The 2013 Giro Hex Mountain Helmet features the new Roc Loc 5 for easier fit and lighter weight. The Hex fuses a muscular, progressive style with the versatility you need for aggressive trail riding. It?s a great choice for price-conscious riders looking f
Strengths: Looks awesome, I love the matte finish, had it for three hard-riding years and it still looks new.
Weaknesses: Durability (structure, not appearance), uncomfortable despite all of the gimmicks to make it more comfortable, price.
I really wanted to give this 10 flamin chilis! I wish I could, but I was really disappointed with my Hex. It looks awesome and you feel cool as soon as you strap it on! People recognize the Hex and they compliment you when you wear it. The matte finish keeps it from scratching when you hit hanging tree branches or accidentally drop it on the ground or whatever punishment you want to dish on it. The problem is the durability of the comfort structure on the inside. The Hex comes with a system of plastic straps which make minimal contact with your skull to preserve comfort and tighten down to fit your head better. I could never get the thing dialed in quite right. It never felt "right", parts of the system were always rubbing on my head uncomfortably, and if I tried to fix it it just got worse. I stuck some tissue into the spots that bothered me most, and that helped, but it was a hassle. Also, less than a year after I bought the helmet, one of the plastic straps broke. I didn't abuse the helmet or anything, I just picked it up one day and noticed it was broken. Giro honored the 12 month warranty and sent me a new set of straps to install, but then the new set of straps broke too, exactly a year after sending me the replacement! Sadly, I will not be purchasing another Giro helmet. I can't recommend it.
Strengths: Great value, bunch of color options, adjustable visor, extra coverage on back of skull, found the fit to be excellent.
Weaknesses: Might be warm for warm weather / summer conditions
This is the best mtn bike helmut I have purchased. I have a mdeium size head and found the adjustable roc / fit worked great! Comes with extra padding in the event you need some tweaking. I ride in Central Oregon so temps are never an issue. Like the look (all mountain), like the fit, and I trust the protection.
Bike Setup: 2006 Kona Primo Dawg. SLX brakes, SLX R&F derailers, deity grips and pedals, maxxis tires, Marchocci Bomber Z1 Drop-Off forks, Fox Float PR rear, Solid bike and still love it today. Will get the 2013 Kona Cadabra next.
I bought the Giro Hex (2012) with a few doubts however I was intrigued by Giro's design of the Hex. I got two rides out of it before the Roc Loc® 5 adjustment system failed (on another note about the Roc Loc® 5 system. The adjustment dial is a little small but that had nothing to do with my rating of the helmet). Once there was a slight amount of pressure the line would slip through the the Roc Loc® 5 system and the helmet would lose stability. I took it into Bicycle Sport Shop where they gladly exchanged it for another Giro Hex. I thought maybe it was a fluke helmet. I got two weeks out of the second Hex before the same thing happened. I really like the design of this helmet and the ventilation was superb (even for the Texas heat). However I am not willing to risk a crash for a third helmet so I went with the Fox Flux. Again Bicycle Sport Shop was glad to exchange it and I just paid the difference in price. In a month or so I should have a review on this well known helmet.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Tactic, Fox Flux
Bike Setup: Felt Nine Sport
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2012
Strengths: Saved my life. Airy. Lightweight. Great bang for the buck.
Weaknesses: Looks geeky on a road bike but who cares anyway?
I used my Giro Hex for both mountain and road biking. On 8/15/2012 I had the most epic road bike crash that I have yet sustained and hope never to repeat when a giant dog t-boned my while I was going 24mph. Although my body sustained serious injuries, my Giro Hex saved my life. Before skidding across the pavement on my left side, I landed on my head, where my brain stem would have been had I not been wearing my helmet. All of the foam on the inside of the helmet is shatterd and in pieces, although the outer coating remains pretty much intact. My helmet is totally ruined but it saved me from massive brain trauma or even death (not so much for my body...if only they made Hex Body Armor like the helmet, I would have walked away uninjured). I am definitely in the market for a new one for when I am ready to get back on the saddle. I cannot thank my Hex enough.
Strengths: This helmet rocks! Lightweight, well ventilated, durable, cool looking.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of
Had this for over two years now, (and had a Hex before that as well). Every now and again I take out the internal padding (which is on velcro so easy to affix) and stick it in the washing machine. that stops it stinking and has lasted at least 20 washes so far.
The helmet ventilates really well and lasts a long time. My friends say it looks cool as well.
I wopuld buy the same one again, and probably will do.
Good value especially if you buy it on a special offer.
Strengths: Great coverage, great price (sale at JensonUSA), well ventilated at trail speeds. Fit really well. Saved my brain.
Weaknesses: Noisy at road speeds, chin strap loosens over time/with moisture, fragile Roc-Loc tension system
Giro disappoints me once again. I've had a few pairs of gloves that never seem to hold together but had never tried one of their helmets . . .
The Hex fit me like a glove, much better than the Xar which is made for a different shaped skull. On the trail this helmet kept me much more ventilated than my previous bell, Giro really did their homework for venting at trail speeds. On the road the helmet was so noisy I couldnt carry on a conversation with fellow riders and headphones were pointless.
The Roc-Loc 5 system allows you to tighten the helmet around the rear of your head and adjust how the lower supports sit on the lower back of your skull. The height adjustment never stayed in place so every time I put the helmet on I would have to pull it to the lowest setting, minor annoyance but between the skull supports on the lower back of my skull and the tight fit after cinching down the click adjuster, the chin strap was an afterthought. The helmet would be plenty fine staying on without even using it.
Skull coverage was much better than my XC lid and the helmet held together very well after taking a big hit. The foam cracked in 4 places but the helmet stayed in one piece and saved my noggin.
The Roc Loc system seems inherently weak. I cracked a plastic tab when pulling the rear support to its lowest setting and was going to epoxy it back together or warranty the helmet before I cracked it during a race. The chin strap seemed to loosen up over time, not sure if it was just vibrations or the ribbon soaking up sweat and stretching.
I really wanted to like this helmet, the price was right picking it up on sale but the cheap build quality of the RocLoc system has me looking elsewhere for a replacement. After having their gloves shred to pieces during minor spills and this helmet tension system crack during adjustment, I've lost all confidence in Giro as a manufacturer.
E. Guido Soda
a Cross Country Rider
from Birmingham, AL
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2012
Strengths: Saved my life. Nice ventilation, solid straps with no issues, all-around noggin protection.
Weaknesses: Uhhhh, it saved my life! If there were any weaknesses, they are mitigated by that simple fact alone.
I took a wicked spill on the new local flow trail yesterday, hitting my head HARD after a fall from a step-up jump. I was not knocked out, but the helmet saved my life, or at least prevented catastrophic brain/head trauma; it suffered three cracks in the styrofoam and the plastic. You can whine about the visor or the straps or the this or that, but the bottom line is that this helmet saved my life, and it could save your's...and that is all that matters. If there were a ten star rating for value, I'd give it that...you can't put a price on this type of gear. Also, it is light and vents well. I've been wearing it for about six months of two-to-three rides a week, and the padding doesn't stink or crust up with salt...so that's a bonus! Oh, did I mention that it saved my life?
Bike Setup: Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite w/ Arch tubeless, Chris King ISO's
a Weekend Warrior
from Lima - Peru
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2011
Strengths: High impact resistant. It saved my life. See how the Giro Xen ended after the crash I had last week: http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1125/cascoud.jpg
I got brain concussion but I'm still breathing in one piece. Inside the foam cracked in several points due the impact. The outer shell got deformed but preserved the helmet in shape.
Weaknesses: The front ends of the adjust band fail, they pop out from its fixation points, I got this problem from the begining right after purchase. The L size is smaller than other brands. I had no option to complaint because I live in Lima, Peru and got it from a friend of mine who bought it for me from the US. So I had to use it anyhow. I´m not sure what happened either the helmet adapted to my head or my head to the helmet:)
Thanks Giro for the excellent Giro Xen. It saved my life. I already ordered a new Giro Xen 2011. I can'y wait to go riding again with confidence with my brand new Giro Xen, but it will take a while, first have to recover from the accident (2 ribs cracked and brain concussion)
Hope its weeknesses has been solved, in fact they were not a big deal but need to be improved: Adjust band failing fixation points and L size measurements.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2011
Strengths: Comfort. Ventilation. Style. Weight.
Weaknesses: Not particularly crazy about the tension system. If it had a knob on the tension system that could be turned to make adjustments it would easier to fine tune.
Excellent product. The helmet provides protection with confidence. Heat is a big factor here in South Texas, so one must wear a helmet that allows air to flow through the inside and out the rear (to remove the heat). The Hex does just that. The visor provides protection from the sun and branches. If you are serious about trail/cc and all- mountain this is the helmet to use.
a Weekend Warrior
from Rogue Valley, southern Oregon
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2011
Strengths: Protected my head during a nasty crash on BTI in Asland, Oregon. I was knocked out cold with a mild concussion. I hit hard!!!!
Weaknesses: None......I'm one crash late buying a full face Giro Remedy
My collar bone has been plated back together.......
Head hasd cleared from the mild concussion...but the Giro Hex did it's job well and sacrificed itself when I needed it most.
I'm shopping around for another if available. Maybe a Fox Flux........ but definately a Giro Remedy Fullface to go with it for gravity rides!!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Colorado, U.S.
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010
Strengths: Lightweight, good ventilation, styling
Weaknesses: Flimsy visor
I got a killer deal on a previous year model at Performance. 5 Flamin' Chilis for value since it was half price. At full price, I'd rate it a 4. This helmet is nice and light with very good ventilation. Even after a couple of hours in 90+ degree temps, it still felt good and kept my nugget from baking. I got the camo color which looks like something from Return of the Jedi, but I think it looks unique. Good back of head coverage, but the visor is a little flimsy and tends to move up or down on its own. That's my only complaint though...great helmet!
Bike Setup: Cotic Soul 2010, Rockshox Reba SL, simple the best bike I have ever owned, and the last bike I will buy - unless I kill the frame ;)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010
Strengths: Looks pretty good - bit of mushroom head, but who cares if it saves your life.
LOADS of ventilation - you can even feel the increased airflow when you walk.
Weaknesses: Nothing to speak of - straps are a bit long and will need trimming (unless you have a freakishly large head)
Might have a bit more wind resistance cause of the huge vents, so probably won't suit the Roadies.
Sh*t-loads of airflow
Looks OK, kinda mean