Vote In Our Poll | What Do You Look For In A Trail Helmet?

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What do you look for in a trail helmet?

Much has been made of new helmet technology of late, with companies trying to out compete each other on their safety claims, a plethora of detachable chin bars, and all kinds of attachment points. But do you care? Are you just looking for a trail helmet to match your outfit? Whatever is cheapest? Whatever fits your peanut shaped head?

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Do you look for protection?
wavecel helmet bontrager trail helmet
Or science?
giant rail sx helmet mips goggle trail helmet
Attachy things?
Smith Forefront 2 helmet trail helmet
Effortless style?

We want to know what’s important to you, so vote here in our poll and let us know what you think.

What do you look for in a trail helmet? (Pick three)

  • Comfort (31%, 439 Votes)
  • Ventilation (25%, 346 Votes)
  • Good value (14%, 190 Votes)
  • Looks (13%, 188 Votes)
  • Rotational force protection (13%, 177 Votes)
  • Colour that matches my bike (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Colour that matches my outfit (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Crash replacement scheme (1%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 540

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (5)

    Fit/comfort & protection in a trail lid.

    Fit/comfort and lightness in a full face.

    There is another category.
    “Ventilation that does not have massive holes on top that I can get sunburnt through”
    Probably a issue for people with receding hairline living in Queensland, Australia.

    Comfort and Fit first, then cost and can I fit my Headlamp cleanly to it? (Gloworm X2 on Kask Rex)

    Interesting that you’re looking at percentage of votes rather than percentage of voters given we couldn’t cast our votes in order of preference. If 274 people out of 321 think comfort is important i’d give it a score of 85%, not 32%.

    But I am very pedantic!

    Good fit is my highest priority- followed by comfort and looks

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