I have no idea, but I'd almost argue that heat from a darker color would be negated by the heat transfer via convection through the airflow as you move.
Though, a loudly-colored helmet may have an effect on how many drivers notice you.
Kind of a dumb question as I browse for a decent road helmet, I got to wondering if a white/light colored helmet would be cooler on the head than a dark colored one when out on the road for hours. If anyone has any anecdotal experience, I'd love to hear it.
Last edited by username; 05-23-2012 at 03:06 PM.
yes it should have some effect. like with anything, your jersey, shoes, the color of your car, dark colors always absorb and light colors always reflect heat.
that said, you are pretty well insulated either way in a helmet, so it probably isn't as noticeable.
i have no personal experience with trying the same helmet in 2 colors, chances are the airflow is going to be more important. but if you find the helmet you like, and don't think a white helmet is sissy, then i say go for it, it's certainly not going to hurt you.
I've worn black helmets in the past, but have gone back to white. The difference in heat wasn't noticeable. I switched back b/c white helmets are just more visible, especially when riding at night.
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In regard to visibility, I find the brightly dressed, 187 pound man below the helmet generally gets me noticed pretty well, but I do feel a bit safer in my new, painfully bright high-vis yellow Lazer Helium, especially riding to and from work at rush hour. That sumbitch GLOWS in the sun.
Last edited by username; 05-24-2012 at 01:03 PM.
I've had a couple of dark helmets and while I didn't find a major difference, I've been using white helmets for close to 20 years because they are more visible and if they reflect some heat off my head, that's even better.
BTW, never leave your helmet in the cabin of your car. I learned the hard way when I accidentally left my (years old) Specialized Piranna in my GTI and found the whole shell deformed.
I've had black, aphotic blue, white and my accepted one is pink/white/black/silver. The alone time I apprehension a aberration is if I'm chock-full at a ablaze with calefaction advancing up from the pavement and the sun animated down. I abrasion a glassy arch blanket to accumulate my helmet apple-pie inside. Really helps. My accepted helmet has several vents that advice a lot if affective and, if closed, accumulate my arch warmer if it's cold.
Stick with white or something that has eye popping color. You want drivers to see you as much as possible. Same goes with the jerseys you wear... The more prints and colors you have, the better it is for drivers to see you.
The most important thing is that your head is protected no matter what color your helmet is.