Met Manta MIPS helmet review

The Met Manta MIPS is one of the best all-round helmet offerings currently available, blending aerodynamics with style and everyday functionality

Met Manta MIPS aero helmet
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A sleek-looking aero helmet with the ergonomics and performance credentials to match


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    Beautiful design

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    Good fit with well-organised strap management

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    Magnetic buckle

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    MIPS-C2 slip-plane liner

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    Integrated eye docking for sunglasses

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    Impressive spread of colour options


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    Some sunglasses can interfere with rear flanks

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The need to go faster is a recurring theme among competitive amateurs and professional cyclists and this notion is continually evolving - this goes for bicycles, clothing and, of course, helmets. The tough part comes in striking the perfect balance between comfort and performance and that's a tricky exercise as there's a tipping point that can throw things out of kilter. 

While Met boasts a brimming portfolio of options for all disciplines, it's the brand's best road bike helmets that have impressed us most. Some of you might remember my Met Rivale MIPS helmet review from last year - the lid pretty much saved my life, so I value all the safety claims made by the Italian manufacturer. The helmet you see here, however, is Manta MIPS, an aero helmet that sits at the top of Met's range.  

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Aero helmets in general might not possess the most eye-catching looks but Met has managed to pull out all the stops with the Manta MIPS. With six colourways on offer, and each with a unique blend of contrast, the Manta is up there with the very best-looking in the segment9/10
FitSave for the interference with some eyewear systems, the Met Manta MIPS boasts an incredibly comfortable fit, which is tailorable thanks to the cradle system9/10
WeightAt 235g, the Manta MIPS is one of the lighter aero helmets in its category, and comes in 15g under quoted weight (for a medium) which is a bonus8/10
SafetyHaving crashed heavily using the Met Rivale MIPS (and lived to tell the tale), I have massive faith in the safety systems and MIPS-C2 liner used in this helmet9/10
Value for moneyThe Met Manta MIPS is not cheap but then again, not many options at this level are. It's worth considering what type of riding you'll be doing before making the purchase but - if it involves top-level racing where safety and speed are your top priorities - look no further8/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 86%

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB