Strengths: Saved My Life, also light, looks good and fits well.
This helmet saved my life after a big off coming down a hill. Landed on my head and rolled a few times but have no headache just loads of cuts down my arms and legs. The helmet cracked but stayed together ok.
This helmet served me well. Nothing to complain about over the past 2 years, except for where the velcro that holds the Roc-Loc strap sticks. It falls off fast, but i used contact cement and fixed that for good.
The other day I went out for a n urban ride, pulled a stupid move and ate asfalt. I got knocked out for almost 1 minute, and needless to say am pretty beat up. This helmet TRULY saved my life. It got a little crack, a dent and some scratches, but it served me well.
Cuddos to Giro on an amazing product! I'm getting another Giro for sure!
Strengths: Whoaaahhhh!!!! Nice looks, nice ventilation design, the most unique helmet ever built by GIRO cuz it has MX design. It has thick layer to protect our head from gettting hospital bill for head injury. The visor position was well attached and does not block the view.
Weaknesses: I hate to stick back the pads! the glue spoils the day! wasting my time sticking the pad and Roc-loc strap even when I'm still riding on my bike thats horrible!
The helmet really rocks, handsome looks and hardcore protection and also cools your head down.
I bought it cuz it inherit genes from its grandpa whose name was SWITCHBLADE ! If you dont want to look like euro rodie looks but wanna look like MX rider, then this is the helmet for u!
But anyway the glue patch idea really $@ck$!!!!!!! Damn glue!
Due Giro's unique helmet design. I'll give 5 flamin chilis!!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2001
Strengths: This is a 2000 model and was discounted from $100 to $75. Great fit! Tried on the $40 Giro Gila first in SM/MED and it was loose fitting. This Hammerhead in SM/MED fit perfectly w/o extra pads. So, make sure you try more than one style on.
Good construction. Adjustability of the ROC LOC 2 system is great. The removable visor is a nice feature. Hope is stays in place. Like the looks of this helmet, not overly big, nice ivory color.
It's so light in weight and vented so well I hardly know its on!!! I'm use to off-road full-face motocross helmets and on-road motorcycle helmets that weigh A LOT more and have almost no ventilation. This is a "cool feather" by comparison.
Weaknesses: Cost, was planning on spending only $40. Seems visor might get pulled loose/off by branches.
I recommend it.
Good fitting, good looking, light, cool, and PROTECTIVE so there's no good reason NOT to wear the helmet everytime riding.
Score 4 instead of 5 for both categories since I have no other bike helmet experience.
Bike Setup: Iron Horse ATB 20 (First non-motorized bike in 30 years! Entry level, bought used)
from iowa city
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2001
Strengths: Fits great. Durable off the bike and on. Roc Loc holds the helmet in place better than other brands I've used. Super cool and ventilating. I can ride hard for 20 miles in 80 degree temps, take the helmet off and my hair is still dry on top. I haven't had the problem with the visor coming off that others have reported. Can be used with or without the visor. The visor also adjusts up and down.
Weaknesses: Kind of expensive, although the Hammerhead is now discontinued so you might be able to get it cheap online or in the bargain bid of your local store. Inside pads come loose (true for most helmets I've known) but can be reattached using a glue gun. The squared-off looking back shape is a little different than the normal pointy back design. Some people might not like this. Makes no difference to me.
Great helmet. Excellent fit. Cool and airy. Durable.
Similar Products Used: Three different models of Bell Image, dating back to 1989.
Bike Setup: road, commuter, mountain
a Cross Country Rider
from st louis, kirksville MO
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2001
Strengths: Excellent ventilation (i can feel the air blowing through!), the visor is removable, Roc Loc, looks cool i guess, covers more of my head than my last helmet did
Weaknesses: the straps are extremely susceptible to velcro, meaning that if they keep brushing up against it, they fray easily; sits kinda high
this is a gret helmet, especially at the prices that i am now seeing it advertised at online. A coupe of the reviews for it said were expressing concern about the weight of it, well, i never though of the weight of it once till then, so unless you are a wimpy girlyman, then go ahead and complain. excellent helmet, little pricy.
Bike Setup: Trek 7000 w/Mars C, Rolf Satellites, M545s
a Weekend Warrior
from San Marcos
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2001
Strengths: Awesome fit, feels like it was made just for my head. Can be worn for extended periods.
Weaknesses: Weight maybe too heavy for XC racers
This is a great MTB helmet the ROC LOC system fits like a glove. Not too heavy for me, muuuccchhh better than any Bell I've tried. The weight may bother some but I can't complain with the fit. Good helemt for anyone who enjoys getting in the dirt and having fun.
Weaknesses: * a tad expensive * velcro (inside the helmet) is not glued properly
The helmet served me well right up to the point when I crashed: and yes, it did do precisely what it was supposed to, save my head. The crash warranty is a nice feature too.
An irritating moment is the velcro coming off: I cannot comprehend why Giro can make a decent helmet, but can't glue the pads properly. But then again, nothing a superglue won't fix in a matter of seconds.
Strengths: For inline skating one of the best. Light weight, excellent ventilation, very comfortable. If you are an inline skater looking for a super helmet to protect your brains, and if you can find it discounted, buy it. For retail, see if Giro has fixed their visor and pad sticking problem yet.
Weaknesses: Like others, had a problem with the visor not staying in place, and the pads inside the helmet. Fixed with a hot glue gun. If I had paid full retail, they would have gotten it back in a heart beat. But, I bought the last years model on a closeout so I really can't complain. Its fixed and works fine now.
For value and comfort I rate it a solid 4, for manufacturing quality, only a 3.
a Cross Country Rider
from U.S.A baby
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2000
Strengths: Light, Execellent fit, comfort, style, ventilation; POV visor is a godsend, Roc Loc 2, STRONG
This helmet is awesome. I got it for 60 bucks at Supergo which is a steal for this helmet. It fits my head perfectly which is hard to find a helmet that does because I have a large head (7 3/4). It has great ventilation, even though it only has 18 vents because the vents are huge. The Roc Loc is awesome and keeps the helmet right in place. The problems people are talking about with the visors must be about older models because this years model has a secure snap on, adjustable visor. It is easy to take off and stays right in place. Also it is stylish for all you people that worry about that kind of thing. For cross country riding this is an awesome helmet. I have smacked it a couple times in pretty bad crashs and it has come out still looking like new. The In-mold hardbody shell is super-strong. Overall you can't get a better helmet for XC at this price.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro Pro, Giro Eclipse
Bike Setup: Marin Pine Mountain with Marzocchi Atom Bomb, XT drivetrain, Avid brakes, Ritchey tires
a Cross Country Rider
from Alamogordo, NM USA
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2000
Strengths: Looks, price, fit, comfort, quality
For $60 this is a hell of a good helmet. It is as good as other helmets you'd pay over $100 for. I have absolutely no complaints and even bought a second one. As far as the people who have problems with the visor and suspension, I suspect they aren't being careful. Don't leave the helmet in a car with the windows rolled up in hot weather, the heat will melt the glue in any helmet and things will come apart. Also don't smash it into a pack or through it around or you'll knock the visor off. I have already started the second year of hard use with my first Hammerhead and have no problems at all.
Bike Setup: FSR Stumpjumper XC and Stumpjumper hardtail, both with many upgrades
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2000
Strengths: The helmet looks good and fits well. The Roc Loc system has been working well for me, and haven't had any of the common complaints of loosening, or the visor not sticking. Very light and strong....banged it around a few times on rocks and only a scratch....my head is fine!
Weaknesses: It sits a little high....I'd like it lower on my head more like a baseball hat.
Good helmet for my purposes. Light and protects well.