Helmets used to be so ugly and heavy there was no way I was going to put one on my head. My increased usage of a helmet probably coincided with improvements in its weight and design.
I've picked 3 helmets here that I consider to be cool helmets from a purely aesthetic view. I'm sure they all pass certain safety tests but have absolutely no idea which ones are the safest.
I was eyeing up the Catlike Whisper Plus, as worn by the Euskaltel and Cervelo Test team, for a while until finally I took the plunge purchasing one a few weeks back. Although it's chunkier than my previous Giro Atmos the size large weight of 290grams is only a few grams heavier. UK retail price £119.95.
The Giro Ionos is Giro's latest offering and looks to me like a newer version of the classic Atmos. Having worn the Atmos for many years I can personally vouch for it by saying it's lightweight, comfortable and excellent in hot weather due its many vents. I haven't worn the Ionos but if it improves on the Atmos then it has to be one hell of a fine helmet. UK retail price £119.99.
I've picked the Specialized S-Works 2D because in some twisted way I think it actually looks pretty cool. I also know that most top end products specialized produce are of the highest quality. Also a couple of my cycling friends own this helmet and swear by it. I was very close to buying one myself before deciding to opt for the Catlike. Hey if it's good enough for Cancellara... UK retail price £109.99.