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Published on September 16th, 2011 | by Greg

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Giro Aeon: Amazingly Sleek, Airy, Versatile

Reg­u­lar city bik­ers and novice en­thu­si­asts know that a good hel­met is im­por­tant. But they might not re­al­ize just how much a hel­met can af­fect per­for­mance and com­fort. Cer­tain­ly, a good hel­met should be light, safe and cer­ti­fied, and of­fer plen­ty of ven­ti­la­tion. And cus­tomiz­able fit is cru­cial as well.

The Giro Aeon bike hel­met hits all of these high points. It isn’t per­fect, but aside from a few quirks and a fair­ly high price, is among the very best hel­mets that we’ve seen. At 220 grams, it cer­tain­ly is lightweight. And with 25 vent ports, your head stays cool, even in the hot sun. They claim it pro­vides cool­ing pow­er equal to that of the most ven­ti­lat­ed hel­met ev­er made, and while we can’t quite back that as­ser­tion, it cer­tain­ly scored high marks among all testers for ven­ti­la­tion.

It al­so was equal­ly pop­u­lar for fit. Ours was a medi­um, but their Ro­cLoc sys­tem al­lows a fair bit of va­ri­ety in head shape and hel­met place­ment. It isn’t quite as con­ve­nient or ad­justable as some oth­er sys­tems we’ve seen from folks like Laz­er, but those of­ten add a bit of weight or change the bal­ance and dura­bil­i­ty. The Giro Aeon is sexy to boot, and avail­able in sev­er­al col­ors (blue, sil­ver, or­ange, red, and ours was black/char­coal). And while most adults can prob­a­bly han­dle a medi­um, they pro­vide a handy siz­ing chart and of­fer small and large mod­els as well.

Pe­riph­er­al vi­sion was ex­cel­lent- no re­al ob­struc­tions- but when lean­ing up­hill we did no­tice the some re­duc­tion in vis­i­bil­i­ty. Al­so, the price may be a sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­er- cer­tain­ly, for reg­u­lar com­mut­ing, this is over­board. But the weight/ven­ti­la­tion bal­ance is sec­ond to none, and we did love the exo-skele­ton like na­ture of the Aeon.

Whether you’re look­ing for a reg­u­lar road rac­ing or cy­clocross hel­met, or even one for the fair­ly hard­core city bi­cy­clist who wants the best, def­i­nite­ly look at Giro’s line. One of our writ­ers has done some triathlon train­ing, and loves wear­ing the Aeon, es­pe­cial­ly over the long haul where com­fort is es­sen­tial. At $250 MSRP, it’d be a bit hard­er to rec­om­mend. But we were able to find it on­line for un­der $200, and at the price range, it cer­tain­ly holds its own.

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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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