Giro is a brand that needs no introduction in the world of protective sportswear. After being in business for over 30 years, this company has perfected the art and science of making apparel extreme sports enthusiasts crave for. Their lineup of mountain bike helmets is especially renowned throughout the U.S. as is apparent from the glowing reviews you can see everywhere. But what if you’re on a budget and want to give yourself the best protection possible? Do you just walk into a store choose a helmet randomly? Of course not!
Today, we bring you reviews of the 3 best Giro Mountain Bike Helmets that would protect your head in all circumstances.
So, keep on reading!
1. Giro Chronicle MIPS MTB Helmet
- In-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
- Extra plush Coolmax padding
- Deep coverage P.O.V. Plus visor
- 14 Wind Tunnelvents with internal channeling
- P.O.V. Plus visor
Made from synthetic material, this Chronicle series helmet from Giro offers good build to be your one stop head gear of choice.
The use of polycarbonate ensures ample resilience and sturdiness. Polycarbonate has been known to be extremely efficient at absorbing jerks and forces with good durability. In our opinion, the use of an EPS liner inside the helmet, as a fabric, adds to its build quality while keeping the weight at bay. You may know EPS more commonly as styrofoam. As a helmet is often associated with physical activity, sweats are almost a given. The added plushness of the Coolmax padding ensures everything is absorbed.
We’re delighted to find that the coating of the inner layer prevents any bacterial growth as well. For there was never any powerful stench coming from the helmet after prolonged use. To ensure optimal air circulation, there were 14 wind tunnel vents provided. This increased the aerodynamics of the helmet and also helped in keeping sweat under control. Also available with the helmet is a POV Visor. Mind you, the visor although attached, doesn’t offer good movement throughout its range of motion. You have to screw and unscrew it according to the visor placement that you desire.
Giro could have gone with a traditional visor with a full range screw. This would have ensured that you could change the orientation whenever you desire.
Synthetic material keeps cost low
Polycarbonate shell absorbs impacts well
Sweat resistant inner coating
Visor not fully functional
Use of hard plastic may be an irritant
2. Giro Hex Mountain Bike Helmet
- 24 Wind Tunnelvents with internal channeling
- In-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
- P.O.V. visor w/15° vertical adjustment
- Roc Loc 5 fit system
Another one of synthetic offerings from Giro is Hex helmet. Made of similar EPS lining or styrofoam, the inner part of the helmet has been blended with the outer quite beautifully. The structure of this helmet calls for special attention. The upper and lower portions are made of molded hard bodies which offer very strong performance against sudden impacts and loads. Unlike the previous helmet, here Giro provides 21 wind scooping vents for continuous flow of air. We noticed that not only does it reduce drag, but also helps in minimising sweat by dispersing heat well.
If you’re someone who takes aesthetics very seriously, let us tell you that this helmet comes with colour matching visors. Whatever color you buy, a matching visor is always assured. One feature, about which we had mixed feelings, was the Roc Loc system. It is perhaps just a fancy way of saying that the helmet features a microdial for strap tension control. Although easy in operation, we can’t help but feel that this is a bit gimmicky.
The life of this system could be short lived. So we recommend that you keep that in mind. Along with 40% lighter weight, Giro guarantees a life of 6000 cycles for the microdial. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Inside is soft to fit
Upper and lower part made of hardbodies
Color matched visors available
21 wind vents provided for increased aerodynamics and airflow
Microdial is a bit gimmicky
Not suitable for kids hence lacks versatility
3. Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet
- Shell Material: In-Mold polycarbonate
- Impact Foam: EPS foam
- Ventilation: 16 vents
- Fit Adjustment: Roc Loc Air
- Visor: yes
The last viable option on our list is the Montaro MIPS from Giro, definitely not the worst though. This is only the second helmet on the list which features a polycarbonate shell. And not just any polycarbonate shell, the technology used here is an in-mold polycarbonate. This method increases the durability of the polycarbonate even more, without compromising with its weight. For the impact resistance, Giro has used the standard EPS foam for the task. We did, however, tested the given foam just to be sure that it works as advertised. And it does indeed.
As for aerodynamics and airflow, there are 16 vents included which do the job well. While descending downhill, we faced no drag whatsoever. Also, the flow of air was always optimal to disperse heat well. For the fit, we’ve the Roc Loc Air system implemented here. Although a bit different than Roc Loc 5 on Hex model, this is almost the same design. It has its advantages like you don’t need to get down to increase or decrease the strap tension, but the microdial itself might not last that long. Perhaps conventionality can be a saving grace sometimes. We’re disappointed with the visor as well. Although provided, it is barely functional. You cannot change the orientation while riding. That is perplexing and quite absurd.
Solid polycarbonate unibody build
Standard EPS foam used
Visor provided out of the box
Good color options available
Microdial could have used some improvement
Inner lining doesn’t readily absorb sweat
To sum up
If you’re looking for modern MTB or BMX helmets for your mountain trail needs, you are at the right place indeed. We recommend you to stick to our selected products as we’ve decided upon them only after a lot of testing and research. And as for their individual advantages and disadvantages, we leave it upto you to decide what works best.