History tends to repeat itself. Giro has been designing quality helmets since 1985. Its gravity line began with the Mad Max, followed by the Switchblade, and the Remedy in 2006. In 2015 Giro completely updated its full-face line, launching the Giro Cipher Helmet, redesigned with all new technology.
Giro Cipher Review
A Quality ventilation system helps you set the pace. The Giro Cipher Helmet has 8 vents with internal channeling. Breathable during Enduro laps on Teton Pass (with goggles on), the ventilation ports above the brow line channel air over the top of riders’ head nicely.
You’re not in control without good visibility. A broad two-bolt visor works well for turns in the sun. The Cipher’s tool-free visor is also adjustable with wide peripheral vision thanks to the shell being set back deeper, making goggle port compatibility solid as well.
Giro Cipher Full Face Helmet Fit
You’ll perform better if you’re comfortable. It’s important to have a snug fit, consider sizing down, it will pack out some. The sweat-wicking cheek pads 40mm thick come with a helmet, other options include 36mm or 44mm to customize the fit. The cheek pads are also removable which comes in handy if you experience a massive digger; first responders can safely remove helmet. The D-ring buckle system feels good. The wide strap width is comfortable under the chin and the extra snap eliminates loose ends.
Giro always goes extra the mile. Beneath the visor is a POV camera mount with adapters for both GoPro and Contour. Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” sounds crisp with Skull Candy TuneUps, designed specifically for the Cipher. The headphones are designed to be dropped into small pockets in the helmet, not unlike Giro ski helmets.
Always wear protection. The Giro Cipher Full Face Helmet ($180) meets the ASTMF 1952 Standard needed for Freeride, Downhill, and Enduro riding. Giro uses In-Mold construction, which molecularly bonds the fiberglass shell and EPS liner. The custom injected gaskets around the goggle port and neck roll work well too. Lastly, the Vinyl Nitrile-lined chinbar enhances impact management by cushioning, vibration dampening, and shock absorption. This is the same foam used in hockey and football helmets.
Fashion is what you buy and style is what you do with it. Giro unleashed (7) matte finishes for the Cipher, which includes several wild color schemes to classic black. Stylie points count, so pick your favorite.