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Giro Atmos--HEAVY!

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Old 06-02-04, 07:23 AM
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Well, I made the mistake this morning of weighing my brand spanking new Giro Atmos helmet (large)ó11.5 oz!!!!!!! Thatís heavier than the two other large helmets I own (Giro Eclipse and a $20 Bell something-or other)!!!

Giroís website lists the Atmos as weighing 8.5 oz (which Iím sure is an average weight based on multiple sizes). But they also list the Eclipse (my old helmet) as weighing 9 oz, which is MUCH closer to what my size large Eclipse actually weights (10oz).

Iím kind of ticked off right now, if you canít tell. I feel like Iíve been a little duped--did I really just drop $200 for style? I think I'm going to be sick
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Yes, yes you did.
That's a little under how much I paid for my sunglasses which other than style, seem to work just as well as a $20 pair from your local pharmacy.
Look on the bright side, you're lookin' good.
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There may also be more structure in the Atmos- structure that might save your melon if you ever hit the deck head-first.
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I'm really disappointed in Giro for the way they are marketing this as one of the lightest helmets around. I know that the buyer should always beware, but honestly, who walks around w/ a scale?

Probably at one point during the production phase the Atmos was indeed quite light, but was subsequently bulked up to meet safety standards. Now the Atmos MAY be the HEAVIEST helmet they sell-- Giro MUST know this, so why don't they fess up?

Yeah, it still looks cool and the ventilation is quite good and I may even have bought it if I knew about the weight, I just donít like surprises, I guess.
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does it feel heavy on your head? if so I recommend neck exercises
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Originally Posted by ShinyBaldy
does it feel heavy on your head? if so I recommend neck exercises
no, it's fine, just should never have weighed it, that's all. ignorance is bliss

BTW judging by your screen name, you and I are in the same camp, hair-wise, and the Atmos *requires* the wearing of sunscreen and/or a headsweat--it is noticably more open than any other helmet I've seen
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BTW judging by your screen name, you and I are in the same camp, hair-wise, and the Atmos *requires* the wearing of sunscreen and/or a headsweat--it is noticably more open than any other helmet I've seen
I shave my head, wear a Giro Pneumo, and don't use sunblock. Stripes baby, stripes!
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I just weighed my Atmos and it came in at a slim 9.8 oz. Mine is a medium.
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Not to hijack you're thread but I saw the Atmos "red" and it's a dark metalic red not a real basic red. Just thought you guys would like to know.
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You're truly miffed about 2.5 ounces?
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Not to hijack you're thread but I saw the Atmos "red" and it's a dark metalic red not a real basic red. Just thought you guys would like to know.
Those heartless bastards!!
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I hear Giro is doing a special eddition one with a carbon outer shell. Apparently it saves 4 grams, so you should sell me yours for 20 bucks and buy that.
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I have a good quality helmet and It is a lot heavier than an elcheapo which I bought for a spare, scince in Oz they have to pass pretty tuff testing to be sold I now where the elcheapo one.
Most of the dearer ones Ive handled seem to be on the heavy side but with better venting and man some of them look sweet.
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I just bought a new "high Zoot" helmet and it feels like it is weightless...... Not gonna tell ya which one....someone will tell me what it actually weighs.
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Originally Posted by demoncyclist
There may also be more structure in the Atmos- structure that might save your melon if you ever hit the deck head-first.
I'm extremely skeptical. High zoot helmets sell on style and "ventilation". The only objective safety standards are the ones that even the cheapies have to pass, so there's no marketing points to be made by making a safer helmet. If it were provably safer, you'd hear about it in the marketing.
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
You're truly miffed about 2.5 ounces?
I agree. If I got pissed off about everything that happens to me during the day that is this meaningless, I'd be pissed off all day long. You should put your scale away and have a beer . . . or seven.
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My helmet was heavy, so I lost 10 lbs...Then it felt lighter.
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Originally Posted by ExMachina
Well, I made the mistake this morning of weighing my brand spanking new Giro Atmos helmet (large)ó11.5 oz!!!!!!! Thatís heavier than the two other large helmets I own (Giro Eclipse and a $20 Bell something-or other)!!!

Giroís website lists the Atmos as weighing 8.5 oz (which Iím sure is an average weight based on multiple sizes). But they also list the Eclipse (my old helmet) as weighing 9 oz, which is MUCH closer to what my size large Eclipse actually weights (10oz).

Iím kind of ticked off right now, if you canít tell. I feel like Iíve been a little duped--did I really just drop $200 for style? I think I'm going to be sick
Sorry, but your wrong...the advertised weight is 270 grams or 9.5 oz. I just went and weighed my new Atmos and it comes in at 280 grams, close enough for me. It's a small by the way, kind of snug, but a good fit, and WAY cooler (in both ways) than my old Bell Alchera with an advertised weight of 300 grams that comes in at 290 grams on my scale (no it's not a bath scale). Get a smaller mellon and your helmet won't need to be so big.
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The Atmos is an awesome helmet. Shave your head and cut your toenails to make up for the 3 oz. Sheesh!
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ExMachina,
I see you are filling out your OCP member form.

Don't get sick about it. When I used to hike and was a weight weenie or ultralighter as they call them, I used to find all kinds of discrepancies in the advertised weight and the actual weight. Usually in sizing the medium or average size the weight given. I would actually take a scale with me to the outdoor store or use theirs. Yes, I sought treatment and I ended up here. Go figure.
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--it is noticably more open than any other helmet I've seen
Then go look at a Decibel - pretty "open" if you axe me. Cools great, fits nice, looks good, and mine tastes like lemons.

The Giro Boreas in this picture is size L and weighs 350 gm., but I've had to belatedly retire it after about 6 years of fine service and one big fat head-on argument with a very solid rock. The rock won - the Boreas cracked. But my gourd didn't.

The Decibel is also size L and weighs 354 gm., sans visor.
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I didn't buy an Atmos BECAUSE they list it as being so light. I'd rather not be on the bleeding edge there... excuse the pun.
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The Atmos is an awesome helmet. Shave your head and cut your toenails to make up for the 3 oz. Sheesh!

LOL Im imagining what 3 oz of toe nails looks like. Anyone ever seen Dumb and Dumber?
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I had the opportunity to test out the Giro Atmos in a local crit over the weekend when two gentlemen right in front of me in the center of the pack decided to cross wheels at 25+ on a straightaway. When I was in the emergency room the attending doctor, while examining my separated AC clavicle, asked if I hit my head . I told him no. Although I was a little dazed after the crash. When I arrived home I checked out my helmet and noticed some scratches on the side. Upon further examination I found two cracks in the foam lining where I imagined the impact occurred. I originally bought the Atmos for the weight, the venting, the reputation and yes the Rabobank version matched my clubs colors. If the couple of extra ounces of weight went into improving the shell reinforcement, as it turns out for me, it was worth it. I will be replacing the helmet with the exact same model through the Giro crash replacement warranty. The cost is 30% off the list price. Like the Visa commericial, Giro helmet... $130, head still intact... priceless.
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Is the helmet black? The extra UV that you're soaking up could be weighing you down significantly, not to mention the drag caused by the photodynamics.
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