2017 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Helmets

$220, Mavic.com

The draw: Super cool—and super light

Mavic’s unique vent placement can be seen as two parts: The front is focused on aerodynamics and the rear on cooling. The more solid front section acts to channel air over the helmet for improved aerodynamics. At the middle to rear of the helmet, 19 vents pull hot air out rather than force air in to provide cooling. The result is a helmet that feels fast but won’t overheat. Another model we like for both for training and racing, the CXR features reflective highlights to keep you visible when the light is low. With all of those vents, it’s not surprising that it is one of the lightest aero helmets on the market at half a pound.

– Helmet reviews by A.J. Johnson