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I need a new mountain bike helmet. Maybe I just want a new helmet. Yes. I want a new helmet. I’ve never crashed the one I’m wearing now, but I’ve dropped it a fair, few times. It’s 5 years old anyway, and I’ve sweated in it so much it’s starting to have the texture of a ripe mushroom. Random deer wander up and lick the side of my head if I sit very still in the woods.
Now that MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) is here, I don’t really know what differentiates one helmet from another. I also, don’t all the way get what makes MIPS such a game changer, if I’m honest. Is this just a prank being pulled on us by the Swedes? Good one, Sweden! The helmets don’t seem that different than they used to.
Another real question: As the prices go up, do the helmets get safer? Do I just go with the one with the most vents, because sweating is my biggest challenge? Or do I try to find one that looks good, because style matters? As I scroll through page after page of dome protectors, honestly, they all kinda look the same. This year they come in matte colors instead of gloss.
I feel matte. So that’s something.
As with many things bike-related, fit probably does matter. I’ve typically been a Giro helmet wearer because I know they fit my head shape, which is more oval than round, but they can’t be the only ones who make a me-shaped pot lid. I’m inclined to go with some small, side brand, because that’s what I like to do. It’s all part of my contrarian nature. As you can see, I have no idea what to do.
This week’s TCI Friday asks, how do YOU pick a helmet? And how often do you replace them? Am I barking up any of the right trees?