Giro Feature Helmet Review

by Brian Mullin on January 9, 2014

Most
of the Giro mountain bike helmet product line is more cross country
oriented, while the Feature has a skate-style look and feel to its
design, and this All Mountain helmet has great wrap
around coverage, which provides good comfort, security and protection.
It uses an In-mold polycarbonate shell with an EPS foam liner, their
In-Form retention system, has 12 vents with internal channeling and a
visor with adjustable pitch. It retails for $75, weighs a moderate 350
gram, and comes in three sizes and seven colors.

Ventilation

The
Feature has only 12 holes for ventilation to help draw air through the
helmet, but due to their size and their channeling design, they provided
good movement and cooling. My head didn’t feel overheated even in the
brunt of the summer, and although the system isn’t like fully open cross
country or road helmet, they did an admirable job. The vent pattern on
top made it difficult to attach my GoPro camera strap, but since it had a
nice smooth spot on the crown, I ended up using a stick-on mount.

Fit, Pads and Retention System

The
helmet was moderately comfortable with a decent amount of padding in
the front half and on the rear adjuster, though the padding is on the
thin side of things compared to some of its competition. The helmet has
two methods for fitment, a circumferential In-Form system with a twist
wheel in the rear, and a four position height setting. The wheel was
easy to grasp with a gloved hand, and would usually twist open and close
for simple on the fly adjustment, but I found it could be stubborn when
loosening.  I tested the Large size, and the adjustment system allowed a
great deal of tuning and fitting, so I could wear just a skull cap or a
full-on winter head covering. The chin strap worked fine, and it was
easy to cinch down, and while the ear portion didn’t have any
adjustability, I didn’t find that an issue. The material that covers the
padding on the rear adjustment system (see inset above) began to
delaminate prematurely on me, but it still seemed to work fine and kept
providing comfort. The retention system can totally snap-out for
replacement if required, giving the helmet some additional longevity.

Goggle and Glasses Compatibility

I
didn’t have any problems with wearing sunglasses, and they fit just
fine, though some pairs with long arms might have minor  interface
issues with the retention system. When using goggles, I found that my
Ryders hit the corners of the helmet just below the visor, and this
caused some fitting issues. This might not be the case with all goggles,
so it might just be a brand specific problem?

Extras, Weight and Value

At
352 grams, it’s decently light for an All Mountain helmet, and I never
really noticed the weight on my head. The $75 price is very competitive,
and the well-made Giro product and In-Form retention system make for a
value-oriented package.

Bottom Line

The
Giro Feature provides an excellent wrap around design with deep rear
coverage, which offers great stability and security. The helmet is
comfortable, decently padded and their In-Form retention system offers
lots of adjustability for any head size or shape. The 12 vents provide
decent air movement for an All Mountain helmet, though still not on par
with a open port design of a cross country helmet. The $75 price point,
deep wrap around head coverage and functional retention system, make for
an exceptional value.

Pros

  • Great coverage
  • Great price
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Thin padding
  • Retention adjust wheel can hang when loosening
  • Padding covering on rear delaminated

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