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Three words: safe, safe, and safe. The Envy incorporates Scott’s Biomex design—an aluminum roll cage that ups the integrity of the ABS shell—and shock-absorbing d3o material, which hardens upon impact for additional protection. Scott’s M-R.A.S. fit system keeps the helmet in place, preventing unseemly gaper-gap and, more important, maximizing your safety. Scott’s active S-Vent system pulls air over the crown of your head while the G-Vent system moves air across your goggle lens to keep your windshield fog-free. You can also customize your helmet-goggle integration with single- or triple-point lockdown.21 oz.[$150; scottusa.com]

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There’s no gray area when it comes to defending your gray matter. Helmets are getting lighter, more streamlined and more comfortable, so there’s no reason you can’t find one that suits your needs. By Valerie Gleaton