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Giro Havoc Helmet

4.42/5 (89 Reviews)
Weight : 10.5 oz/298 g


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Product Description

With 27 vents the most in the Giro line. The Havoc has the Rac Loc 3 system to keep the helmet tight to your head. The in-mold design makes this one tough helmet. Weight 10.5oz.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mikkel Lund

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2013

Strengths:    Easy quick fit, looks good, seems light, good price

Weaknesses:    Only lasted two years

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Woodsonnc

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight, comfortable, good ventilation, quick size adjustment

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BokorSolo 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $55.00

Similar Products Used:   Other Giros.

Bike Setup:   Irrelevant.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jacques Pienaar a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile, SA

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    Light Weight, Fits me perfectly, Adjustability, durability, ventilation

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Hacienda Las Varras

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Intercycle

Similar Products Used:   Various

Bike Setup:   09' Norco Fluid LT2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by *crash* 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.

Bottom Line:   
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).

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Favorite Trail:   A Lot

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Giro Ionos (for the road)

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ErikEngerd a Cross Country Rider from Breda, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2009

Strengths:    Comfort, looks.

Weaknesses:    Sweat absorption is not that good.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Nijmegen

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   roseversand.de

Similar Products Used:   El cheapo helmets

Bike Setup:   Radon QLT Race 7 2008. Shimano XT brakes, shifters, deraillers. Fox Float RP23, Fox F32 100RLC. DT Swiss 240s + Competition 1.8/2.0 + XR4.2d

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan_ Booty a Weekend Warrior from Mendham

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2009

Strengths:    Coolest brain bucket out there. Matches the cool bike and is the macdaddy helmet out there.

Bottom Line:   
Matches my bike, Trek Jet 20.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $52.00

Purchased At:   web

Bike Setup:   My ride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChicagoBoy777 a Cross Country Rider from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2009

Strengths:    Fits perfect, adjustable sizing on the back. Easy to adjust in a second, very safe and sturdy

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Oleta River

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bike Tech


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wick80 a Cross Country Rider from Manhattan, KS, USA

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2009

Strengths:    Fit, strength

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gointhedistance 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...

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Theodore Wirth, MN

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $62.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized helmets

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakota Elite, XT, easton

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dudeimanoldfart a Weekend Warrior from Memphis, TN

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2008

Strengths:    Looks great, Fits very snug. Really keeps the sweat out of my eyes. Ha i take the helmet off and all the sweat comes dripping out.

Weaknesses:    Nothing really. The one i bought, the straps don't lay down flat against my cheeks, its like they were put in backwards or something ha, but that's not a big problem for me.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is great helmet for an awesome price. Ive seen some helmets out there that are way more expensive with the same durability. Looks awesome, feels good. Great helmet.

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Favorite Trail:   Stanky Creek, Yellow Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $54.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Other Giro's

Bike Setup:   Gary fisher wahoo disc, stock except TIME pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frs1661 a Cross Country Rider from Rochester NY

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2008

Strengths:    Fairly light weight, good airflow to the cranium. Also comfortable, love the ease of adjustment of the roc-loc system!

Weaknesses:    None that I found

Bottom Line:   
A good all around helmet. I only replaced mine due to a semi-severe crash that put a small crack in the helmet. It almost certainly saved me from a concussion.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   performance


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Conner Smith a Racer from Eden, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2008

Strengths:    easy to adjust, comfortable

Weaknesses:    have to wash the sweet out of the pads and straps often

Bottom Line:   
good helmet for the $$Money$$

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Favorite Trail:   Wheelers to Green Pond

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Ebay (the best place ever)

Bike Setup:   07 Specialized Stumpjumper Elite with upgraded bontrager mustang wheals and Chris King Hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Clemmons

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2008

Strengths:    Bombproof, comfortable, cool, looks good.

Weaknesses:    Pads wear out, velcro peels off.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Gift...


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Woodland Hills, CA. USA

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2007

Strengths:    Good Looks, in-mold, COMFY!!!

Weaknesses:    A tad snug on the sides, but I can live with it.

Bottom Line:   
Killer helmet for a killer deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Bell Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $36.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Bell Influx

Bike Setup:   Access XCL 100mm MArz, RF, Hayes.

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