Smart bike helmet: For which riders is a helmet with Bluetooth worthwhile?

The basics at a glance

available sizes: M (54-58 cm), L (58–61 cm)

Weight: 61 grams

Air vents/visor/insect repellent: yes/no/n/a

Material: PC outer shell, EPS inner shell

In-mold construction: yes

MIPS: no

The simple one with intelligent lighting: smart bicycle helmet from Uvex

The helmet from the popular Uvex brand is hardly any different from a conventional bicycle helmet. Its smart functions are limited to the sensor-controlled automatic lighting: Depending on the ambient light, LED spots are integrated into the helmet are switched on automatically. This automatically makes the driver more visible, which ensures higher visibility.

The battery life is between six and twelve hours and is charged via USB cable. Another LED lamp shows the charge status. The smart bicycle helmet from Uvex is also waterproof. However, you have to do without other functions with this model. On the other hand, it looks the most similar to a typical bicycle helmet with high wearing comfort.

The basics at a glance

Available sizes: 52-57 cm, 52–61 cm

Weight: 410 grams

Air vents/visor/insect repellent: yes/yes/n/a

Material: Plastic, EPS inner shell

In-Mold construction: Double-In-Mold

MIPS: no

Our conclusion: A smart bicycle helmet can be worthwhile

Especially if you want more than just head protection. Safe lighting, informing emergency contacts in the event of a fall, listening to music and making phone calls are all possible thanks to Bluetooth and a smartphone connection. Depending on the range of functions, the prices sometimes differ very significantly, so you should consider beforehand what you value in your smart bicycle helmet.

Our favorites are included the Evo by Livall and the Lumos Ultra MIPS

two similarly well-equipped models with a convincing price-performance ratio. Above all, both models increase safety when driving. If you also want to listen to music on the bike or make calls via Bluetooth and smartphone, it is best to use the more expensive Sena Smart Helmet R1 Evo.

Useful information about smart bike helmets

What distinguishes smart bike helmets from traditional bike helmets?

Both classic and smart bicycle helmets protect the driver’s head from serious injuries in the event of accidents and falls. The helmets correspond to the DIN standard EN 1078. However, what distinguishes the smart helmets from others are the additional functions, which are primarily intended to increase safety on the bike.

Not every smart bike helmet has the same functionality with. One of the most common features is extensive lighting, often with turn signals and brake lights. An SOS function that informs emergency contacts in the event of a fall is also not uncommon. More expensive models also allow you to play music or make phone calls while riding.

It is almost always controlled either by remote control on the handlebars of the bike or via an app. Connectivity is always provided by Bluetooth, which is used to pair the helmets with the smartphone. Then often more detailed settings can be made and, for example, flashing modes can be defined.

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