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Jesse S.

Jesse S.

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Jesse S.

Jesse S.wrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants have made winter cycling a much more enjoyable affair up in the northeast. This is my second winter with these pants and they have exceeded my expectations in most categories. They are super warm and definitely stop the cold wind. I generally wear them over my bib shorts down to 20 degrees. Lower than 20 requires some tights as a base layer, but these also breathe well up to 45 degrees so they are an excellent winter tool.

These are pants and not tights, so they do fit a little baggy. I am 5’9 175lb with a more muscular build and a medium fits snug around the quads but normal at the waste with enough space to go over my 45NRTH boots at the ankles.

They are definitely NOT waterproof from rain, but they are waterproof enough for snowy conditions. I have been caught out in 35 degree rain when it was suppose to snow and these were the weak link in terms of waterproofing. They are somewhat resistant for a few minutes, but will become saturated. That being said, the durability is fantastic and I’ve even done some winter races in these regardless of how “un-aero” the fit is. With probably 2000 miles in them they have some slight discoloration from saddle rub, but the seams are still strong. I highly recommend.

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Jesse S.

Jesse S.wrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I loved my original Synthe Titanium and rode it for several seasons. Had to replace it after a crash in the fall and decided to upgrade to the MIPS for extra safety. Fits exactly the same as the original and breathes just as well. I don’t plan to ever switch from this helmet except for future renditions. Couldn’t care less about the Aero claims, but I guess it’s a plus.

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Jesse S.wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I came across the Giro Synthe helmet after several friends started raving about how fantastic of a helmet it is.

I was first reluctant to buy a Giro helmet again since I have worn several helmets from Giro (Aeon, Air Attack, Atmos) and have never been a huge fan of their fit systems compared to other products such as Kask and Lazer. The Roc Loc Air system that was put into the Synthe is fantastic and allows me to easily adjust the helmet for when its cold and I need a thermal cap.

The helmet is super light and ventilates very well in the summer. This is a huge benefit compared to other aero helmets such as the Air Attack and Specialized Evade. I cannot say I have noticed any significant aero benefits from this helmet, however its a nice piece of mind to know that this helmet has been tested to show its decently aerodynamic in comparison to other products.

Since I bike in the Northeast in winter, I have taken some brutal falls on ice while wearing this helmet. One significant example is that I fell straight onto my head after my front wheel broke into some thin ice on the bike path. I expected to have a concussion after such a fall, but luckily I was wearing a good helmet and didn't sustain any damage. The helmet was scuffed up, but did not dent at all. Even so I need to replace it since it has been crashed.

The only other product I recommend everyone research is the newer Giro Synthe MIPS helmet. I personally have never worn a MIPS system helmet, but I will be investigating this option for my upcoming helmet purchase.

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