The Giro Indicator bicycle helmet gets great feedback from professional reviewers and owners alike. It is relatively lightweight (10 ounces) for an affordable bike helmet, and owner-written reviews indicate that the Giro Indicator is lighter and less bulky than comparable Bell helmets. The Giro Indicator has 20 vents, and reviewers say the ventilation is truly excellent. Reviewers also praise the Indicator for a comfortable fit and easy-to-use adjustment system. The helmet gets high marks for value -- several reviewers say they are surprised how well this bike helmet fits and performs at such an affordable price. Most reviewers have good feedback on the Giro Indicator, but several mention that the straps do not lie flat against the side of the face, which can be annoying. The Giro Indicator comes in one universal adult size, which fits heads from 21.25 inches to 24 inches. Some owners with large heads have trouble getting a precise fit, and women with small heads may find the Giro Indicator too big. If so, the Giro Skyla (*Est. $40) is the women's version, and it fits head sizes from 19.75 to 22.5 inches.
The best review of the Giro Indicator comes from Mountain Bike Rider, a U.K.-based magazine that performs a comparative test of bike helmets. The editors provide an in-depth overview of the Giro Indicator, and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. A detailed review in BikeRadar.com is also helpful, as is a shorter review in RoadCyclingUK.com. In addition, there are a number of owner-written reviews of the Giro Indicator on Amazon.com.
1. Mountain Bike Rider
In this test of bike helmets, the Giro Indicator receives a score of 9 out of 10. The editors of Mountain Bike Rider say the Giro Indicator is "hard to beat and a great helmet for the first timer."
Review: Tested: Helmets, Editors of Mountain Bike Rider
In this brief review, the Giro Indicator is recommended for cyclists on a budget. David Arthur says the helmet provides a great deal of ventilation -- nearly as much as top-end helmets that cost considerably more.
Review: Essential Clothing on a Budget?, David Arthur, June 10, 2009
More than 150 owners review the Giro Indicator on Amazon.com, giving it above-average ratings. Owners find the helmet light and less bulky than other bicycle helmets, and the fit-adjustment system gets high marks. However, a few owners with large heads have trouble obtaining a precise fit.
Review: Giro Indicator Sport Bike Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Giro Indicator gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from Ian Osborne at BikeRadar.com. The helmet gets high marks for protection, ventilation and value. In fact, Osborne says, "For a helmet at this price, it's amazing what the Indicator has to offer in terms of looks, style and function."
Review: Giro Indicator Helmet, Ian Osborne, Nov. 1, 2007