Review of "Giro Xar Helmet"

published 19/12/2016 | danielclark691
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Pro High quality, affordable, great protection.
Cons Not as aerodynamic as it could be, won't suit everyone.
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"Giro Xar Cycling Helmet"

Giro Xar Helmet

Giro Xar Helmet

First impressions

Cycling helmets have improved so much down the years, and the ‘must have’ these days is the skeletal design of the cycling helmet, such as the Giro Xar that we have here. The Giro brand of cycling helmets has a range packed full of variations of the skeletal design. The Xar, as with other models from Giro, is available in a wide range of colours. Some of them even have fancy graphics, just like the one I have here, and the plainer colours are often very vibrant, so you are sure to stand out from the crowd – and to the motorist.

Affordability is obviously something that I will cover as it is an important consideration, but above looks, comfort and cost we need to consider safety. How protective is the skeletal helmet? Does it offer greater or equal protection when compared to the older designs? Trust me, quality and durability has improved a lot. The polycarbonate shell remains and is ideal for displaying vibrant colours and cool designs. You are also more likely to slide on tarmac with this finish.

My experience

Over the years the Giro Xar cycling helmet has changed ever so slightly. I am not exactly sure of these changes, but there must be some improvement, with various websites referring to the year that the cycling helmet was designed for. Perhaps the changes were cosmetic, such as the choice of colours, but in terms of protection I am sure that the same high level of protection is given to the wearer.

Looks are very important to a lot of consumers, and the cyclist is no different. You will always see the cyclists that have the latest gear, and I would have to say that some cyclists look down their nose at riders if they are not riding around on a bike worth a few thousand and are wearing the latest clobber. Well, the cycling helmet has changed a lot over the years, and for the better I am sure. Greater protection is now on offer to the wearer, and the looks are much improved in my opinion.

For the summer rider these skeletal designs offer far greater opportunity for your head to feel the breeze as you ride, and to prevent that sweaty head when you do decide to stop off for a break. Unfortunately I believe that there is a price to pay for this, and I have found that especially if you have short hair, your hair will be much messier when you arrive at your destination. For those with longer hair you will still have a flattened hairline, but for those of us with short hair it will just stick through the holes and you will find your hair is ‘set’ into a spiky position.

The shell of the helmet is polycarbonate, and comes with a ‘roll cage internal reinforcement’. I imagine this means that the helmet has a frame-like structure internally, giving greater strength. This is a lightweight helmet that doesn’t sacrifice strength for durability. The increased padding and comfort will give the cyclist much reduced excuses for not wearing a helmet. I think that a cyclist without a helmet is the most selfish person you will ever find on the roads these days, requiring just a nudge to take them down and potentially kill them. Without a helmet a cyclist is just one effort away from sudden death – be warned!

As we are on the subject of comfort, I will mention the static padding that is offered to us with this helmet. The helmet is not going to rub against your head, and you will feel at ease without the sweaty head. As the helmet doesn’t sit hard up against your head this also allows air to flow across your head and through your hair. The 17 wind tunnel vents are vital for air flow, and you can immediately forgot the old ‘lid’ type helmets that you pay have worn in the 90s!

Price and availability

When buying cycling helmets I would be extremely careful. Some online prices hit as high as £119.99 for the Giro Xar helmet, whilst both online and in stores you can buy this helmet for £39.99 from Evans Cycles. This is a huge difference, and with Evans Cycles giving you the opportunity to try the helmet on before purchase I think this is the path you should take.

Final thoughts

This is a helmet I have worn in the summer. The Giro Xar is a very comfortable helmet due to the various pads that sit between your head and your helmet. The 17 vents are clear to see, and their large area means that air flow is maximized, and the strong structure of the helmet still gives you great protection. Obviously the skeletal helmet design will hold you back as your aerodynamics will be affected, but it isn’t just fashion that brought these helmets to the fore.

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  • calara published 18/03/2017
  • GeorgieH1994 published 17/01/2017
    great review
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    well reviewed! x
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Product Information : Giro Xar Helmet

Manufacturer's product description

Product Details

Long Name: Xar Helmet

MPN: EV140914-S-BLK; EV140914-M-BLK; EV140914-L-BLK; EV140914-S-WHT; EV140914-M-WHT; EV140914-L-WHT; EV140914-S-ORG; EV140914-M-ORG; EV140914-L-ORG

Manufacturer: Giro


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