These lids all serve their purpose and provide the necessary protection to meet the certification standard, but there are some major differences when it comes to visuals, ventilation, and vexing fits. The Giro Montaro MIPS came out ahead, as the testers loved its high performance and excellent build quality. The IXS Trail RS Evo was a strapping contender if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative. Given its cool and casual style, the Troy Lee A1 is still the editorial team’s fave lid, but its weight and ventilation are more trough than peak.

However, before you get click-happy and put a lid straight into your online basket, it’s definitely worth your time to go and try a variety of brands and models. The best lid is nothing without a good fit, and this obviously depends on your head shape. So head to a bike shop and get trying before buying!

Best in Test: Giro Montaro MIPS
Best Value: IXS Trail RS Evo

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