lots of good helmets, I really like the smith forefront, tld a2, 100% just came out with a trail helmet, sweet protection, really lots of good options! you should try a few and check what works best for you in terms of fitWhat are some of the best helmets available now? I'm looking into getting back into things. Years ago only Bell and Giro were the makers of helmets. Now there's so many brands.
For me best is the one that protect my brain best.How are you measuring "best"?
For me, a "best" helmet is one that fits right. Every brand and model fits individual heads differently. For me, at this time, seems the latest Troy Lee A1 MIPS fits the best, so in my opinion, that's the best helmet for me. At least until the design changes, or my head changes shape.
MIPS isn't a cure-all, but it does what it's advertised to do. It attenuates rotational energy from oblique impacts. I won't buy a helmet without it at this point. I've been using MIPS helmets for several years now. I also won't buy a helmet that only offers bare minimum protection otherwise. I know what it's like being essentially a vegetable due to brain injury (not from a bicycle crash, but due to illness) and the recovery process is no joke. Further, you don't ever quite recover 100%, either.I currently have a Bontrager Rally with MIPS and I don't think I'd buy MIPS again. I don't think it adds any benefit, since my helmet can move sufficiently even without it. I have a normal head of hair and the helmet only contacts my head where I have hair, so the helmet can already rotate a bit. But the MIPS does allow the helmet to flop around a tiny bit, so it taps on my sunglasses. And it's even worse if I have a light mounted on the top. Not a huge deal, and I'm happy with the helmet overall, but I don't see the value of MIPS unless you're bald or have very little hair to allow for movement.
I think that any helmet could be good, that doesn't matter what firm is itlots of good helmets, I really like the smith forefront, tld a2, 100% just came out with a trail helmet, and is the best decision for me, because I have no time to write my essays and the sweet protection, really lots of good options! you should try a few and check what works best for you in terms of fit
Hard to understand what you wrote, regarding the AS/NZ Standard (Australia) but if im reading you correctly, you are saying a USA (CPSC certified) helmet can only get into Australia (standard) by making it 'heavier'?? that is completely untrue and false information FYI.Not that I know which helmet is best or which area of the world has the safest helmets, but I know that Japanese approved helmets are OK in Japan (they make some nice helmets that fit people with round heads better than most US and EU helmets.
To get helmets approved in Australia must most of the light well ventilated helmets with US approval be made heavier and often less ventilated. Heavier = more safe?
Even EU and US do not agree about everything (has nothing to with the president or prime minister) so where to buy a safe or the safest helmet depend on where you live. Sound silly? To be approved in EU and US the helmet must meet standards that are directly stupid as most of us never ride with the speed that the helmets must prevent cracking of the skull in order to be OK as the standard is having no limit for how much the brain should be protected. Movement of the brain is what causes concussion and the standards for helmets are telling nothing about how to protect the brain - only the skull.
Mips is supposedly good, but the motion that is allowed with Mips stops so abrubt that it is not much better than no Mips in my eyes. Wavecel from among other Bontrager may also be better and the straw in Smiths helmets they call Koroyd® is probably also better than the usually used foam. The rubber like or silicone dampers in 100% Altus and 6D motorbike and MTB helmets are another alternative.
I bought a heavy lid that according to what my concussed brain tell me is more safe than the one I had, as I just crashed in a POC Tectal Race, and the rather hard density foam inside it is well damaged and deformed and no longer of any use; plus my brain got well rattled. I thought a 6D ATB-1T EVO with silicone dampers would be a better choice and ordered one. Silicone is not degrading like the damping material in most helmets when exposed to UV radiation (and we all are if we are out in daytime).
The 6D ATB-1T EVO is not bigger than the POC Tectal I crashed in but definitely has better absorption for slow crashes as the inner part of the helmet is moving on the rubber-suspension where the foam inside the POC was rather hard. The weight of the helmet is also not felt when it is on my head plus the fitting of the helmet is excellent. There are lots of extra rubber pieces with the helmet to put in places where the shell is not touching my skull but I needed nothing. There is no bag for hanging the helmet up after a ride so it can dry, so I use the POC Tectal bag, which is great and well ventilated.
Hope not to find out the hard way that I bought a safer helmet, but I do think that silicone is better to protect my egg than the polystyrene or whatever not soft enough material that is mostly used in helmets, and for me a bigger and a bit heavier helmet with maybe even less ventilation is a small price to pay if my brain will be better protected.
In a couple of month's doctor hopefully think I can ride again and then I will tell if I think the new helmet is better than the old.