Strengths: Easy quick fit, looks good, seems light, good price
Weaknesses: Only lasted two years
After two years of normal mtb-riding and a bit of commuting the inner plastic fittings that connects the outer shell has worn down. Otherwise it has no weaknesses and I've been very pleased with it. Maybe I can glue it together but that wouldnt feel right in a way. Overall I'm unsure how I feel about the fact that the helmet inner plastic fittings wore out after two years. A little cheated. Im pretty pissed now actually.
Strengths: Lightweight, comfortable, good ventilation, quick size adjustment
This helmet is very comfortable and the ventilation is great. The fine tune fit adjustment in the back is easy to use and hasn't failed to hold it's position yet. I personally don't see how you could need more than this helmet offers unless you wanted more coverage in the rear. For a majority of riders, i think this helmet would fit the bill, and at a reasonable price point. I wear one, and both my sons (17 and 6) who race wear them also.
a Weekend Warrior
from Prince William, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2009
Strengths: Good helmet. It does exactly what it was designed to do, protect my brain.
Weaknesses: Seems to fit a little high on my head.
This is the least favorite of all the helmets I own. I slapped on some reflective tape all over it and I use it for riding my road bike at night because I just don't care for it all that much.
Strengths: Light Weight, Fits me perfectly, Adjustability, durability, ventilation
This lid has taken some serious blows specifically comming down hill on a foreign trail, connecting the remaining part of a branch hidden behind thicker leaves. Sent me flying back off the bike, hell-of-a stiff neck but the helmet protected my pip just fine. Will totally recommend this quality product.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2009
Strengths: Good fit (everyone's head shape is different)
Quick and easy adjustments
Not too hot and not too cold
Weaknesses: A little noisy when going into head wind.
The Havoc, with a $65 price point is one of the best all around helmets. Cool looking, medium priced, a good fit (depends on the shape of your head), and rugged would best describe this helmet. I did a flip going downhill after a failed attempt jumping a 3ft drop,resulting in bruised knees and shoulders and a cracked Giro Havoc! The helmet stayed in place (even with a 3" gap between my chin and the chin strap), and took the blow instead of my head! Lifesaver? Possibly. Definitely saved me a trip to the hospital! Totally recommended for the XC rider. AM, FR, & DH should use a full face (which I should have done).
Bike Setup: Intense 5.5, XTR/XT Groupo, Fox Float 32 F Series, Fox RP23, Juicy 7's, Mavic XM 719, Chris King hubs/headset
a Cross Country Rider
from Breda, Netherlands
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2009
Strengths: Comfort, looks.
Weaknesses: Sweat absorption is not that good.
This is a good product. The helmet served its purpose as it prevented serious head injury at a crash. The helmet is now dented and has a crack and must be replaced. I did not suffer any head injury whatsoever thanks to this helmet.
The helmet is a bit expensive. Nevertheless, going to spend the same money again on a new Giro helmet because it has proven itself now.
Strengths: Fits perfect, adjustable sizing on the back. Easy to adjust in a second, very safe and sturdy
Helmet saved my life. I ate it bad on a 40 foot drop. I hit hard packed dirt with my front right side. Didn't lose consciousness. Have a little vertigo I'm getting through, but that's it. Vertigo almost gone and my helmet is still intact.
a Cross Country Rider
from Manhattan, KS, USA
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2009
Strengths: Fit, strength
Never go cheap with a helmet. This helmet saved my life today when I wrecked my bike. Instead of my head getting crushed, the helmet broke apart and took the brunt of the impact. I have a headache and a bruise, but my skull is not cracked open. I will buy another Giro Havoc immediately. I am not a normal reviewer, but safety is important to me, and this helmet worked exactly as published. Very impressed. Thanks Giro!
a Cross Country Rider
from Coon Rapids, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008
Strengths: LOOKS, fit system, breath-ability, value
Weaknesses: runs a half size big in my opinion...
This is a great helmet so far. It fits well. It is fairly light, and breaths very well in my opinion. I think for the price it is one of the best helmets you can buy. GREAT VALUE. If you are thinking about a mid-level helmet for mountain biking-just go with the Havoc. Its an awesome deal.
Had this lid for many years now without complaint. Many trees, rocks and roots this thing has sampled and not even a crack. Just this year I had the front and two side pads fall apart on me. I epoxied new velcro and cut a piece of headband as replacement which actually works better than OEM pads.
Oh yeah.....I have a melon and the XL fits my 24 3/4" dome comfortably even with cold weather gear underneath, which is why I bought it in the first place.
Buddy of mine from Georgia sent this link, said it accurately captures what's going on in that area for mountain biking these past few weeks...
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