These bike helmets protect best, tests show

Consumer Reports tests impact performance, ventilation, ease of use

These bike helmets protect best, tests show
These bike helmets protect best, tests show

SAN ANTONIO – The pandemic has more people reuniting with their bicycles.

Before you start pedaling, it’s important to have a helmet that will protect you in a fall or crash.

Consumer Reports put several helmets through rigorous testing to see how well they absorb impact at about 14 mph, simulating how a biker might fall in an accident.

The best bike helmet for adults is the Giro Register MIPS, which costs about $60, Consumer Reports said.

MIPS stands for multi-directional impact protection system.

“It’s a plastic layer inside the helmet that helps prevent transmitting rotational energy to the head if you get into a crash,” said Peter Anzalone of Consumer Reports. “That’s supposed to help against getting concussions.”

For adults who prefer a commuter style, Consumer Reports recommends the LEM Boulevard, and for children, the Bontrager Tyro that costs about $50.

The complete helmet ratings are available by clicking here.

About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.