When it comes to bike helmets, they are usually unisex.
That is usually but there are some specifically designed for men and others designed just for women but they do exist.
So for those of you looking for something very gender specific, I have gathered the best bike helmets for men that I’m sure you will find at least one that you can’t resist.
So before you buy your next helmet, this list should have you many options to choose from.
Rather than going all over the place and building a crazy compilation of gear, I decided to put them in specific categories to help you find one specifically for your needs.
Whether you are riding to work or hitting the trails, you can bet that you will find one of the best bike helmets on the market that will have exactly what you are looking for.
Best Bike Helmets For Commuters
Riding to work is awesome but wearing a not so cool helmet isn’t and that is why we have gone out of our way to find what we think is really the best.
From safety to comfort to the overall look, we have several criterion that we have used to come up with such an awesome list.
I ride to work almost every single day and although safety is way up there in the priority list, I made most of the buying decisions on looks alone.
I mean, all helmets sold in the US are required to meet safety standards, so they are all at the very least safe and will do its job.
So you can bet that all the helmets on this list are at the very least going to do what they were made for.
Protecting your head.
With that out of the way, we were able to consider other options and now we have put together the best commuter helmets that I’m sure you will find one that fits your wants and most especially your needs.
1. Best All Around: Lumos Smart Bike Helmet
This is our pick for the best commuter bike helmet and right off the bat you can see why.
Picking the perfect bike lights is one thing and being seen is another and this helmet is designed for exactly that.
However, there is more to it than just being seen as this is actually a smart helmet that can do more than just light up.
The helmet lights up if you slow down and you can signal others whenever you are making a turn, which makes this the reason why we love this product.
There is also a light in the front, which allows you to see what is right in front of you.
And if that isn’t enough, there is also an app for that, which can work very well with Strava and the apple watch.
2. Camden MIPS by Giro
The Camden or Caden MIPS helmet by Giro has the look of “I bike to work” but there is more to them than just a city slicker appearance.
With the style and design for commuters alike, this helmet is made by the fine folks at Giro, who are very much known for bike helmets and other outdoor gear.
With the many helmets to choose from, we have taken the Camden MIPS as our next choice.
From what looks like a basic commuter helmet comes more reasons as to why we personally prefer this over the many helmets available on the market.
Besides its visually awesome appearance, this helmet has a light just like the Lumos.
Not as fancy but it does have a red light that can make you visible to others.
This is just one of many commuter bike helmets from Giro, so do know that there are actually more to choose from.
Whichever one you go with will do the job so do consider any of them for your next helmet purchase.
3. Fox Flux Bike Helmet
I slipped this in at the next spot because this is one that I actually own and really like.
After spending several minutes in my local bike shop and comparing different models and styles of bike helmets, this is the one that I went with.
Of course it is safe and has some decent vents that can have air flowing to your head but that isn’t why I chose this nor added it to this list.
So why, you might ask?
Well, it was simply based on looks alone.
With my weird shaped head and looking like a weirdo in most of the helmets I tried on, this is one that made me look “less weird”.
Yes, it looks like the perfect mountain biker’s helmet but it works great for commuters as well.
I mean, anything can work, as long as it protects your dome, right?
And if you do decide to hit the dirt, you know you will blend right in with the Fox Flux bike helmet.
It isn’t the cheapest one on this list but it is one that I’m sure will make your ride to work safer and a lot more styling.
If you like that cool biker dude look of course.
4. Park & Diamond Collapsible Helmet
For those of you who are not the biggest fan of regular old bike helmets, the collapsible helmet by Park and diamond might just be your next helmet.
Unlike a solid looking, “normal” helmet look, this one looks like a baseball cap.
It might look like it won’t work if you do fall but you will be surprised at what it can really do compared to a standard bike helmet.
On top of its pretty looks, this helmet is also collapsible, which means you can fold it up and throw it in your bag.
My Fox Flux does not do that and it goes right into my backpack that does not allow for anything else to fit.
There is a lot more to this bad boy and you can see my full review here to see exactly how cool this helmet really is.
For around $80, I think you will find it to be fairly priced for even just looks alone.
5. Thousand Adult Helmet
This helmet is not your typical helmet and not for the obvious reasons mentioned with the others mentioned earlier.
No lights, no smart features, and no speakers.
So what makes this the best choice for commuters?
How about the benefit of being able to get locked up with your bike?
Because that is exactly what you can do with this Thousand bike helmet.
The way it works is also very interesting but goes right along their anti-theft guarantee.
The helmet’s logo along the ear pops out, allowing you to run your bike’s lock through, which will definitely allow for that guarantee to take place.
If someone did take your helmet, it would have to require them to cut your lock or break the helmet completely or there is no way that they will be able to take it.
So if carrying around your bike helmet is not something you want to do, this might just be the perfect commuter helmet for you.
6. LIVALL BH51M Smart Bike Helmet
Yet another smart helmet on our list, this bad boy does more than just tell others which direction you are going.
It comes with built in speakers!
Not a huge fan of wearing some good old headphones because of the inability to hear everything around you, this is one of the best helmets of its kind.
Not to mention hands free everything along with some added safety thanks to their SOS Alert feature.
And for those of you who use Strava, this works extremely well with that app.
I do not own this but it is definitely one actually want.
Out of all the commuter helmets on this list, this is what I would really appreciate if someone were to gift it to me.
As a matter of fact, I might just be adding this to my list of biker gifts as I think it is really that good.
So if you are thinking about passing on this for yourself, consider it as a gift for someone who might appreciate such awesomeness.
7. Smith Optics MTBR
This made our list thanks to all the air vents it has.
As a commuter, your head is going to need all the airflow it can get and that is exactly what this helmet provides.
It also comes in 4 different colors (black, white, green, and grey) and has a pretty sweet design.
It is also one of the lightest and most comfortable helmets on this list and it is not going to make you broke as the price is actually fair.
There are also a ton of positive reviews online, so that alone can tell you a lot about the OPTICS.
8. Best Budget Helmet: Giro Register
You probably thought Giro didn’t sell anything below $100 but behold the Register.
This helmet has everything you need in a basic helmet and is the most wallet friendly choice.
So if you aren’t looking to spend your whole paycheck on a helmet, this is the one for you.
Although there are many cheap helmets on the market, we decided that the Giro Register was the best bang for your buck.
For less than $40, you not only get what you need to be safe but you also get the MIPS technology that don’t usually come with such a low price.
The best part about this specific budget helmet is that it doesn’t feel as cheap as its competition and it doesn’t look as tacky either.
For you budget folks, this is the helmet for you.
9. Best For Ladies: Straw Hat by Bike Betty
We did not forget about you.
Although almost every single helmet listed here is for both men and women, this one is specifically for you.
Not to say that this is for every single one of you but if you like the feel of “I’m not really wearing a helmet”, then this will do exactly that.
I can promise you that no one owns such a helmet and you can be the first.
The problem with this is going to be the price but for uniqueness and style, this is definitely one I recommend.
10. Ultimate Budget Helmet: Moon Bike Helmet
I know you thought that all helmets were pricey but I just had to throw this one in there as not everyone is willing to spend even just $50 on a bike helmet.
So if you care nothing about being fancy, this is as basic as it gets.
It isn’t equipped with MIPS technology but it will still protect your head.
For less than $20, I would’ve probably went for this as my first bike helmet but I at least won’t need to buy another one.
How We Decided on What is Best
No we didn’t do any crash testing and no we didn’t take the helmets through some crazy lab like the claims on Thewirecutter.com.
However, we are bike riders and we love everything about it.
To include the nice little thing that we use to protect our domes.
Whether it be helmets, bikes, or even backpacks, we are always striving to find the best products for a simple passion that we have.
On top of the simple fact that we are bike riders, there are several things we put into consideration that allowed these products to land on this list and here they are.
A helmet is designed for one thing and one thing only.
Regardless of what they look like, they are all meant to protect you in the event of you falling.
No one plans on crashing either, so before you think that you don’t need to wear a helmet, please just stop.
Now if you can not find a helmet to fit your liking, just remember that sometimes it’s not all about the fashion show and get anything that will protect your head.
This is actually what I would put first on our list when it comes down to it but safety will always trump all.
That does not mean you need to wear some crazy looking helmet though and that is why we put looks at the top of our list.
We want you rolling into work in style and not like some newb that has never ridden a bike before.
I mean, don’t you think that the helmets on this list are really great looking?
Not only did we choose nice looking ones but we also added several that will fit any cyclists taste buds.
All helmets should prevent a lot of injuries from happening but that is usually upon contact.
Most riders rarely crash but the use of a helmet and constant slinging around the room will cause a lot of wear and tear.
With this being part of the lifestyle, we decided that the best helmet should actually last with normal wear and tear.
Not to say that you should throw your helmet around but the ones on this list will withstand some abuse.
I definitely like basic but sometimes you might want to give into some of the latest technology when it comes to safety.
The little extras that helped make our list include the lights and added (MIPS) technology to help with safety as well as some smart technology.
Not every helmet has these options but it definitely helped play a part in our final decision.
Not the biggest factor, as “the best” usually comes with a much higher price tag but we still put this into consideration.
Being a parent, spending on bike gear is not my priority and as much as I would love to do such a thing, I still have to worry about not overspending.
This is not just on helmets but on anything and everything.
So for those of you who aren’t looking to go broke on a helmet, you’re welcome.
Before You Buy
If this is your first helmet, you always want to consider several things before forking out any money.
This goes for anything and everything you buy and it definitely goes with your next helmet.
I know it might seem like the most simple thing to do but always remember the following before making your final decision.
Is it the Right Size?
This is very, very critical.
Bike helmets come in different shapes and definitely in different sizes and getting the right fit is a must.
I remember trying on my first ever bike helmet thinking it was the one until the salesman started laughing.
I already knew I looked crazy in helmets but that wasn’t what he was laughing at.
He came over to me and said, “dude, let’s get you the right size”.
After taking a look in the mirror, I realized that the helmet did not fit.
It felt fine but it definitely wasn’t.
The helmet was way too small and it sat on top of my head making me look like a darn mushroom.
Getting the right sized helmet is one part of the equation but getting it to fit properly is the other half.
Your chin strap should be pretty snug and you should be able to fit two fingers between the straps and your chin fairly easily.
If it is too tight or too loose, you need to make the proper adjustments.
If the helmet you choose comes with the little dial at the back, you might want to loosen that before putting it on.
Once it is on your head, make it tighter but just enough to comfortably grab your head.
Your helmet should not be tilted back and it should not cover your eyes.
Ensure that your forehead is protected and you should be good to go.
Storing Your Helmet
Always keep your helmet in a nice cool place.
The garage or your car is not a place you want to leave your helmet or any other place that will get hot.
My helmet is usually sitting beside my bike somewhere, so not only is it in a nice cool spot but it is always in a spot that I can easily have access to.
Cleaning Your Helmet
Your helmet is going to get dirty regardless of how clean you plan on keeping it.
Just like the bike you ride on, your helmet is going to require some cleaning.
The actual body of your helmet only requires a simple wipe down but that’s about it.
Do not do any kind of scrubbing and there is also no need to drench it in some kind of solution either.
Now when it comes to the padding, you can take that out and throw it in the washer.
Get a helmet.
I don’t care what it looks like or how much it costs, get something to protect your head as accidents do happen.
Especially with the two wheels we enjoy riding on.
And if your budget permits, definitely get the best helmet for YOU.
Make sure you get the right size and make sure you will be able to put it on with confidence.
There is no need to look like a fool as there are literally thousands to choose from.
Don’t forget that although this list only contains 10, there are way more out there if you aren’t satisfied with what we have provided.
We will be updating this list as there will always be newer and more improved helmets that will eventually become better.
Until then, I hope you can at least find one helmet on this list that you feel is right for you.
And if you do have one that you would like to share, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Until next time, happy biking!