58 cm, XL-XXL 59-62 cm||One size 55-61 cm||One size 58-61 cm||XS / S: 49-54cm, S / M 54-58 cm, M / L 58-62 cm, XL: 58-62cm||M 52-57 cm, L 57-62 cm, XL 59-64 cm||One size 54-61 cm||S / M 53-57 cm, M / L 57-62 cm||S / M 54-58 cm, L / XL 58-62 cm|
|Size adjustment using the rotary wheel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||approx. 250 g||approx. 299 g||approx. 225 g||approx. 250 g||approx. 280 g||approx. 250 g||132 g||approx. 250 g||approx. 260 g||approx. 250 g||approx. 290 g|
|Suitable for enduro Enduro mountain bikes are fully sprung and suitable for long rides over complex terrain. A helmet must be particularly stable here.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Suitable for downhill downhill mountain bikes are made for steep, rocky and difficult terrain. They are mostly used for races. A helmet must be particularly tight here and have a good visor.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Suitable for all mountains The all-rounder among bikes. A helmet needs to be versatile.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bracket for lighting||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
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|Questions and answers about the product||Questions and answers about Alpina D-Alto L.E.||Questions and answers about UVEX Quatro||Questions and answers about Uvex I-VO CC||Questions and answers about POC Tectal||Questions and answers about Cairbull CB30||Questions and answers about AWE Aerolite CE EN1078||Questions and answers about IXS Helmet Trail RS||Questions and answers about Alpina Mythos 2.0||Questions and answers about MET Terra / Dedalo||Questions and answers about ALPINA Carapax||Questions and answers on TSG Substance 3.0|
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- An MTB helmet, short for mountain bike helmet, is a bicycle helmet that is specially designed for the needs of mountain bike riders in the field.
- MTB helmets are characterized by high stability, low weight and high protection performance. They differ from "normal" bicycle helmets, particularly in their construction; the helmet reaches into the neck area and it has a visor.
- MTB helmets can be used for various purposes: in the downhill area, for all mountain rides and for long enduro tours.
Pack your bike helmet, take your little sister and then go out and have a nap – well, you can imagine the rest. A bicycle helmet is part of every bike clothing and every well-equipped cyclist. This applies even more to mountain bike riders, as they move in particularly difficult and uneven terrain. The risk of falling is high. Probably the one who has an MTB helmet. But which mountain bike helmet type is suitable for which terrain and what should you pay attention to when buying a MTB helmet? Our MTB helmet guide 2019/2020 shows you all the important MTB helmet categories, which is the best MTB helmet and which is a particularly affordable MTB helmet. I want to ride my bicycle …
1. What is an MTB helmet?
A MTB helmet for children from Uvex
An MTB helmet, abbreviation for mountain bike helmet, is a bicycle helmet that is specially designed for the needs of mountain bike riders in difficult terrain or on bike tours. It is an essential part of MTB clothing. MTB helmets are mostly suitable for both women and men – some even for children, although there are extra MTB helmets for children. Newer models of mountain bike helmets can also be used as downhill or enduro helmets and as all mountain helmets. A mountain bike helmet differs from the normal racing bike helmet and bike helmet in its size and structure. They are usually bigger, if not to say clunkier – nevertheless they are light – and reach right into the neck. This protects the back of the head in the event of a fall. They also have a visor that protects against the sun and splashes of dirt and good ventilation. An MTB bicycle helmet is characterized by the extra stable construction in the so-called "in-mold process". Here the shell is connected with hard foam, creating a very stable and fall-resistant mountain bike helmet.
Why a mountain bike helmet can also be beneficial in normal traffic:
- sits tight and is extremely stable
- also protects the neck
- Sun protection by visor
- good ventilation in heat
- partly unsuitable for people who wear glasses
- bulky and large
2. What types of MTB helmets are there??
|MTB helmet type||Remarks|
|MTB helmet All-Mountain
||MTB helmet All-Mountain: As the name suggests, an All Mountain helmet is a bicycle helmet that is suitable for tours over almost any terrain – whether a simple bike tour or crossing the Alps. Therefore, such a bike helmet has to be versatile. Ideally, it protects the neck and the back of the head as well as the face from the sun and dirt splashes. We therefore recommend an MTB helmet with an adjustable visor for all mountain terrain. He should also ventilate the head well, otherwise there is a risk of heat stroke. For example, well suited a Uvex helmet or an Alpina helmet.|
|MTB helmet Enduro|
3. Buying advice for MTB helmets: you have to pay attention to that
Even if you feel like getting on your mountain bike and cruising in the mountains right now, stop short and get the best MTB helmet first. To find your personal MTB helmet comparison winner, you should consider the following when buying an MTB helmet:
3.1. The right size
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It depends on the size, namely the right one from your bike helmet for MTB. In order to ensure optimal protection and safety in the event of a fall, it is particularly important that the MTB bicycle helmet sits firmly on the head. It must not wobble or slip. At the same time, it must not press or be too small. To find out your size, you first need to measure your head circumference. The best way to do this is with a tape measure. It should be placed about a finger across the eyebrows. Guide the measuring tape around your head so that it is slightly lower on the back of the head than on the forehead. Make a note of the number measured. According to your head circumference, you should buy the right size of your MTB helmet. All helmets in our MTB helmet comparison have a rotary wheel for resizing. Even if your head circumference is slightly smaller, the size can be adjusted individually. Also make sure that the helmet is suitable for your head shape. Some helmets are e.g. specially designed for people with narrow heads. Like the Alpina Carapax helmet. Often, however, only helps trying on.
The chin strap is also of immense importance for the secure fit of an MTB bicycle helmet. It should not constrict and the chin pad should fit snugly and not slip. In addition, the ears should not be pinched or bent. Chin straps can be easily and individually adjusted on all helmets we have seen
3.2. Safety equipment and ventilation
A full face helmet for downhill races or BMX stunts.
The safety equipment of the MTB bicycle helmet primarily includes the visor. It protects from the sun and from splashes of dirt on the face and eyes. Therefore, make sure that your new helmet has an adjustable, at best removable visor. Some helmets still have a full-face finish that additionally protects the chin and mouth. Such helmets are usually heavier. It is advisable to wear light helmets. Therefore, pay attention to the weight. MTB helmets usually weigh between 200 and 350 g.
Good if you also want to use your MTB helmet in traffic: reflective stickers or a helmet lamp as well as a holder for the lighting on the helmet. The Uvex helmet "I-VO CC" has such a holder, for example. But also the Prowell helmet in our MTB helmet comparison.
A factor that should not be underestimated when riding a mountain bike is the heat that can build up under the helmet. A heat stroke threatens! Therefore, make sure the helmet is well ventilated. So no sweat can run into your eyes. Good helmet accessories also include built-in fly screens in the ventilation holes. Nothing is more caustic than a stinging wasp under your helmet.
This video summarizes all information again:
With MTB helmets as with bicycle helmets in general, it is advisable to rely on brand quality. Helmets from well-known manufacturers are of high quality and safely TÜV tested and certified. Discounterware is unfortunately saving in the wrong place. In addition, a Giro helmet or a Bell helmet can already be bought cheap online. So that you know the most important brands, here is a brief overview:
4. Well-known manufacturers and brands of MTB helmets
5. MTB helmet test at the Stiftung Warentest
Sports glasses are recommended for the MTB helmet. So the eyes are optimally protected. Sports glasses are available for women and men.
The Stiftung Warentest still owes us an MTB helmet test, so there is no MTB helmet comparison winner there either. It is different with the online MTB magazine “bike magazine”. All mountain and enduro helmets were tested here. Result: only one helmet does not pass the safety test. Everyone else is fine. "Normal" bicycle helmets were made by the Foundation Goods test last tested in its 08/2015 issue – unfortunately with unsatisfactory results. The bike helmet comparison winner with a grade of 2.0 (good) is the Casco Speedster-TC Plus. The other models could not always convince and only got away with a grade of 3.0 (satisfactory). These include well-known and popular brands such as Uvex, and Alpina or Giro helmets and a Bell helmet. The good news is that even a bike helmet with an average grade is safe and can be bought without hesitation if it fits well. This proves once again how important it is to choose the right size and fit of the bike helmet and, above all, not to compromise. Safety first! This applies in particular to MTB bike helmets, regardless of whether they are all mountain, enduro or downhill helmets.
Tip: There are special racing helmets for racing bike fans. They are smaller and lighter and also aerodynamically shaped. They are also well ventilated. The Tour de France can come!
6. Questions and answers about MTB helmets
How should an MTB helmet fit??
When must an MTB helmet be changed??
How long does an MTB helmet last??
Which helmet lamp is the best for an MTB helmet?
When choosing a helmet lamp, it depends on where you ride your mountain bike. The following applies:
- in the city / on the road: reflective stickers and an LED lamp attached to the helmet, also known as a shark fin, it can be red or white
- outdoors / in the forest: a white lamp attached to the helmet, which can shine your way and at the same time make you visible to hunters and animals
Attention: Helmet lamps do not replace bicycle lights! Always make sure that your bike is brightly and clearly illuminated at the front and rear.
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