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I bought the Giro Xar helmet last month as a replacement for my previous Giro Xen helmet. Over
the last few years I've owned (and killed) several bike helmets from various brands but the Giro
helmets always seem to fit me best so after an hour in the local bike shops trying various helmets
once again Giro got my hard earned cash.
The Giro Xar is an all mountain trail riding helmet which basically means it has slightly more
coverage at the back of the head compared to a road helmet and has a visor which supposedly
keeps sun and stray vegetation out of your eyes on the trail. Most road helmets are higher at the
back for more comfort in the racing position and most don't have a visor due to the fact it makes
the helmet slightly less aerodynamic. As I ride bikes of and on road I usually go for mountain bike
helmets as I want one helmet to do it all and if you really feel the need you can always remove the
The Giro Xar comes in 3 different sizes Small 51-55cm, Medium 55-59cm and large 59-63cm this
is a bonus for anyone like me who never seems to fit the one size fits all category. My head
only measures 53cm so one size fits all helmets are mostly too big for me and usually look like
I'm wearing a Super Mario mushroom on top of my head but the small Xar fits me well and thanks
to the relatively low profile it doesn't look too bad on me.
The Giro Xar comes in a variety of colours from low key black or titanium grey through to lime
yellow and bright orange so there's something to suit most tastes. The Xar has 17 vents which
work really well and make this one of the coolest helmets I've used with maximum airflow
keeping you cool on all but the hottest days.
The Giro Xar comes with the Roc Loc 5 system which means the helmet is easily adjustable to get
the best fit for you although I've never had any problems with this breaking it does seem quite
fragile when you are adjusting it. This is a case of one hand adjustment which is easy and quick
to adjust giving you the perfect fit and no pressure points to make wearing the lid uncomfortable.
I find the Xar is really comfortable to wear the lightweight, maximum airflow and comfortable
fit and adjustment of the roc loc system means it's easy to forget you're wearing this and
enjoy the ride.
The Xar is made with an in mould composition with a EPS foam liner and polycarbonate shell with
roll cage reinforcement. The padding is removable for washing and X static liner should help keep
it smelling fresh. The visor is vented for added airflow and has 15 degrees of adjustment or can
be removed easily if you want the roadie look.
With most bike helmets any crash where you hit your head really should mean replacing your
helmet. Giro offer a crash replacement scheme so if you damage your helmet in an accident
within 3 years you can pay a set fee to get a new helmet (currently fee is £60 for the Xar)
Due to the huge discounts available online you might be as well buying another online rather
than using the replacement scheme. Although the RRP of the Giro Xar is £114 most retailers
vary between £60 -£90 depending on where you shop making the crash replacement scheme
pretty much useless if you can buy one for the same price in a sale without the hassle of
returning the old lid and waiting for a replacement.
For me personally this is one of the best bike helmets I've owned so I'd happily recommend it
but if you are considering this try one on before you buy. A helmet is no use if it's uncomfortable
as you won't wear it and if it doesn't fit correctly it might not protect you when you need it.
The Giro Xar is currently available from £59.99 to £95 depending on where you shop. The cheapest
at the time of writing this was from Evans cycles for £59.99.
Giro Xar Helmet / The XAR offers all the features you've come to expect from Giro's top-level trail-riding helmets