First Ride: Giro Montaro and Montara helmets

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Attractive profile of the Montaro

Attractive profile of the Montaro (click to enlarge).

The Giro Feature is a wonderful All Mountain helmet that provides good rear coverage at an affordable $75. To complement this, Giro introduced the Montaro helmet for men and Montara for women that retail for $150. Giro sought out to deliver the best qualities for Trail and All Mountain riding with a multitude of features such as MIPs, ventilation, moisture absorption and goggle compatibility.

We took it for a ride in the the trails surrounding the Whistler Bike park area and came away with some pretty solid first impressions.

The biggest thing we notice is the helmet ventilates rather well. Without resorting to the often meaningless ’30+ vents’ claims, Giro focused on airflow. They ensured that air had a good entry path, proper air channels above the head and an exit path while the rider is in motion. When raised up, the visor helped ventilation as well as it acted as a scoop to guide air through the forward vents.

In a bold move, Giro employed a material that is extremely moisture absorbent. It is the same material found in those Shamwow pads made famous in those infomercials of old. During our test ride, sweat was indeed absorbed by the liner pad as none of it reached our eyes and face. This is an interesting move as it does indeed absorb sweat but that should be cleaned or washed regularly since it is designed to retain up to 10x more moisture than regular pads.

Side by side with the different colors

Side by side with the different colors (click to enlarge).

Finally, the visor is huge and folds up very high to leave room for a google to rest under it. This is indeed a useful feature as goggles are becoming more popular with All Mountain riders. The visor has 4 distinct indexed positions as it clicks into place and stays there until moved.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • bryan says:

    It looks like they redesigned the vents to look like a POC helmet, which I personally hate the looks of. And more of those ridiculous (IMO) easter egg colors. If I wanted to look like an easter egg I would wear a chicken halloween costume.

  • Bob says:

    Bryan, ” Mr. Sunshine” Who care what you think?

  • KG says:

    Helmet look great – colors are excellent. And for the super-conservatives like the dude above, they always will (and do) have the mundane black and gray options. Nothing wrong with a little color.

    That helmet doesn’t even remotely look like a POC, by the way. Not even to a degree.

  • Cooper says:

    Looks more like they took design notes from the TLD drone lineup

  • DMac says:

    Nice light helmet. Purchased one right away. I’d question the overall quality though. Less than 2 months in and the padding is separating at the seems. I’d expect it to last much longer for the $$. We’ll see if and or how quickly they respond to my warranty request. At this point if you are looking, keep looking.

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