A few years ago, I fell while riding in the rain. (Bonus tip: Don’t ride on the white line in the rain) I threw out my helmet and bought one with MIPS. I now have one with WaveCel. Don’t wait until after you’ve fallen to think about the quality of your helmet. At a minimum, I suggest you consider the following:
1. Does it have MIPS or WaveCel type technology?
2. Does it fit well?
3. Does it have good ventilation?
Here are the descriptions for MIPS and WaveCel:
MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) is a “low friction layer” that sits between a rider’s head and the helmet’s shell. This layer is scientifically proven to reduce rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head.
WaveCel – On impact, this collapsible cellular material absorbs energy in multiple ways and then disperses it in a remarkably effective way.
Here are a few other things to consider:
The 3-5 Rule
It’s essential to replace your helmet every three to five years or if it’s been in a crash, whether you see cracks in it or not. This is because some of the materials used to make it degrade over time. UV light degrades the outer shell, making it brittle … and a weak shell may compromise the structural integrity of the foam.
HI-VIS and Reflective Features
Helmets in hi-vis colors truly stand out and get noticed. Some helmets even come with reflective elements, which are especially important at night.
Wear your helmet correctly
Ensure the helmet is straight, tighten the retention system until snug, and pull the strap to a three-finger gap.
Here is an article on the best helmets for 2021 and a video that demonstrates the proper method to adjust your helmet:
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