As an urban cyclist in metropolitan Denver, I don’t like to compromise my style.

My bike, as well as my attire give me a sense of identity; informs the world that I’m not a casual cyclist, but someone who lives and breathes cycling and embraces an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Brooks saddle? Check. Surly commuter? Check. Helmet? Umm… not so much. Until recently, I had been using a bowl-style helmet that looked more appropriate for a skateboarder than a cyclist. It was also heavy, cumbersome, and flattened my hair into helmet head submission. I needed a new helmet, but where would I find a suitable replacement?

Thousand Heritage Helmet review


Thousand’s Heritage Helmet is thoughtfully designed with the commuter cyclist in mind. The minimalist design is sleek and I don’t feel like I resemble Toad from Super Mario Brothers. From the neutral matte colors and contrasting vintage moto-inspired trim, to the vegetan leather straps, this helmet is the ultimate in subtle urban style.

Other thoughtful features: a magnetic lock for quick release that won’t pinch fingers; strategically placed vents; two sets of interior padding for a more custom fit; drawstring helmet bag; and an innovative hidden round pop lock that allows for a U lock and reassures me that my helmet will still be there when I return. The latter feature is cleverly designed, as it reduces the fear of helmet theft and eliminates the awkwardness that comes with carrying around a bulky helmet indoors. And, if the helmet happens to be stolen while locked to your bike, Thousand will replace your helmet for free.

Thousand Heritage Helmet review

The only improvement that I would suggest comes down to the straps. While aesthetically pleasing, I would offer the straps in two colors (black or tan) for those obsessed with matching bike saddles and accessories. There also needs to be a loop to secure access strap so it doesn’t angle in an awkward way. I also accidentally pinched my throat (ouch!) when I was adjusting the straps for the first time.

If Thousand found a way to engineer a second adjustment option (such as a BOA system on the back) without sacrificing the minimalist style, the Heritage would be great. I am not completely comfortable with the straps being the only way to adjust it to a more snug fit.

Overall, the Heritage helmet is a good helmet for style with thoughtful design – it looks great on my head! For me, the colors, design, and secret poplock outweigh the strap issue.

The Heritage Collection helmet retails for $80 and is available in three colors: Carbon Black, Moonlight White, and Thousand Navy.  Grab your favorite from Amazon with Prime shipping on some sizes and colors.