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gpl4848277wrote a review of on June 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Set this up with aluminum campy CX 11s parts (chorus shifters), pacenti rims/CX Ray/Industry nine hubs, avd bb7 road sl, conti cyclocross speed 25c tires with latex tubes. Fantastic bike, I'd never been able to beat the guys on CX bikes on the local gravel roads and trails on either my road bike or my MTB, on this bike I have 21 Strava KOMs in the first 500km of riding. That says it all.

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gpl4848277wrote a review of on March 17, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

PRO -

- good aerodynamics, seems just as good or better compared to the Giro Air Attack (I've ridden both extensively)
- good cooling, a little (but not a lot) better than the air attack
- significantly better looking than the air attack, in my opinion

CON:

- catches bees in the helmet over 10x more frequently than the air attack, get stung in the head about once every two or three rides (>150km) during the summer
- strap clip (I think they are called strap dividers) broke spontaneously, I substituted a heavy rubber band meant for mounting a bike computer that seems to work well, actually better than the fancy clip. I hope it's not meant to be functional in the event of a crash (though the clips are clearly brittle and flimsy so I'm guessing they are meant to break off in the event of an impact).
- much less comfortable than the air attack, presses against forehead due to minimal padding vs the air attack that has a terrific suspension system that holds the shell away from the head. My head circumference is 58.7cm and I wear a Medium in both helmets.
- because it holds the foam pressed so close to the skin on the forehead, it leaves tan marks that are exactly shaped like the front openings of the helmet, these marks make you look a bit like a klingon when off the bike and are basically permanent throughout the summer. The correct solution of course is to spend as much time on the bike wearing the helmet as possible so that nobody will notice.

This review is based on 10000km+ on both this helmet and the Air Attack. In spite of the negatives with this helmet, I continue to use both helmets quite extensively. I choose the air attack in cold/rain/snow/sleet and the Garneau Course in high heat and sun particularly above 30C (my air attack is black and my course is white which also affects this choice).

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gpl4848277wrote a review of on April 9, 2012

1 5

I think that like saddle fit, helmet fit is clearly a very individual thing.

This helmet, for me, is the most uncomfortable helmet I've ever tried. I have a 58cm noggin and the helmet is a size medium. For me, the foam at the front of the helmet instantly digs into my forehead and is instantly painful, even having it on for a few minutes leaves impressions in my forehead. It's not so much that the helmet is too small, I can stuff additional padding in there and it helps, but no extra padding is provided (what's there is very minimal ~1-2mm thick strips). I've tried contacting Giro to see if they have any extra padding kits etc or can offer suggestions but they did not reply. So a big thumbs down from me on this one.

I would recommend trying one first hand in a store before placing an order, if you have anyone in your area that stocks these. If your head has the same problem as mine does with this helmet you will know it instantly!

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