Editor’s Note: This review is part of the Mtbr All Mountain Helmet Shootout.
The Giro Feature is an All Mountain helmet with great wrap around coverage, which provides good comfort, security and protection. It uses an In-Mold polycarbonate shell with an EPS foam liner, their In-Form retention system, has 12 vents with internal channeling and a visor with adjustable pitch. It retails for $75, weighs a moderate 350 gram, and comes in three sizes and seven colors.
Fit, Pads and Retention System
The helmet was moderately comfortable with a decent amount of padding in the front half and on the rear adjuster, though the padding is on the thin side of things compared to some of its competition. The helmet has two methods for fitment, a circumferential In-Form system with a twist wheel in the rear, and a four position height setting. The wheel was easy to grasp with a gloved hand, and would usually twist open and close for simple on the fly adjustment, but I found it could be stubborn when loosening. I tested the Large size, and the adjustment system allowed a great deal of tuning and fitting, so I could wear just a skull cap or a full-on winter head covering. The chin strap worked fine, and it was easy to cinch down, and while the ear portion didn’t have any adjustability, I didn’t find that an issue. The material that covers the padding on the rear adjustment system (see inset above) began to delaminate prematurely on me, but it still seemed to work fine and kept providing comfort. The retention system can totally snap-out for replacement if required, giving the helmet some additional longevity.
The Feature has only 12 holes for ventilation to help draw air through the helmet, but due to their size and their channeling design, they provided good movement and cooling. My head didn’t feel overheated even in the brunt of the summer, and although the system isn’t like fully open cross country or road helmet, they did an admirable job. The vent pattern on top made it difficult to attach my GoPro camera strap, but since it had a nice smooth spot on the crown, I ended up using a stick-on mount.
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