Strengths: It's light, very light, and the retention system works wonders... your helmet will stay put no matter what happens.
Weaknesses: It sits really uncomfortable on my head... it might be the shape of my skull, but Giro helmets fit me like gloves so I don't think I have a dinosaur or an alien's cranium. Padding is minimal and not sufficient to absorb sweat. Drops coming down the lid on hot summer days are the consequence. An issue I've never had with my Xen or my E2.
I wanted a cooler helmet for road use, but, albeit a good, light lid, it has never given me that "have I forgotten to wear my helmet?" typical of my Xen (which, strangely enough, is much heavier). Retention is fantastic, but the fit is not snug.
For the price, I'd go with Giro. Not a bad helmet by any means, but there's better stuff, out there.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008
Strengths: Light, good looking, comfortable for my head, retention system is effortlessly adjusted for use of a bandanna or other under the helmet
Weaknesses: Relatively expensive, the shell at the rear has cracked off in two symmetrical spots on the left and right from regular use
Great helmet. I don't like visors on my helmets, so didn't get the XC version. I use this on my road and mountain bikes. If you compare this helmet to all the other Bell/Gyro helmets, this is one of the lightest, has plenty of ventilation, and is comfortable. I've a roughly 7 3/4" hat size, and wear the Large. The sweat "soak up" pads hold a disgusting amount of sweat until you squeeze it out! The white/silver color looks good but you'll still have non-cyclists saying you look like a Star Trek character.
Universal-fit Bell/Gyro helmets are cheap and work fine for most people. Your head is worth more than the price of a helmet, get one that fits you fine and that you'll wear every single time you ride.
Negative: in two spots on the rear, the shell has cracked off near the edge. It's by the middle rear "split" in the helmet. The core is not damaged, so just a cosmetic issue. An expensive helmet shouldn't do that. That's why I'm not giving it five stars.
Similar Products Used: Various cheapo universal Bell and Gyro helmets
Bike Setup: Entire bike collection
from Utard, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2007
Strengths: Light, Strong, Pretty, good ventilation, Retention system is great.
This is a great helmet, very cool and comfy in the summer. I really like the adjustable thing in the back, in the winter (20-40 degrees regular riding temp) I can fit a skull cap no problem and stay warm. I just wish I would have gotten a plain white one coz my team colors changed this year... Perfect helmet!
a Cross Country Rider
from Melbourne Australia
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005
Strengths: Very Comfortable & Fits better than any other helmet I've ever had. I've got a faily big head and this doesn't look like it at all.
Weaknesses: This baby makes my head hot, I don't know if thats the trade off for such a good fit but I find myself taking the helmet off every so often just to cool off. I would still prefer to wear it than my old Animas.
Great comfort and looks at a great price (thanks JensonUSA, the only shop I trust to send items across the sea) It is hot so I don't know what it will be like on 40 degree days, Suggest you try a Giro E2 as a comparison before buying.
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