OK. The reason I bought this helmet is because Team Europcar literally choose this helmet. I say this must be the case, as this is Garneau's THIRD tier helmet. When does this ever happen? A Tour team using the lower cost lid....I'm thinking it must be by choice. In my opinion, this is the most functional and best looking helmet offered by Garneau in 2011. What's more Europcar is using the helmet again so far in 2012. Nice.
The helmet uncluttered, with clean lines and huge gulpy vents. The cam lock is unique. I have to completely loosen the cam before pulling on the lid, then tighten. However; what is most important, the retention system fits comfortably, doesn't pinch, and I have yet to go numb.
I've worn this helmet all winter with various headbands, balaclavas, and skull caps. With all variations, the strap system makes a new and perfect fit each time.
Previously, my two other favorite lids have been the Lazer Genesis?(2006) and Specialized SWorks(2008). In my opinion, this helmet easily rivals either of those two.
The only down side, is that the chin strap is white, I believe that it'll become stained during the course of the next two years. But, form me, this is the only downside yet encountered.
This is simply just a pretty great lid.