Another Giro first.
The Giro Range helmet is unlike any snow helmet on the market. What sets it apart is its Conform Fit Technology. More than just a band that tightens around the back of the head, Conform Fit Technology literally forms to every rider’s head shape by expanding and contracting with the turn of a dial. It’s like having a custom-made helmet, but without having to shell out thousands of dollars. The fully integrated Conform Fit system utilizes a 2-piece shell that forms to the rider’s head shape. This innovative design also makes the Range the lowest-profile helmet that Giro has ever made. No more spaceman jokes.
Of course, the Range also incorporates Giro’s other features, like an adjustable vent system, an integrated camera mount, and Fidlock magnetic buckle closure. Perhaps most important, however, is the MIPS system. The MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) structure integrates easily into the Range's bones without altering its look. MIPS is the separation of the EPS foam shell from the retention system (the part that grabs your head) via a semi-floating suspension system, so that when the shell absorbs an impact, or two, or four, in a crash, it doesn't transfer that energy directly into the skull. Instead, forces are isolated, saving your head and neck from undo impacts. Developed in Scandinavia more than 10 years ago, the MIPS system has been continually revised and applied to an ever-growing number of helmets in different sports, and it's been credited with saving countless noggins from more serious injury.
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- Q & A
Lousy design ruined maybe great helmet
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have a more round than oval head. As such, I've always knew certain helmet brands will never fit me. Giro was one which didn't have this problem. My previous Giro Seam was light, comfortable, integrated well with my googles, looks alright and was protective (wiped out after a snowboarder clipped me, almost hit a rock). So when I handed that one down to my son, of course I'd try another Giro. And this one had MIPS too, what else could you ask for? That is, until I tried this one on...
After placing it on my head, it was comfortable and light. But as I adjusted to tighten the size around my head, the familiar pressure/pain on the side of my head (close to the top) appeared, like those oval fitting helmet brands which didn't fit me. What happened? Taking off the helmet to examine it revealed the terrible design.
Whereas on my previous Seam helmet, the Boa system only adjusted the strap around my head, the system on the Range tightened the entire helmet. That is to say, it brought the shell closer to the head. And what happens when you brought a round shape closer on the back? Well, it changes from round to an oval. The so called articulated shell design (I think), which brought the bottom of the shell (and by extension, the walls) closer to my head.
In my case, a large fits 59 to 62.5 cm. I'm on the smaller side of that range. As I tightened the helmet, the round change to oval, which increasingly put pressure on the size of my head. In other words, it's not just the size that changed, but also the shape/fit.
I'd imagine an oval shape headed guy with a larger head would have the opposite problem. As he increased the fit, he not only increased the size, but also the fit from the oval shape he'd prefer to round. So unless you're in the sweet spot that just happened to be in the middle of 59 to 62.5cm, you'd have this problem.
So initial impression of this helmet? Light, comfortable (even more padded than my Seam), looks pretty good. Never had a chance to use it though. The fit would never work. Avoid if possible, especially as expensive as it is.
Best-fitting helmet ever
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The best thing you can say about a helmet is that you don't even notice that it's there -- and that's definitely the case with the Range. I put it on and it feels like it fits like a glove, thanks to the adjustable shell. It looks great, too -- no more bobblehead! I have a fairly large head and the Smith helmet I had before looked kind of silly, it was so big. Part of the low-profile fit may be the way the earpads fit -- which could be part of the complaints about using audio pods. I haven't tried putting my Skullcandy pods in there yet, so can't comment on that ... having that feature is not super-important to me, so I'm not too worried if it doesn't work out. It does play nicely with my Julbo goggles, and the goggle clip (more like a bungee) in the back is easy to use.
Could be better
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had high hopes for this helmet, and overall it is really good, but the ear pads leave a lot to be desired.
The Good: Very easy to use and effective size adjustment, Comfortable once on, nice design to the new GoPro integration - much easier and lower profile than the version for the Giro Edit, and the best brim to goggle interface out of all Giro's helmets.
The Bad: Poor design on the ear pads. Very thin, and once you drop in some audio -like the Outdoor Tech Chips - you feel a great deal of pressure coming through. The ear pads also do not stay engaged to the helmet very well. I liken this to the same situation with the ear pads on the Discord helmet, although the discord has snaps to help hold them in. I also was surprised at how much heavier this helmet was than my Edit.
The venting works well, and you do not feel the air-flowing directly to your scalp. I have yet to put in a boot pack with the helmet on, but I will definitely update the review once I do.
Overall a very comfortable helmet that you forget it is on, and allows you to set it and forget it.
Giro Range Helmet
Does this helmet have removable ear pads?
How much does the Giro Range weigh?
how is the fit if I wear a beanie under it?
It depends on how thick the beanie is. Try measuring your head with the beanie on and see if that changes the size you would need. Personally I like the wear the really thin skull cap beanies under my helmet and there is very minimal difference in the fit. Hit me up directly with any other questions.
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