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BT alert - Giro Prolight Cycling Helmet

Old 11-22-11, 07:06 PM
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BT alert - Giro Prolight Cycling Helmet

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Old 11-22-11, 07:10 PM
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they've been popping up for a while, not a very good helmet
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Old 11-22-11, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by zitter View Post
... not a very good helmet
Really? My wife has two of them and loves them. They pass the requisite safety testing...why is it a poor helmet?
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Old 11-22-11, 07:20 PM
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I haven't seen them for under $100 before.....
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Old 11-22-11, 07:21 PM
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Not as well-vented as some helmets in its (MSRP) price range... But shoot, that's a lot lighter than anything in the sub-$100 range. I'm awfully tempted to get this as a second helmet.
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Originally Posted by zitter View Post
they've been popping up for a while, not a very good helmet
You're right. It's not very "good". It's a great helmet.
It was so successful and well recieved that Giro gave it Ionos venting and created The Aeon.
Giro just wants to push the Aeon now and is dumping their Prolight stock.

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Really? My wife has two of them and loves them. They pass the requisite safety testing...why is it a poor helmet?
Yep.

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Not as well-vented as some helmets in its (MSRP) price range... But shoot, that's a lot lighter than anything in the sub-$100 range. I'm awfully tempted to get this as a second helmet.
I haven't noticed any problems in cooling and I sweat a lot. It's done a great job of keeping my head cool. On top of that, it's exhaust is among the best available (it's not just good at intake) which makes it a more complete package.

And, as for the lightness, one would have to almost 100% more to get lighter even at the $99. price that I found them for. Fit-wise, I've said it before, I'll say it again; it's like wearing a baseball cap (if the wearer likes the fastening system...some prefer the ratcheting plastic fasteners).

For me, it's an excellent helmet. And even at the $99. price ($84? even better!), it's an unbeatable value.


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Old 11-22-11, 08:36 PM
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I bought one and sent it back. While it was amazingly light, that seemed more of a party trick for showing off to friends than something important to riding. The venting was lousy compared to cheaper helmets, and I didn't find the fit very good.

I'm happy for those whose mileage varies...
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Old 11-22-11, 08:55 PM
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Price has been $85 for about a week. The helmet is very lightweight, which may make a difference on long rides (century and longer) when your neck and back can get tired. It is not as adjustable as other high-end helmets, so it probably won't fit everyone well.

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Old 11-22-11, 09:11 PM
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Price has been $85 for about a week. The helmet is very lightweight, which may may a difference on long rides (century and longer) when your neck and back can get tired. It is not as adjustable as other high-end helmets, so it probably won't fit everyone well.
I tried one on at my local bike shop and I think they run a bit small. For some reason, whether racing cars or riding my bike, Bell helmets always fit my head the best. I would love to have a helmet as light as the Prolight though.
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I ordered one from BT today...snap decision after a fall the other day left my current helmet probably usable but close enough that it justified me "needing" an upgrade to my old one.

Somewhat having buyers remorse after the snap decision and then reading somewhat poor reviews. Coming from the triathlon world the "aero" claims sort of sold me. I'm hoping for the best, heat has never bothered me too much (not that I could even tell if it's an issue for the next 6 months), but in reading about fit, that's what I'm worried most about...I'm pretty dead even between sizes. Oh well, BT has great return policy (heck, I could just cancel now since I did combined shipping), so if I hate it, most I lose is some shipping.
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It would be (or would have been ) harder for me to justify right now because I just bought a Prevail to replace my aging S-Works.

I think my wife channeled the gods and knocked the power out before I could finish placing my order...
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poor retention system and not very good ventilation, only upside to it is that it's light

for under 100$ it's a good deal though, but giro is already coming out with another sub 100$ helmet that's better, called the savant
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Old 11-22-11, 11:08 PM
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I think my wife channeled the gods and knocked the power out before I could finish placing my order...
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Originally Posted by Jsiegs View Post
I ordered one from BT today...snap decision after a fall the other day left my current helmet probably usable but close enough that it justified me "needing" an upgrade to my old one.

Somewhat having buyers remorse after the snap decision and then reading somewhat poor reviews. Coming from the triathlon world the "aero" claims sort of sold me. I'm hoping for the best, heat has never bothered me too much (not that I could even tell if it's an issue for the next 6 months), but in reading about fit, that's what I'm worried most about...I'm pretty dead even between sizes. Oh well, BT has great return policy (heck, I could just cancel now since I did combined shipping), so if I hate it, most I lose is some shipping.
Poor reviews? Where?
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poor retention system and not very good ventilation, only upside to it is that it's light

for under 100$ it's a good deal though, but giro is already coming out with another sub 100$ helmet that's better, called the savant
Eh it fits the wife's head and she says it is noticeably cooler (temp) than her previous Specialized helmet. She says she forgets she even has it on.

I just got a Prevail...the Prolight didn't fit me right.
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The helmet was only worth $80 from the get-go. May be light, but the adjustability and other features are less than that of a $20 kids Wal-mart helmet.

The Aeon helmet is the golden boy.
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The helmet was only worth $80 from the get-go. May be light, but the adjustability and other features are less than that of a $20 kids Wal-mart helmet.

The Aeon helmet is the golden boy.
$250!

But, hey, I want one.
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Whether the Prolight works for you, I think has a lot to do with the retention system and how it fits on your head. It's an elastic band, as oppossed to a dialed in fit. For me, the retention system would be always putting a little tension on my head, and therefore not comfortable.

Other people with a different fit may like it.

I got an Aeon instead, and I love it.

Better than either Atmos or the Ionas I had before.
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Originally Posted by zitter View Post
they've been popping up for a while, not a very good helmet
Duck!

You need more tact in communicating your response, since you're not PCad - the self-proclaimed, self-styled, and hotly debated Pope of BF - and cannot simply decree BF truths and other statement of facts. Add something along the lines of, "IMO", or "in my experience", or "because they're too......add your own adjective/expletive".. :

When they first came out, I wanted so much to like the Prolight due to its still extremely light weight. But after trying and trying a few, I didn't like the straps they were using, and I instead bought the Ionos. But to simply say they're not a good helmet based on your sinlge statement, while many others here lover theirs and the marketplace success is a testament to that, who do you think you are, PCad's sockpuppet?
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Good? Bad? For the Prolight?
The smarter answers here got it right.
It's all about fit and rider preference.
It's just like the "bib VS shorts" argument.
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If it fits your head shape and size, it's great. If it doesn't, it's not. I modified one a bit to fit my noggin and now it's fine. The ventilation issue is, IMO, largely BS.
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If it fits your head shape and size, it's great. If it doesn't, it's not. I modified one a bit to fit my noggin and now it's fine. The ventilation issue is, IMO, largely BS.


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When I think of the Prolight, two words come to mind - postponement obsolescence.

I'd like to believe Giro rushed it to market to get the lightest helmet they could, but I knew sooner or later they would have a helmet like the Aeon. Which combines the light weight of the Prolight with the ventilation of the Ionos. Turns out it took less than a year for them to introduce it. That makes me a bit suspicious that Giro knew they had something better in the pipeline. Now they're blowing the Prolight out at entry level prices... but hey I have an ingrained sense of corporate distrust.

Either way, I'm glad I waited. The ventilation is an issue with the pro light IMHO. Perhaps those who say it's not are from cooler temperatures. But here in TX if I don't ride in 100+ temperatures I don't ride 8 months out of the year. The Aeon is flat out better. If it's enough of an issue for the guys at Peloton/Testrider to mention it in their usually glowing reviews you should pay attention.

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Seriously have never had an issue with ventilation in ANY helmet. I love my Pro-light. For those that think it's not adjustable, it does offer three relatively broad fitting positions depending on how tight you want that elastic. I opt for the medium "button" since I wear a cap.
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Seriously have never had an issue with ventilation in ANY helmet. I love my Pro-light. For those that think it's not adjustable, it does offer three relatively broad fitting positions depending on how tight you want that elastic. I opt for the medium "button" since I wear a cap.
Word. ^^^

And for all the ventilation issues?
Ride faster!
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