Wearing a helmet is the bare essential for riding your mountain bike, and we'd recommend it when riding any bike for that matter.
It doesn't have to be a clunky awkward fit that leaves you feeling more like a bobble-head than a trail shredding dare devil. The growing women's scene in MTB means provision of kit has come on leaps and bounds with more stylish options and protective gear available.
We've rounded up our favourite 2016 MTB trail helmets which will have you looking great, and well protected for the year ahead.
Bell Super 2 Joy Ride
Designed for the new Joy Ride campaign, the new Bell Super 2 for women is finished in two tempting colour schemes: white/blue and gunmetal/teal.
The Bell Super has 23 vents around the helmet, allowing for a great deal of air flow to circulate on those warm days. Constructed with hard wearing polycarbonate shell, and MIPS technology (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), you can be sure this lid will be able to take a couple of bashing on the trails.
This trail helmet weighs 360g and comes fitted with a detachable camera mount so you can capture those rides.
From Giant comes their women's specific Liv range of cycling goodies which covers all disciplines of riding. Their 2016 range includes this beautiful all-mountain MTB helmet, the Infinita.
Constructed from a super strong polycarbonate shell, it has 18 large vents hollowed out help prevent overheating, even on those difficult climbs. The visor is fully adjustable to your preference and helps keep the glare out of your eyes.
The Liv Infinita is available in three sizes: Small (51-55cm), Medium (55-59cm), Large (59-63cm).
The new range of Women's MTB from Specialized is impressive to say the least. One of their new creations for 2016 is the new trail helmet, the Ambush. In a stunning turquoise and green design, you'll be noticed as a blur of colour on the trails.
This well ventilation helmet has 5 height levels to choose from, along with a 360 micro-wheel adjuster to get that fit just right.
Giro Montara MIPS
A new addition to the already impressive helmet range from Giro is their Montara MIPS all-mountain helmet. The smooth and sleek looking design is deceptively well ventilated with 16 large vents, and internal channelling to keep you cool.
The Montara is fully compatible with both goggles to sit under the visor, and a camera mount which is integrated. Available in black, white and turquoise, this lid will coordinate with whatever your colour scheme is.
Fox have really outdone themselves with the new Flux range of women's MTB helmets. With four amazing colours: plum, green, blue and pink, we love them all.
Reinforced super strong shell, the Flux line is guaranteed to keep you cool and safe on those mountain adventures.
If you're looking for something that still offers a great deal of coverage and protection, but a little less garish in design, then the Lazer Jade is for you.
With plenty of vents to keep you cool, 22 to be precise, this trail helmet is ideal for any and every ride your bike takes you.
Although it may not be women's specific, the Terra from MET helmets is another great option for looking good while keeping your head safe from impact.
There's a staggering 12 colour options to choose from, so rest assured you can easily match up with the rest of your favourite colours. It's made from a strong lightweight construction, meaning it only weighs an effortless 250g, but still retains all the essentials you need in a helmet: an adjustable dial for sizing, adjustable visor and an effective cooling system of vents throughout.
Bern's Prescott is a sleek and simple trail helmet that offers a lot of coverage around the head. Available in 5 eye-catching colours, and fitted with a comfortable and soft inlay, this helmet will surely meet all your adventure needs.
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