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HOW IM­POR­TANT IS your hel­met choice? For triath­letes the an­swer to that ques­tion is “crit­i­cal.” Not only does a hel­met need to pro­tect your head in the case of an ac­ci­dent, but for those look­ing for some added per­for­mance, an aero hel­met can im­prove times by min­utes.

Triath­letes used to have to make a choice be­tween an aero­dy­namic hel­met and one that would pro­vide more ven­ti­la­tion. Which is why, at a race like the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Kona, Hawaii, with its scorch­ing hot tem­per­a­tures, you’d hardly ever see an aero hel­met a decade ago. Those days are done thanks to some in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy that’s hit the mar­ket, though – now you can get a hel­met that of­fers lots of air flow to keep your head cool that’s still pretty aero­dy­namic. Those look­ing for Tour de France­like per­for­mance will likely still want to lean to­wards some of the true aero, tear-shaped mod­els avail­able, while those gear­ing up for a hot Iron­man might lean to­wards a model with more vents that might give up a bit of its aero qual­i­ties in or­der to re­main a bit cooler.

One fea­ture that has be­gun to ap­pear on more hel­mets over the last few years is called MIPS – Multi-di­rec­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem – which pro­vides added pro­tec­tion by al­low­ing the head to ro­tate slightly on im­pact. We re­viewed one hel­met that of­fers MIPS (the Giro Syn­the), while a few oth­ers on our list are avail­able with MIPS if you want. Luck­ily enough none of our re­view­ers were able to test the ben­e­fits of the MIPS tech­nol­ogy dur­ing our tests, but we cer­tainly ap­plaud the ad­di­tion of even more safety fea­tures to many of th­ese tri-friendly hel­mets. Bollé One

You can dial in the aero­dy­nam­ics and ven­ti­la­tion with the Bollé One thanks to the 31 vents that can be cov­ered with spe­cific aero shells to cre­ate the best com­bi­na­tion of air flow and speed, de­pend­ing on your event needs. The hel­met comes with two dif­fer­ent lin­ings for ei­ther sum­mer or win­ter use and has a “sun­glass garage” which pro­vides the per­fect perch for your glasses if you de­cide to take them off dur­ing a ride. Com­fort is also di­aled in thanks to the click-to-fit sys­tem that keeps the Bollé One firmly on your head.


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