Published on September 16th, 2011 | by Greg0
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.