When Giro asked me to prepare a review of their new gear, my first thought was “what could possibly be new in the world of helmets and goggles”. Well, apparently a lot! They sent me the new Giro Range MIPS Helmet, which utilizes their revolutionary ‘Conform Fit System’. This fancy marketing term doesn’t do justice to just how well this new fit system conforms to your head. In addition, the Range Helmet has a Fidlock magnetic buckle closure system, which makes buckling and un-buckling your helmet a snap… literally. I’ll get into these and more features of the Giro Range MIPS Helmet later in the review.
Giro was also kind enough to send along their 2016/17 Giro Contact Goggles. Big innovations here as well: The Contact Goggles use a Snapshot Magnetic Lens Interchange System which facilitates quick and easy lens changes without the typical fussing around with levers, clips or clamps. This innovative lens change system is so simple; utilizing self-locating magnets and a secure locking mechanism to keep your lenses secure.
The integrated design of the Giro Range MIPS Helmet and Giro Contact Goggles means no more Gorby Gap and the benefits of stack venting.
Pair the Giro Range MIPS Helmet with the Giro Contact Goggles for seamless integration. No more Gorby Gap (that unsightly gap between your helmet and goggles). And, stack venting between the goggles and helmet improves airflow and prevents lens fogging. With all this innovation and integration, the Range MIPS Helmet and Contact Goggles are a winning combo. Let’s dive in and find out more about each product, shall we?
The Range Helmet’s ‘Conform Fit’ system uses a two-piece shell that conforms to your specific head shape by expanding and contracting the shell with the simple turn of a dial. The entire back of the helmet can move up to 6 cm to provide a nice snug fit that you can really feel. Compare this to the traditional helmet fitting system which essentially just pushes your head forward into the front of the helmet, and it’s no contest; why have your head pushed around when it can quite literally be hugged from both sides? This fit system also means Giro can make the Range Helmet with a much lower profile than traditional designs, as the outer shell actually compresses in size to fit your head. Adjustments are quick and easy with Giro’s ‘In Form 2 Fit System’, which is a built in dial in the back of the helmet: twist it one way to expand the helmet and the other to compress it. Simple, yet oh-so effective.
What is MIPS?
MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and is found in Giro’s top of the line helmets which totals 11 helmets models in all. MIPS is essentially a low-friction liner that helps reduce the impact of rotational energy to the brain in an angled impact. The MIPS System allows the helmet to rotate independently around your head, redirecting impact energy and providing more protection.
- Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) provides an articulating hard shell construction with a low-profile design.
- Conform Fit
- In Form 2 Fit System
- Thermostat Control Adjustable Venting
- Stack Ventilation
- GoPro compatible camera mount integration
- Fidlock magnetic buckle closure
- X-Static anti-bacterial padding
- Compatible with all Giro aftermarket audio systems
- ASTM 2040-11/CE EN1077 Certification
The Conform Fit System provides the most comfortable fit of any helmet we've reviewed, with 6cm of adjustment it's no wonder.
The Conform Fit System completely contracted.
The Conform Fit System completely expanded.
Earpads that keep your ears warm but do not hamper your ability to hear others.
A soft plush interior with the MIPS system hidden away under the padding.
The Fidlock magnetic buckle closure is pure genius and so simple to use.
Goggle retension system is easy to use even with gloves on.
'Thermostat Control' Adjustable Venting on the top and sides of the helmet.
Magnets are the secret of the ‘Snap Shot’, quick-change lens feature of the Giro Contact Goggles: There are six magnets embedded in the top and bottom of the Contact frames and lenses. These magnets self locate the lenses into the correct position, and the secure locking mechanism provides extra hold to ensure the lenses don’t pop out at the wrong time. To remove the lenses, you simply press the shutter button located on the upper right hand side of the frames and pull the lenses out. This facilitates quick and easy lens changes should the weather go from cloudy to bluebird. Giro includes two premium optical lenses (made by Zeiss) with the Contact Goggles; one for low light conditions that emphasize detail, and one for brighter days to protect your eyes from the sun.
Giro’s ‘Expansion View Technology’ lenses offer increased peripheral vision. This, in conjunction with the semi-frameless design of the Contact Goggles means nothing impedes your vision on the front or sides. When paired with the Giro Range MIPS Helmet you get the benefit of stack venting, and there’s no ‘Gorby Gap’ since the two products are designed to fit seamlessly with one another.
The Giro Contact Goggles are one nice looking pair of goggles and the 'Expansion View Technology' gives you a huge range of vision.
Lens change is a snap with the 'Snap Shot' magnetic lens system.
- Snap Shot
- Expansion View Technology with Semi-Frameless Design
- Triple-layer Face Foam with Microfleece Facing
- Anti-fog Coating
- Seamless compatibility with all Giro helmets
- Ergonomic Goggle Carrying Case & extra lens sleeve
- Lenses: Toric Spherical Injection-molded LENSES BY ZEISS. Includes Two ZEISS Lenses – Sun / All-condition Flash Lens & Low-light Flash Lens
Six magnets and a small latch keep the lenses securely in place.
A rubberized strap means the goggles stay where you put them on the helmet.
Strategically placed vents line up with those found in the Giro Range MIPS Helmet so they integrate to offer stack venting.
Giro has done an impressive job of advancing both helmet and goggle designs to abolish those little annoyances that most users experience with each product. Not only have they improved upon fit (in a huge way) with the Range MIPS Helmet, they’ve taken the hassle out of buckling up the helmet clasp by integrating a unique magnetic latching system. Magnets are also utilized in the Contact Goggles to keep the lenses secure and to increase the ease of changing lenses should weather conditions change. When worn together, chances of ‘Gorby Gap’ are eliminated, and your goggles are able to vent through the helmet with ‘stack venting’. It pays to purchase your goggles and helmet from the same manufacturer as they are designed to work together; this is very evident with the Giro Range MIPS Helmet and Contact Goggles.
From a safety perspective, the Range Helmet’s integrated MIPS system limits the rotational forces to the brain and thus mitigates the resulting injuries. While the Range is not constructed as beefy as the Sweet Protections Grimnir TE Helmet (which also incorporates MIPS), it retails for a fraction of the cost. The Grimnir TE Helmet uses a whole lotta carbon in its design to increase safety, and makes you look and feel like a fighter pilot. On the other end of the spectrum, Salomon’s Mountain Lab Helmet is so light-weight and bare bones that it’s ideal for backcountry skiing and can also do double duty at the local resort. So where does the Giro Range MIPS Helmet fit in? I tested this helmet at our local ski resort (Whitewater), and also on several day tours in the surrounding backcountry. While you can definitely wear the Range for touring, it’s not as compact as Salomon’s Mountain Lab Helmet. That being said, the Giro Range is much more comfortable and really feels like your noggin is truly protected. At half the price of the Sweet Protections Grimnir TE Helmet, the Range is a great all round helmet for those who want superior comfort, protection, ease of use, and good looks, at a fair price. The same can be said for the Giro Contact Goggles. If you are in the market for a new goggle/helmet combo, then it makes sense to buy them from the same brand. With all this innovation packed into the Range Helmet and Contact Goggles it only makes sense to give them a try.
Giro Range MIPS Helmet
Giro Contact Goggles
Giro Contact Goggles
Giro Range MIPS Helmet
Giro Range MIPS Helmet
Colours: Matte White, Matte Black, Matte Bright Green, Matte Dark Shadow, Matte Glowing Red, Matte Black Fabricator, Matte Turquoise
Giro Contact Goggles
Colours: Black Wordmark, White Wordmark, Mil Spec Olive/Camo Captain, Red/Black Dual, Lime/Black Slash, Black/Gold Stellar, Black Blazer, Blue/Black Slash, Turquoise/Turbulence Rails, Black/Grey Slash, Gerry Lopez Green/Yellow Leaf
Giro Range MIPS Helmet 9.5/10
Giro Contact Goggles 9.5/10
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