The Best Bike Helmets for Every Kind of Rider

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Giro Switchblade MIPS

Giro Switchblade MIPS

Best For: High-Risk Runs

Enjoy owning a full set of teeth? Then you'll want a wraparound chin bar before you decide to mimic a Red Bull stunt rider and bomb down the side of a mountain. The Switchblade offers face coverage for high-risk riding, and because it's downhill-certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials, it will protect you during a high-speed encounter with gravel. The helmet’s bulk makes it a little hot inside, but fortunately Giro has lined it with hydrophilic, antimicrobial padding that sops up sweat without stinking like a jockstrap. And the chin bar releases easily so you can remove it when you end up on less challenging terrain. [$250 at Competitive Cyclist]

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