Riders wanting a cheap daily-wear helmet, especially newcomers to cycling, will appreciate this feature-loaded yet lightweight helmet. Stylish and well ventilated, this helmet is versatile enough for weekend road warriors and commuters alike.
Well ventilated and easily adjustable. The Giro Indicator wins points from nearly all reviewers for good airflow thanks to 20 vents built into the helmet's design. Users say the helmet remains cool even during long rides in the summer and also accommodates a cap worn underneath for insulation in winter. The Indicator comes in one size the company calls Universal Fit, relying on the Acu Dial adjustment system to cinch or loosen it to accommodate different head sizes. However, several users with larger heads say it is too snug for their liking even after adjustment, while riders with smaller heads find it too roomy. Thus, several users recommend trying the helmet for size before purchasing it.
The helmet's body is constructed of a polycarbonate outer shell, which has been fused via in-mold construction with the foam liner. The helmet receives a positive rating after testing for impact absorption from one product testing and review organization. Users do not mention complaints about the body of the helmet, but many contributors on Amazon and Buzzillions were dissatisfied with the helmet's chinstraps. Some users report the straps twisting on the face, causing irritation, while others say the strap buckle loosens slowly while riding, requiring frequent readjustment.
Thin padding. Most users deem the Giro Indicator a comfortable lid for their riding purposes and often cite the lightweight design as the reason for their satisfaction. Weighing less than 300 grams, the Indicator is as light as other helmets that ring up for a much higher price. However, some riders feel that the light weight doesn't make up for the thin padding installed in the helmet at the time of purchase. The Indicator comes with additional pads that can be added to areas the rider feels need more cushioning, but several Amazon and Buzzillions contributors complain that the padding's adhesive doesn't last and point out that, once in place, these pads cannot be removed.
Several larger-headed customers report the helmet was a tight fit for them.
Suitable for newbie cyclists. Several Amazon and Buzzillions contributors opine this helmet is ideal for a rider just starting out. The light weight reduces neck strain, the price is reasonable and the helmet looks stylish and sporty. Overall, reviewers say the Indicator is a durable helmet, though a few commenters think the visor is not as well constructed as the rest of the helmet. Additionally, there are reports of the interior padding peeling off because of weakened adhesive.
Riders who crashed wearing the Giro Indicator confirmed the helmet did its job and kept them safe, despite the thin pads.
Review Credibility: Excellent Road.cc thoroughly tests the helmet to complete their analysis. Shaun Audane awards the Giro Indicator 4 stars, meaning he finds it a "Very Good" helmet. Audane says the Indicator stacks up well compared with more expensive helmets because of its many features. He finds the Acu Dial fit easy and quick and the helmet's ventilation comfortable.
Review: Giro Indicator Helmet, Shaun Audane, June 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org, a consumer watchdog group, tests products for safety and performance. The full report comparing the Giro Indicator to other helmets based on impact absorption, ventilation and fit adjustments is available to subscribers.
Review: Bike Helmets, Editors of ConsumerReports.org , Updated May 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Indicator helmet scores high marks with Amazon contributors, who give it 220 five-star reviews out of about 330 reviews. Users say they like the ventilation and style of the helmet but dislike changes to the chinstrap design from earlier models. They report the chinstrap twists awkwardly on the face, instead of the nylon webbing sitting flat against the cheek and under the chin. However, other users say they have had no trouble with the straps.
Review: Giro Indicator Sport Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Nearly half of more than 85 Buzzillions contributors who reviewed the Giro Indicator give it a 5-star rating, citing back-of-the-head adjustment, ventilation and weight as top reasons they enjoy the helmet. Dislikes include the thin padding and problems with the chinstrap, such as unwanted loosening and twisting.
Review: Giro Indicator Bike Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good This review looks at the appropriateness of the Giro Indicator for racing needs, and concludes the helmet is not the most lightweight model on the market but is still a good deal because of its affordable price. However, the reviewers note the adjusting straps sometimes twist, the pads are thin and the additional pads cannot be moved after they are installed.
Review: Giro Indicator Sport Bike Helmet: Is It the Best Bicycle Helmet?, Editors of Bike-Riding-Guide.com, Not dated