- Giro Hex or Xen
Having slid off my bike coming home from work the other night and dunted me head i could do with a new helmet as it has been bumpedPosted 9 years ago
a couplealot. Was wondering if anyone reckons that the xen is really £20 better than the hex bearing in mind that the £20 could be spent on something else like beer. To all intents and purposes they seem pretty similar. And anyone know if i can trade down on the replacement from giro?
hex seems good. i had a xen for a bit and it fitted really nicely like a hat rather than a helmet, but it was faulty so sent it back and eventually bought a hex (for something like £30). Hex seems pretty good, slightly better venting too, but it doesnt look as good or have shell around the bottom edge so gets bumped more easilyPosted 9 years agobombermanMember
I’ve just gone from hex to a xen and find the xen not as comfy. the hex definitely came down lower at the back and the sides of my head whereas the xen sits on top a bit more. I had plenty of crashes in the hex including a couple of nasty face plants and it saved my bacon (and my face surprisingly!). I’ve yet to crash in the xen so i can’t really compare it in terms of protection. Looks-wise the xen wins as it’s more rounded whereas the hex is squarer from the front on. i paid a lot more for my xen! i think i got the hex for £35 from sjs.. here’s a few pics to help you make your mind up
Posted 9 years ago
I bought a Hex in October. Agree with venting, even after 2 hours riding in the snow the front of the helmet was dripping sweat out. My only other criticism is that the straps seem to be in the way, always. Not a problem on previous Giros. Mine was about £35 from CRC or Wiggle I think. So in terms of price, no real complaints.Posted 9 years agoDan67Member
I have a Xen and I noticed the comfort level going form the bogo indicator straight to the xen. Like other people have said you dont really notice your wearing it after a while. I have had no problems with mine yet. Also the venting isnt as bad as other people have said I havent really noticed it as a problem with mine although I havent really ridden it in any swealtering conditions.Posted 9 years ago
The only niggle I have is the visor rattles a little bit
I havent had any crashes in it yet (touch wood) to see how safe it really is.
The price of the new Xen is slightly expensive I have to admit at £125flamejobMember
When selling helmets to people, before seeing the price I make them try both hex and xen on and 90% of the time they go for the Xen.
Maybe it is my Victorian sales patter or amazing whit and charm?
I think it is way comfier than the other Giro helmets, maybe all you Hex people are conehead weirdos or something?Posted 9 years agoMushMember
I’ve got a xen and was genuinely appalled when I saw the current RRP £125! Just seems daft as I paid less for mine than the current price of a hex. I agree with the venting issues – everyone’s different but I’m pretty hot-headed so when it comes to replacement time, think I’ll go for a cheaper, lighter, airier model (more xc oriented) and get a pisspot style for larking about.Posted 9 years agojamesMember
“And anyone know if i can trade down on the replacement from giro?”
Giro crash replacement policy/procedure
After the winds on skiddaw stole my Giro E2, I went into Keswick Mountain Bikes to get me a new one (so not to waste the afternoon), and after trying the fit of a few (with a very helpful member of staff) Giro apparantly didn’t fit my head.
So went over the road to their other shop (the one above the cafe) and tried/bought the much better fitting (And £50) Specialized Instinct. Very Happy with it so far, even comes with a similar crash replacement policy tooPosted 9 years agoSTATOMember
I had an original Xen which was ace but it reached the end of its life when i used it as a face brake :0( was a great helmet tho, if a bit hot, not so much due to lack of vents (there are quite a few) but more the larger area of pads in contact with your head.
Ive just bought a new Xen and having a few problems, the peak on these new ones rattles compared to the old one, the straps dont seem to sit as well (could be cos they are new) and the worst bit is with the new Rocloc4 adjusters, they just dont seem to allow you to tighten it when it on your head or falls apart. Still comfy tho, one of the best helmets i had.Posted 9 years ago
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