The updated gel padding is an improvement over the previous generation and helps reduce road vibration and hand fatigue over longer rides.
Like other reviewers, this helmet was responsible for saving my friend's life. On a ride this January he endured a high speed crash and was unconscious for about 45 minutes. Although he sustained broken ribs and a fractured pelvis, his concussion was relatively mild thanks to this Giro helmet. So, now that he is pieced back together and ready to ride again my gift to him is his lifesaving helmet.