Virginia Tech Bike Helmet Ratings

Published

Article info

Newsroom

Five Sweet Protection Bike Helmets Among Safest with Five-Star Rating In Renowned Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings

New Falconer 2Vi® Mips Helmet and Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmets Among Leaders



Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The helmet ratings are the culmination of over 15 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk. This work is done as part of Virginia Tech’s service mission and is 100% independent of any funding or influence from helmet manufacturers.



In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, they have rated 198 bike helmets using the STAR evaluation system. Their impact tests evaluate a helmet's ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of head impacts a cyclist might experience. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars.


Falconer 2Vi® Mips Helmet

2 Configurations - With and Without Aero Covers

Falconer 2Vi® Mips helmet

leads the way for Sweet Protection in the latest safety ratings, placing second overall out of nearly 200 helmets tested. Originally released in March 2023, the Falconer 2Vi Mips helmet received a five-star rating by the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab, which impact-tests helmets to evaluate their ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience.



The Falconer Aero 2Vi® Mips

is Sweet Protection’s most advanced road cycling helmet developed with the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team to deliver aerodynamic performance, optimum comfort and enhanced protection in a seriously fast and lightweight package. The helmet features STACC ventilation enhanced with unique magnetic Aerocovers™ for effortless switching between aerodynamic performance and temperature control.



The difference:

The Falconer 2Vi® Mips is a lighter variant (40g lighter) with two additional vents for providing optimum airflow and comfort on warmer days compared with the Falconer Aero 2Vii® Mips helmet.

Falconer 2Vi® Mips Helmets

Our most advanced road helmets yet.

Falconer 2Vi® Mips Helmet

2 Configurations - With and Without Aero Covers

Falconer 2Vi® Mips helmet

leads the way for Sweet Protection in the latest safety ratings, placing second overall out of nearly 200 helmets tested. Originally released in March 2023, the Falconer 2Vi Mips helmet received a five-star rating by the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab, which impact-tests helmets to evaluate their ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience.



The Falconer Aero 2Vi® Mips

is Sweet Protection’s most advanced road cycling helmet developed with the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team to deliver aerodynamic performance, optimum comfort and enhanced protection in a seriously fast and lightweight package. The helmet features STACC ventilation enhanced with unique magnetic Aerocovers™ for effortless switching between aerodynamic performance and temperature control.



The difference:

The Falconer 2Vi® Mips is a lighter variant (40g lighter) with two additional vents for providing optimum airflow and comfort on warmer days compared with the Falconer Aero 2Vii® Mips helmet.

Falconer 2Vi® Mips Helmets

Our most advanced road helmets yet.

Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet® Mips Helmet

The ultimate mountain bike helmet

The Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet, placed eighth overall in the ratings with a five-star safety rating. The Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet is our flagship mountain bike helmet, offering increased coverage and ventilation, and eyewear integration. It is also triple certified, including the NTA 8776 standard for e-bike helmets.

Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet

Created to conquer climbs, tailored to tackle trails, destined for dirt: Introducing the all-new Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips by Sweet Protection.

Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet® Mips Helmet

The ultimate mountain bike helmet

The Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet, placed eighth overall in the ratings with a five-star safety rating. The Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet is our flagship mountain bike helmet, offering increased coverage and ventilation, and eyewear integration. It is also triple certified, including the NTA 8776 standard for e-bike helmets.

Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips Helmet

Created to conquer climbs, tailored to tackle trails, destined for dirt: Introducing the all-new Bushwhacker 2Vi® Mips by Sweet Protection.

Trailblazer Mips Helmet

As trail riding and bikes evolve, so should the performance of your helmet. Check out Trailblazer now.

Trailblazer Mips Helmet

Set the trails on fire in full confidence

Trailblazer Mips Helmet has a strong showing in the Virginia Tech ratings, placing five overall with a five-star safety rating. The Trailblazer Mips Helmet provides strength and performance with its unique 4-piece variable shell construction and has been regularly acknowledged as one of the safest helmets on the market after receiving the best rating of any helmet tested by the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab in 2021.

Trailblazer Mips Helmet

As trail riding and bikes evolve, so should the performance of your helmet. Check out Trailblazer now.

Trailblazer Mips Helmet

Set the trails on fire in full confidence

Trailblazer Mips Helmet has a strong showing in the Virginia Tech ratings, placing five overall with a five-star safety rating. The Trailblazer Mips Helmet provides strength and performance with its unique 4-piece variable shell construction and has been regularly acknowledged as one of the safest helmets on the market after receiving the best rating of any helmet tested by the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab in 2021.

Promuter Mips Helmet

Promuter Mips Helmet

Get to your destination in style

The Promuter Mips delivers style and safety without compromise for the modern commuter. From Monday to Sunday, sunset to sunrise, the Promuter Mips helmet is designed to handle anything the urban environment throws at it.

Promuter Mips Helmet

Promuter Mips Helmet

Get to your destination in style

The Promuter Mips delivers style and safety without compromise for the modern commuter. From Monday to Sunday, sunset to sunrise, the Promuter Mips helmet is designed to handle anything the urban environment throws at it.

First Five Spots

Whitewater Helmets

A total of 24 whitewater helmets have been rated using the STAR evaluation system. 
Our helmets take the first five spots in the rating.

Paddle helmets

“We’re currently on the podium in every single of our categories: Road bike, Mountain bike, Snow, and White Water. as the only helmet brand in the world! We are extremely proud of what we've been able to achieve.”

Ståle Norman Møller Co-founder & Head of Products

“We’re currently on the podium in every single of our categories: Road bike, Mountain bike, Snow, and White Water. as the only helmet brand in the world! We are extremely proud of what we've been able to achieve.”

Ståle Norman Møller Co-founder & Head of Products

Discover Sweet

Stronger. Lighter. Better.

Our athletes
Newsroom

24.06.11

Uno-X Mobility & Sweet Protection

Sweet Protection is one of the main partners of the first UCI Pro Cycling Team from Norway; Uno-X Pro Cycling Team. They are using our helmets, eyewear, and off-bike wear for the upcoming seasons. We are proud to support the team as they aim to make their mark in the major pelotons and compete in the prestigious Tour de France 2023.

Read more

Newsroom

24.06.07

Unbound Gravel

It’s the spirit that 4,000 riders bring with them to the Flint Hills of Kansas for one weekend each spring; the spirit of an event that began with 34 participants in 2006 and now stands as the “World’s Premier Gravel Event.”

Read more

Newsroom

24.05.28

New Team Rider Emil Johansson

Sweet Protection announces a new partnership with Johansson, one of his generation's most prominent MTB riders, Emil Johansson.

Read more

Newsroom

24.05.28

Redeemer 2Vi® Mips Helmet wins Design & Innovation Award 2024

Sweet Protection’s Redeemer 2Vi® Mips time trial helmet won the 2024 Design & Innovation Award in the category of “Equipment Road”. Considered to be the Oscars of the bike and outdoor industry the Redeemer was especially highlighted for its excellent design, ease of use and aerodynamic benefits. This led to a strong impression of its performance for the jury ultimately awarding it as the best in the category.

Read more