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GiroSwitchblade MIPS Helmet

$270.00

Item # GIR00DG

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Item # GIR00DG
Description

Switchblade MIPS Helmet

If you've got a weekend in the desert and some rowdy tricks you're itching to try, don't cut corners on your lid. Giro's brand new Switchblade MIPS Helmet encourages you and your DH monster to get rowdy and send it when you're out on slickrock, but it also backs you up with full face coverage, a removable chin guard, and the added protection of MIPS to help you stay safe when you crash hard.

Not every weekend involves staring down do-or-die lines, which is why Giro made the Switchblade's chinbar removable. Snap it off quickly before you head out on a mellower trail ride and enjoy added ventilation from Giro's Wind Tunnel design, included specifically to provide as much airflow as possible on hot, sunny climbs. Giro's tried-and-true Roc Loc Air fit system makes an appearance on the Switchblade as well, but it comes tweaked to DH standards with a bumper protecting the dial from being unintentionally moved when it comes into contact with your pack or body armor.

It's hard to believe that MIPS was a little-known technology just a few years ago, as the thin inner basket has become a ubiquitous option in the world of helmets. Giro doesn't mess around with the Switchblade, including the rotating inner liner to absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes without compromising the helmet's lightness. Whether you've got the chinbar on or not, the Switchblade exceeds safety standards from all major governing bodies. If you're taking a break from POV coverage on a training ride, swap the visor with the integrated mount for the other visor without it; Giro ships the Switchblade with two separate visors to cut down on the risk of unused mounts adding weight and causing injury in crashes.

  • Sit back and send it with this full-face helmet as backup
  • Removable chinbar adds extra protection on big lines
  • MIPS protection limits brain-damaging forces in some crashes
  • Two visors let you ride with or without a camera mount
  • 20 vents plus Wind Tunnel ventilation keep the air moving
  • Odor-resistant padding keeps things comfortable
  • Ages 5 and older

Tech Specs
Shell MaterialIn-Mold (polycarbonate)
Impact FoamEPS
Ventilation20 vents
Fit AdjustmentRoc Loc Air DH
Visoryes, P.O.V. Plus
Full Faceyes, removable chinbar
CertificationsCPSC, EN-1078, ASTM-1952-DH
Recommended Usedownhill
Manufacturer Warranty1 year
Size

Giro

Adult Cycling Helmets
Super Fit™
 XSSMLXL
Head Circumference

18.5 - 20in

(47 - 51cm)

20 - 21.75in

(51 - 55cm)

21.75 - 23.25in

(55 - 59cm)

23.25 - 24.75in

(59 - 63cm)

24 - 25.55in

(61 - 65cm)

Universal
 ADULTWOMENXL
Head Circumference

21.25 - 24in

(54 - 61cm)

19.75 - 22.5in

(50 - 57cm)

22.75 - 25.5in

(58 - 65cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, use a tape measure to measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 4

I don't see the point

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
185 lbs

I live in Arizona where it is blisteringly hot, and even I cant justify the removable chin bar. It barely affects the airflow, and just makes the helmet less protective and more expensive. As a full-face helmet it preforms alright. It is defiantly a step up from my cheap moto helmets. I will say it fits remarkably well with Giro goggles.

>Rating: 5

Burlier Brain Bucket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Stepping up from a lighter full face after a crash, this helmet has an excellent fit and the odorless pads are a nice feature.

>Rating:

What model year is the helmet?

>Rating: 5

Dope

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 0"
Weight
160 lbs

This is a sweet helmet. People complain about putting on and taking off the chin guard but they are just whining. It's not hard to put it on if you have any coordination whatsoever. But it fits my head really well, and I forget that it's on my head when riding. About 30 minutes ago it saw its first real OTB and I hit my head pretty good in the gravelly dirt. Not a scratch on me or the lid. I got it on sale. Its nice with the chin guard off too. I don't use it as much halfsy as I do full face. Because it's a full face helmet. But being able to take the chin guard off when it gets hot or when riding gets calmer is way convenient. That's why I bought it. Buy it if you want 2 good helmets in one.

>Rating: 4

Fit is key.

For me, the fit of this helmet is what sealed the deal. Could the ventilation be better? Probably. Could the weight be better? Probably. Does it fit well? Absolutely. Most of the folks buying a helmet like this are looking for big time protection because of the terrain that they ride. Think of this helmet as a downhill works as an all mountain and less as an all mountain helmet that works for downhill.

>Rating: 5

Solid Helmet

This helmet is great! I feel so safe when I wear it!

>Rating: 5

Never Out Gunned

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 3"
Weight
160 lbs

Great for enduro racing! I love having the extra protection for rough descents, and the ability to pull off the chin bar for the next climb is a game changer. I love the fit of this helmet, its very comfortable and the mips integration is not obvious or uncomfortable at all. It is a little hard to put the chin bar on while wearing the helmet, just because its hard to line up the slots. I normally just pull it off to put the chin bar on. I have unfortunately crashed hard in this helmet and feel like it did its job well.

>Rating: 2

Chin bar collapses on downward impact

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I used to rave about the Giro Switchblades, but after three impacts, I've started to reconsider. * The first time on the side of the helmet. It did it's job perfectly, the helmet suffered a dent, but my head was all good. So I was very happy with it and immediately replaced it. * Next time, I fell on my face, luckily it was on softish dirt, because the chin bar collapsed. The little black plastic piece that keeps the chin bar in place snapped and the whole thing bent down and came off. Luckily, I was unscathed. At this point I was a little suspicious of the design, but decided to replace it again. * Last week I took another spill and landed face first :(. The chin bar collapsed again. This time the little red piece of plastic that holds the chin bar in place stretched and the whole chin bar popped off and hit my neck. I won't be replacing the helmet again. I'll be buying something else, probably the Bell Super DH. Here's another report of this happening: http://forums.mtbr.com/apparel-protection/giro-switchblade-failure-1041207.html

I

It actually sounds like the helmet performed as its supposed to by saving your face.

>Rating: 5

transformers for your melon!!!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

great product, protection and mobility...yeah!!!!!

>Rating: 5

This helmet saved my life

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The title is no exaggeration. I took a bad spill that landed me in the hospital for 5 weeks with a C-5 spinal injury, but my brain had no injuries whatsoever. No concussion. Nothing. Absolutely worth every penny spent on it. The helmet did the best job I could ask for.

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Great helmet, great peace of mind, comfortable, and I love the fact that you can remove and reattach the face guard quickly out on the trail.

>Rating:

I have a 59 cm head diameter, what size I’d buy L or M?

>Rating: 5

sickkk

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

so i bought this helmet for a versatile solution to remain cool while climbing but have the protection for downhill and its done exactly that for me. I got a large but i also have dreads so a lot of hair dosent fit in a small helmet :p but im very pleased with the way it fits and breaths. its also super easy to take the chin guard on and off. This helmet is killer and i would recommend it to anyone.

>Rating: 5

Great lid

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

This helmet is pretty awesome. I wanted something that was going to give me a little more protection when I was riding the bike park or doing a shuttle lap where speeds get a little higher. I really like the ability to take the chin bar off for some ventilation and then I can snap it back in place without removing the helmet.

>Rating: 5

Great Versatile Helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable all-around and very reasonable weight for a full face. Used primarily at the bike park but removable chin guard worked great for a little bit of pedaling here and there or when hot out. Saved my face and held up great after a few crashes.

>Rating: 5

Durable and Lightweight!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Purchased this helmet as a gift for my brother and he loves it!: "At first, I was a little bit hesitant about this helmet due to its bulky looking appearance. However, upon trying this helmet on, I was surprised how lightweight and sleek it actually was. It is a great all around helmet for use on those downhill days at the resort, or better yet, pop off the front face in a few seconds and use it for uphill/cruising. As far as durability goes… I have already taken a couple of good noggin shots with it. Only a few scratches as expected but no dents or cracks. Overall, this helmet has a fantastic fit and the versatility is what makes it unbeatable for the price."

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Mainly use for just down hill but was light enough for all day climbing with plenty of ventilation when climbing and downhill. Love the mount for the GoPro and interchangeable visors. Plenty of room with full size goggles and the adjustability of the straps made it feel really secure to my head. I would recommend if between sizes opt for the larger size.

>Rating: 5

Love this hemet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great technology idea. i wear the full face for downhill, but when riding cross country i can detach the jaw guard and put it in my pack. easy to attach. good visibility even with the full face. it isn't oppressive like my my motocross helmet that i am dying to pull off. one complaint is that it is a little snug on my cheeks when putting it on, like a motocross helmet. not sure it needs to be that snug.

>Rating: 5

Switchblade saved my dome

I'll admit it does look a bit funny but I don't care because wearing this helmet vs a normal half shell probably saved my life a few weeks ago. I didn't have the chin guard attached and fell pretty hard and hit the side of my head on a rock at about 10-15 mph. Put a dent in the helmet and it cracked the foam but I was fine. If I had a normal half shell on I don't know if I would be writing this. You have one dome, protect it well. Just ordered my second one. Get a good helmet people. Thx BC.

>Rating: 4

a lot of helmet

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

I have had the Bell Super 2r for the past few years and love that i'm able to wear it as a regular skid lid and then add the chin bar for full face protection. I was excited to give the new and improved Switchblade a chance. The thing that may not be clear from photos is that the sides of the helmet COVER YOUR EARS. It's not your traditional mtb helmet when the chin guard is removed. So when I say "a lot of helmet", what I mean is that you still have a LOT of protection when it's disassembled which, for some like myself, will defeat the whole purpose of having a half-and-half helmet. I imagine there are some people who will still love the added over-the-ear protection.