Giro Bike Helmets - Indicator

June 30, 2008

Helmets used to be a laborious thing to find -- they all have different shapes to the shell, and so it's hard to find one that doesn't pinch your forehead but also isn't a total salad bowl. Since I have a football-shaped head, I used to have to get something too large so that it wouldn't pinch the front & back of my head, and then stuff the sides with enough foam to fill a sofa. I think I've found the solution -- at least for my pinhead. The Giro Indicator is a bike helmet that will fit you no matter what, and at a price that won't make you balk. The Giro Indicator is the entry-level mountain bike helmet from Giro, but if it's been a few years since you picked up a new lid you won't be disappointed. It has features that only a few years ago were only available on the $100+ helmets. But this Giro bike helmet comes in at a frugal $34! Not that your head isn't worth it, but in reality they are all built to the same standards --- so extra dollars give you different styles, weight, and ventilation. For example, I came close to purchasing the more expensive Giro Rift, but after trying them both on I realized they both had excellent back-of-the-head coverage for backwards falls onto rocks. The indicator also had killer ventilation. The Rift had this more aggressive shape to its visor & a very distinctive look, but I had no problems with the visual design of the Indicator either. It was sleek, well-vented, and seemed just as lightweight as the more expensive Giro Rift. Like I said, if this is your first mountain bike helmet in a few years you won't be disappointed. The Giro Indicator has the now-ubiquitous universal fit inner liner. This means that there is a circle dial at the back of your skull which tightens the sizing down --- no matter if you have an egg head, football head, or flat head. Just slip it on, and dial it down. You want to make sure your scalp isn't feeling the shell at any pressure points, or you'll end up with a headache after even a short ride. But you also want it snug enough so that if you wiggle the helmet forward & back, your scalp & forehead skin move with it. Then adjust the triangle chin strap adjusters so that they lay right on top of the bend in your jawbone under your earlobe. The chin strap shouldn't be so tight that it restricts head movement when you are in position on your bike. But it should be snug enough that it won't let the helmet move around if jostled. Of course, my sizing instructions here are meant to explain how I personally look for a helmet --- they are not intended to be a professional guide of the approved way to size a helmet. Always seek the advice of a professional bike equipment fitter to know what is safe, acceptable, and right for you. I took the Giro Indicator for a few rides in recent weeks, and was very pleased with its light weight, good ventilation, and the visor is sturdier than other helmets I've had. I took a low-hanging branch right to the visor on Saturday and it didn't knock it off the helmet or even crack it. I was very pleased. So check out the Giro Indicator, and get a helmet sized by a professional fitter, and you'll be solid. Buy Now: Search for Giro bike helmets in the Catalog.

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