Giro's New Helmet, Shoes, & Gloves - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 1, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  
Giro

Source Helmet

Giro's new Source helmet has all of the features you'd expect to find in a modern trail helmet, including extended rear coverage, an adjustable visor, MIPS, and an easy to use fit adjustment system. The best part is that the $120 price tag is on the more reasonable side of things, especially considering how comfortable and well ventilated this helmet is.

A few months ago, I reviewed the $260 Giro Manifest Spherical. That helmet is the no-expense spared option in Giro's lineup, but you know what? I prefer the Source, and not just because it looks much more 'normal.' It's quickly become my go-to, everyday helmet, the one I grab when I don't want to have to think at all about what's on my head.

Giro
Giro

The MIPS system is silent (my latest pet peeve has been the helmets that have been showing up with liners that creak when they rub against the inner foam), and the fit couldn't be better. There's even a decent perch for stashing sunglasses when they're not in use, a feature I regularly use for steamy climbs where no amount of anti-fog technology can keep lenses moisture free. I have found that some glasses stay in place better than others (Smith Wildcat glasses work well), and overhanging branches can knock them out of place, but it's better than nothing.

There are 5 colors options for the men's version, which is available in sizes S-XL, and 3 colors for the women's version, which is available in sizes S-M. My size medium helmet weighed in at 344 grams.


Giro

Rincon Shoe

The Rincon ($150) is Giro's newest XC / trail shoe, which uses a one piece upper that's made from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and mesh that have been thermo-bonded together. It's called Synchwire, and the material allowed Giro to incorporate a generous amount of ventilation while also maintaining enough support for long rides.

Giro
Giro

There's a BOA L6 dial that's uses to tighten the stainless steel 'laces', and a velcro strap over the forefoot for additional fit adjustment. The outer plate is made from nylon and glass-fiber, with rubber tread and the option of screwing in toe spikes for extra wet-weather traction.

The Rincon is available in men's sizes 39-50, and women's sizes 36-46.

Giro
Giro

Havoc Gloves

The new Havoc gloves are low profile, free of any unnecessary padding on the palm, and with generous venting on the ring and pinky fingers. There's also a bit of knuckle protection to ward off small branches and brambles. It's not the type of thing you'd want to test by punching a redwood tree, but they should help keep the gloves from getting shredded if you end up riding through some shrubbery.

The gloves are also touch screen compatible, and have a fleece thumb for snot and sweat management.

The Havoc gloves retail for $40 USD in men's sizes S-XXL and women's sizes S-XL.




Across the Pond Beaver 2020






81 Comments

  • 77 0
 Riding through some shrubbery? Did Kazimer join the Knights Who Say Ni?
  • 176 2
 No, we are now the Knights Who Say, "Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptang Zoo Boing."
  • 15 3
 @mikekazimer: How this got a down vote is beyond me. -Bravo-
  • 29 0
 PB's next head to comparison.... An African vs European Swallow
  • 5 0
 Lets build a bridge out of him!
  • 4 0
 @dtax: We got to bring out our dead first
  • 2 0
 @DaFreerider44: nay, a flesh wound
  • 4 0
 Don't know about you, but I'm always carrying a herring in my spares kit.
  • 12 0
 Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say Ni at will to old ladies.
  • 3 0
 @twozerosix: 'Tis but a scratch
  • 2 0
 I'm not dead yet!
  • 27 0
 Snot and sweat management is a must.
  • 3 0
 Snot & Sweat... There is something to dig behind this...
Not sure if it would be a good name for a metal band or a battle royale event, but I like it.
  • 6 0
 @evildos: As long as it isn't a kindergarten it's ok
  • 4 0
 @evildos: snot was a punk/thrash band in the early 90's....
Those shoes are ugly as AF
  • 1 0
 I went to buy new gloves at the beginning of this season and was disappointed to find that no one had the classic snot and sweat microfiber on the thumb! I ended up getting another paid of Giro's and couldn't be happier
  • 2 0
 @scottlink: and they were damn good. RIP Lynn.

Those shoes are ugly AFFFFF!!
  • 2 0
 For anyone looking for sweat management, can’t recommend the sweat buster enough. I went from not being able to wear sunglasses at all to keeping them on for the full ride in super hot temps with big climbs. $25 for two - best MTB money I’ve spent in a while.
www.amazon.com/Sweat-Buster-Helmet-Sweatband-Comfortable/dp/B076Q53CX5
  • 11 1
 Snot enough knuckle protection.
  • 6 0
 Pet peeve of mine seeing helmet reviews or advertisements with no photos of them being fitted to someone's head. As much as it shouldn't matter I think alot of people care how helmets look and it's hard to say how they will look on a human without seeing them on a human. Also...seeing how they store glasses on them would be another interesting plus.
  • 1 2
 Your head doesn't look like mine.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: Yes, correct. Likely doesn't fit you the same either, however it gives a good idea of what the helmet looks like fitted to someone.
  • 3 0
 "my latest pet peeve has been the helmets that have been showing up with liners that creak when they rub against the inner foam"

Then you are more tolerant than me, because I've been complaining about this for 3 years. Sometimes I wear my maybe-too-old non-MIPS helmet because I just don't want to hear a creak.

You know what... I'll probably buy this right now because I need a new helmet anyway, just because it's allegedly very quite.
  • 6 0
 Why doesn't the protection go onto your little pinky second joint? That's where I always knock mine!
  • 2 0
 Gloves for riders who don’t want to wear gloves.
  • 7 1
 Would be great if there was a BOA closure show with flats underneath.
  • 3 0
 Pearl iZUMI just launched a few—heard good things about this one. www.pearlizumi.com/US/en/shop/men/cycling-shoes/mountain/x-alp_launch/p/15192101
  • 4 0
 @CoreyPancake: those red ones look awesome! Are they finally available? I wonder if the rubber is near 5.10 quality?
  • 5 0
 My shoes get beaten up pretty quickly, seems to me that a boa dial would be really vulnerable to getting ripped off or smashed.
  • 3 0
 @kingbike2: Lifetime warranty. Shops basically give them out like candy.
  • 2 0
 We know adidas (aka FiveTen) can make BOA flats, I just bought these (not to ride in) — even has a continental sole. www.adidas.com/us/terrex-agravic-boa-trail-running-shoes/FV2409.html
  • 6 0
 Is this the replacement for my beloved Giro Fixture?
  • 2 0
 love my fixture
  • 4 0
 That helmet is so much better looking than that half shell one from a few months back.
  • 2 0
 You talking about the one that looks like a smart car wearing a beanie?
  • 1 0
 The one with the clever sunglasses holding solution?
  • 4 3
 Does anyone still use toe spikes? It's funny how most XC shoes still have holes for them, when XC riding and trails have evolved so much. I remember appreciating spikes in the 90's pushing my bike up muddy drainages, climbing over fallen trees, etc., but that was so mountain biking 1.0. Nowadays, does anyone actually run spikes? And wouldn't they make more sense for the freeride crowd, if at all?
  • 19 0
 Cyclocross crowd still uses spikes from what I’ve seen.
  • 5 3
 I don’t run spikes (flat pedals anyway) but if you ride natural stuff and long rides up hills and across moors etc not just manicured bike park and purpose built MTB trails , I can see for hike-a-bike sections studs being useful.
Wouldn’t call it mountain v1.0 Id call it proper mountain biking. Like riding bikes in mountains
  • 2 0
 CX riders do
  • 1 0
 I used to upgrade my spikes to alloy football (soccer/AFL) boot spikes, excellent grip in mud and surprisingly grippy on most rock types once worn down a little....
  • 2 0
 The Giro Chronicle has been the best lasting and most comfortable helmet I've ever owned. And I only paid $60. Just did a search to see what they cost now and shocked it's $109.99. smh Man this sport is pricey.
  • 1 0
 My last helmet Branded Giro costed 150 USD. the plastics that adjust to your head broke after weeks of use. These guys from warranty sent me that wrong replacement plastic and then left me in the air. needless to say their product at that time was SHIEEETTTTT
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer "It's quickly become my go-to, everyday helmet, the one I grab when I don't want to have to think at all about what's on my head."
Do you also have a special occasions helmet? Fancy dress helmet? One that you wear when you DO want to spend some time thinking about what's on your head? Even speaking as someone who has four helmets (I keep a couple of old ones around "just in case", plus a full face) this statement doesn't make much sense to me.
  • 2 0
 My helmet collection is probably more extensive than most due to the amount of products that show up for review. With the Source, it just works - there hasn't been any need to fiddle with the fit at all. Basically, this has been the helmet I've been wearing the most out of all the options I have available.
  • 1 1
 @mikekazimer: Sorry, I'm probably just being an ass... I figured that, and I get what you're saying... It just stood out to me as a super unrelatable way to say it. #reviewerproblems, y'know?
  • 4 0
 Is this why I can't buy replacement pads for my 3 month old Chronicle?
  • 1 0
 Try to warranty? My Radix pads were falling apart after 3 months.
  • 1 0
 I have a ~2 year old chronicle. Are we supposed to clean the pads? I sweat a lot and, uh... I’ve never washed them or anything...
  • 1 1
 Not sure if y'all are copying giro's release verbatim but there is cleanup needed.

- Mesh + TPU = two layers (three if you count the thermoplastic adhesive that keeps them together)
- The outsole is made of rubber. The plate / shank is made of Nylon and glass fiber
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: how is the visor connected to the shell? On the Chronicle the visor plugs into a ratchet, and those little knobs break very easily. Replacement visors only black.
  • 3 0
 The visor is held on by two screws, one on each side of the helmet - you can see it pretty clearly in the title image.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: yes, but I wasnt sure about how it connects with the mechanism that holds the visor in position. The Chronicle has little plastic nudges. When they break, the visor is still there but falls down into its lowest position.
  • 1 0
 Squeaking helmet drives me nuts too. Many helmet manufacturers used an older locking mechanism that squeaked. I know which one and avoid it like the plague, but I think most companies have phased it out.
  • 1 0
 hey @mikekazimer recently on pb podcast i heard you guys raving about specialized ambush but after test fit it feels like plastic lid without any cushions against my tld a1. is this one any better? thanks
  • 2 0
 I'd say the padding in the Source is a little more generous than the Ambush - it's worth trying one on to see if that helps.
  • 3 0
 Appreciate the honest, thorough review. Thank you, Mike!
  • 2 0
 Literally just bought the Giro Chronicle MIPS last week!
  • 2 1
 I have it. It dumps sweat into your face way too easily, unfortunately. Worst sweat management of any hemlet I've owned. TLD A1 and Bell helmets are way better so far at sweat management.
  • 5 0
 @rickybobby18: would love to see a helmet sweat management showdown.

Last 2 giro helmets I’ve owned haven’t been great at it.
  • 1 0
 not to worry, you still own a quality helmet. Had mine a couple of years now, and it hasn't let me down!
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: I didn't find that now if i'm honest, however i did find that sweat is absorbed by the pad on your forehead, and when it gets saturated drips down off the foam, doesn't touch my nose or face but seeing the drip fall in front of me was slightly distracting!

@v7fmp Yeah I am happy with it, as i had the giro feature for a good many years previously to that, however waiting a week to get a newer helmet for the same money does lead to some slight disappointment!
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: I have a Kali Protectives helmet and it's great at sweat management as well.
  • 2 0
 Oh nice, anyone know when the helmet is dropping? Can't find it anywhere.
  • 2 0
 Early Oct
  • 2 0
 eff I JUST bought Giro Chronicle mips
  • 1 0
 What's the difference between the Source and the Radix? The Source looks like it has fewer vents but costs $25 more.
  • 2 0
 More protection I think, seems to come down a bit lower at the back
  • 2 0
 Any weight for this helmet?
  • 2 0
 The medium I have is 344 grams.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Thanks! Sounds like a good combo! Smile
  • 1 0
 As long as its only available in colors that dont match anything I own Im in.
  • 1 0
 What's with the glove material near the end of thumb. Looks like the glove is falling apart?
  • 1 0
 Can't seem to get any Havoc gloves until late Nov in the UK.
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