For toddlers and infants, the Giro Me2 is a dependable and kid-friendly helmet that protects little heads while teaching the importance of wearing a helmet. Users like the pinchless strap, easy, adjustable fit system and kid-friendly cartoon graphics.
Built-in bug net. The Giro Me2 is a beginner helmet for infants and toddlers, generally 1 to 3 years old. However, because the size of a child's head is as unique as the child itself, Amazon and Buzzillions contributors give mixed reports as to the actual age range of children who fit the helmet. The official measurements indicate it fits heads measuring 48 to 52 centimeters; however, parents recommend trying the helmet on before purchasing. The helmet is designed of foam under a brightly printed microshell. It has six air vents to help cool children's heads while they play. The vents are protected from insects by a built-in bug screen. It also features a visor in the front, to block the sun or rain as they are learning to ride.
Parents can easily adjust the fit. Because this is usually the first time a child will wear a helmet, parents say it's not always an easy process. However, most Amazon and Buzzillions reviewers report that after buckling the chinstrap, the child usually relaxes, indicating that the helmet is generally comfortable. Parents can easily adjust helmet tightness by turning the Mini Loc adjustment dial at the back of the Me2, without disturbing the wearer. The ability to adjust the helmet also means it can be loosened easily over time as the child grows. Many owners praise the pinchless chinstrap and buckle design while noting that pinching does occasionally occur, especially if the child is restless during fitting.
Attractive to kids, but not as durable as some parents hope. One of the primary reasons parents like the Me2 is the appearance. Color and design choices like "red firefighting monkeys" and "pink bunnies" will appeal to kids seeking cool or cutesy. Some parents at Amazon and Buzzillions write that their children enjoy wearing the helmet even when not riding a bike or going out to play, thanks to the bright, fun designs. Reviewers also appreciate the bug net and the protection it affords, but several reviewers have noted that the fabric fastener strips on the inside of the helmet sometimes come out easily. One parent notes her son was able to tear the helmet apart by himself. A few others mention that the fabric fasteners were not fused to the interior of the helmet very well.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Me2 will protect kids and, at the same time, get them excited about riding, says BikeShake.com. The reviewer recommends parents think of this helmet like a training helmet, figuring children will be more amenable to wearing helmets when they're older if they are accustomed to wearing them when younger. He says the fit adjustment system makes it easier to get the helmet snug on active toddlers.
Review: Giro Me2 Infant Bike Helmet Review, "Tony", Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The reviewer tested the Giro Me2 on her daughter. She says the Mini Loc fit system is easy to adjust and praises the light weight and design of the pinchless chinstrap. Her one concern, she writes, is about long-term durability, because the shell of the helmet is affixed to the foam with tape and could come apart.
Review: Giro Me2 Yellow Chick, Gwendal Castellan, June 28, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Me2 receives more than 300 reviews at Amazon, with about 200 users awarding it a perfect 5 stars. Customers list the cute designs and back-of-the-head adjustment knob as the key points, but add they feel it is a little expensive for a toddler's helmet and not always easy to put on a child's head. Parents say it's tricky to fit the Me2 on infants who are new to wearing helmets and, for this reason, praise the Mini Loc system, which allows them to adjust the fit from the back of the helmet instead of at the straps. Several users report the fabric fasteners are not strong enough to hold the straps inside the helmet shell when children pull on them.
Review: Giro Me2 Toddler Bike Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Buzzillions contributors give high marks to the Giro Me2 because it's light weight, easily adjustable, colorful and fun. The helmet has garnered about 45 five-star reviews from almost 70 total reviews on the site. Users say the success of the helmet largely depends on the attitude of the child wearing it. Some parents write that their children love the helmet and want to wear it even when not biking, while others say their kids dislike having it on, to the point of tears.
Review: Giro Me2 Infant Bike Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of March 2013