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is the Giro Omen helmet audio compatible...
is the Giro Omen helmet audio compatible?
With Giro's audio, YES!
I have an Omen helmet and really like it....
I have an Omen helmet and really like it. Would like to purchase one for my wife. What would be a better choice - Omen or a Prima?
since the prima is a womens helmet it will most likely offer her a better fit, most likely meaning better protection and more comfort.
I originally ordered a medium then switched it for a small. I measured my head to be 56cm. I tightened the medium as much as it would go but it still shifted forward and back a bit. I thought the small might have been too tight the first time I tried it on, but I have worn it a few times now and I love how it fits - feels secure in all directions without squashing my head.
Nice and warm, even on bitter windy days without anything underneath.
Ticked to see that it is now 25% off!
I have the 07/08 model and love the vents...
I have the 07/08 model and love the vents but like everyone else hate the google keeper. Mine likes to snag and latch onto the carrying strap on my daypack when I lean forward and look up. That is annoying but then the internal frame pops loose on both sides by my temples. This usually happens while I am shooting through the trees, landing a pretty big drop or crashing (which happens more than the other two combined). Is this common with newer models or is mine the exception?
I bought two Giro Omen Helmets for both my sons. Helmets are well made and very comfortable to wear. Pricy, but I don't think it's a waste of money for such quality product.
I've been using the Omen for over two years and it's a great helmet. It's comfortable, has excellent vents and offers good protection when skiing in the trees. The google clip is small but it works and it is more durable than other Giro designs. I've seen Giro's other google strap design fail, the rubber strap can break or come off the helmet. The google clip on the Omen is secure but its is small, especially when the google buckle is aligned with the clip.
Protect ya' neck (and head)
Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full
This is a great helmet, hands down. The vents work well. They can be flipped with a gloved hang holding a pole while skiing. So much better than messing with those plug inserts on my previous helmet. The helmet does seem a tad on the heavy side if you try it on after trying on several other noggin guards. But in coutless days of skiing, and touring with this helmet on my back, I've never noticed that weight again outside of the show room floor. This thing blows thru small branches and takes hit like you would not believe!
I wore a large when they had the S,M,L,XL sizing, now I wear a M. Large would have fit....but made me look like Toad from Super Mario Bros 2 or being called in for Top Gun!
The goggle strap in the back does not "button" on mine, but I have never had an issue with my goggle falling off. I do drop them down where my face would be anyways when I hike with this on my pack so maybe that's why?
Mine has the "tune ups" wiring as well. While I hear that the bluetooth line of these sound really bad for music, the hard lined one's work well. **A word of advice (on the tune-ups), just go ahead and ducktape the wire parts that go into and out of the volume piece and the "male" plug on the end, then tend to wear easily.**
Great helmet with plenty of vents
Thanks to all of the adjustments available in this helmet, I am able to get a perfectly dialed fit - I couldn't ask for it to be any better. I really like the ability to open and close the vents in the front and the rear of the helmet independently of each other. One additional bonus is that even when skiing in the rain this helmet keeps me reasonably dry without putting the hood up- a feature I've really come to appreciate these past few soggy weeks. My only complaint is that the helmet is definitely in the large-profile end of the spectrum.
Nice, but too big
This is a great helmet,very comfortable. Fit was good and tight, but when shaking head left and right there was play. The forward and back was perfect, lock works, but not side to side. I have narrow head and have not had a problem with any other helmet. Had to return to much play, would cause goggles to move around. This helmet is very round, not oval, makes head look huge. Helmet strap holder feels flimsy.
This helmet fits well and has better ventilation than my Giro 9 and weighs about the same. The adjustable harness is nice but makes my ears hurt if I tighten it too much. The chin strap is comfortable and the adjustable vents easy to use with gloves. My goggles fit but sometimes get pushed low on my nose if the strap is loose. The goggle clip is functional but could be better If it breaks, your goggles will still stay on. Get some stickers and add some color/life 'cause these are kinda plain. Overall, I'd buy it again.
This helmet is great. I have a large head, and the L is definitely big enough. If I recall, L is the largest that Giro even makes in the Omen. It has a dial adjustment in the back, and tabs where the back strapping and dial clip into, so you can adjust how the helmet sits on the back of your head, and the tightness. The two different venting sliders allow you to adjust how much air goes through the helmet. As far as ski helmets go, this is the most comfortable and breathable one I have ever worn.
The goggle clip in the back, while not my favorite design, does work all right. It is basically just a cover, but I've had my goggles clip underneath the giro cover-clip and I have yet to have a problem with it. Recently I got the smith goggle strap extender and it makes the combo that much better.
I guess the biggest plug for this helmet is that the only gripe I can think of is the higher price. That being said, if I had to buy another helmet, I'd drop the cash for this one again in a heartbeat.
Good for Watermelon Heads and protecting your Dome.
A good Helmet overall and IMHO I like the styling of the Omen more than most of the other giros and smiths. The goggle clip in the back is pretty flimsy though, and though i didn't break it off after 10 days of hard use, I'm pretty sure some way or another this thing is gonna be dust in the wind once the baggage handlers throw my board bag in the wrong position, and for this reason only is why i gave it one less star.I really do like the dial fit for the helmet, and the two, count em two venting areas allow for multiple flow options. Ear flaps are pretty comfy however not easily removed. I have a pretty gigantic head too, right at 62.5 cm, and the sizing guide was a perfect fit, glad backcountry didn't carry the XL or I would have ordered it! So, Kudos and 5 stars to BC on the proper sizing guide available and not letting me buy a helmet that was too big. A good helmet however a bit on the pricier end of the spectrum, but isn't protecting your dome worth 200 dollars?
Does this model have a better goggle...
Does this model have a better goggle retainer than previous years?
look in the detailed views, you can see it.
@ aaalllen, I've never owned a Giro before this one, but all I can say now, is that the gogg clip in the back is crappy, and if Giro had made older models crappier than the one that's on here, it's a sad day for Giro helmets, read my review further up.
I included "than previous years" as I've ridden w/ a friend who had one, kept goggles on the brim to have them fly off. Most of the other giro helmets have a snap closure which seem to work better.
I saw it in person... it changed from the first versions. The retainer top hides a little protrusion from the shell pointing downward. This should prevent accidental loses.
I just uprgaded from Giro G10 which broke after an insane fall to the Omen and all I can say the helmet is awesome but the rainer is total garbage. First day out, I took my helmet off and was walking through the lodge with the goggles attached and they fell off, lucky the guy behind me was a nice person and saw it drop and gave them back to me. I'm really disapointed.
are you guys going to get any of these in...
are you guys going to get any of these in the black XL?
I am sorry L is the biggest size we carry in this helmet.
Unless you have a VERY big head Large should fit. The only model BIGGER is the G9 XL, it goes to 65cm in limited colors. Also a very nice helmet.
Well made, but huge!
Ordered this cuz I couldn't find a good deal on a Smith Variant Brim. Looked good as a photo, but when I put it on I looked like Toad from Mario Cart! Sizing was a bit sloppy, I ordered a Large. Sent it back and will wait out a deal on the Smith.
crash test dumy
This was the first helmet I've worn sking and found it surprisingly comfortable. The vents worked great from 40 degree weather to 10- didnt wear a beanie at all ... but the real reason I liked it was I was sking In MT and at the end of a run on a powder day and my ski caught on something causing me to go head first in to a tree !!!! When I can too I herd one ski patol say to another I bet this idoit didn't have a helmet on!!!! the one hepling said yes he did its over there all I herd was holly @#@^!!!! just bought anoghter and waiting for the powder , wouldn't think of sking with out it !!!!!
The Giro Omen is a geat helmet. I've skied in it for 2 years. Light weight with great ventilation and clean design. The fit is the best that I have found. My only wish is that they change the design of the goggle retainer, It works okay and keep the goggles in place, but I think it could be better by opening up from the bottom as I have found some pine branches cought in it.
The Giro Omen is a nice helmet. I've skied in it a couple of seasons and it's pretty nice. Light weight, good ventilation. Chin strap is padded so that is comfortable. The plastic inner-frame is adjustable so you can get a decent fit. I have a hard time fitting helmets with my tiny pinhead, so I got this in a small. My only nit is if I tighten the inner frame a bit too much I get a headache, but it's easily loosened. I found the Giro G10 helmet to be a bit more comfortable.