What is it?
Road race inspired design partnered with a removable visor and tons of ventilation. This $110 MIPS helmet packs serious value, safety and could be all the helmet you need.
- Removable visor leaves zero traces on the design and functions well as an xc helmet.
- $110 is an attractive price for a MIPS helmet with a versatile design and ventilation.
- Available in many colorways to match different kits, bikes, and personality.
- Full body hard wrap prevents dings and adds to a longer helmet life.
- Provides a comfortable all day fit with zero hot spots
- The shape could be more compact and aerodynamic.
- Straps come closer to the eyes than other Giro helmets.
- No real great slot to put sunglasses (we understand it’s a visor helmet though)
Giro has gone all in with MIPS – stating at Eurobike this year that they would like to have a version of MIPS in every Giro helmet. For those unfamiliar with the term, MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from impacts. That said, this year Giro launched three separate, cost-effective versions of the new MIPS Low Friction Liner offerings; the Syntax MIPS, Seyen MIPS, and Artex MIPS – all ranging from $100-$110.
All based off the same design, including the Roc Loc AIR 5 – MIPS system offering a reliable option in the mid-range. The Roc Loc adjustment system and the MIPS Low Friction Liner are part of the same function – The Roc Loc dial closes the Low Friction Liner tightly around the riders head, achieving a sturdy fit and connected to the trademark elastomers that give the MIPS system its 10-15mm of rotational movement during a crash.
Out of the box, the Artex MIPS offers fresh colorways and multipurpose design. Features include CoolFit anti-microbial padding, a full hardbody wrap with in-mold PC shell and EPS liner, Slimline buckle, 25 vents, four available sizes, and five colorways – Weighing in at 311 grams respectively. The Quick Link visor integrates in a way that doesn’t affect the overall aesthetic of the helmet and works efficiently enough. The shape is reminiscent of the Giro Pneumo, which was my go-to race helmet years ago – so I greeted the Artex with open arms.
The fit is comfortable, and the pads are supportive, but the straps do come down closer to the front of the face than other helmets I’ve used. This fit could be from the placement and anchoring into the front of the helmet rather than though like the Aether and Cinder I’m accustomed. Being a budget-friendly option, the Artex is missing some of the flashes that you’ll find on Giros high-end offers but has the same comfort level and peace of mind in protection.
On the bike:
After a few rides in the Artex, it quickly became a helmet that I wore for both road and mountain rides. The visor is a quick snap on/off and – boom – full on cross country mode. The full wrap is a great feature, and I believe it extends product life. So many times, I’ve thrown my helmet into the car after a hard ride or race and notice that it’s nicked around the temple or forehead – user error but I appreciate the added protection. This feature is in most high-end helmets out there and it’s fantastic to see on a mid-tier lid.
Windtunnel harnesses airflow – Giro’s proprietary ventilation system which is said to channel active vents that channel cooler, fresh air over and around the riders head, squeezing out the exhausting heat and stale air. This system is in place in most Giro helmets and works well, especially on the road. The Artex is a well-ventilated helmet with 25 vents, but I didn’t feel the same airflow as I would in the Synthe or the Cinder. The polycarbonate foam in the Artex is thicker from what Giro calls the deeper coverage, and that too could be minimizing the air flow – but for a $110 MIPS helmet, the Artex is breezy and feels rock solid on your head. The only missing piece to the Artex is a vent to put sunglasses.
For anyone looking for a wallet-friendly MIPS helmet that can go from a road ride to a trail ride, Artex should be at the top of your list. Lightweight enough to feel spirited racing and protective enough to send it with total confidence.
Sizes: Small, Medium (tested), Large, X-Large
More info hammer over to Giro.com