Lycra-clad pros and semi-pros (and MAMILs) are perfectly happy flaunting their skin-tight and bright-coloured sporting apparel and sports gear and we completely understand its aerodynamic and performance-enhancing properties but what if you want to stay safe AND stylish? With the growing numbers of bike commuters, there’s no need to be ashamed of wanting to stay up to trends like a true urbanite while not compromising the need for protection. And while guys too enjoy the casual elegant travelling style sometimes, it’s more of a ladies’ thing. It might seem that the market is quite lacking in well-fitting, sleek, and, most importantly functional cycling accessories, so here are ten helmets, created for your cranium’s and fashion sense’s sake.

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Keep your ponytail intact

Even though you might be rocking that manbun, Radkappe is mainly focused at ladies who are sick and tired of braiding and twisting their hair like ramen noodles so their helmet would fit comfortably. If you’re looking for a head protection that won’t leave your flowing mane looking like sweaty haystack when removing the helmet after riding to work, this is the go-to solution. It sits comfortably and has all necessary safety certificates.

Shine bright like a diamond

Do you like to keep it simple but also love to throw in some extra flair? Apart from stylish city cruisers for adults and kids alike, Bobbin also released a collection of sturdy Mirror Mirror helmets. They come in Chrome, Gold, and Rose Gold mirror finishes that will make your head shoot sunrays in every direction. They feature a fully adjustable dial-fit system and black chin strap and your scalp can breathe through 11 vents. For maximum comfort and safety, they have EPS foam core with an ABS shell.

Dress to impress

This design piece is arguably the most minimalist and pure addition to the list. SAHN is a sure-fire way to ensure your architect and designer friends will be in awe and your noggin’ will be safe. These organically clean-cut statement monochrome pieces come in matt and glossy coatings and you can count on people asking where you got them round the clock. Besides being very lightweight, SAHN helmets won’t make you look like a living pinhead.

Dare to be a Nutcase?

After some rather sensible pieces, there’s something for anyone enjoying a splash of colour in their lives. The notoriously known Nutcase helmets range in print from fabric-like patterns to downward craziness of kittens flying through space, while still being super light and boasting a sleek removable visor, anti-pinch magnetic buckle, removable spin dial system, and reflexive elements. The best part is you can totally customize these.

For the retro-inclined cyclist

We just love that old-timey motorcycle race air this one gives out, mostly thanks to the signature white rim. No wonder the Thousand brand calls them the Heritage collection. Despite being inspired by vintage designs, these helmets focus on using green, light, and durable material alternatives, which puts them on top shelf in terms of sustainability and style. They are extremely light, come in a few mellow paintjobs and three sizes. As their claim goes – a helmet you would actually want to wear.

That racing vibe for your commute

If you’re looking for extra more coverage and the feeling of riding through Rome on a Vespa, the 360 City commuter helmet by Limar is your thing. With ear protecting sides and lowered back that covers the base of your skull, this helmet means serious business. There’s a removable fabric peak in the front and a handy LED light fitted to the adjustable wheel in the rear of the helmet for better visibility, also the inner padding can be partly removed during warmer seasons.

Sharp in the streets, safely back in the sheets

This helmet is suitable for anyone looking for something slightly more heavy-duty. It isn’t the lightest around but you can count on the Lazer Next helmet to keep you safe both on the road and gravel. Lazer has been perfecting their products since their founding in 1919, so they know a thing or two about keeping your neck pumpkin intact. The design is round and clean with multiple thickness padding, technopolymer injected construction, and extra 16 vents because you deserve to arrive at work without looking like a steamed brisket.

It’s just a hat – or is it?

If the distaste for bulky, lump-shaped things on your head gets the best of you no matter what, then Yakkay helmets might be just the thing. They mastered the art of camouflage by simply hiding the hard helmet shell under a cover shaped like your ordinary fabric cap or hat. Firstly, you choose a simple round helmet and then a cover to complement your style – all the covers are universal so you can switch styles based on your morning mood! The helmet itself is, of course, completely safe and functional.

Queen of the urban jungle

Sawako is not a brand to hold back. Their style is either go hard (fashion-wise) or go home and you won’t find any monochromes in their collection of bold, peaked helmets. While glitter and crocodile-skin print cover might not be for everyone, we can’t deny the cheekiness of the designs and the simple and beautifully done shape of the helmet itself. And if you get too excited for your new bright head protector in the traffic, 11 air vents will cool you down.

The occasional longboard rider

To be fair and include something on the sporty side, we present you the women’s selection of Bern helmets. The brand present itself as constructers and it shows – their creations look very durable and trustworthy and you can indeed double their helmets as skateboard or snowboard ones. Their Parker helmet deserves a special mention as it’s made with liquid foam which has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than the traditionally used EPS foam. A well-ventilated and smart choice for commutes indeed.

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