First Look: Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet

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Giro's newest mountain bike helmet combines all of their best tricks and technologies into a sleek, full-coverage lid designed to vent extremely well and manage sweat in a new way. Listen in as we discuss the features and benefits of the new helmet in this First Look feature.

Montaro/Montara MIPS Highlights

  • MIPS equipped
  • Hydrophilic, anti-microbial padding
  • 16 vents with internal channeling
  • Full camera mount integration
  • P.O.V. Plus visor adjustment
  • Full goggle integration with rubber strap grippers
  • Full hardbody wrap
  • In-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
  • Roll-cage reinforcement
  • Sizes: S, M, L (Men) and S, M (Women)

In Action


Models and Pricing

The helmet will be available worldwide in October 2015 for $150 (USD) / €179 (EU) / £129 (UK) with the Montaro MIPS available in eight colors and the Montara MIPS in three colors.

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Photos by AJ Barlas and Giro

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  • shutter2ride

    8/18/2015 7:29 PM

    Ticks all the boxes for me, although I just replaced the pads and roc loc on my old Xen only a week ago. Dangit.

  • LCW

    8/18/2015 7:18 PM

    Price looks decent (150 USD)... How does it compare venting-wise and fit-wise with say a Bell Super, Smith Forefront or POC Trebec?

  • bturman

    8/19/2015 9:48 AM

    The Roc Loc Air system on the Montaro wraps very close to 360-degrees around your head, making the helmet pretty much custom fit to your dome shape. As a result it's pretty comfy. The pads are generous and well placed.

    Venting wise it's as impressive as they claimed. The Bell and POC do pretty well in this department too, but aren't quite on the same level. The Smith struggles here as all those little straw tubes can block air flow. I'm a sweater, as the photo in this feature shows, though it seems to be a bit less in the Montaro. What I do sweat it soaks up in a hurry, with no drips in my eyes or on my glasses.

  • philip.vega.921

    8/18/2015 4:36 PM

    Why not just continue with the "ZEN" name?

  • Kidnotorius

    8/18/2015 11:03 AM

    Not enough vent holes for enduro!

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