Giro was founded more than 30 years ago by Jim Gentes, a man with an obsession for design and answering unmet needs. That obsession led him to start making his own products, and ultimately resulted in a company committed to serving the rider through personal expression and advanced performance. The cycling world has changed dramatically in the past three decades, but Giro has remained steadfastly committed to serving enthusiast riders. Indeed, they’ve been true helmet development pioneer, as witness by their recent launch of the MIPS Spherical technology and the Giro Switchblade with removable chinbar. Here is a look at some of the best Giro helmets.
Giro Switchblade MIPS
The Switchblade MIPS was created for hard-charging descents and the demands of elite enduro racing. Every detail is built for the down, from the MIPS system and multiple certifications (CPSC, EN-1078 and ASTM-1952-DH with and without the chinbar) to the P.O.V. Plus visor and Roc Loc Air DH fit system that features a bumper around the dial to prevent accidental adjustments in case your helmet contacts your backpack or neck brace. The chinbar is engineered to help manage impact energies, and is easy to install or remove in seconds. The full-cut style gives this helmet an aggressive look with an added measure of coverage, while the strategic ventilation, including Wind Tunnel ventilation channels behind the cheek pads, provides plenty of cooling power for everyday riding.
Giro Disciple MIPS
The Disciple MIPS is built around the ASTM-1952 DH Standard to meet the demands of freeride, downhill and enduro. It has a fiberglass shell, plush interior padding, and vented brow ports for comfort. Vinyl nitrile padding along the jaw line contributes to impact management in this critical area, and the integrated, breakaway P.O.V. camera mount plus built-in speaker pockets let you dial in your sound and images. It is equipped with the MIPS system to redirect impact energy, which can provide more protection in certain impacts. Altogether it’s an impressive option for a new era of riding.
Giro Montaro MIPS
From long climbs to rowdy technical descents, the Montaro MIPS helmet is at home on the trail. The compact shape offers deep, confident coverage, and the Roc Loc 5 Air fit system boosts ventilation while improving fit. In addition to impressive cooling power, the Montaro MIPS is outfitted with hydrophilic, anti- microbial pads that can absorb up to ten times their weight in sweat. Giro built in the features you need for full goggle and camera integration, with strap grippers on the back of the helmet, and a P.O.V. Plus visor that allows you to lift the visor and place your goggles on the front of the helmet when the run is done. Plus they include a clever breakaway interface for your favorite light or camera.
Giro Chronicle MIPS
When your trail rides include technical descents and challenging climbs, the Chronicle MIPS provides all the essential performance and protection you need in an affordable package. It drafts off the design language of Giro’s premium Montaro MIPS helmet, and offers many of the same key features. Its compact shape provides deep, confident coverage, and the Roc Loc 5 fit system allows you to easily dial in fit tension and adjust vertical position with a single hand. The Chronicle MIPS is designed for goggle compatibility, and the P.O.V. Plus visor allows you to lift the visor and place your goggles on the front of the helmet. The Coolmax padding has great wicking properties, and its extra-plush to provide all-day comfort on the trail. The helmet was designed with MIPS, which redirects impact energy to provide more protection in certain impacts.
Giro Compound MIPS
Giro created the Compound MIPS for riders in search of great fit and in need of an extra-large size. Inspired by the confident mountain style and breezy ventilation of their Fixture helmet, the Compound is built around many of the same features, like In-Mold construction coupled with the ease and comfort of the Roc Loc Sport MIPS fit system. A seamlessly integrated Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, which can redirect energy and provide more protection in certain impacts, ensures that you have the latest in head protection technology, too. This makes the Compound MIPS one of the best performance value Giro mountain bike helmets available.
Giro Aether MIPS
The Aether MIPS combines airy, open design with a revolution in rotational energy management to advance head protection for cyclists. Inside the Aether, a dual-density EPS foam liner helps to manage a wide range of impact energies, while also boasting deep internal channeling to provide cooling airflow. Giro’s proprietary MIPS Spherical technology is integrated between the layers of EPS foam instead of against the riders head giving riders the benefits of MIPS without any obstruction to comfort or cooling power. Outside, a sleek 6-piece shell forms a stunning silhouette around the massive vents, which get added structural reinforcement via a shatter-resistant AURA reinforcing arch. The final touch is a Roc Loc 5+ Air fit system, featuring 3-way fit tuning, that allows easy adjustment in seconds for the ultimate in comfort.
Giro Synthe MIPS
The Synthe MIPS is the pinnacle of road helmet design, combining the performance gains of an aerodynamic profile and light weight with great cooling power to enhance rider comfort and efficiency in road rides and races. The compact form slips through the air with ease across multiple yaw and head angles, and offers greater cooling power than the Aeon. Key features include the Roc Loc Air 5 fit system with 2-way fit tuning and Aero Mesh Panels with a dedicated port for securely docking sunglasses as you ride. Synthe MIPS models are available with the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. Giro believes MIPS can redirect energy and provide more protection in certain impacts.
Giro Cinder MIPS
The Cinder MIPS provides all the features an avid road rider wants in a lightweight package. The design is inspired by the classic aesthetic of their premium Synthe helmet, offering similar performance and style. Key features include the Roc Loc 5 fit system, which allows you to easily dial in fit tension and adjust vertical position with a single hand. Air-FX padding offers comfort on your longest rides, and the helmet is equipped with MIPS to redirect impact energy, providing more protection in certain impacts.
Giro Foray MIPS
The Foray MIPS drafts off the bold design language of our premium Synthe helmet, and offers many of the same key features including durable In-Mold construction and the Roc Loc 5 fit system with two-way fit adjustment. The slim design is very light, offers great ventilation and is available in three Super Fit sizes so that you can get a helmet that looks, fits and feels like it was made for you. MIPS models are available with the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System.
Giro Aerohead Ultimate MIPS
Giro pioneered the aerodynamic helmet category with the original Advantage in 1985, and now they are redefining it with the new Aerohead Ultimate MIPS. It boasts the most aerodynamically efficient profile they have ever created, making it your fastest option when every split second counts. The shell is constructed with TeXtreme carbon fiber, an advanced material that is lighter and stronger than other carbon composites. The ZEISS Optics wrap-around eye shield in Grey/Silver Flash offers remarkable clarity and field of view, and a magnetic anchor attachment keeps the eye shield secure, yet allows easy removal and storage in the flipped up position (also includes Clear shield.) The helmet is outfitted with a hydrophilic, anti-microbial brow pad that can absorb up to ten times the amount of sweat as standard urethane padding, and it is equipped with the MIPS system to redirect impact energy, providing more protection in certain impacts.
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