Giro Source MIPS helmet

Giro Source MIPS Helmet review

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The Giro Source MIPS helmets should definitely be at the top of your try-on list. It’s one of few helmets that I’m not in a rush to remove.

This product was selected for our Editors’ Choice Awards 2022, as published in Singletrack Magazine Issue 146

  • Brand: Giro
  • Product: Source MIPS helmet
  • Price: £129.99
  • FromGiro UK
  • Review by: Benji for 9 months
Giro Source MIPS helmet

This is fundamentally a real ‘Goldilocks’ type of product. It’s not too heavy. It’s not too hot. It offers decent back-of-head coverage. The retention band is easy to adjust. The straps are comfy and don’t drift out of setting. And the whole thing looks pretty stylish.

Sure it has a bunch of high-tech safety features (which is very important and everything but I tend to take it as read that £100+ helmets do the job well these days). The absolute key thing is: it’s just very, very comfortable.

Giro has a long history of producing cycling helmets, with the company launching almost 40 years ago in 1985. With nearly four decades of experience under their belts, Giro have no excuse not to produce the best mountain bike helmets on the market. But still, although ‘Giro make good helmet’ news will come as no surprise to anyone, it’s nice to be reminded of their knowhow.

Tech-wise, the shell is perforated with 16 large vents that allow cool air to enter the helmet run over your head then exit through the rear. Internally Giro has also included large air channels to promote airflow and increase the capacity for cooling on the trail. The vent size and position is large enough to ensure air can come and go but doesn’t leave your head so exposed that you might worry about injury in the event of a crash.

Giro uses a Cool Fit padding system. This gave me a nicely snug fit without any unwanted pressure points. The Cool Fit pad material does a decent job of wicking sweat away but it’s not the quickest-to-dry-out compared to other brands (it’s still pretty good though to be honest). And the pads do an excellent job of… you know, padding. They’re no doubt a small but vital component in the whole comfort package.

The pad system can be removed for cleaning and the Antimicrobial properties will hopefully prevent any undue odours. Each of the pads is installed on a moulded cradle that wraps around your head for optimum fit. This internal cradle uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 micro-adjust fitting system.

The cradle itself is fastened to the EPS liner via signature-yellow MIPS elastomers. MIPS was created to reduce rotational forces in the event of a crash, which intern can ensure better brain protection in an accident. Another surprise benefit of MIPS is added comfort and enhanced fit, for me at least.

Giro has included an adjustable visor to the Source MIPS. The visor is screwed into position and can be simply lifted or lowered to suit your preference. To be honest, I very rarely adjust it because I don’t wear goggles very often (especially with open-face helmets) but I have stashed goggles up there with the peak in its raised position and can confirm that it works just fine.

The Giro Source MIPS helmet is available in sizes S, M, L and XL and there are 6 colours to choose from including Matte Black Fade, Matte Chalk, Matte Portaro Grey, Matte Trim Blue, Matte Trim Red and Matte Warm Black.

Overall

I don’t know about you, but what I want from a helmet is three things. Comfort. Decent ventilation. Looks good. At this point in mountain biking technology, the safety aspect of helmets is something of a given, so I am just taking actual bonce protection as read. Having said that, I do think a MIPS liner is pretty must-have these days if you can afford it.

At the end of the day the simple truth is that this Giro Source MIPS helmet just fits my head really well. I can’t honestly say it will fit yours. That’s bonces for you. What I can say is that the Source should definitely be at the top of your try-on list. It’s one of the very, very few helmets that I’m not in a rush to remove once the riding has finished.

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Review Info

Brand: Giro
Product: Source MIPS
From: zyrofisher.co.uk
Price: £129.99
Tested: by Benji for 9 months
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  • Giro Source MIPS Helmet review
  • Burchy1
    Free Member

    Love mine but i cant find any replacement pads anywhere!

    cannondalem500
    Full Member

    Bought one in the Evans sale last year for £35 and I’ve found it really comfortable. The only issue I’ve had is the Cool Fit pad acts like a sponge on your forehead. That’s fine apart from on the downhills where the airflow blows all of the sweat back down your face. I don’t have the same problem with my Fox helmet as the pads aren’t as padded.

    devash
    Free Member

    I have the black / grey fade one. Comfiest helmet I’ve ever owned. Doesn’t seem to play too well with sunglasses though due to the style of the rear retention mechanism, but I just about manage with it.

    Fat-boy-fat
    Full Member

    +1 for not being able to get replacement pads. The front pad has disintegrated. Sweaty Betty me.

    iainc
    Full Member

    tempted, but not being able to replace pads seems pretty poor….

    iainc
    Full Member

    @Ben_Haworth – I am confused by this review, you are saying it’s a great lid, yet it appears that replacement pads are not available, and the supplied ones, which soak up the sweat really well, are not replaceable. So that effectively makes it a great helmet till the pads die, and then it’s no use at all 🙁

    Reminds me of the woes of the Giro Montaro helmet of a few years back – I had one and eventually binned it as the pads fell apart after a few rides, every time.

    Maybe worth updating the review to say it is a comfy lid, but very poor value as it becomes useless in a rather finite period ?

    BillOddie
    Full Member

    To balance i bought a Source helmet in July last year and the pads have been fine.

    It has been sweated in A LOT!  I don’t put them in the washing machine though just the occasional rinse in the sink with a bit of soap.

    Ben_Haworth
    Full Member

    FYI I’ve asked Giro UK for some info as to the lack of availability of spare pads (they do theoretically exist but I guess they always just show as ‘out of stock’ yeah?) FWIW the pads in my test helmet are still good as new but YMMV init.

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    I’m still on my original montaro pads…

    iainc
    Full Member

    ^^^ thanks all, I may order one after all 🙂

    Fat-boy-fat
    Full Member

    I’ll be interested to hear the answer from Giro. Spare pads aren’t listed on their Web store. I like my Source and want to keep using it. It is a nice bright red and most “good” new helmets seem to be in dull colours at the moment, plus it is comfy, light and gives good overall head coverage.

    iainc
    Full Member

    I’ve asked Giro UK for some info as to the lack of availability of spare pads (they do theoretically exist but I guess they always just show as ‘out of stock’ yeah?)

    I’ll be interested to hear the answer from Giro. Spare pads aren’t listed on their Web store.

    indeed, I’ll leave my helmet order on my basket till I hear back @Ben_Haworth 🙂

    devash
    Free Member

    I got the impression a while back that the Source was being discontinued, hence the lack of pads anywhere? That’s why they’ve been heavily discounted over the past few months.

    Hope I’m proved wrong though.

    Burchy1
    Free Member

    Glad i commented now. It would be good to get a response from Giro @Ben_Haworth

    To be fair mine have lasted pretty well, 18 months and a lot of riding in that time before the corner of the main pad started to split a bit.

    oscillatewildly
    Free Member

    @Iainc REF the pads – i had original montaro that disintegrated pads all the time!

    i took a punt on one in a sale last year as its best sweat management helmet and comfiest ive owned by far ( a white one with a 21MY on it) and the pads have been absolutely fine, they are still brilliant at soaking up sweat and have washed them pretty much every ride! they are still like new

    the days of the pads disintegrating (at least on the montaro) are long gone!

    For a similar sort of helmet, the Fox Speedframe Pro seems to be discounted to £89 all over the place at the moment. Love mine, but the pads are quite thin.

    iainc
    Full Member

    @oscillatewildly – yes I think I recall some chat on the Montaro threads a while back ! I tried a Source MIPS on the other day and it felt very similar to my Montaro of a few years back, extremely comfy. There are available from around £80 upwards so very tempting, though a bit of pad concern !

    iainc
    Full Member

    Ben_Haworth
    Full Member
    FYI I’ve asked Giro UK for some info as to the lack of availability of spare pads (they do theoretically exist but I guess they always just show as ‘out of stock’ yeah?) FWIW the pads in my test helmet are still good as new but YMMV init.

    Posted 6 days ago
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    Hi @Ben_Haworth – did they come back to you ?

    Ben_Haworth
    Full Member

    Am still awaiting an update from Giro’s Brand Manager, will come back to you ASAP hopefully. Have re-poked.

    iainc
    Full Member

    many thanks

    Ben_Haworth
    Full Member

    Here goes then: “Unfortunately, the order cycles post Supply Chain Crisis have not been favourable and consequently we don’t have stock.

    “The Small/Medium will be available in the UK on giro.co.uk within 4 weeks, though sadly we may have to wait 90 days for the Large/Extra Large.  We will endeavour to get some sooner.” – Mr Giro UK.

    iainc
    Full Member

    ^^^^ aha, good to know, very much appreciated, I’ll confirm my order for the lid in a medium then 🙂

    Burchy1
    Free Member

    Cheers @Ben_Haworth at least they are trying to supply them..

    Fat-boy-fat
    Full Member

    Ah well. 90 days with fecked pads it is then.

    devash
    Free Member

    @Ben_Haworth thanks for checking for us. Good news that they’re still making them.

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