Even before putting on the new Montaro helmet I could tell Giro took their time to get this helmet dialed. It was great to see a bit of a departure from the standard new color options and zero new features. Of course it still carries typical traits of Giro helmets in that the helmet is lightweight, has a great fit, and a sleek, quality feel.
The biggest trait of the Montaro that I am most excited about is the MIPS liner to add some additional safety for your noggin in case you take a fall. At first I was concerned that the liner may provide some ventilation limitations, however I was pleasantly surprised at how well this helmet was able to dump heat on grueling climbs, despite the MIPS liner.
Several other features stood out on the helmet that I wasnât expecting to get my attention. First, the hydrophilic padding soaks up a ton of sweat like a Shamwow, and feels like a pillow. Secondly, the visor has a few indentations to make visor adjustment simple and easy to do while riding if needed. These indents, along with the rubberized grippers, make using the Montaro with goggles feel like a match made in heaven. Lastly, the removable Go Pro mount that clips into the top vent of the helmet took me by surprise. It was the first mount that actually made me want to use my Go Pro since the setup was so simple and easy to clip on and off. However, I was disappointed with how easy the breakaway function was and would suggest using a short leash so you donât lose yours on the trail. Hopefully this will be addressed by Giro.
All in all, I was really impressed with the comfort, protection, and plethora of subtle features the Montaro provides while being lightweight.