Gear Review

5 5

Giro Encore Audio Helmet

I had purchased this helmet in anticipation of a Spring trip to Taos for some Ridge hikes, but had a chance to test it out in WV, after 8 inches of fresh pow fell a couple of weeks ago. I figured I would try it out on a couple of runs, then ditch it to enjoy how I have always skied...less helmet.
I ended up wearing the helmet all day. It was warm, not at all heavy on my head, and best of all it was pumping tunes into my skull without interruption. The sound is very good, and even some lift mates enjoyed the tunes. The one very, very minor complaint I have is that the mute button is difficult to manage. The clip for your jacket seems to be too close to the helmet connection and would not attach to my jacket in a good spot. I ended up just letting the mute switch hang outside of my jacket, and it worked just fine.
Overall, I am very happy with the performance and value. The true test will come at Taos when I may have to test the protective elements the Giro Encore provides!