Many of us don’t give a lot of thought to our bike helmets, but we really should. Our heads are, arguably, the most important thing we have, and when you put it that way, it seems silly to not put some time and effort into choosing the best bike helmet we can. Thankfully, quality bike helmets don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Our choice for a solid, all-around mountain bike helmet is the Giro Chronicle.
The Giro Chronicle can be had for less than $100, which is a paltry price to pay for keeping your noggin safe. But it’s just about everything we would want in a well-rounded bike helmet; it’s got a low-profile, attractive profile with enough coverage to be suitable both on the road and off it. Inside is an MIPS liner; MIPS technology uses two layers (the outer shell and inner liner) that rotate against each other to better absorb impacts and make any mishaps that much safer.
The helmet itself is well-ventilated for sweaty rides and is amply padded for long days out on the trail. The visor is much larger than you would find on any old cheap helmet and can be adjusted to fit goggles and various sunglasses, which is a welcome addition to make keeping dirt, dust and sun out of your eyes.
Overall the Chronicle is lightweight and super comfy on long rides. The suspension system is very easy to use. For less than a hundred bucks, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a huge upgrade over cheaper, more generic helmets, and you can tell the difference when you first put it on; it’s kind of like the difference between sleeping on the ground and sleeping on a plush mattress. If you’re still not convinced that spending more on a better helmet is worth it, this one might do the trick. It’s our favorite for the best mountain bike helmet for 2018.