Knowing where to find the best Black Friday bike helmet deal is an art. There is a seemingly endless list of possibilities when it comes to choosing the best helmet for you, and an even greater number of retailers with Black Friday sales looking to then you need to decide where to buy and how to find the best helmet deals available.
With this guide to the best Black Friday bike helmet deals, not only will we overview the best budget road helmets available at their respective recommended retail prices, but we will also seek out the best deals available in the Black Friday cycling sales, to enable you to get the best possible helmet, for as little money as possible, without losing helmet quality or safety.
Black Friday retailer roundup
Wiggle Black Friday
Backcountry Black Friday
Evans Cycles Black Friday
Black Friday by category
Black Friday cycling deals
Black Friday road bikes
Black Friday helmet deals
Black Friday cycling clothing
Black Friday turbo trainer deals
Black Friday e-bike deals
Black Friday by brand
Black Friday Specialized bike sale
Trek Bikes Black Friday
Black Friday GoPro deals
You likely already know the merits of a cycling helmet. We won't go too far into the helmet debate, but the mere fact you're here suggests you agree that the humble cycling helmet ought to be a staple part of any cyclist's kit list. It doesn't matter whether you're a commuter battling the rush-hour traffic, a category 3 road racer taking on the local midweek crits, or a world-class Grand Tour specialist, an unprotected impact between your head and the road is unlikely to end well. A well-fitting, protective cycling helmet should be the front line defence in your quest to prevent injury.
No matter your budget, preference or needs, scroll down and you'll find the best cycling helmet deals available today.
Best Black Friday bike helmet deals
Was £180.00 | Now £64.99
The Met Manta helmet made it into our list of best aero helmets by virtue of its great balance of aerodynamic performance and ventilation. With well over 60% off, this deal will rival anything you find on Black Friday. View Deal
Was £169.00 | Now £117.99
Not small change by any means, but for a top-of-the-range, well-ventilated helmet that is worn by Team Ineos, the Kask Valegro is a relative steal at £117.99 over at Hargroves Cycles. View Deal
Giro Cyprus MIPS
Was $100.00 | Now $39.99
For our American readers, the Giro Cyprus MIPS is available at Jenson USA with a huge 60% off. You really don't need to spend big for a high-quality helmet.View Deal
Oakley ARO3 MIPS - White
Was £149.00 | Now £74.99
A slightly left-field choice when it comes to helmets, this half-price Oakley ARO3 is one of the best priced MIPS equipped aero helmets. However, to take advantage of this price, you'll need to take it in white. View Deal
Best budget road bike helmets
You don't need to spend a fortune on a helmet to ensure your head stays cool, comfortable and protected in the event of a crash. In fact, despite the weight penalty, budget cycling helmets can be just as accomplished and even better looking than some of the more premium options out there.
What about safety I hear you say? Well, contemporary helmets - cheap helmets included - have to conform to stringent industry safety standards, which vary from region to region. (Every cycling helmet sold in the UK must meet the EN1078 standard, for example). Some of the helmets in the list below come standard with MIPS, a rotational slip-plane cradle system, which can significantly reduce brain injuries and concussions caused by crashes.
To make things a little easier for you we've selected 10 of the best budget cycling helmets, each of which offers impressive ventilation, colour combinations and pricing. Our advice? Shop around. Look for a helmet that fits properly, offers good ventilation and aesthetics, don't be pressured into spending more than your budget allows, and buy from a well-known reputable retailer to ensure safety standards are adhered to.
If you're looking for a helmet but don't want to spend a fortune, and you're unsure exactly which to choose, our guide below will explain the best cheap cycling helmets to help you on your way.
Best budget road bike helmets you can buy today
Abus Aduro 2.1
Speed, protection and impressive ventilation for under £50
Price: Starting at US$59 / £49 / AU$89 | Weight: 295g, medium | Rotational safety: No | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 6
No rotational safety
The Abus Aduro 2.1 might be the cheapest here but it's a superbly designed and well put together cycling helmet with an array of colour options to suit all tastes.
Ventilation is taken care of by three inlet and 10 outlet ports connected by flow channels, which have improved both the helmet's cooling and aerodynamic properties.
Other positives include a built-in insect/mosquito net, ponytail compatibility and Abus’ venerable Zoom Ace retention system which allows the user to finely adjust the head cradle for a customisable fit.
An affordable, performance-built helmet designed for speed
Price: Starting at US$100 / £65 / AU$140 | Weight: 220g, medium | Rotational safety: No | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 7
No rotational safety
The Kask Rapido incorporates 24 strategically placed vents to ensure the optimal relationship between cooling and aerodynamic efficiency. As such, the Rapido is very much a race-focused budget helmet with a feathery weight to match, 220g for a medium.
There's also an extensive range of design options to suit most tastes — seven colours which include a selection of bright and neutral hues.
The catch? Well, the Kask Rapido is one of the few helmets here that doesn't utilise a MIPS rotational protection system. It does, however, use MIT technology; a Kask-specific measure which joins the inner polystyrene cap to the outer polycarbonate shell, ensuring better shock absorption in the event of a crash.
The Catlike Chupito offers impressive ventilation and protection for riders of all abilities
Price: Starting at US$84 / £69 / AU$122 | Weight: 270g, medium | Rotational safety: No | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 4
Design may not appeal to everybody
Catlike's distinctive design and ventilation pattern may not appeal to everybody but it does provide a unique alternative to the ubiquitous helmet shapes of its rivals.
The Chupito is one of the Spanish brand's newest additions and although it's an entry-level model, it still boasts a raft of features that make it an appreciably appealing proposition.
The 24 ventilation slats ensure cooling properties of the highest order, while the structure itself has been bolstered to protect the occipital area using the company's Low Nape Protection (LNP) technology.
Mavic Aksium Elite
At £70 you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything as accomplished
Price: Starting at US$83 / £69 / AU$122 | Weight: 245g, medium | Rotational safety: No | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 6
No rotational safety cradle
The Aksium might be Mavic’s entry-level label but don’t let that deter you. In fact, based on aesthetics alone you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Aksium Elite for something far more premium.
Thanks to trickle-down technology, this budget helmet gets the same Ergo Hold SL retention system, Elite Fit cushioning pads and mosquito mesh as some of its pricier stablemates. Ventilation is taken care of by 23 individual slats that have also helped keep weight to a minimum.
Available in both men’s and women’s guises, the Aksium Elite helmet really is a quality offering, let down perhaps by the exclusion of MIPS.
Scott ARX Plus
Good ventilation and looks make the Scott ARX Plus a seriously impressive and competent cycling helmet
Price: Starting at US$96 / £79 / AU$139 | Weight: 260g, medium | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 4
Limited colour combinations
Another example of trickle-down technology, the Scott ARX Plus helmet combines premium aesthetics with the added safety of MIPS slip-plane protection for under £80.
It really is an impressive-looking helmet — a collection of 22 strategically placed vents and four stealthy colour combinations ensure it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to cooling and style.
In terms of fit, the ARX Plus benefits from Scott's MRAS2 retention system that supplies a secure and comfortable fit with three adjustable height positions.
A more affordable Lazer Z1
Price: Starting at US$109 / £89 / AU$179 | Weight: 265g, extra small | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL | Colours: 3
Retention system may take some getting used to
Like many of the helmets listed here, the Lazer Blade+ also shares many similarities with its high-end siblings, in this case, the Z1. It even benefits from the same colourway options — black, white and yellow.
With 22 vents and internal channelling, you get amazing ventilation for hot days, and Lazer’s Rollsys top-mounted retention system which can accommodate heads of all shapes. The Blade is also compatible with the company's aeroshell, rear LED light and LifeBeam heart-rate monitor.
A nice touch is Lazer's crash replacement program: if your helmet has been involved in an accident it can be replaced at a reduced price for up to three years after the purchase date.
Specialized Propero III with ANGi
Like a Specialized Prevail, only cheaper and slightly heavier
Price: Starting at US$130 / £95 / AU$200 | Weight: 315g, medium | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 3
Exposed rear EPS foam prone to denting
At first glance, it's difficult to tell the Specialized Propero III apart from high-end Prevail, what with the similarities they share in ventilation architecture, protection and adjustability.
In fact, it's only when placing them on a scale that the differences between the two come to the fore: the Propero is noticeably heavier at 315g, but just as comfortable as its premium brother.
In terms of safety, the Propero uses a helmet-mounted sensor called ANGi, which measures the forces transmitted to your helmet during a crash and transmits a text alert and GPS coordinates to your emergency contacts.
Bontrager Circuit MIPS
A little on the pricier end of the sub-£100 spectrum but a quality option nonetheless
Price: Starting at US$149 / £99 / AU$199 | Weight: 300g, medium | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 7
The Bontrager Circuit helmet shares a large portion of its aesthetics with the brand's premium Velocis helmet, and it certainly looks the part with seven colour options to choose from.
At 300g the Circuit might be a little on the heavy side but it does utilise MIPS as well as a Boa retention system, which ensures a comfortable fit. The 'in-mould composite skeleton' is claimed to improve not only the helmet's structural integrity but the size of the 16 ventilation slats too, for improved cooling.
It also benefits from Blendr integration mounting points which allow for the easy fitment of GoPro cameras and Bontrager lights.
Bell Formula LED MIPS
With MIPS and a built-in 20-lumen LED, the Bell Formula is, on paper, one of the safest budget helmets on the market
Price: Starting at US$120 / £99 / AU$174 | Weight: 351g, medium | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: 4
Float Fit LED
Dull colour palette
Bell has been producing helmets (for all sports) for well over 60 years, so the American-based company knows a thing or two about safety and protecting your head.
Not only does the Bell Formula use MIPS, it also benefits from a bright, 20-lumen rear LED that's incorporated into the fit system for added levels of safety and visibility. The fit system, dubbed Float Fit, uses an easy-to-turn rubber-moulded dial for incremental adjustments.
While exquisitely detailed in terms of texture and design, the Bell Formula LED is let down by its limited-and-uninspiring colour options.
Stealthy looks combined with a great fit
Price: Starting at US$110 / £99 / AU$179 | Weight: 260g, medium | Rotational safety: MIPS | Sizes: S, M, L, XL | Colours: 6
The finishing could be better
The Giro Syntax belies its £100 price point. Offering a host of features usually reserved for helmets twice its value, the Syntax stands head and shoulders above its rivals, particularly in terms of safety with MIPS as standard.
Six colourways are available to match any style or preference. Visually, the Syntax looks aggressive with 25 large vents that provide both an aerodynamic and cooling effect. Like most helmets in the Giro range, it benefits from the Roc Loc/MIPS retention system.
At 260g (medium), the Syntax represents a happy medium as far as weight goes coming in lighter than the more premium Vanquish.
Best prices on our other favourite helmets by type
If you're not certain of the type of helmet you're looking for, we've got you covered. Here at Cyclingnews, we've put a number of road bike helmets to the test to decide which are worthy of our recommendation. We've included all the major helmets, including the best aero helmets and the more-lightweight, better-ventilated all rounder road helmets. We then scanned the internet to find the best deals on these helmets just for you. If you thought you were going to have to wait until Black Friday to snap up a deal, think again.
Best aero helmet deals
Do you agree that aero is everything? Is the offer of a watt saving too much to ignore? Could that extra speed be the difference between a win and a loss? If so, an aero road helmet is right for you. Our buyers guide to the best aero helmets will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision, but here are the best deals on our recommended choices.
Best all-rounder helmet deals
If maximum ventilation and minimum weight are the primary requirements for your road helmet, then an all-rounder is likely to be your preference. Our guide to the best road helmets should provide you with all the tools to buy the right helmet for you. But if you already know your Mojito from your Prevail, take a look at the deals below and save some money while you save your head.