Review: Giro's New Manifest Helmet

May 7, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  


The Manifest is Giro's newest mountain bike helmet, with an extensive list of features that put it in the top tier of their trail-oriented offerings.

Along with a light weight and generous ventilation, the helmet has Giro's Spherical technology, which uses two separate layers of foam connected by elastomers that allow the two layers to move independently. The idea is that during a crash the outer layer is able to rotate enough to help dissipate a portion of the impact force, reducing the amount of stress that reaches the brain. It's a similar design to what's used in the Tyrant helmet, but in a much airier package.

Giro Manifest Details

• Roc-Loc Trail Air fit system
• MIPS Spherical
• Adjustable visor, goggle gripper
• XT2 anti-microbial padding
• Weight: 360 grams (medium, actual)
• 7 color options
• Sizes: S, M, L
• CE, CPSC, AS/NZS certified
• MSRP: $260 USD
www.giro.com
There are three sizes available, S, M, and L, and seven different color options, including all-black and all-white for riders who are two-tone averse. A size medium Manifest weighs in at 360 grams, and it will leave your wallet lighter by $260 USD.



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Details

Let's start with the Manifest's safety features. After all, that's what really matters – how many vents there are is a secondary concern compared to what a helmet's designed to do when your head smacks into the ground.

The Manifest has two separate EPS (expanded polystyrene) portions that are joined with elastomers. Take a look at the helmet featured in this review – you'll notice the darker grey bottom layer, and the olive green layer that sits on top. The bottom layer uses a softer foam to help dissipate slower speed impacts, while the outer layer has a higher density foam for dealing with higher speed hits. In the event of a crash, the outer layer is designed to move, pulling on the elastomers and sliding on the plastic coated inner layer. It doesn't take much force to move the two layers, but the elastomers are strong enough to keep the layers from shifting too much during normal riding conditions.

It's a similar concept to a traditional MIPS liner, but this design moves the plastic slip plane away from a rider's head, which helps create a more comfortable helmet. The ball-and-socket design was created in-house by Giro, and MIPS helped with the integration of the slip plane and elastomers.

In order to achieve their ventilation goals without compromising the helmet's structural integrity, Giro's designers equipped the Manifest with a polycarbonate reinforcing arch that runs through the center of the helmet. Ready for a new acronym? The feature is called the AURA, where AURA stands for Aerodynamic, Unbreakable, Reinforcing, Architecture.

Silly acronym aside, that arch does allow for an impressively open and well-ventilated design. There are 19 vents, along with internal channeling, and Giro say that it's 7-percent cooler than the Montaro MIPS, and nearly as cool as their Aether road helmet.


Giro's Roc Loc Trail Air retention system is used to fine-tune the fit.
Two pieces of textured rubber help hold sunglasses in place on top of the helmet when they're not being used.

Other features include a FidLoc magnetic chin buckle, a ratcheting dial to adjust the fit, and an adjustable visor without any fixed positions – it moves up and down evenly, which makes it less likely that you'll end up with one side higher than the other, a fashion faux pas that's most commonly seen on riders who ride alone, myself included.

A textured rubber strip along the bike of the helmet helps keep goggle straps from slipping, and there's also pieces of rubber that hold sunglass arms in place when they're not in use. Flip them upside down, stick them in from the front of the helmet and they won't budge even on rough bits of trail.


Side profile.
I probably wouldn't be squinting so much if my sunglasses weren't on top of my head...



Ride Impressions

As always, helmet fit is a personal affair. What fits my head may not fit yours, and vice versa, but I found the Manifest to be very comfortable, free of any pressure points or other distractions. For reference, my head shape is more oval than round, and the list of helmets that I get along with includes the Specialized Ambush and POC Tectal Race. Helmet looks are even more subjective than fit – I personally don't mind the Manfest's aesthetic, although it does seem like it has more of a commuter / retro vibe to it rather than one that screams “hardcore mountain biker.”

The Roc Loc ratcheting dial is easy to adjust with one hand, and the middle of the three vertical height positions worked best for me. There haven't been any clearance issues with sunglasses, and the top-of-helmet storage works as intended. Even on chunky climbs, or rougher downhills where I forgot to put them back on, my glasses stayed in place. Depending on the sunglasses' arm thickness the pressure on the top of my head was noticeable after a while; storing them up top works best for shorter climbs or traverses.

It's still spring time here in the Pacific Northwest, which means I haven't tried the Manifest out in temperatures above 65° F (18° C). Many of my rides were very humid, though, with long, slow speed climbs, so I did get an idea of how well it manages moisture. At speeds faster than a crawl the ventilation works very well – there's plenty of airflow, which kept the top of my head nice and cool. At slower speeds the helmet didn't feel quite as airy – the slightly thicker padding that makes it feel so comfortable also caused sweat to drip down my temples once it was fully saturated.

The overall fit of the Manifest was excellent, as was the level of venting, but I did find the size of the Fidlock buckle to be a little annoying. It's wider than a typical helmet buckle, and the positioning put it right on the top of my Adam's apple. I ended up running the strap a little looser than normal to compensate, but I'd still notice it every once in a while.

The Manifest uses a Fidlock magnetic buckle.
A polycarbonate arch runs through the center of the helmet for extra reinforcement.



Pros

+ Very comfortable fit
+ MIPS Spherical technology is well integrated
+ Clever sunglasses holding solution

Cons

- Width of Fidlock buckle can be distracting
- All those features come with a sizeable price tag




Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesGiro have packed the Manifest with an impressive number of features, and its spot at the top of their trail helmet hierarchy is well earned. It's on the pricier side of the spectrum, and I didn't totally get along with the Fidlock buckle, but otherwise it's certainly worth a look for riders in search of a well ventilated, relatively light helmet that doesn't skimp when it comes to safety. 
Mike Kazimer








169 Comments

  • 230 8
 Looks like a really cheap children’s helmet but costs 260$
ok then
  • 144 4
 Why would they texture the lower shell to look like raw foam from a disposable beer cooler? Giro's Roc-Loc fit system is the best in the biz, but their design team really needs major help w/ aesthetics: this helmet looks like you're wearing a Star-Wars ball & socket droid on your head!
  • 4 3
 @Veloscente: exactly my thoughts
  • 18 1
 @Veloscente: maybe they overestimated the number of Star Wars fans within the MTB community?
  • 2 1
 Have a tree or 400 that would piece that helmet out.
  • 9 1
 @Veloscente: I think this helmet was supposed to be released on May the fourth.
  • 1 0
 Just bought two of these fidlock buckles one for me and one for my boys giro chronicle MIPS lids. It's a shaped smaller version of the one seen here that doesn't stick in your throat and fits a 15mm strap. Found a place in the UK selling them for £2 each!
  • 11 2
 @Veloscente: If a company like Abus, whose design experience is mostly in padlocks, can make much better looking helmets, something is seriously wrong at Giro.
  • 5 0
 Ah time for the moto comparison...moto helmets(mips and other tech incl) and tires often half price of mtb stuff.
  • 3 0
 I think if it had more exposed styrofoam it’d look more worth that price tag! Haha jk
Giro- I can pick up a 6D for cheaper bruh
  • 4 0
 @Veloscente: Space Balls on E- Bikes II
  • 6 0
 It's just so ugly.
  • 11 0
 Kazimer looks like he's ready to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters
  • 2 0
 @Veloscente: Adidas Boost collab. To match your boost axle spacing.
  • 1 0
 Wow! that sure is something... Gonna pass on this one.
  • 2 0
 I thought maybe it was just this color, but if you look at their site literally all the color combos are hideous. Not a single one I'd put on my head.
  • 4 0
 Tron called, he wants his lid back.
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: whos selling them in the uk for £2...?
  • 3 0
 Yep - Real shame I thought the Montaro was a great looking lid. But this is awful. Even worse than the Tyrant. Looks matter when you can get the same level of protection, is a more stylish package, for half the price. Whats going on at Giro? Who signed this off?
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: link to those, pls.
also, any good idea on how to swap them other than cut the strap and sew again?
  • 12 0
 Looks like two turtles mating on your head.
  • 3 0
 @Veloscente: because they are using all the nice designs in the Bell helmets...they are the same brand since years ago when Bell bought Giro \o/
  • 1 0
 @Veloscente: I have tried all the Roc Locs and have to admit Bontrager Rally with the Boa dial is much better in every way. My last Montaro fell apart at the RocLoc dial.
  • 1 0
 MA SBORO
  • 64 2
 Haven’t seen a helmet that vile since Embarrassing Bodies got taken off TV.
  • 6 0
 It definitely looks a bit cheesy.
  • 61 2
 $260 - WHY DO I STILL SEE STYROFOAM?
  • 18 0
 Well, you don't. The bottom half is a print resembling styrofoam when viewed on a small screen. Happened to me too the first time I looked.
  • 2 0
 @delarscuevas: wow, the other colors look much better. I think the could've sent a different color for review. $260 though. No thanks. Even with other colors that look better.
  • 12 0
 @delarscuevas: Making a really expensive helmet look very cheap is so stupid it's almost funny.
  • 2 0
 Raw material is the new style!!!
  • 5 0
 Its not your regular styrofoam, but FANCY expensive styrofoam. Sort of like a gold plated toilet...its still a toilet, but that baby is gold plated!
  • 2 0
 @delarscuevas: omg, what a design fail
  • 50 1
 Looks like a bird's nest with a tumor. I was expecting a low cost, entry level helmet.
  • 5 0
 LOL thanks.. that made my day.. it is horrendous.. I thought it was one of those riding helmets girls use in summer camp....
  • 1 0
 Same, pretty horrifying looking for a $260 price tag.
  • 33 0
 We heard you like helmets so we've put a helmet on your helmet
  • 27 1
 $260!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus wept.
  • 9 1
 At $120 by autumn in some German online shop near you, don't worry
  • 5 0
 @Arierep: doesn’t make it any better looking though.
  • 3 0
 @nyhc00: totally agree
  • 2 0
 You can practically get the switchblade for that
  • 1 0
 Burn my eyes.
  • 17 0
 Here's an idea for helmet companies. Make less models per category, sell them at more reasonable prices. This price is outrageous for an EPS foam open face helmet. At this price I should be looking at a composite full face helmet. The geriatric looks don't help either.
  • 8 0
 "There are 19 vents, along with internal channeling, and Giro say that it's 7-percent COOLER than the Montaro MIPS, and nearly as COOL as their Aether road helmet"

They make it sound like you have an AC unit on your head.

Cooler is marketing for "Less Hot". Also how do you measure Cooler?- love to see the Virgina Tech Coolness testing equipment.... in that standardized test.

Maybe they are refering to the looks of the helmet - opps see other comments on the looks.
That being said I will likey buy one when I can try it on.........
  • 28 0
 missed naming opportunity.. COOLID-19
  • 3 0
 Also 7% cooler on what temperature scale? 7% less kelvin is really impressive, its like 20 degrees cooler. 7% less increase from a baseline temperature might be a difference of much less than 1 degree.
  • 5 3
 @Patrick9-32: I think you need to brush up on your understanding of Kelvin
  • 4 0
 @Patrick9-32: Edit: I read your post wrong, I see what you are getting at now.
  • 1 0
 How much are you willing to pay for a helmet with AC? I can make it happen =D
  • 1 0
 Any helmet test for coolness would likely use a head form made from a block of ice.
  • 1 0
 The pretty colours from the CFD simulation said so!
  • 11 0
 @dldewar, Giro use a heated head form inside a small wind tunnel to measure cooling efficiency. Here's an image that shows it in action, along with a chart with different Giro helmets compared: www.pinkbike.com/photo/18645641
  • 4 2
 I had a Montaro until I hung it up on the wall for forever because it was the hottest, most miserable piece of crap I've ever had on my head. 7% cooler than the Montaro is still higher than the average temperature of a rider's ass crack while pedaling in August.
  • 1 1
 @mikekazimer: Literally one data point which tells us virtually nothing.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Hate to tell you - I stand by my comments. No standard test - Air temp etc. Just saying 7 percent does not make much sense. Suggest with my climbing it would be 30x50 all day or 3 to 5 mph (4 to 8 km/hr). Their test appears to use 12.5 mph or 20 km/r. That is not the speed at which I start sweating hard. These should be graphs with many points rather than a single point test. They may well have done multiple tests as there is a filter tap in the excel sheet for Wind speed.....

Additionally, they are likely blowing air straight into the vents which seldom happens in the real world (see/google Hambini). It is nice to see what they are quantifying the effects of more and/or better vent designs but I would be curious how this relates to the real world?

At the end of the day - I will likely get one of these as I am in the market for a new lid but cannot stand the simplified industry stats/jargon.

Be safe!
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: well, that’s ridiculous-trying to science...
  • 2 0
 @dldewar: Have a look at the Bell Super Air if it fits you. It is far better ventilated than the Montaro (brutally sweaty IMO) and it has the MIPS spherical. Bonus points for being able to add the chin bar if needed.
  • 1 0
 @flatlandr: Correct - it is 7% more ridiculous than my last comment
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Defending that turd? The ship is sinking mate!
  • 1 8
flag unrooted (May 7, 2020 at 13:02) (Below Threshold)
 @Beez177: you realize he gets 100% of his pay from advertisers, right?
  • 2 2
 @unrooted: Then change the title from review to commercial...
  • 12 1
 @Beez177, nope, just trying to make it clear where those numbers come from. And @unrooted, I know you love to think I’m some paid off shill, but that’s simply not true. I tried to lay out the pros and cons of this helmet very clearly in the review, which is what I do with every product I test.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: OMG -make a comment about product info and it has to degrade into this..... 99 percent of us pinkbikers appreciate these REVIEWS! Keep them up. Be safe!
  • 12 1
 You couldn't pay me $260 to wear that helmet
  • 5 0
 You could pay me.
  • 7 1
 Aren't most impacts oblique, and happen right around your temple? Exactly where there is no MIPS protection on this helmet?
Seems poorly designed.
  • 3 0
 Just what I thought as well. I know I have taken some of my biggest slams to exactly the place where there is no help from MIPS at all. It's a deal breaker for me.
  • 2 0
 good point... This deserves a follow-up question by the Pinkbike crew
  • 1 1
 Yes indeed. Its Al's a favourite place many helmet makers add extra polycarbonate to protect the foam. The problem is it makes the helmet very hard on your head in a crash...
  • 1 1
 On a related topic of helmets not having protection in the right locations, in my experience, visors are dangerous. When you crash, they tend to push and rotate the helmet out of position, so that by the time your head hits the ground, the helmet is not in position and you are vulnerable to injury. This has happened numerous times even in my limited experience. Also, twice I’ve been cut by visors that partially detached, but only partially. My strong recommendation now, if someone were to ask, would be to remove the visors and just wear glasses appropriate to the conditions (sun, clouds, shadows, bugs).
P.S. My favorite helmet is my Hedkayse. No visor, protects against both big hits and small, fabulous straps and ratcheting, adjustable chinstrap release. Folds up to fit into backpack. Doesn't break if you drop it (or run over it). Comfortable because is relatively soft and flexible, conforming to a variety of head shapes and sizes. I would like to see more reviews and testing of the Hedkayse helmet in the future.

BTW, you can design your own helmet colors using their online tool. So if you don't like the standard colors, design your own.
  • 1 0
 The Spherical construction takes the place of MIPS.
  • 1 0
 @DrPete: yes, but there isn't any rotational impact protection on the side of the helmet with this design.
  • 1 1
 @Gordal: not sure where you got that idea.
  • 1 0
 @Gordal: I was actually wrong, as evidenced by the MIPS sticker on the side of the helmet. The “spherical” design doesn’t replace but rather supplements MIPS.
  • 6 3
 I really like the look of this helmet (subjective, I know) and I respect that giro is intentional in their designs and they don’t just check the boxes or copy their competitors.

I’ve actually been at Giro in Santa Cruz (the facility’s unreal) and Unfortunately Kaz, understandably didn’t explain how giro goes about making helmets. They measure “coolness” through a wind tunnel that they have in house and they map vent patterns to manage airflow instead of just poking holes in a the helmet for reviewers’ “vent counts.”
  • 7 2
 You like the look? Must be a good day for you if you're already tripping balls on acid at this hour.
  • 1 0
 "Unfortunately"? Kaz is doing a helmet review, not a factory tour. Don't confuse the two.
  • 4 1
 Effing Hilarious! Like a bandwagon of handi-Hyenas. This thing hasn't even been seen in the wild and we all know Kazimer won't make anything look good. Most other lids will put the SHroom in mushroom especially on him. The tech is rad. Giro and Bell put more into testing and tech than any copycat. Use your "online voice" to feel good now but chances are you'll see it, try it on and be wearing it within 6 months!
  • 6 1
 Hard sell for $260 and even a maybe at 50% off coz there are still affordable options even then.
  • 6 0
 So uggly Bring the Giro Xen back please !
  • 8 1
 $260!?!?! HAHAHAHAHA
  • 5 0
 Am I the only one to link this helmet as a legit Pontiac Aztek accessories ?
  • 2 0
 Helmets are like mens razors. We need them, they keep making them with questionable "features" so that we feel that we should buy the latest one and they keep jacking the price.

I like Giro but damn this one looks cheap and fugly.
  • 2 0
 So, I guess I share something in common with Mike, we both look dorky in some helmets... Thank you Mike, for my own good and the continuing need to mitigate my own dork factor, I will be passing on this particular Giro product.
  • 2 0
 Ha, anytime. Glad I could help Wink
  • 3 0
 Imagine mounting the gopro on top or under the visor. Either will be shaky AF or extra hypersmooth. This should be interesting.
  • 1 0
 I like the white one. Seems to be down to this helmet and the Specialized Ambush Angi for me.
  • 4 1
 Maybe I've suffered some kind of brain trauma from the riding glasses reviews last week.. But this helmet doesn't look as bad as the comments make it seem.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer Don't take that personally, but you look horrible in that helmet plus it looks way too small on you. Better stick with your old one. Big Grin

Btw: The price?! My last 3 helmets cost that much!
  • 4 0
 Fox's $159 msrp Speedframe Pro is looking pretty good now. Heck, even the $200 Specialized Ambush.
  • 1 0
 or the proframe for $250...
  • 1 0
 @Arcadyus: or the Bell Sixer for $80
  • 1 0
 Sweat down the temples is fine, what about sweat off the forehead and into my eyes? How does it fare there? When you give it the old drain squeeze, how far forward do you have to lean to get the sweat to separate from the helmet and pour to the ground and not just run down my face?
Great job on the sunglasses mount grip points. My current mips bontrager has no place you can stick sunglasses which is annoying and the sweat off the internal mips into my eyes is unlike any helmet I've ever owned. But it does have a slick magnetic gopro/night mounting point! Giro you missed that feature. Agreed, the colorway featured in the review is horrific. The others are only marginally better for a $240 helmet...
  • 1 0
 Call me crazy but the whole MIPS/focus on safety is ignoring the elephant in the room. Knock wood I'm lucky enough that I don't auger often but in 25 years of open face riding my crashes have been either 1) slow enough I avoid slamming my head or 2) so violent and sudden that I cam close to knocking teeth out and wishing I was wearing a full face.

My $.02, invest the R&D $ to make a properly vented FF (like the new Kali) or a convertible open/FF where the chin bar can be rotated up out of the way with one hand in a few seconds so I don't have to pack it and reattached every 10 minutes.
  • 1 0
 Now then team,sales are down and we have a load of stock to shift- any ideas .....yes let's make 1 helmet out of 2 and charge them for 2 .......good idea Brian but don't forget to clean my office after this one ......any objections........ok basil put it into production
  • 4 0
 Buying this helmet and also a year pass on my local transit bus so I can lick the windows in style.
  • 1 0
 Do we have any agreement on where sweat should drip down from? I don't mind the out the front just in front of the tip of my nose that Bell uses with the super DH but it's not very goggle friendly. I forget which helmets (I want to say Fox or Giro) where the sweat drips into your ears which sounds super unpleasant. By the temples seems like a not bad solution?
  • 1 0
 A short note to the marketing department. In medical circles, an aura refers to a sensation that precedes a condition affecting the brain like a migraine or a seizure. It also happens to be a common symptom following a traumatic head injury. Perhaps not the best choice of acronyms.

To the engineering department: the helmet looks good and might actually be safer than plain MIPs. Good work!
  • 2 1
 Everyone calling the helmet ugly, but remember the release of the montaro and the feature when everyone said it's ugly and then both helmets became really popular. Same is going to happen with this helmet, the manifest is the future
  • 3 0
 The visors are so high, what's the purpose anymore? In a nutshell: Ugly AF.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, my thought too. Looks too small and part of what makes the helmet look odd. AND ALSO, not sure it would do much of anything to block glare??
  • 1 0
 where does the cost start to become too much for a helmet, when compared to a cheaper model that gives the same protection.... I suppose you can't put a cost on your noggin....
  • 1 0
 For other products (motorcycle helmets, for example), the advice for how much you should spend on a helmet is generally to spend the most you can afford.

However, MTB stuff is in a world of its own when it comes to prices. I went snowboarding this year after a few years away from the sport, during which time i started getting into MTB. I'd previously lusted after high-end boards/brands but thought i can't drop £400+ on a board, that's insane. Now i realise i could get a pro-model boutique-brand (big fan of Lib Tech and Jones) and maybe even bindings too, cheaper than i can get a decent full-face MTB helmet.
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: huh? Jokes or lib tech boards new are $500 plus decent bindings are another $250. You can’t get a decent FF for less than $750?
  • 1 0
 @Arcadyus: I mean there was a modicum of flipancy in my comment and i did say maybe on the bindings (shop sale, shop smart. And pick colours nobody else wants for maximum savings).

But still, a Lib Tech Skate Banana or a Jones Mountain Twin are £450 rrp in the uk (and they were actually on sale at a pretty good discount when i checked) and the TLD D4 helmet is £500.

I know there are cheaper helmets (mine cost £80, but it's not the most comfortable), but there are also cheaper snowboards.

My comment was very much a flippant generalisation. But you can get a high-end snowboard cheaper than a high-end MTB helmet. And that does seem kinda crazy to me.
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: I think we may be on diff sides of what a high end snowboard is. IMO Jones and lib tech each have maybe 1 “high end” board. But they are much more than $500 or £450. I do think it’s a bit much for a helmet to be $500. That seems high just to be high.
  • 2 2
 Glad to see Giro continue to drive themselves into irrelevance with a poorly thought out and poorly received product. This is akin to the release of the Pontiac Aztec in the automotive world. The designers had their heads so far up their own asses, they thought they were designing the greatest, most beautiful car in the world.
  • 4 1
 Hey helmet mfgs: if you want people to consider your helmet, get Virginia Tech to test it before you launch.
  • 1 0
 But who tests them??
  • 4 0
 it looks like a nice helmet that was circumcised.
  • 1 0
 Ha, saw a review of this elsewhere saying the fit wasn't great but price wasn't too bad. Good to see consistency. Pretty easy to tell which place was getting it wrong though if they're saying this isn't expensive
  • 1 2
 I am a fan of the Montaro helmet, I am on my second, but this addresses the two niggles I have with the Montaro - the seemingly always wonky visor and the fact that I prefer the Fidlock buckle on my Fox Proframe. The only issue I have with this one is that it looks a bit rubbish, hopefully it will look better in only one colour, however it does not seem to be available on the Giro website to have a look.
  • 2 1
 You should try a different helmet. Your mind will be blown at how poorly ventilated and rubbish the Montaro is.
  • 3 0
 Guess the times when they made beautiful Helmets are over then....
  • 3 0
 My 'function over form'-attitude has its boundaries Giro!
  • 3 1
 For that much money I'll buy a helmet that actually looks good like something from Smith or POC...
  • 2 0
 Damn, that's like 350 Canadian pesos. I thought my 120$ IXS was over priced.
  • 3 0
 First Pic looks like he has a helmet on his helmet.
  • 3 0
 Twice as much as a TLD A2, tens times as ugly. Giro..
  • 4 0
 Gross
  • 3 0
 I always wanted a helmet with 5mm of travel!
  • 2 0
 That finish really does make the bottom half of the helmet look like bare EPS.
  • 2 1
 These prices are getting out of control... bike industry needs to check itself. Ya ya ya supply and demand i get it... but now we're just being greedy
  • 2 1
 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I really like @GiroSportDesign lids. I've owned many, and still use them now.

But this thing is just straight up #fugly

and $260 (USD?)
  • 3 1
 Wow!! Their design team needs to be fired! What an ugly looking piece of sh%*
  • 2 1
 When it goes on sale because nobody likes how it looks, it could be a good buy for those of us who think all helmets are ugly anyway
  • 3 1
 you can replace a cheap helmet every time you crash or have this one...
  • 3 0
 Still it is recommended to replace an expensive helmet every time one crashes on the head...
  • 4 2
 @XIVXV: yea...funny thing is No one follows that rule. Most people are like, “ no crack, still good.”
  • 2 0
 At least it looks like 120-140€ helmet
  • 2 0
 DarkFEST, LooseFest... so Manifest...
  • 3 2
 Jesus. Kill it with fire. Who sat around a table at the design meeting and legitimately was proud of that abomination.
  • 1 1
 Hey Giro, design matters. That arch on the sides looks cheesy. Protection and innovation is appreciated but the other element is visual. The side of it has zero visual flow.
  • 1 1
 you can get a Bell super DH for the same price (or less), it's the same tech, it comes with a jaw piece, and doesn't make Mike look like a goon
  • 1 1
 I really would like to know what those guys at Giro smoke! It would be perfect for a mullet single speed gravel Trust fork equipped bike thoug.
  • 2 1
 If you have an ugly face, this helmet will definitely help distract from your face....
  • 2 1
 Yeah, thats not too pretty.
  • 1 1
 Even @Mike Kazimer’s handsome features don’t redeem the appearance of this thing
  • 1 1
 In the flip side it's a smaller she'll. So many MIPS helmets look like you've got a giant beach ball on your head...
  • 2 1
 I'll stick with my Fox Speedframe. This Giro helmet is hideous.
  • 2 1
 I'm guessing we will see a Bell version soon with better looks for $300.
  • 1 0
 @midschool: and it has the entire outer shell rotating against the the inner shelll. Not just the top/front part like on the Giro
  • 2 1
 Looks like everyone will be sporting the new helmet soon, NOT!
  • 3 2
 I saw the $260 and stopped reading.
  • 2 1
 Shame on everyone involved with getting this atrocious thing to market.
  • 2 1
 D'amn, that's is one ugly helmet!
  • 2 1
 A mushroom on top of a mushroom? 'That's a bold strategy cotton.....'
  • 2 1
 260 for the ugliest helmet ever....yeah, nah, im good
  • 1 2
 Yet you can get a Giro Fixture MIPS for 65 bucks that looks ten times better??... Not sure what Giro was trying to sell here...
  • 1 0
 "strip along the 'bike' of the helmet" needs to be replaced with "back"
  • 2 0
 I like the name Smile
  • 1 4
 Honestly, I'd take a modern football helmet any day. Bicycle helmets are designed to distribute the impact. The force and speed of the impact are still absorbed by your head. A football helmet distributes and dampens impacts. The dampening is the important part because it reduces the speed of the impact by absorbing some of the energy before it reaches your head. All that aside, that helmet is un-good looking...
  • 1 0
 @afrauenglass Actually, I believe it's quite the opposite. The EPS in a bicycle helmet is designed to crush, compress, and crack in order to absorb and dissipate the energy of the impact so that less energy is transferred to the head. A football helmet, on the other hand, distributes the load with a thick hardshell and contains materials that deform elastically rather than plastically, as it is more suitable to multi-impact use and collisions from larger masses at lower speeds.
  • 1 0
 That video is helmet equivalent of suspension kinematics video.
  • 1 1
 Shit aye! $260 USD is like $400 AUD for something that resembles my dad's esky/cooler/chilly bin from 1976!
  • 2 1
 That short-bus peak is giving Kazimer $260 worth of no-shade.
  • 2 1
 This is their social distancing model....
  • 1 1
 Yikes, I better pick up a new Montaro before they become hard to find, I just don’t see folks buying this thing
  • 1 1
 $260 USD?! So ~$320 CDN Giro's on crack thinking they can sell a seriously fugly helmet for that much.
  • 1 1
 Pros magnetic buckle Cons looks Price
  • 1 1
 Aaand... Back to the Fox.
  • 2 2
 Never paying more than $100 for damn helmet - suck it Giro
  • 1 1
 Really?? Horrible!! nothing more to say.
  • 1 1
 That hideous lid is something Conner Pantone would wear

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