What kind of mountain bike helmet do I need?
Mountain bike helmets come in one of two general styles: full-face mountain bike and open-face mountain bike. As with any sport, the type of helmet you need depends on what you’re going to be doing. If you prefer cross country, single track and recreational riding, an open-face mountain bike helmet offers excellent lightweight, comfortable, and well-ventilated protection. If you enjoy downhill riding, dirt jumping, and other high speed, higher-risk forms of riding, consider the additional protection of a full-face mountain bike helmet.
Make sure your mountain bike helmet fits properly. A helmet that is too loose or too tight can do more harm than good.
- Measure your head and then select the helmet that is ideally sized for you
- Consider a mountain bike helmet with an adjustable fit system, so you can tailor the fit of your helmet
- Choose an mtb helmet with adjustable straps and a secure buckle
Once you’ve chosen a mountain biking helmet, it’s a good idea to inspect your helmet periodically to make sure it’s in good shape. Even if the helmet hasn’t sustained a major hard impact, temperature extremes or exposure to common chemicals such as those found in sunscreen can damage your helmet. Learn how to inspect your mountain bike helmet and more about what factors can shorten the lifespan of mountain bike helmets
in our Helmet Learning Center.
SportsProtective staff picks for mountain bike helmets
We carry a lot of mountain biking helmets, but one of our favorites is the Giro Cipher full-face mountain bike helmet
. It’s a great all-around mtb helmet as well as a great BMX racing helmet that offers a lot at a reasonable price. Some features of the Cipher full face mountain bike helmet include:
Do you have more questions about which mountain bike helmet is right for you?
- Fiberglass shell with an EPS foam liner
- Integrated POV mount for a GoPro camera
- Adjustable, tool-free visor
- Thirteen cooling vents with a brow port ventilation system
Check out How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet
and the Mountain Bike Protective Gear Guide Home Page
for informative links.
The Original Protective Gear Store
No matter your choice of helmet for mountain biking, we stand behind every product we sell and will work together with you to get you the right protection. We offer a great selection—in stock—from brands you trust, and with no hassle returns. Complete your outfit with other MTB protective gear, like padded shorts, body armor, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. Whether you’re an experienced downhill rider or about to hit the trail for the first time, we're here to help.