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Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet - Review

Jan 12, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Giro Montaro helmet


We've come a long ways since the days when helmets looked like styrofoam salad bowls, and probably provided about as much impact protection. Improved construction techniques, more form fitting designs, plus niceties like extended rear coverage and refined retention systems all make today's trail / all-mountain helmets better than ever. Giro's newest addition to the field is the Montaro MIPS, which sits in the top tier of the company's mountain bike helmet line.

Giro Montaro MIPS Details

• 16 vents
• MIPS liner
• Eight color choices
• CE and CPSC certified
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Weight: 375 grams (actual, size M)
• MSRP: $150.00 USD
www.giro.com, @GiroSportDesign

The Montaro ticks all the boxes when it comes to the features you'd expect to find in a high-end helmet, including a ratcheting rear dial to fine tune the fit, a five position visor, rubberized vents at the rear to keep goggle straps securely in place, and a removable POV camera / light mount.

The helmet is also equipped with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), a thin plastic liner that sits between a rider's head and the inner portion of the helmet. In the event of a crash, the liner is designed to allow the helmet to slide along it, a movement that's claimed to reduce the amount of rotational energy that reaches the brain. As far as the actual construction of the Montaro goes, a polycarbonate, in-mold shell is formed around an EPS liner with Giro's Roll-Cage reinforcement, an internal skeleton that's used to add extra strength to the finished product.

Available in eight color schemes, ranging from the blaze orange to matte black, the Montaro retails for $150 USD.


Giro Montaro helmet
The MIPS liners is designed to allow the shell of the helmet to slide rather than stick to the ground during an impact.
Giro Montaro helmet
The Montaro's ratcheting dial can easily be operated with one hand to fine-tune the fit.


Giro Montaro
Giro Montaro


Performance

The Montaro is one of those helmets you can put on at the beginning of a ride and forget about until you return home, dirty, tired, and happy. A quick twist of the retention dial is all it takes to keep it securely in place, and after that you can focus on more important things, like making it to the top of that nasty climb without stopping to lose your lunch in the bushes.

When it comes to overall fit, the Montaro sat a little higher on my head than a Specialized Ambush or Troy Lee A1 – those two helmets feel slightly 'deeper' - but there wasn't any undue movement, and the Montaro quickly became my go-to helmet on warm days thanks to its well ventilated design. The thin brow pad does an excellent job of managing moisture, and it was only on the hottest of days that it became saturated enough to allow sweat to drip down my face.

Riders who wear sunglasses will find that the shell of the helmet and its retention system are situated high enough above the ears to avoid interfering with sunglasses arms, and goggle wearers will appreciate the wide range of the visor, along with the grippy vents on the back that worked well to keep goggle straps from slipping.

The only real issue I had, and it's a minor one at that, was with the visor. The lack of a center guide and its flexible plastic construction means that one side can end up in a different position than the other. A crooked visor doesn't affect the performance in any way, but it can cause some strange looks out on the trail, and make people ask if you'd had a recent run-in with a tree. Riding alone is the easiest solution, but raising or lowering the visor by grabbing the center rather than one side is the second best way to make sure you don't inadvertently commit a fashion faux pas.



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Montaro is a welcome addition to Giro's helmet line, a comfortable, good looking, and full-featured offering that doesn't skimp when it comes to safety. - Mike Kazimer



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118 Comments
  • 20 1
 I think MIPS technology is legit, and I anticipate seeing something like it entering into contact sports such as football and hockey, etc. a company called Vicis is trying to, ahem, crack the football helmet market with a similar concept, but it's early to tell.
I think the photo attached with the rider looks like the helmet is sitting too high. The yeti gap is what, two fingers wide? Is that how this helmet naturally sits, or is it just I'll fitted, or am I just seeing things?
Good for giro to pick up MIPS as well though. MIPS or a similar variant will be in my next helmet tho.
  • 2 18
flag chyu (Jan 12, 2016 at 21:47) (Below Threshold)
 That's how enduro helmet fits, gotta get them visor point up the sky., remember how we force fullface visor to go super high?
  • 5 0
 Just wait until you see the new stuff Giro is dropping, similar concept but way better executed. Expect it on snow helmets first and then bike in a few years.
  • 4 4
 Easton/Bell which Giro falls under owns a certain percentage of the Mips company.
  • 51 5
 But footballers don't wear helmets [/troll]
  • 8 0
 Yeah I'm pretty sure that helmet is sitting too high on his head.
  • 11 0
 Really nice helmet with really good features at a reasonable price..however i still wear fullface for 95% of my rides..modern enduro bikes are too fast to ride with half of my head covered..
  • 2 1
 @bbmbc actually, Easton has nothing to do with Bell/Giro anymore. BRG sports does own part of MIPS though which is why you'll find Giro helmets on the market much cheaper than their competitors.

www.brgsports.com/news/brg-sports-partners-with-mips-ab-to-advance-head-protection-technology
  • 7 0
 Perhaps he has a very tall upper head? And on the fullface front, when I got into mtb's it seemed like everyone was in their fullface and Dainese pressure suit to ride the shore. Now the norm is knee pads and a half shell while everyone rides faster. Funny how times have changed
  • 4 18
flag livehardrideharder (Jan 13, 2016 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 Mips is bullshit, in my fact based opinion. The concept its absolutely great, but all of the real world testing I have done so far shows that it does nothing.
You would have to glue the mips liner to your head to make it function. Your hair has a greater effect than mips.
Still doing research and testing.
The Kali octopus tentacles have had better testi ng results so far.
Lastly, 6D makes sense, but when I asked specific questions they just said "we have top athletes, so obviously we are the best" and then he called me an a*shole.... So there's that. Does the larger thickness of the 6D create stronger leverage that negates the effect of the rubber bands inside?
  • 12 0
 Thanks for the write up, Kazimer. To the comments about fit and "sitting high," helmets are going to fit folks differently depending on head shape. We always recommend trying a helmet on before buying. If you look at images of Giro athletes in the Montaro, 90-percent don't have as much of a gap over the ears. Kazimer fits into the percentage that have a "taller" head.
  • 2 0
 Really... so you've got a testing sled in front of you?

Interesting that so many people are adapting MIPS and MIPS type technology in their head protection... in every industry.
  • 3 1
 I think the 6D mtb helmet is gonna be a lot safer.
  • 2 2
 aside from tall heads, helmets equipped with MIPS sit higher because of the added space that the MIPS liner takes up on the inside of the helmet. MIPS isn't built into the helmet but rather is just an added piece between the helmet and your head. for the same helmet model offered with or without MIPS, they will sit differently.
  • 1 0
 @timlake I knew it was something like that, I have been out of the industry for about 3 years now...not sure who owns who anymore.
  • 1 0
 Interesting indeed. I would hope that it is because they believe in the system and not because they see space for a bunch of profitnin exchange forna few cents forth of plastic. Also, so far in my research, mips only works in very very very specific directional situations. Safety is a big one for me, so I like to research and see what data is collected, how, and by who. Regardless, all of these guys pass testing standards with flying colors.
  • 1 0
 Based on what data? Just curious to know how people in general interpret data/marketing/etc
  • 1 0
 Could you let us know what your 'research' is based on?

Do you have your own test lab?
  • 3 0
 his "research" is likely based on internet expertise, coupled with glancing over a few ANSI, snell, ECE or DOT testing standards, and interpreting them as he likes. dudes comments smell a little like bohemian bullshit to me. but I could be wrong. when I was teaching in an industrial design college we had all sorts of R&D facilities, and could setup any of the tests that would be consistent with snell, so maybe livehard is doing the same. buuuut, that smell of bullshit still lingers.
  • 2 0
 Industrial design/product development at SFSU. Not the best lab in the world (by far) but most of the testing is actually surprisingly simple.
I just wish I had data from 6D. No plans on buying one just for testing.
  • 1 0
 My entire point is NOT to rely on the internet for your data.
  • 1 0
 There are a lot of good articles with testing and data done at in-house and independent labs... on the internet... Nothing wrong with reading those and keeping tabs. That's a lot different than reading a comment from joe shmoe on pinkbike and taking it as gospel.
  • 3 0
 Your entire point was to not rely on the internet for data? Jesus, I hope you're not writing a thesis at sfsu. The points you made from my interpretation were;
MIPS is bullshit
6D thinks you're an a*shole
You do research
Safety is important to you
You do research
MIPS kinda works but they might be in it for a bunch of profit
Perhaps you have a different point to make, and it seems I took the bait. Toodle loo,

Thanks to giro and MIPS for making products to protect my dome while I recreate doing dangerous activities!
  • 4 0
 @livehardrideharder considering you're profile says you're sponsored by Kali, I think you can understand why people would see a conflict of interest. Kali doesn't offer MIPS, doesn't plan too as far as I know.

So you could do all the testing in the world, it would be hard to take at face value.
  • 1 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone good call. LOL! And no Kali will not be offering MIPS. They have their own variant. Something closer to the 6d idea. I believe it's still in development and hasn't reached production yet. Last version I saw was terrible but where they are going with it makes a lot of sense. I'm sure it won't reach market until it's perfect. Those guys are smart and anal as hell when it comes to the safety of your mellon. They do however use something called composit fusion plus. Pretty cool tech.

Side note MIPS is not bullshit. LOL!
  • 2 0
 @livehardrideharder the link provided by velocitajano pretty much disproves your MIPS is bullshit comment.

www.folksam.se/polopoly_fs/1.139790!/Folksam%20bicycle%20helmet%20test%202015.pdf

The MIPS helmets have lower rotational acceleration and velocity in general over the non MIPS helmets.

There are 2 helmets in the group that are the same helmet MIPS and non-MIPS and you can see a nice difference in those.

Numbers don't bullshit. Where are your numbers?
  • 1 1
 I bought a Kali helmet last year. It was the worst helmet I've ever owned. It felt flimsy and cheap from the get go and the retention system constantly failed leaving a very ill fitting unsafe helmet. I retired it after only a month and went back to Giro. I've found that Giro helmets have always fit my head shape and the quality has been top notch across their line from biking to snow sports. When my Phase needs retiring I will seriously be looking at the Montaro.
  • 1 0
 It definitely looks too high on his head but I think he just has the sizing wrong because I know someone with a Montaro and it fits great and low just like any other good helmet on his head
  • 12 0
 I'm glad to see mention about the retention system not interfering with sunglasses. That's my biggest gripe about my Poc
  • 5 1
 my endurbro buddy complains his retro 100% glasses interfere with his poc.

not sure if bad design or just to enduro Smile
  • 1 0
 Yup, I had the same problem with my POC, I was gonna demo a pair, put them on with my helmet and and said, "NOPE, these aren't gonna work" and handed them back. Ive worn out two POCs and now using a TLD A1 and may try the 100% glasses again as my smiths have a lot of use and are about needing replacement.
  • 5 0
 For those interested in helmet science, this article does a good job of explaining testing procedures for assessing helmet performance. While the Montaro is missing from the review lineup, it does have some relevant to the current market, including a few MIPS options.

www.folksam.se/polopoly_fs/1.139790!/Folksam%20bicycle%20helmet%20test%202015.pdf

It would be neat to see quantitive analysis in the "performance" subsections for things that truly matter (helmets).
  • 1 0
 Had a bit of a quick skim, the performance of the Hövding 2.0 is rather impressive. It will be interesting to see if they can develop this technology to be more suitable for mountain biking.
  • 1 0
 I agree - that Hövding is quite something. They've got some cool crash test dummy videos on their website. I had no idea that existed. Seems like it would be rather easy to make a "full face" version albeit quite a bit less pleasant when it deploys.
  • 1 0
 This is what I've argued for a long time we need, no more bullshit about a helmet passing a lame standard, I want to see actual numbers. On another forum, even a rep from Kali agreed with me.

We need to see the data just like you see on IIHS for cars. This would force manufacturers to up their game and/or lower prices. If in testing the numbers showed that a $250 helmet did no better than a $100 helmet, it's going to be hard to maintain sales at that price point.

Pass or fail tests are pretty much useless.
  • 2 0
 Agreed. You're seeing the top end companies... like Bell/Giro/Kali/6D releasing their data points. So it's going in the right direction. I think you'll start to see more of the industry start to adapt this over time until it's made in to a standard. This technology is still in it's infancy and so is the testing. I think another thing you'll see is publications taking multiple helmets to an independent lab and doing their own testing so those results... even if slightly different from the manufacturer results... are all on an even playing field against one another. I think that's what you'll start to see more of.

It's like FL-1 standards for lights. It's the standards but companies are not REQUIRED to go by them. They should be. The better companies go by them. But when it's not convenient people will avoid it. So you might see on the shelf a $39 light saying it's got 150 lumens next to a $59 light than says it's got 150 lumens. You go... oh man..I'll take the cheaper one. But what you're not looking at is that the expensive one tested to FL-1 Standards and is ACTUALLY 150 lumens. Meanwhile the cheap one just did their own internal testing which could just be the engineer going.. yeah it's 150 lumens. But if tested again FL-1 it might 80 Lumens... same goes for battery life. Sure it's still on after 3 hours but can you use it?

Point 2. $250 vs. $100 helmet. It's not always completely about safety. If they're close on safety that's a good thing. That means the technology and the safety is moving completely through company product lines. The difference in pricing is partially due to things like Mips and non MIPS models... but often times the larger chunks come from features. Better fit systems. Nicer finish. Higher cost of manufacturing and lower numbers. ETc.

Point 3. Agree 100% about the pass/fail.
  • 1 0
 I knew someone would point out features, however, having the actual numbers would allow us to decided if the feature warrants the cost to us.

For example, say the $250 helmet is slightly better vented, but scored worse than the $100 one.

Now we would be able to make an informed choice, is the ventilation and slightly lower score worth $150 to me.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Was just explaining that cost isn't always what it seems.

It's like one of the other comments complaining that it costs more in the UK.... well... it has to be shipped there... and the exchange rate is a moving target... etc.

But yes. Information is always good. It just has to be delivered in a way that doesn't overwhelm the end user/purchaser. So making it available is great but slamming everything on the box is probably not the best idea. LOL!
  • 3 0
 Mike may have forgot to mention or didn't see that there is a second adjustment on this helmet to accommodate for the occipital bone on the back of the skull. In which you can raise or lower the back of the helmet via 3 positions to cup the occipital lobe. So it can fit pretty low like the A1 if you want.
  • 6 0
 I just like that colour. I want that colour on my helmet.
  • 5 0
 out in the US where we share trails with the hunters - bright orange on your head is a wise choice.
  • 16 1
 @bobbydale - by 'trails' do you mean everywhere and by 'hunters' you mean the general public?

Sorry, couldn't resist a little US gun humor.
  • 7 5
 It's cool, but my Smith Forefront is the best fitting and sturdiest piece of protection I've ever had the pleasure of putting on my head...and it makes you look like a Storm Trooper, which is an added bonus.
  • 4 0
 Did you use the gopro mount at all during tge review period? If so did you have any issues with the mount?
  • 5 1
 It's garbage. I have a Montaro and the GoPro mount is a joke. If you look online all of the press release reviews are conviently missing the GoPro mount. Few forum posts about it, but that's all.

It rattles a bunch, other day mine popped off while I was riding. Footage is all shaky and the GoPro knock is made even worse. Then if you ride the helmet with the mount on and no GoPro is rattles and is just annoying. It's lame. I emailed Giro and they didn't have any answers for me other than 'oh interesting, sorry to hear that'. I mean for $300 retail would kinda like it function properly.

I have heard that Giro is aware of the issue (thus why you don't see it in any reviews, which is a bit shady) and supposedly there is a new mount in the works.
  • 4 0
 I was about to ask @mikekazimer if there is no photo of this "removable POV camera / light Mount". It is kind of poor to mention a feature and then there is no photo.
But if there is a problem with it, I think it is lame to not talk about it in a review.

@mikekazimer please give a statement about the pov camera / light mount. As for me, my next helmet needs to have a pov camera / LIGHT mount, so I am curious which helmets work or not.
  • 3 0
 Hopefully it gets refined. It is a super slick mount and a cool position. But it's just poorly executed.
  • 4 0
 I also have this helmet and the Go Pro mount is complete crap. I did use a small O ring to take up the space between the camera mount and the break away piece and that keeps it solid. DIY.
  • 13 1
 Thanks for calling us out on the GoPro mount... We just received replacements in our warehouse and at our distributors' warehouses. Here's the part number: 8046963. Give a shout to Giro customer service, your dealer or distributor and we'll get replacements out.
  • 2 1
 Awesome. It is a very comfortable helmet, and air flows in really well. Overall, very happy with it. Strangely, it fits my head alot better than Bell helmets. Do you guys work together, or just happen to be owned by the same conglomerate?
  • 1 0
 Bell and Giro have always fit noticeably different, I've never wanted to buy a Giro helmet after trying one. So I assume the two companies are using different sets of head molds.
  • 1 2
 Big thumbs down to Giro on the mount. Mine was terribly loose and completely useless.

I contacted Amy at Giro about it and she sent me a mount from a Giro Range snow helmet which isn't compatible at all. After arguing with me that it should fit she finally forwarded my inquiry/complaint to their product management group who then completely ignored any of my inquiries. Terrible customer service!

As a long time Giro fan I've now returned the Montaro and bought a Smith Forefront (which has a proper light/camera mount).
  • 2 0
 Same thing happened to me. Told my cs rep and they shipped the right part out to me. Fits well now.
  • 5 4
 That's at least twice the price of a Feature. But I bet it doesn't protect, vent, or even look twice as good.

I completely get the fact that i have to pay a premium for mips, but come on, that's a lot of money for the materials and technology involved.

I also disagree with the author that "helmets have come a long way". No they haven't, they've just started to look a little better, while materials are more or less the same.

That said, if it really improves on the feature's venting (my only gripe), this should be a fine helmet.
  • 3 1
 Try one on. If you like/fit the Feature, you will get it.
It is also about 70° cooler than the Feature to ride in...
  • 6 1
 The feature fits like a saucepan. The montaro fits incredibly well.


MSRP on the feature is $95. That's only 2/3 the price of the montaro.

If you think about the number of hours you spend in a helmet, its really not expensiv to get something good.
  • 3 0
 +1 for the Feature. Such a great helmet. Actually I like it so much that after a quite hard crash I bought another one.
  • 2 1
 Smashed my Feature, so bought another Feature, with MIPS. Still half the price of a Montaro. Win win.
  • 4 0
 I have 2 features. Don't mind getting another 1 Best value for money in my opinion
  • 2 0
 I have a feature. Great helmet, but it is noticeably hotter than my Fox Flux. It has a lot going for it (protection, looks, value), but ventilation is not one of them.
It also is not conducive to mounting lights due to the vent layout.
  • 2 0
 I broke my Feature this past summer and Picked up a Montaro MIPS....Personally I feel the ventilation is far superior on the Montaro
  • 1 0
 There is a Feature MIPS. I really loved my Feature - it fit me perfect - and the simple straps were great. Thought about this before I bought my HEX, but I needed vents to attach my light to my helmet and the Feature makes that nearly impossible.
  • 1 0
 Funny about the poor ventilation comments on the feature I thought they were pretty good I never had to remove my helmet for a full 2 hours ride and I'm from a tropical country
  • 2 0
 Let me just say I'm happy I got the feature in white. The greek summer sun can be really brutal, I can't imagine how hot a dark coloured one would get. It's excellent in every other way though and can be found dirt cheap.
  • 4 2
 Is anyone left wondering what the purpose is of the peak on these newfangled helmets? It has moved up so high that I can't see how it could be used to keep the sun out of your eyes.
  • 3 0
 Presuming it can move down, like the one on the Bell Super, I really like them. Big enough and low enough to actually be useful when I'm sitting down climbing or doing a slow traverse, but gets up and out of the way when I'm in "attack position" and I need more visibility. Or if I want to flip my goggles up under the visor for a bit.
  • 15 0
 It's there so you don't look dumb. Or worse, like a roadie.
  • 1 1
 It's an enduro thing. The visor is high, so you can tuck the goggles under it. But you can lower it for traditional setting.
  • 1 0
 I can confirm that at the lowest setting the peak on my Montaro is in my field of view.
  • 1 0
 I am interested in the Montaro as I really would like to see how well it manages airflow and and sweat build up. I am hot head and every helmet I have ever had soaks me. I've simply come to accept it. Currently, I employ a Bell Super. It gets plenty sweaty too, but it fits amazingly. In addition, my two favorite things about it are first how it holds glasses perfectly beneath the visor until you need them. They can be removed and replaced easily while riding, but stay put otherwise. Secondly, I use O-tus helmet speakers and they fit (and sound) better in the Super than any other helmet I have tried. I too am concerned about the high position of the Montaro in the pictures. The Super by contrast fits much lower over the ears and in the back. I look forward to trying one on soon.
  • 2 0
 I have the Bell Super and the Troy Lee A1. The Bell is WAY hotter - huge difference. FYI. And for me, the fit is just a lot more comfortable for the A1, but that's obviously just a personal deal. I'm very interested in this Montaro - its on my list for next year. I hit my head hard enough last summer to get a mild concussion, so the MIPS is on my radar.
  • 1 0
 I've been riding with this helmet for over a year now and I love it. Only 2 issues to mention. The orange of mine has faded a huge amount (I ride every day as a commuter) and the liner is falling apart and rancid. For those questioning the pivoting visor I keep mine raised slightly on clear/sunny days for better visibility when down on my drop bars on my gravel bike and drop it for better eyeglass protection when its raining (which is does a lot here in Vancouver from October-May).

Overall its super comfortable, light, ventilates well and is highly visible.
  • 1 0
 I’m on my third set of pads for it, the fit is really good, but the helmet is let down by the poor pads and to a lesser extent the crappy GoPro mount.
  • 2 0
 I have this exact helmet in the same color (actually got it at a sample sale) and love it. Never had this nice of a helmet before and love everything about it!
  • 1 0
 The level of protection area is the same, have any helmet brand looked at dropping the guard to cover temple area ahead of ear but keeping a open face style still?
  • 1 0
 interesting point to think about.
  • 1 0
 How does the fit compare to other helmets with regards to head shape? I need to replace my giro hex and am considering buying one of these.
  • 3 1
 Awsome helmet. Love mine. The Mips does its job
  • 1 0
 Is it going to be available in Australia?
Giro missed heaps of sales in this country by not selling their Feature helmet.
  • 3 1
 Yes, the Montaro is certified to Australia's standards. Our distributor in Australia is Sheppard Cycles.
  • 1 0
 Great looking lid, but I'm out of the tech loop... is MIPS throw away after one impact?
  • 1 0
 No, it just lets the retention system move a bit inside the shell. It's slick plastic on cloth and it just moves back in place.
  • 2 0
 No mips shouldn't be damaged. It is a thin flexible layer that goes between your head and the shell that allows the helmet to do its job while reducing friction. Think of your helmeted head striking the ground and sliding a little instead of augering in. Those who study the these things say it can really reduce the liklihood of a serious head injury. However a substantial crash still means your helmet shell is toast.
  • 2 1
 Almost all helmets is throw away after one impact, however, I am yet to meet someone who actually does that. It kind of risky thing to not change helmets after a crash, the wallet should not dictate your safety. The only multi impact helmet I've heard about is POC, they also were the first brand to put MIPS on the market which many has followed since than. Seems like innovative and serious company.
  • 2 0
 My new Giro snowboard helmet is multi impact rated. Its made out of a flexible foam and is very comfortable. Hopefully that construction makes its way into the cycling world.
  • 2 0
 @MendelMu I think it's hard to make generalizations about this. Nobody crashes the exact same every time. What might smash one helmet one time, might only scuff the paint another time. I recently went down in some ice and snow. My shoulder and hip took the impact. My helmet has abrasions from sliding, not impact, and I feel perfectly safe riding it. But most people would tell me to replace it because it has "Hit the ground in a crash." Ymmv.
  • 2 0
 such enduro, much climb, so mtn bike
  • 1 0
 Fit is like ski boots, what fits one, doesn't always fit another. Glad there are lots of options out there.
  • 1 1
 Excellent fit & it looks damn good. Rubberized texture on the back of the lid to help keep goggles in place. Found it at Performancebike.com on Black Friday for $100.
  • 1 1
 Looks good, but would I trust Giro again? I had 3 cracks in my Giro Feature, no crashes involving my head, WTF!
  • 14 0
 Those were vents
  • 6 0
 Calling BS on that. If you had cracks in your helmet WITHOUT impacts involved the first thing any sensible person would do is contact the company for a replacement... which most likely would have been free. Hell... you could probably get a crash discount if it WAS related to impact.
  • 1 0
 I love orange! I wish my IXS wasnt black.
  • 3 0
 I have a blue IXS, wish it was black... Big Grin
  • 2 2
 How the hell does $150 = £130?
**** you Giro.
  • 3 1
 Isn't it 103? Could be a typo. Not sure why so hostile.
  • 1 0
 Import/export taxes have a share in the blame as well. Cost of doing business!
  • 1 1
 +1 if they improve venting on their full face helmets
  • 3 4
 Nice looking helmet. What is mips?
  • 3 0
 I'd highly suggest reading up on it. Here is their homepage. www.mipshelmet.com

You can also find generalized information on how it's used by Giro on their site here: www.giro.com/us_en/mips

I personally will never own another helmet without some version of this technology in it if I can avoid it. I've got it in my Super 2R. I'm picking up a new slow lid with MIPS. And Flex in the moto helmet.

If you've ever gotten a concussion purely from rotation... not impact... you'll understand it's importance. Versions of this technology will be standard at some point very soon.
  • 1 4
 lifting your visor on your helmet is always a fashion faux pas! (Unless your putting your goggles there)
  • 5 0
 Whatever.
  • 4 0
 And here I thought the visor was to block the sun! Little did I know it was for fashion. But then why does it move at all????
  • 1 0
 it was a joke, though if it wasn't a "little" about fashion we'd all still be riding with giant styrofoam buckets on our heads like it was 1985... Smile
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