Giro Remedy: A Full Face Brain Bucket

Aug 29, 2008
by Mike Estes  
Putting on a 'Brain Bucket' is one of the smartest things your wife/girlfriend/parents can get you do to, it's actually the smartest thing you can do for yourself if you want to enjoy Freeride/DH'ing for a long time. Wearing your helmet and armor isn't 100% proof you're going to walk away from a crash. I've learned a hard lesson this summer racing a DH and I crashed so hard that if I didn't have the body 'armored' up I would be a pile a Jell-O and useless to my loved ones. Impacting the ground at a any rate of speed is nothing I signed up for. Riding within my ability is the key and preached by the top racers in the world who risk life and limb to beat the clock. Wearing the right helmet when you go down will improve your chances dramatically. WEAR YOUR HELMET (And Armor While Riding A Bike!)Giro makes some of the finest brain buckets in my opinion, its based on weight, features, fit, airflow and how well it works with my goggles. When I received me new Giro Remedy, I immediately admired the cool graphics. I thought last year's helmet graphics and colors were sorta dull. It was cool to see the 'matte' titanium finish with a cool cityscape graphic (one particular connection to my helmet was the image of a skateboarder grinding the power lines) and they really bannered up the Giro logos this round with 4 bold hits. Wish I had a Giro photo incentive because its going to be a dominating logo in any photo.


Now for me to drive home the images of why you should wear a full face helmet. Here's preventable damage on this young man, this young man hit a tree and got scraped up pretty good and Chris Curtain (the one inspiration for this paragraph is this photo, he now owns a full face to protect his new teeth. I can keep going, but let me throw some statistics at you I found at www.helmets.org (A US based website) :

About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries.

1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a brain injury.

Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury.

A very high percentage of cyclists' brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent.


I found this to be a very interesting fact:

"A few manufacturers now have helmets certified to the ASTM F 1952 Downhill Mountain Bike Racing Helmet standard, including Bell, Giro, Lazer, Pro-Tec, Specialized and Troy Lee. Coverage and impact requirements are tougher than the CPSC bicycle helmet standard."

Which prompted me to search out the ASTM website and get the international standards for a Downhill Full Face Helmet, this is what I found. Ultimately, the message I'm conveying to you is it's painfully obvious that a full face helmet prevents facial abrasions and can reduce the trauma to the brain in the situation your head does hit an object on the trails.



So back to the Giro Remedy. It's constructed out of a Fiberglass shell with an EVA-lined chin bar and weighs 37 oz. / 1050 g. Its MSRP price is $120 USD and its worth the price. They come in 3 sizes: Small (51-55 cm) Medium (55-59cm) and a Large (59-63 cm). The Remedy helmet fit is amazing, they took 20 years of human data to produce skin-like feel for 97% of the human population. The Internal padding is removable for washing after those super tough race weekends. The 14 vents flush out stale air and heat quickly, a very noticeable feature. A color palette of 6 colors to match your riding style is available for the Giro Remedy.

I truly love my Giro, thanks for reading.


And here's a simple, short, self filmed video I made at Colonnade Bike Park in Seattle WA while wearing my full face Giro Remedy! HELL YEAH!


Views: 32,933    Faves: 78    Comments: 45


All Photos by Carl Warren



Editor's Note:

We got a hold of some 2009 Giro Remedy and FLAK helmets. Check out Colton King in the 2009 Giro Remedy composite Zombies edition Full Face. Jordan Holmes is sporting the Giro FLAK with sick new graphics from Jesse Ledoux. Ledoux was an art director for Seattle Based Sub Pop records. And Brad Peters is rocking the new Giro Remedy Carbon / Titanium.

Colton King in the Giro Remedy Composite - Zombie Edition:







Jordan Holmes in the Giro FLAK - Ledoux Edition:






Brad Peters in the Giro Remedy Carbon:






*2009 MSRP for the Composite is set at $130 USD, the Carbon is set at $270 USD and the FLAK is set at $40 USD.*

*The 2009 Giros will start to arrive in stores as early as October of this year*


125 Comments

  • 10 1
 its a shame all the nice good helmet are so expensife!

in Australia you NEED sun glasses because of the UV rays if you buy a top quality pair in Enlange you pay £150-200 but in australia as its needed for your health they dont make anymoney on selling them.

if all the sick full face and dirtlids where cheap kids could afford to buy them and it would just be like wearing

only cheap helmets are huge ugly and weigh a ton!
  • 1 0
 bike helmets are cheap. $120 is not bad for the remedy. my motorcycle helmet cost $250. yeah, bike helmets are cheap.
  • 1 0
 The $120 price tag would be great, sadly over here they just seem to change the $symbol for a £symbol which makes it a lot more expensive (in excess of $200 in places)....still, it's an absolute bargain for the safety, comfort and style. Sh*t, it's a bargain just for the safety element. Smile
  • 15 3
 Colton King zombie edition looks sick
  • 3 2
 Anyidea where you can buy it? looks ace.
  • 1 0
 I have the top remedy helmet. I love it
  • 30 5
 lets blame those fuking dick head bmx pro street riders e.g chase hawk that make people think its cool no to wear a helmet fuking priks setting a bad example and pretty much killing kids fuk off. setting a trend to fuking kill ur self
  • 7 75
flag bmxlife56 (Aug 29, 2008 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 hey man dont mock people that dont wear helmets chase hawk mike aitken chase dehart mike miller like every bmx street rider go on weight believe it or not but they dnt wear helmets coz there to heavy.plus ther good riders so who cares smoke a dick faggot
  • 30 1
 Dude... weight? Are you F-ing kidding me??? Those bmx helmets weigh about nothing. I wear my full face DH helmet and it does not bug me one bit. It's all about their style and about how they think it's NOT cool to wear a helmet. I don't care how good you are, brain damage will ruin your life!!!! It's not worth the risk just f-ing wear it already!!! And if not then we have another Darwin Awards winner in the making!!!
  • 2 2
 my fread has a remidy and it craked up when he had a relly insignificant crash
  • 2 0
 also, who'd listen to a bmxer
  • 8 0
 I survived a traumatic brain injury, brain surgery, then loss of use of the left side of my body. I had to regain use of my left side with hard work and God. I now can walk and use my left arm. I was wearing a helmet and it saved my life. Your life turned around in a second. 5 years latter and I still have a great deal of pain but it's better than being 6 feet under. Wear all the protection you can because you never know whats ahead. Keep the rubber side down!!!
  • 5 0
 I am so with you on this. I also suffered trauma to my head, it didn't go as far yours but it was still really bad. I suffer from sevre memory loss and I have back pain due to an almost broken back, and now baddly damaged tissue. Keep with it that is really amazing that you have come so far in the last 5 years. I wish you luck in the world in a further recovery. Smile
  • 1 0
 Best of luck with the on-going recovery guys. Salute Smile
  • 7 1
 Yeah I broke my collar bone and dislocated my shoulder riding the other day. I tell myself that i was going to wear a pressure suit but I didn't so thats what happened. The helmet saved my life!
  • 5 1
 same story here Smile exact the same!
  • 4 0
 Same here... 9 weeks ago, I broke my collar bone, but my helmet saved me from breaking my head. After the crash, my helmet was thrashed, but I called Uvex, and they sent me a new one- no questions asked. Wearing your helmet= a longer life... simple really.
  • 8 0
 I have a similar story. I seperated my shoulder and broke my shoulder blade, but if I wouldn't have had a quality helmet and body armor on, I would have probably had to ride the medic chopper off of the mountain. To all of the people with the minimalist attitude when it comes to helmets and armor because it doesn't look cool... There is nothing cool about being injured or having to have somebody take care of you when you are a vegetable.
  • 2 0
 Get well soon mtbrider27, and hope the rest of you have recovered now. Smile
  • 6 2
 alex-dh you are a complete idiot, if you think $130 is expensive for a full face helmet u must be crazy, even $400 is well worth it, honestly if u can't afford a helmet don't ride bike.

How much would one preventable head injury, seens I know for a fact a minor brain operation my friend had can cost around $18000. Or a visit to a doctor for serious concussion then being admitted to a hospital, maby a couple of grand, which could be prevented by wearing $130 on you head!!
  • 0 0
 Great point... anyone who says helmets are too expensive and , in turn, do not sport one really are not using their heads to begin with.
  • 1 0
 thank god i live in canada. but yeah always wear a bucket always have and always will saved my ass several times, this season DJ brought my full face and landed on my head and shoulder broke my collar bone and disclocated my shoulder but no concussion or any head probs other then a stiff neck
  • 1 0
 You know what else is expensive? Hospital bills. Helmets and armor are a great insurance policy.
  • 2 0
 If you can't afford $130 for a helmet, spend less on your bike. Get a cheaper set of cranks or brakes, but make sure you get a good lid.
  • 1 0
 you cant put a price on your head, never!!!!!
  • 1 0
 woOp NHS Razz
  • 1 0
 God bless the NHS, but tbh it's even more reason to wear a lid...we are so lucky to have free universal health-care, and it makes me very angry when resources have to be used for an easily preventable injury.
There are many lids out there to fit any budget, if you can't afford a full-face, spend £20 on a piss-pot, or save up another £30 and choose from a whole array of full-facers...just go on CRC. Smile
  • 6 0
 Why wouldn't anyone wear a helmet? It doesn't make you look like a biker...and to all whom are here, you can vouch for me on this. BIKERS wear helmets, posers do not.
  • 3 0
 i just wanna say that i have this helmet and just last week it saved me from getting massive facial reconstruction. i would have put a crater the size of a grapefruit on the right side of my face but instead was left with just dizziness. i was shocked after i looked at the rock i hit and was amazed at how well the helmet took it. i honestly could not have hit a worse rock.
  • 6 4
 ya, i definitely love my remedy. it has saved me a lot in the past day. i was hitting the steepest rail i have ever been on. took a lot of spills and it definitely was nice wearing a helmet you know your safe in. ALL WAYS RIDE SAFE AND RIP IT...
  • 4 1
 *trail*
  • 8 2
 YEAR IF U DONT WEAR A HELMET U WILL DIE
  • 10 0
 It is ok to ride without a helmet... just make sure you have an organ donor card if you do.
  • 1 0
 ...and we do have an over-population problem in the world, so to get the stupid-gene out of the mix, with the added bonus of spare parts for the more evolved, well, that's a bargain if I ever saw one. Wink
  • 3 1
 i just got a fox fullface love that thing,i dont wher it much tho i usualy use my tsg lid,inless im doing big jumps or drops or trails. i remebr at whistler when i crashed and didnt have my ridge helmet starped up. it was a fullface but i always would just throw it on,dont no how i made that misatke cuz i ened up going head first to flat on the last jump on a line.flew rite off,had i had it straped would of prevented a week of agony with my mouth.im probaly lucky i had braces to hold my teath togther. my point is alot of spills arent going to be like threatning but some are but for the ones that arent a helmet will take out out of alot of pain cuz face injuries fukign hurt.
  • 2 0
 Thanks, the memory loss is very hard I hope you can find ways to deal with that and the back pain just sucks. I just went through Radio frequency burning of the nerves in my back. They burn the nerve that carries the pain from the injured part of your back to your brain, it has worked, I have a few more weeks until all the pain is gone from the injections. I wish you the best on your recovery you just never give up. Take care.
  • 4 0
 yea well i think i speak for alot of people when i say make one with some fucking ear phones like i want one and there are none to buy so get on the ball
  • 1 0
 I may have dreamed it, but I'm sure there was a lid a few years ago with exactly that...dunno who made it...i'll go trawl..Smile
  • 3 2
 Look pretty cool, not as good as THE ONE or TLD helmets, but a shitload cheaper. I pretty much only ride in a full-face now, and thank fuck - a week ago I went over the bars on the most pathetically tiny table, ending up in a nice hard face grind. Result - broken goggles, snapped full face visor, four chipped teeth and a still-tweaked spine. If I hadn't been wearing a fully, I'd have deffo broken my nose, probably done my jaw some serious damage too. These helmets pay off big-time.
  • 2 1
 The Remedy is a good helmet that I got online, somewhere, for pretty cheap. Helmets aren't too expensive if you look around, and when you think about what they're protecting, yeah, they're worth it.

You like your face? wear a helmet
you like your brain? wear a helmet.
  • 2 0
 Just got my remedy last year, and i love the damn thing. comftorable as anything, fits super well (i have the large) and it holds up to abuse really really well. plus they look sick as hell
  • 3 2
 If I wasn't wearing my Fox body armour a year ago I would have been paralyzed. I took a jump and 45 feet later landed flat on my back breaking my Pelvis, Back, 2 ribs and bruising my lungs, sternum, Kidneys, and bladder. The Doctors said that if I didn't have on my armour I would have been paralyzed. I know it doesn't look as cool to be all geared up but at least I recovered and can still ride. Be smart. Wear your gear.
  • 1 0
 Ouch! Hope you're better now. Though I'd say it looks more cool to be all geared up...get that "anonymous warrior on a bike" look goin' on Smile
  • 2 0
 I love my Giro Remedy! The shortned nose on the helmet helps me see whats ahead. And the red, black and white graphics are sick beacuse they match my bike. Picked it up $120 USD.
  • 4 3
 Hey, great post... Any riders on this page must listen, it all makes serious frikin' sense. I learnt the hard way, but luckly I got off easy, (and by easy I mean I got out alive). I also hit a tree, I made the mistake off takin off the lid. even though it was just for this one jump. Was up in the local DH trail, small session with the lads, in April, perfecting the whip on this small tabletop. Was maybe my sixth time round, hit the jump clean just pulled it too far, managed to land but towards a tree as soon as I landed, I hit a tree. I was unconscious for a long time. Doctors thought I got hit by a truck. I was unstable and couldnt hold myself for 10 days, I slept for 10 days and 10 nights straight. I woke to find my family and a couple doctors hanging over me. The doctors were considering surgery, as in, on my head. They said I was extremly lucky I survived. I spent the next month in hospital in a bed, I was put in a wheelchair if I needed to move and I'm still going back for scans and tests 5 months later. I had 5 skull fractures, 2 bursts blood vessels in my head and a brain hemerage. And all the swelling, bruising, cuts and the black eyes just faded two weeks ago.
But... I'm just another idiot, I was fortunate. Wear your lid!

By the way, that Remedy Zombie is sick!
  • 1 0
 lucky you still ride iam worried of one day having something like that and my parents will never let me ride again
  • 2 0
 a nice helmet is the best investment you can buy. what good is an xtr derailleur if you're dead. "my friend used to ride hus bike without a helmet. know what he's doing now? HE'S DEAD!" (name that old tv series)
  • 1 0
 I must agree, great post!
Helmets aren't a pain to wear at all, and if you people who are too cool to wear a helmet and go for "looks", how isn't a Giro Zombie full face not good for "looks" at all!
WEAR A HELMET! Saves lives!
  • 1 0
 i have the same helmet too, i bailed the second time i wore and would have eaten dirt and probably missing a few teeth if didnt have it on, and it stood up well with just a scratch on front. and its comfortable and has an awsome fit.
  • 3 0
 yeh some helmets are hugely expensive but helmets like 661 are not too expensive and are quite good helmets
  • 1 1
 I think those new designs are pretty fcked up. I have Giro 07 all in grey and it looks 10 times better than some zombie. Paintjobs like zombies etc. looks bad after one moth riding and you cant look at it coz it is annoying you. If those are the only designs for 09 then its big disappointment for me. Still pretty good helmets.
  • 2 1
 For the last few years i have just used MX helmets if you get a good one they are almost as light as a top end dh but offer way more protection 661, shoei and arai make some good ones.
  • 0 0
 I rarely say stuff like that, but Giro is the helmet manufacturer IMO. I already have 3rd Giro FF helmet. Two previous saved my life and health. First was MadMax Carbon I crushed during failed landing. Then, this year, I did something wrong and I fell on head from 2m drop. The helmet (Remedy) cracked on the jaw protection. I instantly bought another one.
I have just seen 2009 Carbon version and I loved it Smile I will place my order for this helment soon.
I tried TLD, The One, but Giro (MadMax and Remedy) suit my head much better.
  • 0 0
 i was wearing the remedy just on wednesday. beefed it super hard straight onto the top of my head, pretty sure i got knocked out and had to go to the hospital (don't remember all to much of it) but it sure saved my life i prob would of been in a way worse situation without the helmet on. GO GIRO!
  • 4 1
 I use a remedy and a flak and I will do so for a long time!
  • 1 1
 I've had two big accidents, both on dirt jumps. The first of which meant I had to have a new front tooth. The second left me unconscious and in hospital overnight. Never ridden without a helmet since.
  • 1 0
 Glad you learned your lesson with only minor injuries. Props for mending your ways Smile
  • 2 0
 remedys rule, mine has saved my ass (face) more than once, really breathable too!
  • 1 0
 Best advice you could give, a full face helmet is what we need Smile
I've got a Specialized Deviant, very light, stylish and has good airations, love it =]
  • 0 0
 Giro does make really great helmets, I just wish their visors wern't so brittle. It seems like if you look at them wrong the visor will crack. Other than that keep up the good work.
  • 1 0
 Great point and something I've overlooked in this article. I've broke so many myself, but the good people at Giro have always replaced it for me. Next one breaks on you- Call Giro Canada and get a replacement cause I haven't found super glue strong enough to fix one yet.
  • 0 0
 I went with an MX helmet this year....GMAX..very light...tons of protection...and the price was less than a top of the line mountain bike helment...check out your local MX dealer for some great prices.
  • 2 1
 my friend has a nice little reminder on his forehead to always wear a helmet
  • 0 1
 the remedy saved my buddies life for sure. its all I ever ride with. Check out the photo. its gotta be the worst looking remedy out there.
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1508908/
  • 3 1
 better that than what could have happened to him!
  • 1 1
 Good info. Does anyone know how CPSC and CE standards compare against ASTM? I was told by THE that ASTM is an older standard but I don't know anything about this stuff.
  • 0 2
 Don't rely on safety standards to tell you which helmet to buy, impact tests for these standards are performed in an ideal environment, your helmet will never have an ideal crash.
  • 1 0
 Motorcycle News did a great article about this a while back. The US and Australia test standards are now the preferred standard...they're basically continuing and improving on the old British standard which has (unfortunately) been replaced by the European standard. The main, and most horrifying difference between the EU and US/Aus tests is in the drop test. In the US/Aus test, the helmet is dropped at various (random) angles and impact points. The EU test specifies the angles and impact points to be tested. This has led to some of the more unscrupulous manufacturers (mainly anonymous brands from China etc) reinforcing the those points, so although a helmet may have passed the EU impact test, it is by no means guaranteed safe. Two of the biggest motorcycle helmet manufacturers launched a campaign to resolve this issue. (I'll have a hunt for the article).
  • 1 0
 Please PM that link to me! I'd love to learn more.........
  • 1 1
 i love remedys but it didnt save mine, its actually what broke my jaw but i guess it was kinda my fault cuz i was goin way to fast over some jumps
  • 0 0
 if i weren't wearing my armor and helmet last weekend when i crashed i would be in the hospital still. as it was i dislocated my colar bone and knocked myself out cold.
  • 1 0
 i ahve last years remedy, its the best (and cheep)

and cool bike park in the video
  • 0 0
 Giro helmet's are by far the best looking helmets if you ask me but this zombie edition is absolutely gnarly. Makes me wanna buy it even though I don't need a full face!!!
  • 2 2
 how comes there was noone at the park under the overpass? (I wouldnt really fancy just leaving my camera lying around!)
  • 2 1
 maybe that was why he could leave it lying around, there was no one there. lol
  • 2 2
 I hope the peak is a bit stronger on this one, mine is really flimsy and cracked really easily
  • 3 3
 yes and no. i have crashed on mine a few times but have now demolished it, after about 15ft to fave due to forks snapping on a big double, But DAM, this is one comfy helmate, have landed on it so many times and its been a pleasure to crash in.
Broken Visor
Result of crash

But an awsome helmate, would buy another if i had the money
  • 1 2
 *Face
  • 1 1
 i hav same helm as u
  • 2 1
 i love my remedy, never go ride without a helmet now
  • 2 1
 Heh, I like the graphics on the FLAK. Neat in a weird sort of way.
  • 3 3
 Have they made the helmets any narrower? mine is sooo wide it makes my head look HUGE.
gets the nickname of windstopper lol
  • 6 1
 i think the width is for more then just cosmetics , think about it Thinner=less protetion
  • 1 0
 yes but if you put a remedy and a TLD next to eachother the profile of the remedy is alot wider.
  • 2 0
 Great review Mike!
  • 1 0
 THANKS MIKE!!
  • 1 0
 Ah yes, cheers for that Mike, great review....(we're all a bit caught up in denouncing the absurdity of riding without a lid). Salute
  • 4 2
 true that man
  • 1 1
 Giro remedy's are realy good helmets with nice grafhic's,the carbon version with those grafhic's are bad ass.
  • 0 0
 ihave a giro remedy and its the comfiest full face ive ever worn and its very protective too
  • 0 0
 Does any1 know where can i find slimmer pads to my Remedy? My actual pads are pretty tough on my cheeks, hurts a lot!
  • 0 0
 Im not sure youll find some slimmer. Iv got remedy and never saw it.
  • 0 0
 i've had a mad max 2, and have a flak helmet now. decent stuff, but a moto lid is a better investment for DH racing.
  • 0 0
 i have one but i fond they're too wide and fat, thats where TLD has it made
  • 0 0
 i need to get a giro i been using a dirt bike helmet because i cant find mountain biking stores besides shops in my area
  • 0 0
 Go to these 3 to start- www.ride-this.com or www.ridesfo.com or www.thefix.com if your in the USA!
  • 1 0
 Ahah I´m getting the Zombies...For real Smile
  • 0 1
 hahaha how does tht man see wif all of his hair in his face nice helmet thou lmafooo
  • 3 3
 carbon one is the sickest... Zombie version is fcking ugly
  • 1 1
 I can never find a giro that fits good
  • 2 1
 That is a valid point, helmet manufacturers make lids to fit as many people as possible and at times there are those of us out there that simply won;t fit their mold. No matter how cool a helmet is, be sure it fits right on your head.
  • 1 0
 Well said brule. Smile
  • 0 0
 i have the same helmet as the first picture!!
  • 1 1
 My 08'Remedy is blue.Now I want Colton King .Oh,my money!
  • 0 0
 i have the 08' remedy in brown its AWSOME!!!
  • 0 0
 just got a remedy and some smith goggles today pretty sick
  • 0 0
 Remedy ftw...I love mine!
  • 2 2
 I love my helmet (L)
  • 2 3
 the zombie edition was the best helmet
  • 0 2
 what is this, a giro advert dressed up as an impartial pinkbike article?
  • 1 0
 No, it's a review of the new Giro lids, with a positive message of "wear a helmet" fool. Smile
  • 26 2
 props to that bro ^^. its amazing how many ppl dont wear a helmet.
  • 10 1
 this is such a great article, it might actually convince the "cool" bikers to wear a helmet... mines has saved me, yours could too.
  • 21 14
 I don't give a damn about my face, I wear my full face to protect myself from looking stupid in the pictures...
  • 8 1
 i love my giro remedy
  • 3 1
 me too i have the wierd city grafic one it sweet!
  • 0 0
 I have the same one. its not san francisco by any chance is it? thats what it kinda looks like.
  • 0 0
 I have the 06 one i think or 07, the red and white one and am on my 3rd visor and it has cracked already! I hope these are stronger
  • 1 0
 ok so if you dont wanna wear a helmet then dont. Its your head not ours. But when you crash and have serious brain damage and the doctors says to you."if you were only wearing a helmet this wouldnt have happened". You are gonna be so f*cking choked.
  • 0 0
 i can't tell you how many times a helmet has saved my life. i will continue to wear one. i broke remedy. but it saved my life.
  • 0 2
 If street pros choose not to wear helmets why is it your business? Its not your decision nor should it be, whats next ban risky tricks, it would be safer for them, YOU want want to wear a helmet good its a smart move do it.
  • 1 0
 Got my Ti Cityscape today. Love it! By far the most comfy helmet out of all of the ones I tried on.
  • 1 0
 The problem there is that, as pro's, they have a big influence on many people. With fame comes responsibility and by riding on promotional videos with no helmet, they, and the companies they ride for, are setting a very bad example.
  • 1 1
 The problem there is that, as pro's, they have a big influence on many people. With fame comes responsibility and by riding on promotional videos with no helmet, they, and the companies they ride for, are setting a very bad example.

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