Women’s Bike Helmets Have Come A Long Way, Baby
The reasons bike enthusiasts give for wearing or not wearing bike helmets are similar to those given by motorcyclists. Those who hate wearing helmets say they’re confining, they can’t feel the wind or hear cars coming, and they never fall. Those in favor of wearing bike helmets for women or men point out that head injuries are common after a fall, that those injuries can be life-altering (or ending), and that anything can happen. Experience doesn’t provide immunity from falls. Just ask a professional racer.
The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Bike Helmets
A lot of sports gear is unisex, which sometimes means it’s intended and designed for men but women can buy it too. For years, there weren’t many women’s bike helmets, but there are now some excellent womens cycle helmets being sold.
A woman’s bike helmet is designed for long hair by including a pony tail port or channel in the rear foam. One-size-fits-all women’s bike helmets are smaller than those sized for men.
MIPS is a Must-Have
MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) provides critical protection for the brain in a fall by absorbing the force from impacts. There are currently over 200 helmets equipped with MIPS in a range of prices. If you don’t have a MIPS-equipped helmet, buying one should be #1 on your to-do list. You only have one brain.
Manufacturers of Women’s Helmets
Specialized women’s helmets all include the Hairport micro-dial adjustment for pony tails. Many of their helmets fit very comfortably thanks to their advanced inner webbing system.
This year, Bell joined the ranks of manufacturers making ladies’ bike helmets with the introduction of their Joy Ride Collection, containing road, mountain bike, and off-road models. The models containing MIPS are a great value. The least expensive MIPS model is only $60 and meets the same safety standards as much costlier helmets. They are also available on Amazon with free 2-day shipping with an Amazon Prime Account.
- Giro has one of the largest selections of women’s specialty bike helmets. Their higher-end models with MIPS sell for $150 or less, but they also have MIPS equipped helmets that sell in the $65 range on Amazon. Free 2-day shipping is also available with these helmets with your Amazon Prime account.
Scott’s first road helmet with MIPS is unisex but has an excellent vent design and Scott’s proprietary adjustment system for a perfect fit, which works very well.
There are a number of Scott helmets that are MIPS equipped, including the Stego (pictured on the left). These are higher end helmets with a higher price point. The Stego sells for $161.95 and qualifies for free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime.
Biking is fun, whether you’re a casual weekend rider or a hard-core professional. It’s also an activity that the entire family can enjoy together. So put on your MIPS-equipped helmet and get a few miles under your belt today. Ride safely!
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