What is the safest MTB cycling helmet 2020?
Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. According to Virginia Tech unbiased testing – the safest MTB cycling helmet is the Fox Dropframe Pro MIPS.
Safest MTB helmets 2020
According to Virginia Tech March 2020 these are the top 20 safest helmets for MTB cycling in 2020:
1. Fox Dropframe Pro MIPS – Read more »
2. Bontrager Rally MIPS – Read more »
3. Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS – Read more »
4. Lazer Cyclone MIPS – Read more »
5. Scott ARX Plus MIPS – Read more »
6. Fox Speedframe Pro MIPS – Read more »
7. Giro Tyrant MIPS SP – Read more »
8. Troy Lee Designs A1 Classic MIPS – Read more »
9. Poc Tectal Race Spin – Read more »
10. Louis Garneau Raid MIPS – Read more »
11. Lazer Chiru MIPS – Read more »
12. Specialized Chamonix MIPS – Read more »
13. Bontrager Blaze WaveCel
14. Giro Chronicle MIPS – Read more »
15. Lazer Impala MIPS – Read more »
16. Specialized Ambush MIPS – Read more »
17. Lazer Coyote MIPS – Read more »
18. Specialized Centro MIPS – Read more »
19. Scott Vivo Plus MIPS – Read more »
20. Bell Sixer MIPS – Read more »
For the entire, most recent list of tested MTB helmets – please visit Virginia Tech »
How does Virginia Tech test MTB helmets?
Virginia Tech’s testing uses the standard tool used to test MTB helmets, which is a drop tower.
The MTB helmet gets droppeds the down a slider and lands it on a steel anvil covered with coarse sandpaper, which they say helps to better simulate real-life road conditions.
Tests are carried out at two different impact speeds and in six different positions on the helmet, including on the rim.
The method tests oblique impacts as well as those taken head-on. Each test is repeated twice, for a total of 24 tests on each helmet.
Accelerometers are positioned inside the headform on which the helmet is mounted to measure the linear and rotational forces acting on impact.
A formula is then used to convert this data into an overall score and a star rating, with a lower score being better.
Virginia Tech says that its testing is more complete than standard tests, which do not include impacts on the rim, although this is often where contact will occur in a crash. You can read Virginia Tech’s full description of its methodology here.
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