Consumer Reports tested various bicycle helmets for their impact resistance. I’ve gotta admit the results kind of surprised me.
According to the various news reports on this testing now floating around, Nutcase Street Sport 8 Ball and the Bern Brighton Thin Shell EPS for women performed poorly in their tests, while Specialized Echelon and Bontrager Solstice Youth earned CR’s top rankings. While these helmets from Specialized and Bontrager have less ventilation and more weight than other similar sporty bike helmets, in general I would have expected even the best sporty style helmets to fare worse than the more solid helmets from Bern and Bontrager. Go figure.
The news video below goes into some detail on CR’s testing methods, but I think you’ll need to buy the print magazine to see all of the details. I might run out to Safeway in a minute (it’s just across the street from my office) to see if they carry Consumer Reports. I’d kinda like to see how the other helmets they tested fared.