GIRO MONTARA MIPS

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - WORDS: ZOË BINDER IM­AGES: TIM BARD­S­LEY-SMITH

Hav­ing a great hel­met is a big boost of con­fi­dence when moun­tain bik­ing, and al­lows you to fear­lessly test your bound­aries, the ul­ti­mate road to im­prove­ment. Find­ing the right lid to keep your head pro­tected can be a hard one for women, and I’ve found I’m not the only one who is picky about styles, shapes, colours, where your hair goes and their ca­pac­ity to give you ‘hel­met hair’ as soon as you take it off. The Montara MIPS, is Giro’s most com­pre­hen­sive op­tion for ‘Dirt’ and fea­tures all of their new technology, mak­ing this a re­ally re­li­able hel­met. It has a smaller body shape than many other women’s spe­cific hel­mets I’ve tried, which makes it vis­i­bly smaller on the head, for a sleek and more re­fined fit. This hel­met is moulded all in one, in a full-wrap poly­car­bon­ate shell that comes down nice and low on the back of the head, giv­ing max­i­mum pro­tec­tion, but still leav­ing enough room for a pony­tail to stick through above the RocLoc Air size ad­just­ment sys­tem. This is a great ad­di­tion that al­lows a tai­lored fit, and firm sup­port with­out dis­com­fort, and the roller ad­just doesn’t get caught up in your locks if you have longer hair like I do. Full gog­gle in­te­gra­tion has been crafted into the hel­met and the P.O.V. Plus vi­sor rises, to al­low gog­gles to rest on the front of the hel­met when not be­ing worn. It also has grooves along the back of the hel­met that grip onto the strap, avoid­ing any move­ment while rid­ing. The pad­ding is hy­drophilic and has an an­timi­cro­bial brow pad that can ab­sorb up to ten-times it’s weight in sweat, cre­at­ing dry, com­fort­able con­tact. The MIPS (Multi-Direc­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem) technology in this hel­met al­lows it to have su­pe­rior pro­tec­tion for an­gled im­pact, us­ing the Brain Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem de­vel­oped in Swe­den. There is only one model for the Montara, and MIPS isn’t op­tional, which makes the price point for the hel­met more ex­pen­sive, but in my book this is worth the in­vest­ment. It fea­tures a light at­tach­ment point that makes tran­si­tion­ing into night rid­ing a breeze, and this has been help­ful head­ing into win­ter. The same at­tach­ment can also be used for a cam­era, giv­ing ev­ery­one the abil­ity to up their In­sta­gram content. It’s easy to take on and off, and is a real sell­ing point for this hel­met. There is a wide range of colours to choose from, and it is func­tional, safe and ex­tremely well fit­ted to on the head. I love the way it looks, it’s user friendly de­sign and women’s spe­cific shape dis­tin­guishes this hel­met as one I keep find­ing my­self reach­ing for, no mat­ter what kind trail or which moun­tain bike I’m rid­ing.

HITS

- Ad­justable el­e­ments - Great fit and room for pony­tail - Wide range of colours

MISSES

- Per­haps bet­ter ven­ti­la­tion?

RRP: $239.99 FROM: shep­pard­scy­cles.com.au

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