The Giro Animas offers aggressive styling and high-caliber performance features matched to massive vents that were made for epic endurance challenges and tough terrain. If you live and breathe for long rides, this is your helmet
Strengths: Light, well ventilated, long lasting, Stronger than most would expect
I've had this helmet for about 8 years, however, I've probably only done about 500 miles over those years. This helmet has held up well to several minor tumbles with no damages. There has been no fadding or discoloration of any parts.
Just a week ago I had a very nasty crash, going 30 mph downhill, I looked where I didn't want to go, so I fell in a wash out and hit a block of concrete. I went over the bars and landed head first into the ground. I was able to get up, and slowly ride to my car then drive to the hospital.
I had ZERO head injuries, but a cracked rib and very sore neck and back. Upon inspection of the helmet I found a gash in the top, that under closer look are Chain Ring teeth marks from the front ring hitting me in the head at some point. Internally one section of foam is compacted from the impact while the rest is cracked and broken in many places. While the helmet is no longer suitable for protective use, it still goes on and fits mostly the way it's supposed to.
I've very glad for this helmet and well be purchasing another similar Giro helmet through their Crash Replacement Program.
a Weekend Warrior
from NE Ohio
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2008
Strengths: Great looks, very light, well designed vents provide superior air flow.
Weaknesses: For XC and trail use - I doubt it's sturdy enough for downhill. Visor pops out often on rougher courses.
I wanted a lighter, well ventilated helmet that had great looks too (vanity?) to replace my aging Bell. This helmet meets my needs, seems rugged enough for general trail use and commuting. Really light weight on the head, and I can't emphasize the great ventilation enough.
I haven't experienced issues with the Roc-Loc system yet, but it does appear fragile. The visor has been my only complaint - doesn't like to stay locked in over rough terrain, otherwise a great helmet.
Strengths: Looks great, great airflow, shell and paint holds up nice to wear and tear
Weaknesses: Mine BROKE YESTERDAY!!! The rubber strap from the "best in the world" Rock lock 4 design where it contours around the left side of your head to the back adjuster, WELL BOTH RUBBER strap that holds the helmet snug to your head broke while in my backpack. (i dont leave this helmet on my bike while in class) I think that putting the helmet in my backback for barely 1 semester bent the rubber with steel strap inside of it so many times that it finally snapped. I am going to contact Giro for a possible new rock lock 4 plastics system....Other than that the helmet has been great. I have not had to use it yet:)
Will update to see if Giro helps me out...Otherwise dont put this helmet anywhere that the rubber straps are bent or twisted in anyway.
a Cross Country Rider
from Olympia, Washington
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2006
Strengths: Light, tough, stays on - adjustable if you need to put on a beanie to keep your egg warm for night rides.
Weaknesses: crappy visor pops loose for no apparent reason.
Great lid - great airflow, I sweat anyay and have no hair but I do notice a bit of a difference. I purchased this one after I trashed my last Giro something or other during a nasty face plant. I've gone over the bars over a dozen times with good impacts on fast singletrack and the Animas has done great everytime - I have to duct tape the visor in place or it just pops out. 5 for protecting my noggin - and saving it on a pavement spill - 4 for the crappy visor.
I'm adding a Bell Bellistic for riding though the muddy and rocky funk and keeping the Animas for less aggressive rides. I wouldn't suggets this for people who do any downhill for freeriding - it's just not built to take it. Get smart and go with a good FF helmet for that.
i can barely feel this helmet on my head. superior venting, i feel the wind blowing through my hair. i bought it cuz i wanted something that looked like the Atmos but didnt cost as much. has the most adjustability ive seen in a helmet. pretty aero, alot better than my old azonic skid. very comfortable overall, i actually like wearing this helmet. i think that $100 is a little overpriced for the features u get tho.
Bike Setup: custom, 27spd deore, XTR stuff, marzocchi drop off, fox vanilla, etc etc
from Jersey City, NJ, US
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006
Strengths: really heavy duty and can take a beating
Weaknesses: nothing I have noticed so far
This helmet is amazing. I hardly notice I am wearing when riding after I properly adjusted it. I am new to mountain biking so falling over the handle bars has been frequent and this helmet has allowed me to get right back onto my bike and hit the trails again and again. I valued it at 5 chilis because 75 bucks for something that has made me survive some nasty falls is worth it. I also gave it 5 chilis for overall because it adds comfort with protection
Bike Setup: Diamondback Apex 2005 (stock components)
from West Bend
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2006
Strengths: Ventilation is the best I've experienced in a helmet; good, comfortable fit; came in my favorite colors (ti/blue); Rocloc system is easy to use
Weaknesses: Visor mount seems a little on the flimsy side
The coolest, most comfortable helmet I've ever tried. It has better airflow and is better looking than Bell X-Ray. Anyone who's head get hot when riding (I think that covers everyone, right?) should get one. I am extremely hot-headed, and I forget I have this thing on!
Bike Setup: Klein Palomino XV: WTB tubeless Weirwolves, Thomson stem & post, Titec Pluto carbon bar, C.B. Eggbeaters, WTB Rocket V Stealth saddle, Race Face Good 'n Evil grips, Cane Creek Ergo II bar ends
a Cross Country Rider
from Burbank, California, USA
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2006
Strengths: Great ventilation; inner pads are held with velcro for easy removal and cleaning; nice looking; fits well
Weaknesses: Part of the plastic "RocLoc" adjuster popped off the first time I adjusted it but I was able to clip it back on. Haven't had a problem with it since then.
I needed a helmet with better ventilation and removable padding (for cleaning purposes)...the cheap-o Bell was getting gross inside. I am very happy with the Animas. It fits like a glove and is extremely comfortable. Sometimes I forget I'm even wearing it.
Only have used this helmet a few times, but it's SO much better than my old melon protector. It's so light and comfortable that I forget it's there. With my old brain bucket, I needed a sweat band from the start. Now, I only need one for longer rides. My head stays nice and cool for most of my rides (and I'm quite a sweaty rider). Highly recommended!! All that and the cornrows you have when the helmet comes off at the end of the ride are just SWEET!!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Great Falls, MT
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2005
Strengths: Well ventilated, comfortable, stable.
Weaknesses: Seems to need readjusting every ride.
This is the most comfortable helmet I've ever had. Airflow is awesome! I've never had a problem with the straps loosening, but it seems like I readjust something every time I ride (my old helmet I never had to readjust anything) - that's not really a negative, just a statement of fact. For the comfort that this helmet provides, I can readjust it before every ride
Weaknesses: Mine was a little big, other than that, none.
Overall a beautiful helmet, you forget that your wearing it untill someone comments on the looks, very light, almost has my last initial on the back (has a funky "M" lookin vent) pretty affordable, I give full 5-Flamin-Chilis, outstanding. I do believe that this helmet is best suited for "singletrack hogs" and "racers", but i take it up to the I-Street DJs and it rocks.
Bike Setup: Iron Horse Defender Special Edition (Hopefully to be a Kona Coiler Dee-Lux soon)
a Cross Country Rider
from Bloomington, IN USA
Date Reviewed: October 7, 2004
Strengths: lightweight, air cooling vents really seem to work, fits great.
Weaknesses: the straps do loosen up as they get sweat soaked during your ride. minor annoyance, mine quit doing this as time passed. now no longer a problem. fits always. why doesthe visor move up and down?
this is my second animas, the first one gave its life for me in a faceplant off a bad ramp jump(my fault). i land with my forehead and pretty much cracked the styrofoam in three spots. the helmet stayed on, left me a nice temporary tattoo of the front vents but no headache or pain. this wreck would surely have opened my skull up had i not been wearing a helmet. my riding partner really freaked out as he had a full front view of the incident. my thanks to giro. i went right out and got me another animas helmet to replace it. the helmet is sooo light for a mtb ride that i forget its on. great airflow, and really decent price for the value. the only odd point is that the visor questionably moves up and down. i quickly found out that you get even more airflow without the visor in the way.