Giro Ionos Helmet Review

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewThe Giro Ionos helmet is one of the best MTB/road helmets, but it has only one downside, its price! Being one of the top range helmets offered by Giro, the Ionos features all that you wish from a helmet, secure, lightweight (around 300g), adjustable, comfortable and extremely good locking.

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewI will skip the specs part as you can find them anywhere (just Google it) and go straight on how the helmet feels and performs in real life. Now you are probably asking what is this road looking helmet doing here, but the answer is simple, although it is not listed as MTB helmet anywhere on Giro’s website, these kind of helmets are becoming more and more popular among XC racers.

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewIn my opinion the standard MTB helmets offered by Giro lack the good design found in the Ionos helmet. You must admit it looks amazing.

I have been using the helmet for a while now switching between my Giro Xar and the Ionos depending on the color range of my outfit. I do a lot of cross country rides with a lot of climbs and I live in an area where in summer temperatures go often above 40°C. The advantage this helmet has over the Xar is better ventilation, and I must say sometimes you just forget that you even have a helmet on your head. It is so light and airy.

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewThe Roc Loc 5 system is the same as the Xar so nothing new here, it is easily adjustable with one hand and allowing you to easily tweak it to the size of your head.

As for the padding the two anti-bacterial sets of pads that were included in the box are great. The only thing is that if you are not careful you might loose some of the smaller pads, but on the other hand you have two full sets included in the box. The X-Static helmet pads include anti-microbial silver fibers which not only reduce the bad odors, but prevent skin irritation if you somehow forget to wash them for a few months.

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewAnother surprise was the winter padding included in the box. The thicker pads with a dense net is meant to be used on colder days. I do not think that it helps a lot it is extremely comfortable to wear. If you plan on doing some real winter cycling, get a windproof helmet cap.

Giro Ionos Helmet ReviewThe bottom line is that the Giro Ionos is a hell of a helmet with excellent ventilation, very lightweight, packed with features, meets the requirements of the the European safety standard CE EN1078 and great design. I was not able to find any cons, except the price tag, but it is well worth the money.

You can get the Giro Ionos helmet online at Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Merlin Cycles, ProBikeKit and Amazon.

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Update: Wearing this helmet somehow reminds me of the Super Mario Mushrooms. Just kidding.

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  1. My previous Giro Ionos is on display as a reminder to wear your helmet. The Giro Ionos saved what little brain cells I have. I took a spill on the road going 27mph. I remember hitting the pavement and seeing stars. This helmet is designed to break and absorb the shock tokeep you alive. It cracked in 8 different spots. I was sold on Giro Ionos and bought a new from Amazon. Light, comfortable, life saver… I will always buy Giro!

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