What to look for in a good cycle helmet

The most important thing to concentrate on when buying a cycle helmet is ensuring the fit is a good one. It is essential to do this as cycle helmets are there for your safety and therefore they must fit you correctly. The helmet should be level on your head, touching all around, and comfortably snug but not tight. The helmet should not move more than about half an inch in any direction.

Sizing: Prowell come in Small 52cm-56cm, Medium 55cm-61cm, and Large 59cm-65cm, but you should measure the circumference of your head and check the helmet sizing to ensure the correct fit.

Measuring your Head: The way to measure your head size for a helmet is by using a measuring tape. Measure approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) above your eyebrows (forehead) and around the complete circumference of your head. Ensure the tape measure is a close fit and measure a few times to ensure you get the correct size.

Retention System: When properly tightened you should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and your chin and the strap should make a V shape underneath your ears. The straps should be close fitting but not tight and uncomfortable.

Tightening Mechanism: Prowell helmets have a secondary retention system that tightens the inner shell around your head and occipital bone (the back and lower area of your head). This system creates a snug fit, as well as another layer of comfort and stability.

Comfort: Coolness, ventilation, fit, and sweat control are the most critical comfort needs, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute. Air flow over the head determines coolness, and larger front vents provide better air flow. Most current helmets have adequate cooling for most riders. See our 'Accessories' for the Prowell 'Multiway' Scarf that is a great addition to help with heat control.