New Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet

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If you value your brain, you probably wear a helmet. If you value your face, your teeth, or race Enduro then you may also wear a full face helmet. With this new offering from Giro, there’s no need to choose between rides before you set off. If things get sedate, you can remove the chin, or if things get scary, you can put the chin guard on. So let’s have a look.

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The Switchblade MIPS is certified to CPSC, EN-1078, and ASTM-1952 Downhill certification – both with and without the chinbar. MIPS Multi-directional Impact Protection System reduces rotational energy to provide more protection in certain impacts.

All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.
All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.

The chin guard is off. This is not Enduro. This is woodland pootling, with pro elbows.

All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.
All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.

The chin guard is on. This is Enduro.

All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.
All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.

This is just showing off.

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Be safe, be seen. The Switchblade MIPs is available in a range of six colours and three Super Fit™ sizes.

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The chinbar is easily removable (we’ve seen it done) and replaceable. The chinbar locks solidly into metal latches in the helmet and clicks into place.

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Helmet with chinbar removed. No tools are required to achieve this – it just unclips using the power of your fingers. Without the visor, it recalls a trials motorcycle helmet (or perhaps the venerable Shoei/Troy Lee of last century, only bang up to date…)

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There’s hydrophilic, X-Static® anti-microbial padding – which will apparently absorb more sweat than some padding. Nice.

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There are 20 Wind Tunnel vents with internal and cheek pad channeling.

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There’s the Roc Loc® Air DH fit system with bumper to prevent unwanted adjustments if your helmet contacts your neck brace or backpack

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There’s a P.O.V. Plus™ adjustable visor…

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…and each helmet comes with a spare visor with integrated camera mount.

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Rubber grippers are integrated into rear vents for goggle retention.

All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.
All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.

“In 1998, Giro created the first mainstream removable chinbar helmet, it was called Switchblade,” said Dain Zaffke, Giro Marketing Director. “In the years that followed, we’ve seen many options come and go, all based around the same premise of taking a cross country helmet and adding a chinbar. This new Switchblade MIPS bucks that trend completely. Instead of a adding a chinbar to an XC helmet, we’ve done the opposite: everything about this helmet is built for the descent. We’ve essentially created the ultimate full-face downhill helmet and then made the chinbar easily removable.

“From early on, we worked with top professional riders Richie Rude and Cody Kelley (Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race Team) to get the details just right. But more than just racers on the Enduro World Series will embrace this helmet – its myriad features will appeal to aggressive trail riders, freeriders and even dirt jumpers who will be drawn to the full-cut style.”

All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.
All Mountain Mountain Biking with 2017 Giro MTB clothing and gear on trails near Santa Cruz, CA.

Oh go on then, a gratuitous speed blur shot. Why not.

If this is what your noggin needs, then the Switchblade MIPs is available immediately at Giro retailers, UK importers Zyro and www.giro.com, priced at £250.

 

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (6)

    Nice, but looks a bit ‘kick start’ with the chin guard off.

    Is that camera mount under the visor not going to cause horrible facial injuries if you land on the visor with a gopro/other camera in place? I may not be looking at it correctly?

    Really nice helmet, but the price is bonkers

    A little too retro looking, as for the camera mount, are you kidding, a big off at speed and your GoPro will be filming your brain, still not as good looking as the fabulous Mad Max from yesteryear.

    Battle of the planets inspired?

    I like it. Until recently I always had Giro helmets. I got bored waiting for the Montaro to arrive in the stores, ages after being announced. I bought a TLD in the end. If these take months to appear again then no sale for GIRO. I’m in the market for one soon, how long away is ‘coming soon’.

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