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I cycle a lot, particularly in off-road areas such as woodland and countryside. However, I sometimes find myself cycling on busy roads and it was this that persuaded me to get a cycle helmet. After a bit of browsing I came across the Skyla helmet by Giro. It cost me about £23 from my local bike shop.
This helmet is available in a wide range of quirky designs including White Tech Flowers, White Simple Lines, Ice Blue, Metallic Charcoal, Pearl White & Turquoise, Pearl White & Red Floral and finally the one that I chose which is Sorrel Tallac - a deep purple colour. On top of the helmet are 20 vents for ventilation and a snap-fit visor at the very front. Opposite the shiny, hard plastic exterior, the helmet has an EPS polycarbonate lining with a foamy texture. Underneath is a fabric strap which goes under the chin and at the back is a grey plastic frame.
I really like this helmet as it is easy to adjust so that it fits perfectly for different individuals. The softness of the lining is not only really comfortable but allows flexibility to mould to the shape of the head while the frame can be pulled out to further adjust the fit. After this the only thing is to make sure you have the strap attached in a nice secure fit under the chin. I always test the fit by shaking my head from side-to-side to see if it wobbles but it stays firmly in place. The sides of the helmet don't rub against the skin at all even after wearing it for hours at a time. I often cycle in hot weather and the vents allow air to circulate which keeps me cool. The spongy lining is also good at warming in winter.
A great feature which I thought was really useful is the AcuDial fit system which is basically a system that accommodates ponytails. It is comprised of a full-fit band that can be adjust with one hand and allows you to have your hair tied up comfortable while wearing the helmet.
Overall I'm really glad I chose the Skylar. It is super comfortable and although I haven't ever had to test it out (thankfully) it feels strong and secure and I feel confident that it would do a good job at keeping me safe if the need ever arose.
I love cycling, and I want to stay safe while cycling. Unfortunately studies have found that people who wear cycle helmets are actually at more risk of being hit by a car, because car drivers see helmets and subconsciously assume that the cyclist is safe and therefore give the cyclists with helmets on less of a wide berth than if s/he was helmet-free.
Nevertheless, I never cycle without a helmet, because I used to work with people with head injuries and I do not want that to happen to me if I can help it. I bought this Giro Skyla ladies helmet after a recommendation from a friend who is really into cycling and knows all about good gear for the road. He assured me that Giro is a well-trusted brand in the cycling merchandise industry, and together we picked out the Skyla.
The Skyla helmet comes in a few different designs, but I chose a plain white one. It has light grey streaks across it and the logo GIRO on the side, but otherwise it is quite plain. You can also get the same design in bright pink instead of grey, and several other variations, as well as the helmet in deep purple or black. The helmet is available in difference sizes so you need to check what your local stockist has, and it's always important to try a helmet on before you buy it to ensure it suits your head shape, isn't loose when strapped on right, and that you find it comfortable to wear.
The Skyla helmet is marketed as being ideal for summer because it has 20 air vents, and certainly in the hot weather I have found that these ventilation holes have enabled my head to stay cool and not overheat. I have also used this helmet in the colder months however and found that it still kept my head at a nice temperature, so it isn't just a summer helmet.
The helmet is made of a hard plastic, as you would expect it to be, with an insulating layer of polycarbonate and an EPS liner. This means that it 'moulds' to your head easily rather than just sitting there feeling awkward. It is shaped in the style of a 'racer' helmet so rather than being circular it is more almond shaped, and I think it looks nice when I'm wearing it. It is easy to get on and off due to a well-fitted strap that goes under the chin, which is easy to click open and close. The helmet also has a head frame at the back of it that you pull out and angle to fit your head shape, to ensure that the helmet stays properly in place when you are out cycling. I find that this is comfortable and easy to use.
The main thing with this helmet is that for me and my head shape it fits well, it feels secure and it is easy to get on and off. It is also comfortable to wear, or at least as comfortable as any other helmet I have worn in the past. I do tend to get a hot head when doing exercise so I really appreciate the ventilation design, which I feel adds an extra benefit to the helmet.
I did fall off my bike once while cycling with this helmet on, thankfully on a cycle path and not while cycling in the road, and it suffered a slight knock which did not damage the helmet in any way or - thank goodness - my head. I feel confident when wearing it and I would definitely recommend it to all lady cyclists, but please do try before you buy as it is essential that you are comfortable with any cycling helmet you wear and what is best for my head shape and size may not be best for your's.
I bought this Skyla helmet from my local independent cycling store in Exeter for £24.99, which I consider an excellent price for a hardwearing product that will protect my head for years. As with all helmets it will need replacing if it ever suffers a proper fall, but fingers crossed this will not happen to me any time soon.
I give this product 5 stars for durability and efficiency, and for the fellas I recommend checking out the other products in the Giro brand.
I think that it is important for all cyclists to wear a safety helmet and I never go out cycling without one. When I bought my bike, I also got a new helmet. Giro is a very reputable cycle helmet manufacturer and I was recommended them by friends. I settled for the Skyla female helmet as it looked quite funky and it has a lot of vents to allow the air to flow through.
==Price and availability==
You can buy the helmet from most cycle shops and I bought mine from Halfords for around £28.99. There are a couple of different designs to choose from.
The helmet will fit a head sized between 50 - 57 cm. The external of the helmet appears to be made from a tough plastic material that is finished with a high shine gloss. The helmet I own has a lovely blue and silver swirly flower design, but there are other designs to go for. The helmet has twenty air vents that should let your hair breath and allow the air to flow through more easily. The underneath of the helmet is made from a tough polystyrene (I'm sure there is a more technical term for this stuff) with a plastic bendy head frame attached. This frame as a small section at the back that you can pull out or contract to fit the helmet to your exact head shape, this is adjustable with one hand. Fit the helmet on your head and then push the two sections of plastic together at the back, it will stop moving when it fits your head without any gaps. At the front of the helmet is a visor that clips off. The helmet fits on the head with two straps that lock under the chin and fit around the ears. This is as comfortable as cycle helmet straps get and standard in its design.
==Comfort and feel==
The helmet fits my head without wobble and the straps lock it securely round my head. It feels quite
comfortable and I feel I can wear it for long periods of time, although after a while I do get a red band on my head from where it sits on my skin. I like the design of the helmet, it is really pretty and the glossy exterior is really nice. It does scratch really easily though. I hit it against the wall and the paint came off leaving a few white grazes. I was not very impressed with my clumsiness! Overall I am happy with the design and feel of the helmet, although the visor is a really weak point.
The visor clips on and off with ease but to be honest without the visor the helmet looks ridiculous, like you have a mushroom on your head so I always want to wear it with the visor. The only thing is that it comes off so often. It never falls off when you have it on, but the slightest knock brings it off and whenever I go get it from where I keep it, the visor is always on the floor from being knocked on. I wish it was more securely attached and I would be disappointed if it got lost. It is quite important anyway as it helps the sun stay right out of my eyes, although you still need cycling sun glasses. The helmet sits well on my head and it does not obstruct my view. I am pleased with it and find that my hair does not get too sweaty really, the air vents do work at keeping my head cool.
Giro Skyla Womens Helmet / Our Universal Fit sizing for women is tailored to fit, and our Acu Dial™ fit system has been designed to accommodate ponytails.