Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet

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I am cursed to keep buying this helmet!

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The Good:

The Giro Montaro has good ventilation, simple adjustments and a fantastic fit. The pads soak up my waterfall of sweat better than any others and are easily wrung out mid ride keeping you from getting "rinsed" when you would least like to be. It looks like a mountain bike helmet and not something from a B-grade sci-fi flick. However, my favorite thing about the Montaro is the spectacle deployment/retention system (SDS for the acronym fans). More on this below.

The Bad:

The ventilation is good, but not stellar. Then again there isn't much that is going to feel like a nice AC unit cooling your pate in the steam room riding conditions of the deep south.

Overall Review:

Helmet reviews are extraordinarily subjective and even asking to try on someone else's helmet gets similar aghast looks as asking to borrow their underwear. However, I did actually try on my friend's Montaro prior to buying one as no shops had them at the time. After getting over his schwette essence enveloping my noggin I was immediately impressed with the fit (size large) which I will characterize as being similar to a new trucker cap. Crisp, with no pressure points and easy to adjust to a pleasant state. The Montaro has a classic "Giro fit" and if you've been riding long enough you know what I am talking about. Bell helmets have always worked better for those with more narrow heads while Giro was the domain of the larger bowling ball types. Those lines have become blurred in recent

Overall Review:

Helmet reviews are extraordinarily subjective and even asking to try on someone else's helmet gets similar aghast looks as asking to borrow their underwear. However, I did actually try on my friend's Montaro prior to buying one as no shops had them at the time. After getting over his schwette essence enveloping my noggin I was immediately impressed with the fit (size large) which I will characterize as being similar to a new trucker cap. Crisp, with no pressure points and easy to adjust to a pleasant state. The Montaro has a classic "Giro fit" and if you've been riding long enough you know what I am talking about. Bell helmets have always worked better for those with more narrow heads while Giro was the domain of the larger bowling ball types. Those lines have become blurred in recent times though as my previous lid was a Bell and it worked reasonably well. The Montaro however was a big step up in comfort and was a nice return for me to the Giro line.

Moving on, the Montaro is elegantly simple in it's design. The adjustments haven't required a physics degree to figure out and they do what is asked of them without revolt. Furthermore they have basically been a "set-and-forget" deal where the most I've had to do since buying the helmet a year and half ago was to snug down the chin strap. The pads work exceptionally well soaking up the waterfall of sweat I generate. I can simply lean over to one side and push on the helmet to drain them which is a huge plus in the humid conditions here in Georgia. A spare pair of pads can be purchased on the cheap and I simply alternate them every other ride.

Finally, my favorite feature is the SDS (spectacle deployment/retention system). Yes, this my term not Giro's, but I am open to negotiating with them on the trademark. Ha! Basically I keep my glasses off until I absolutely need/want them  for bright sunlight exposure (rare in the deep woods down here), or for wet and/or nasty down hill runs. Maybe it's a holdover from my time doing CX racing/roadie daze, but I like being able to store my glasses on my helmet. Being able to grab them quickly when needed and return them to a safe spot where they will not get covered in slime or ejected inadvertently has become something I am incredibly fond of. Easy on most road helmets, but not so much for mountain lids except on the Montaro. My sunglasses' (Oakley Valves, but other ones seem to work just as well) temples fit perfectly into the anterior vents just above the visor and rest neatly there. They do not bounce around and I've never had them fall off unexpectedly. I can easily grab them and place them on one-handed and return them in the same manner without stopping. This simply rules. There are plenty of other helmets you can store glasses on, but none that are as easy to use and still hold them as securely. I am now cursed to keep buying the Montaro until I come across another helmet that can perform as well not to mention employs my SDS feature. Seriously Giro, call me. Five out of five blazing pentagrams (or cute kitty cats) for the Montaro. 

A Real Winner

Rating:
The Good:

Comfortable, Style, Ventilation, Adjustability

The Bad:

Visor Screws are cheap, Foam Padding Easily Saturated With Sweat

Overall Review:

This is an awesome helmet, probably the best I've ever owned. The adjustment knob is easy to use and hasn't had any issues in the 2 years that I've used this helmet. It's extremely comfortable and the ventilation holes work great.

The only downside is that the visor screws are made of plastic and have both come out (and lost) with normal use, no crashes. I was easily able to find black metal screws that fit perfectly. Also, I've had to replace the foam padding because it's pretty thin and gets easily saturated with sweat and eventually stops absorbing as well. It's easy and cheap to replace though.

Overall Review:

This is an awesome helmet, probably the best I've ever owned. The adjustment knob is easy to use and hasn't had any issues in the 2 years that I've used this helmet. It's extremely comfortable and the ventilation holes work great.

The only downside is that the visor screws are made of plastic and have both come out (and lost) with normal use, no crashes. I was easily able to find black metal screws that fit perfectly. Also, I've had to replace the foam padding because it's pretty thin and gets easily saturated with sweat and eventually stops absorbing as well. It's easy and cheap to replace though.

Giro Montaro

Rating:
The Good:

Comfortable fit and breathes well. The plastic framing that adjusts to fit the head works well. Once the adjustment fit is done, there’s minimal helmet movement when riding hard. After wearing this for a year i found another 3 position adjustment at the rear that determines how low the front of the helmet sits on the forehead from front to back. I don’t like helmets that sits low on the forehead with the feeling of restricted view on the downhill. Not sure if other helmets have this but my last two (IXS and POC Trabec) didn’t have this. All helmets should have this adjustment.

The Bad:

My only complaint is the tear adjustment dial. It’s a bit to small and I had to replace the entire head restraint plastic within a year. The dial should be a little larger. Especially with gloves on or when sweaty it makes it difficult to adjust without slipping.

Overall Review:

For the money when bought in 2017, this was the best choice. Glad I bought this one with the MIPS. It’s a no brainer for fit and function. and I looked for quite sometime to find a helmet that fit this well.

Overall Review:

For the money when bought in 2017, this was the best choice. Glad I bought this one with the MIPS. It’s a no brainer for fit and function. and I looked for quite sometime to find a helmet that fit this well. 

Specifications

Product Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Rider Unisex
Number of Vents 16
Construction MIPS, Full wrap in-mold, in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner, roll-cage reinforcement
Adjustable Padding Hydrophilic, anti-microbal padding, Roc Loc Air
Certification
Bag
Size S, M, L
Colors Matte Olive, Matte White/Lime, Matte Titanium/Flame, Matte Blue/Lime, Matte Black/Gloss Black, Matte Vermillion, Matte Black Riptide, Matte Frost, Matte Dark Red, Matte Walnut, Matte Sonic Psych
Weight 0 lb 13.2 oz (375 g)
Miscellaneous Camera and light mount integration
Goggle integration with strap grippers
Adjustable visor
Price $150
More Info

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