Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of throwing your lid in the boot of your car after a ride only to have it bashed about among stray shopping and chewed by inquisitive dogs inevitably takes its toll.
That's certainly one justification for buying yourself a shiny new helmet, but sometimes treating yourself to some new go-fast kit is all that it takes to refresh your riding experience.
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Giro Synthe MIPS —
£249.99 £124.74 / £174.98
We think that the Giro Synth MIPS is one of the best helmets out there, striking little compromise between aero capabilities, good ventilation and low weight.
The helmet is a little lighter on the wallet too just now, with a saving of up to 50 percent currently on some sizes and colours at Wiggle.
Bontrager Velocis CE helmet —
Sizes and colours are limited, but there's a 25 percent discount currently on at Sigma Sport.
Giro Foray MIPS helmet —
The Foray is Giro's more affordable, MIPS equipped helmet and is a firm favourite at BikeRadar.
Available in a range of cool colours there's bound to be a choice to suit even the most lairy of tastes.
Kask Protone helmet —
£189 £151.19 / £178.62
Unlike most aero helmets, the Protone is designed to maintain its aerodynamic qualities and high airflow in any common riding position.
Coupled with its highly adjustable Otto Fit retention system, we've found it to be a great option for many riders.
MET Rivale road helmet —
£120 £54.88 / £109.99
We're quite fond of the Rivale, finding it to be among the most airy of the aero helmets out there.
Rather uniquely, the helmet also passes the more stringent Australian AS and American USPC safety standards (of course alongside the slightly more lax CE standard), so you can be sure it'll keep your head safe as well as, er, fast.