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Old 07-03-15, 06:57 PM
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"Road" Aero Helmets

Has anyone tried any of the 'road bike" aero helmets such as the Giro Air Attack? I'm curious as to how they perform (cooling perspective) in hot weather. Thanks.

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Since they don't have as many vents, they will be a bit hotter. This is what the pros have also said. However, they have races to win and sponsors to please so they wear what is handed to them.

Here in Alabama, I want the coolest helmet available, aerodynamics be damned. My old Bell from the 90's was HOT and heavy compared to what I wear today, another Bell something and a Catlike. It didn't have as many vents and was probably super aero but it was HOT and I was not sorry to see it go into the trash.
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There seem to be two types of aero helmets: the ones with very few vents, and the ones with so many vents that they supposedly become aero again. I'd go with one of the latter...like a Giro Synthes or an LG course. I have a Giro Air Attack, and I don't wear it in the summer because it's too hot. I'm with the guy above. In the summer, I'll go with the coolest helmet. I don't give a rat's about aero in those conditions.
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Air Attack In NC

Hey Dave, I live in the Piedmont and cycle around in Kernersville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point and other surrounding counties. I have had the Air Attack with shield in the color black since last year and can say that compared to my old Bell Sweep it is just as cool. Cooler in a way in that, with the shield I don't have the sungalss contact point of the nose bridge of glasses and sweat giving me greif.
You can use it without the shield and use sunglasses and it looks much like the aero helmet offerings of everybody else this year. The Air Attack is fine kit, it looks well put together and feels more expensive than what it costs.
And on the roads in high heat I have no issue. It vents as well as they say.
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Just dont get one of time trial /track aero helmets that reach all the way to you ass crack when riding in the drops. I never understood why rider's wear those on the streets. They look like those helmets from the stormtrooper guys in Spaceballs
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I have a Kask Infinity. It has a big vent in the front that you can open, which helps, but it is still warmer than a fully-vented helmet. It's tolerable in the summer, although I haven't climbed a mountain with it in the heat and I don't plan to. I have a normal vented helmet for that. For training rides it is OK. It's great in the winter though, you can close it up and it keeps the wind off your head.

As for TT helmets, I wear one when training on my TT bike. It's hotter than hell. I don't know why anyone would wear one on a normal road bike though. Besides burning up, you'd look like a complete idiot. TT and track helmets have their place, and that is on TT and track bikes.
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I recently purchase a Giro Synthe-great combo of aerodynamics and adequate venting.
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Thanks for all the helpful comments. FWIW, the Giro Air Attack would appear to be a close-out item at many places right now (Nashbar, Performancebicycle, etc).

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I have an Air Attack. Can't say I have ever felt my head getting hot. Basically, after the first few minutes I just forget it is there. I used to race motorcycles though, so I probably have more tolerance to the heat that some in here after spending hours fully covered in leather and full face helmet on 100+ degree weather.

And yes, you can get last year's version for cheap now. I paid $75 for mine a few months ago.
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I have both an Air Attack and a Synth. The AA ventilates fine and is cool as long as I'm moving at a reasonable clip. The air comes in under the brim and flows over my scalp. The Synth certainly ventilates well, but is noticeably better than the AA at slow air speeds like steep climbs or riding with a tailwind. Things might be different depending on the shape of your head, amount/thickness of hair, etc...
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I currently have an Aeon and an Air Attack...I very seldom wear the Air Attack in the summer. When the temps are above 100 (110 some days) I want the most air flowing over my head as possible.

My next helmet will probably be a Synthe of a Kask Protone...those both look really nice and a bit more ventilated.
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Originally Posted by jwalther View Post
I recently purchase a Giro Synthe-great combo of aerodynamics and adequate venting.
I have this too, but I'm sending it back. Maybe it's me but I can't get the straps to lie flat, plus the minimal padding inside makes i uncomfortable.
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I have this too, but I'm sending it back. Maybe it's me but I can't get the straps to lie flat, plus the minimal padding inside makes i uncomfortable.
It's definitely not just you. I can tolerate it, but the straps are pathetic on what is otherwise an excellent helmet. They are much inferior to the flat Y-junctions on Specialized helmets.
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It's definitely not just you. I can tolerate it, but the straps are pathetic on what is otherwise an excellent helmet. They are much inferior to the flat Y-junctions on Specialized helmets.
For what this thing cost I expect perfection. All helmets meet the same safety minimum.
I'm getting a Prevail instead.
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Air attack is the most comfy helmet i've worn so far. Got it on sale, If they had used the same straps on the Ionos i wouldn't have bothered but it is way better.

have ridden centuries, into the 90s no problem with my head getting too hot. the air flows over your head nice. I use the shield for TT and Tri's and normal Tifosi's most of the time.
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Since they don't have as many vents, they will be a bit hotter. This is what the pros have also said. However, they have races to win and sponsors to please so they wear what is handed to them.

Here in Alabama, I want the coolest helmet available, aerodynamics be damned. My old Bell from the 90's was HOT and heavy compared to what I wear today, another Bell something and a Catlike. It didn't have as many vents and was probably super aero but it was HOT and I was not sorry to see it go into the trash.
I have the Air Attack and also find it too hot in the Summer. I only use it in the winter.
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Dave, I'm down in New Bern. It's hot and humid as it can be here. I have a cannondale cypher helmet. Love it...no issues with heat and I honestly forget that it's there. Soooo comfortable.
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I've been using my evade with no issues with temps in the low 90's...
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
Has anyone tried any of the 'road bike" aero helmets such as the Giro Air Attack? I'm curious as to how they perform (cooling perspective) in hot weather. Thanks.

dave
I have a Giro Synthe which is more aero, cooler and lighter than the Air Attack, and I like it a lot. After a while you don't even feel you are wearing a helmet.

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I've been using my evade with no issues with temps in the low 90's...
That's the new Specialized right? Pretty pricey!!!

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That's the new Specialized right? Pretty pricey!!!

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Some reviews have it being so so for ventilation at low speeds, and looks are iffy, for my taste...
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try a Louis Garneau Course.
ventilation is excellent and you don't look like you are in a TT
COURSE CYCLING HELMET :: Louis Garneau
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Bontrager Ballista might be worth a look: Bontrager Ballista Helmet - New Arrivals -Trek Store
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Originally Posted by k_kibbler View Post
It's definitely not just you. I can tolerate it, but the straps are pathetic on what is otherwise an excellent helmet. They are much inferior to the flat Y-junctions on Specialized helmets.
I've have nothing but dislike for Giro straps. Some models have the thin material that slips where you have to readjust before every ride. Other models that don't slip don't lay flat against your face. I got a Specialized recently and it's perfect.
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Originally Posted by scplus5 View Post
Dave, I'm down in New Bern. It's hot and humid as it can be here. I have a cannondale cypher helmet. Love it...no issues with heat and I honestly forget that it's there. Soooo comfortable.
I'm strongly considering ordering a Cannondale Cypher .. noticed on Nashbar today I could get for under $80. You still liking this helmet? Searching around the internet, there's very little in the way of reviews on this model.
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