DH style strap closure, really nice feel especially when tightening down for aggressive lines
Chin guard designed to dissipate force across the back of the helmet
Two button release chin guard
Dimpled pads at upper attachment point to help with line-up
Passive ventilation intake at cheek pads channels air over your ears
6 color ways
Fitting helmets is hard to gauge unless they’re on riders. Below you can see how the three sizes they’re offering fit on a wide range of faces well.
The helmet has a secure fit and Giro spent quite a bit of time to get things right. The roc-loc knob on the rear allows things to be snugged up nicely once the helmet is on for a secure fit. The roc-loc adjustable fit system is designed to not be accidentally released by backpacks and neck braces.
The Giro Switchblade MIPS is a good choice for Enduro racing or very difficult lines that you have to pedal to, mixing it up inside and outside the bike park.
Our ride was on an extremely warm day, any helmet would have been quite warm but pedaling up with the chin bar installed would have been too warm. The ability to quickly remove the chin bar is essential on hot days.
The helmet with chin bar gave us a hint of additional confidence with the extra protection
With the chin bar installed, you need to loosen RocLoc adjustment for easy helmet removal
We found chin bar stows conveniently under the waist strap on most fanny packs but do need to take care not to loose the foam cheek pads
Sunglass and goggle compatibility was good, no interference.
The helmet says in place well while riding up, down, or wheelies in the parking lot
Overall we were pleased with the helmet and riders will certainly enjoy the benefits of Giro’s latest helmet. You’ll be able to order the helmet next week for $250. Robin took a ton of detailed pictures and we’ve linked a big gallery below if you’re keen on looking at more pictures from the event. www.giro.com