Bicycle Helmet Ratings by Virginia Tech

  • 12/26/2018 4:19 PM
    Message # 6972849
    James Black (Administrator)

    From Virginia Tech Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

    Bicycle Helmet Ratings

    In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 50 bike helmets using the STAR evaluation system. Our bicycle helmet impact tests evaluate a helmet's ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars. 

    Wearing a helmet is most important and can be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. These ratings supplement standards by providing additional information on which helmets best reduce concussion risk. For bike helmets, we recommend any 4 or 5 star helmet. While there are some differences in impact performance within these groups, other factors such as cost, fit, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a helmet. 

    *** Click here to read the read the report; click here to read about the testing methodology ***

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