Got this for Christmas - thanks Mom and Dad!
The Giro Atmos gets a 10 out of 10 on the DiabloScott Helmet Form and Fashion Rating Scale.
I bought my first helmet in 1984; a Bell V1-Pro (also a gift from Mom!). I think this new one is at least my 10th helmet in 27 years so this is a review with some righteous cred.
First, the three tell-tale signs that you need a new helmet:
- Crumbly or brittle foam bits.
- Cracked plastic shell bits.
- Frayed straps.
Now my helmet replacement procedure is that I have a good helmet for my serious riding, and an older helmet for commuting. The commuting helmet gets banged around a lot, thrown into lockers, dropped at the bike rack, etc. So when it's time to get rid of the commuting helmet, I rotate my good helmet down to commuting use, and get a new good helmet. Usually I don't have any trouble convincing myself to get a slightly better model than I had before, and I've never had trouble paying more than the last one cost.
My last 5 or 6 helmets have all been Giros. The conventional wisdom says that some people have a Giro head and other helmets will never fit them as well, and I'm one of those guys. I quit even trying on Bell or Specialized; Giros are stylish and available everywhere so I'm good with that.
OK, here's a close-up on my old commute helmet - a Giro Eclipse - note crack, and frayed straps.
My previous good helmet and now my commute helmet is a Giro Monza.
Here's the lineup: Eclipse (purple with stickers and crack), Monza (blue with white stripes), and Atmos (white).
|This ID sticker seems like a good idea, until you realize there |
is literally no surface on the helmet big enough to stick it on.
I was a little surprised at the weight-vs-cost relationship. The most expensive one is 21g more than the least expensive one... at least according to the tags.
Even though the Atmos is presumably a little heavier, it feels less bulky... it sits nicely on my head and is comfortable... so maybe the design is more important than the weight, or maybe I just have new helmet bias. Anyway, 21g isn't enough to worry about... and I don't think I could tell in a blind weight test... and the cheap one really wasn't that bulky either.
|This is kind of a new adjustment - the straps actually |
go through the doo-dads that used to control the adjustment,
and now we have a little knob... BRILLIANT!
Extra pads... seems like a good idea.
Estimate how long your helmet will last, divide by two,
and that's the time to put them in.
Tip: you can use fabric glue to keep these things together
when the sweat breaks down the pads. Bonus: another sticker!