Published on March 8th, 2015 | by Greg

Giro Onset And Edit: Unbeatable Snow Helmet And Goggles

The winter isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes and enjoy a little bit more snow. Whether your choice of sport involves a snowboard or a pair of skis, you definitely need some protective gear- and chances are that you already use the important pieces. You might own, you might rent, but either way the most important thing is to be comfortable- and safe. Traveling with heavy, hefty goggles and helmets gets awkward fast. Thankfully, there’s a better way.

Giro makes some of our favorite bicycling products, and we had heard good things about their winter gear. Their helmets and goggles work well together or separately, and both include plenty of features to make your rides a little easier. Let’s start with the Giro Edit- the lightest full-featured snow helmet Giro has ever made, and you’ll notice the difference that a meer 375 grams makes immediately. They’ve built in an integrated camera mount, which works way better than trying to use one of the adhesive helmet options and is fully GoPro-compatible. Just make sure that you screw it tight.

The low-profile design is aerodynamic and efficient, and there is quite a bit of ventilation, with the airflow somewhat adjustable thanks to sliders. Their ratcheting fit system works pretty well for tweaks, but sizing still seemed true-to-list, and it’s available in three sizes (small, medium, and large). For those who want to listen to music, the earmuffs include a pouch big enough to hold some earbuds (or aftermarket audio solutions). Plus, it’s available in a whole host of colors, and will run you only about $180 online or in stores.

But keeping yourself safe is about more than just about the top of your head. Your eyes matter too! The Giro Onset (updated for 2015) uses top-notch polycarbonate Carl Zeiss lenses for optical clarity, and includes not just layers of foam but a micro fleece as well to keep from aggravating sensitive skin. As you’d expect, there is an anti-fog coating and UV protection, and you have your choice of a pretty wide range of styles and colors, all of which offer a pretty wide strap. They look gorgeous, actually, a full-frame wide-view model that puts older pairs to shame.

You can opt for clear lenses for full light transmission, or prepare for cloud cover, storms, or mixed conditions. They also have lenses for complete daylight and reflective conditions, ideal for daytime glare. Pick them up for only $150 now, and enjoy the rest of the season safer, more comfortable, and definitely more stylish.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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