Reverberations of history.
The Reverb Helmet may resemble ye olde Giro helmets from the 1990s—that golden age of cycling when fluo was in style for the first time—but its body is sleeker, its weight is lower, and its impact absorbing EPS foam padding is updated with In-Mold technology to be impact-absorbier. Giro has also taken the liberty of adding a hat bill so you don't have to ruin your vintage cap with sweat stains and road grime.
- All-purpose protection at home on road, trail, or gravel
- In-Mold technology combines EPS foam with a polycarbonate shell
- Auto Loc fit system for wobble-free security
- Item #GIR0367
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like this helmet for a lot of reasons. Mostly, I wanted a helmet that looked cool because I think bike helmets are probably the stupidest looking things on the planet. I hate them. But I live in a town that is pretty dangerous for cyclists and I recently downsized from a car to a bike, and I knew I didn't want to be riding in traffic without a helmet. This is definitely the coolest looking option I found, and I went with the blue pearl, which has an awesome iridescent glitter exterior. I was pleasantly surprised at how light it is. From the photos I was imagining something more along the lines of like a skateboard helmet, but this is just as light as a regular bike helmet, minus the doofy looking back spoilers and stuff.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This helmet (like almost all helmets produced to be sold in the USA) is CPSC certified meaning you can use it in USA cycling races.
(FYI some euro helmets have a different certification, and there has been debate over whether the Euro certification satisfied USA cycling officials, I think there was a recent rule change over this)
I got the high viz color which is great to help you stand out on a busy road. Its the correct color for high-viz. Its not just yellow, but highlighter yellow which really stands out.
I think the fit is excellent (aka perfect) and does not fit high (though my girlfriend always says I have an oddly shaped head, she's wrong).
I wear a L in Bell and also L for this helmet.
Ventilation is also solid not quite as good as my bell sweep r, but more then good enough.
One issue is that there are no vents where you can place your sunglasses. You'll have to store them on your jersey somewhere.
Also this helmet does not have a "ratchet" or clicking adjustment system on the back to dial in the fit. It uses a stretchy fabric instead. That design it works very well and keeps the helmet snug but not too snug.
The price is right too, no need to spend 3x on something fancier. Cool, comfortable helmet that would not look out of place in a race.
Okay for urban cycling
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The reverb is a lot like communism; it looks great on paper but never works out in person. The colors it comes in are rad, but the fit is so funky. despite the small adjustment tabs on the inside of the helmet, and the back elastic strap, it's just a weird fit and sits pretty high on your head (I've had several friends try my helmet on and it looks the same on everyone). However, I will say it does fit well with a helmet liner under it, in the dead of a Utah winter. If you wanting something rad and 'urban' looking, get a Bern helmet.
Vintage look, light weight, great fit.
Got the helmet in the mail today, I'm 7 1/8 hat size or 22 3/4 inches approximate. I got the medium size which is true to size. This helmet reminds me of a older style giro helmet, might have been called the hammer head? this helmet doesn't appear bulky and has adjustable fit with removable inserts. I appreciate the rear elastic support most helping keep the helmet on even when in a accident. I am also pleased to write I was able to adjust the fit in just a few minuets and with a decent semi snug fit. but not resticting. After a long ride any annoyance will become greater. Visor is removable. the color is just as picture, matte gray, with rear reflectors looking nice, not cheesy. if you prefer a not so bulky vintage looking, light weight good looking helmet. This might be the one for you.
Is this helmet good to use in a road...
Is this helmet good to use in a road race?
Sure, any helmet would be good. Pretty sure you only have to wear a helmet. Shouldn't matter the style. I think you have to get pretty serious in racing for aerodynamics to be a legitimate concern. Besides, this is what helmets used to look like, the helmets that pro racers wore(sometimes).