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Needing to Upgrade my Road Helmet - GIRO

Old 07-15-19, 02:35 PM
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Needing to Upgrade my Road Helmet - GIRO

I need to get a new GIRO road helmet so I would like to know what you suggest. I'm considering the Cinder MIPS so far. The reason I prefer Giro is they seem to fit the best that I have tried.
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Old 07-15-19, 04:37 PM
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I've been using a Syntax MIPS for a couple of months now and am happy with it. Nice looking helmet IMHO for a mid-priced bucket. Can't say how it performs in a crash luckily.




Giro Syntax MIPS
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Old 07-15-19, 05:24 PM
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Needed a new hat this year, so I went with the Synthe. Really happy with it so far. Just remember helmets are cheaper than heads.
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I like my Synthe. FYI you can frequently find NOS lids on Amazon etc. I paid half retail for my Synthe.
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Old 07-15-19, 05:34 PM
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The safest helmets are generally never the lowest weight and therefore most expensive helmets. go figure.
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Old 07-15-19, 06:28 PM
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If you want light, Aeon. I wish I could find one in my size at a price I would pay, because my wife's is hella light.
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I was looking for Synthe when I was going my helmet shopping. I had a hell of a time finding one because I'd been told the helmet had been discontinued and replaced by (I forget the name). If that is the case, you may be able to find a Synthe on closeout price.
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Old 07-16-19, 09:14 AM
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What?

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The safest helmets are generally never the lowest weight and therefore most expensive helmets. go figure.
Huh? Source?
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Old 07-16-19, 09:22 AM
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Used to have an Aeon, it was light...I say was, because when I crashed 3yrs ago 37mph coasting over the finish line at a sprint finish/race...somebody hit my handlebars...and down goes Frazier...bad wreck, bonked head, broke helmet...only flashed KO'd but came right to tumbling still.

So, the helmet saved my head, and it is one of the lightest helmets on the market at the time, probably still is. Another type of helmet blow, well, who knows how it fairs, but it did it's job.

Any weight on this helmet the Syntax Mips? Can't find it doing a quick google search or on their website. Same with the other higher level lines of this helmet?

I'm currently using a Bontrager road/aero type that has less vents...supposed to be the most aero at the time I bought it 2.5yrs ago...but it sits way low on my forehead/hitting glass arms as well...the Giro never did this, or obstruct my view. I'm always having to push up on my glasses in the middle and move the helmet back upwards...not sure why I haven't bought another helmet by now...but looking to move back to the Giro line, loved the fit/weight and protection overall of any helmet I've had.

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Old 07-16-19, 09:25 AM
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Synthe, but I've had two and both had their retaining bands break (at the back, near the adjuster). They still work and fit firmly on my head, but they don't adjust quite right anymore. Too bad because it's an expensive helmet. And it's hard/impossible to retrofit a replacement band.
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Old 07-16-19, 10:16 AM
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Synthe MIPS. They also have terrific customer service!
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
The safest helmets are generally never the lowest weight and therefore most expensive helmets. go figure.
Different standards of safety due to price? Really?
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Old 07-16-19, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
If you want light, Aeon. I wish I could find one in my size at a price I would pay, because my wife's is hella light.
I nearly purchased one last year, but went with an Ionos instead because it has a gloss finish. The Aeon in white looked like it was made out of chalk.
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I've run the Havoc, Atmos, Aeon, Ionos and Synthe. There are subtle differences in how Giros fit, but not so great as to make one not good. I did not like the Synthe MIPS - the system created bumps in the cage that sat funny on my head and hurt. The regular Synthe fit much better - til I broke the cage.

I'm running a Kask Mojito now. It is super comfortable, though the chin strap is a bit short.

Anyway, they all meet the same standards for protection. Pick the one that fits your budget and color scheme and you will be fine.
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Old 07-16-19, 02:37 PM
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I really like Bell's attention to detail in my Formula MIPS, so I'd planned to get a Z20. Lots of little things, like the full coverage of protective plastic over the EPS foam on the underside of the lid. Well designed harness, foam pads, etc. Holds up well over time and repeated cleanings.

But I saw an ad for a small discount on the newish POC Omne Air Spin so I ordered one.

Holy a/c, that thing really scoops in the air flow.

But POC is a quirky helmet and I wouldn't recommend one unless you can test it in a store (they're difficult to find locally), or the seller has a generous return/exchange policy.

But check out the Ventral and Octal, if you don't mind goony looking lids.

With the Omne, the portion of the strap that goes from the helmet to the "Y" splitter that hangs below the ear is non-adjustable. I suppose they wanted to eliminate the risk of people adjusting the strap inappropriately -- which I tend to do. Last time I washed the strap on my Bell I moved the Y piece down to the end and forgot to reset it. Can't do that with the POC. Only the short segment of strap that goes under the chin is adjustable. I've seen photos of people wearing POC helmet sizes too small for their noggins, and their ear lobes are pushed out by the non-adjustable strap. I got a large since my 59cm noggin is borderline large. Fits fine.

The Omne is really more of an all purpose helmet, more like a hipster commuter/skater helmet but with good ventilation rather than a bowling ball with three tiny holes. The other POCs would be better road helmets, but pricey.

The Omne is $150 and still pricey for what you get. If I didn't know it was a POC I'd have guesstimated an appropriate price at $50-$75. It's main attributes are much thicker EPS (and a little heavier, natch) and outstanding ventilation. I dunno if their SPIN alternative to MIPS matters.

The graphics are splashy and look like ads. The brochure humble-brags that the paint will fade because they avoid hazardous chemicals. Somehow that's supposed to be a virtue. I'm not sure POC sells enough helmets that a tiny amount of sun resistant paint would contribute to global harming. But oh-kay, I bought it anyway.

I'm gonna make the Omne my casual group ride and errand/commuter helmet, so I'll always have one helmet set up to hold a video camera and lights, etc.
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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
Huh? Source?
just a reference that MIPS version for the same helmet weighs more and costs more than its nonMips counterpart.
eg. Giro Synth vs Synth MIPs, Lazer Z1 Mips vs Non-Mips, etc..
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A few years ago I bought a Synth MIPS. 3 weeks later I crashed and cracked it. Went back to the LBS and they contacted Giro about a crash replacement. Giro gave me 30% off and the LBS gave me another 20%.
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Is there anything that shows MIPS really helps prevent concussions?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Is there anything that shows MIPS really helps prevent concussions?
Anything shows it doesn't?

I think MIPS is a $50 premium over the same without.
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Anything shows it doesn't?

I think MIPS is a $50 premium over the same without.
When it first came out it was maybe $10-20 for the same model MIPS versus non-MIPS.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Anything shows it doesn't?

I think MIPS is a $50 premium over the same without.
I have some snake oil for sale. It will make you thinner, and more attractive.

Prove me wrong.
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I have been wearing this Giro Register for the past six months to replace my crushed Lazer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For $50 it is a MIPS and fits my fat head well. No complaints. Have not crashed tested it by bouncing off concrete like the last one.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I have some snake oil for sale. It will make you thinner, and more attractive.

Prove me wrong.
If it makes me possibly safer, I will consider it.

Crashing is part of cycling. If you think you'll never crash then you're a fool.

BTW... i'm a healthy weight and happily married for 36 years.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
If it makes me possibly safer, I will consider it.

Crashing is part of cycling. If you think you'll never crash then you're a fool.

BTW... i'm a healthy weight and happily married for 36 years.
I always wear a helmet. Helmets definitely help prevent skull fractures, but I haven't seen anything definitive about MIPS doing anything about concussions.

Crashing is a fact of cycling. I'd share some photo's, but the Mods frown on the truth being shown.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I always wear a helmet. Helmets definitely help prevent skull fractures, but I haven't seen anything definitive about MIPS doing anything about concussions.
So if the "marketers" say something might reduce the injury and only costs $10-$20 (i've been corrected), you'd still say no?

Hey, we all made decisions and have to "live" with them.
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