We love testing new technology products and look at a lot of devices each year to see which ones are the best. So-called smart bike helmets are our newest tech obsession.

Lumos Smart Bike Helmet

Stylish and practical

$ 180 at Amazon

Pros

  • Turn signals and LED on both the front and rear
  • Water-resistant
  • Includes handlebar remote
  • Compatible with Apple Health and Strava

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Less battery life between charges

Well-received on Amazon and elsewhere, the Lumos comes in multiple colors and includes 48 lights, including 10 on the front and 38 on the back of the helmet.

Livall Stote MT1

Prepared

$ 128 at Amazon

Pros

  • Better price
  • SOS system
  • Walkie-Talkie

Cons

  • Lighting on the back of the helmet only
  • Limited color choices

This helmet provides protections and also lets loved ones know if you’re in trouble thanks to a built-in SOS alert feature that works with your smartphone.

Both the Lumos and Livall Stote MT1 smart helmets offer advanced functionality and protection that make them each worth considering. The best choice for you will depend on when you plan on wearing the helmet most days and what type of extra features you can’t live without.

Let’s compare

Each helmet has their own distinct safety features, but they work for different kinds of rider.s Of the two helmets, the Lumos is the one that provides LED lighting on both the front and back, which provides an extra layer of protection that’s missing on other helmets. We’re also impressed by the Lumos’ ability to sense when you’re slowing down. On the other hand, the lights on the helmet will turn solid red automatically when you increase your speed. Meanwhile, the MT1 provides tools like SOS Alert and Walkie-Talkie ideally suited during both emergencies and when it’s important to talk to biking teammates.

We believe the Lumos is the smart helmet choice for most folks, even though its battery won’t last as long as the Livall. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for a nighttime biking solution, the Lumos is the only one that offers LED lights on the front and back and comes with a MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS). This type of system has been designed to reduce rotational motion, thereby putting less pressure on your brain in the event of an accident.

The Livall shouldn’t be discounted, however. It weighs less, which is by design. Constructed through unibody molding with imported American EPS foam and high-quality polycarbonate, this helmet uses 21 vents that provide improved air cooling and reduced wind resistance. The Livall also comes with a rim that protects the user against tree branches, prevents water from getting into your eyes, and shields you from direct sunlight. With the SOS system, you can alert your family and friends when you’re in trouble.

Lumos LIVALL
front lights Yes No
SOS alert No Yes
Weight 439g 310g
No. of styles 6 2
Battery endurance 6 hours 10 hours, lights only

Bike helmets have come a long way in recent years and no longer just provide physical protection. The Lumos, for example, has been designed to improve safety during nighttime biking. By contrast, the Livall can keep you connected to the outside world through the use of an advanced Walkie-Talkie feature that offers a built-in windproof microphone and advanced Bluetooth speaker. It’s the ideal choice if you’re looking for a way to enjoy hands-free communication and music while riding. The choice is up to you.

Lumos Smart Helmet

The safety winner

$ 180 at Amazon

Award-winning

A London Design Museum award winner, the Lumos Smart Helmet is durable and also an attention grabber. If safety is your No. 1 reason for buying a helmet and most of your time spend on your bike will be at night, pick this one.

Livall Stote MT1

The one with extras

Light and Durable

$ 128 at Amazon

The LIVALL Stole MT1 is worth considering because of its extra features such as SOS alert, Walkie-Talkie, and more. There are lights on the back of the helmet for extra protection.

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