This inexpensive helmet has been on the market for years and remains a dependable and comfortable choice for casual cyclists who want to purchase a smaller-sized helmet in a range of more feminine colors and patterns.
Ponytail port. The Giro Skyla's 20 air vents provide enough airflow for most riders who reviewed the helmet, though BikeRadar.com reviewer Jenn Hopkins feels that the interior padding obstructs proper cooling, making it a "sweaty" helmet for serious riders. Because of its reasonable price, the Giro Skyla makes sense for commuters or casual cyclists who aren't likely to overheat on their rides. A main draw for users, and a difference from Giro's unisex designs, is the placement of the Acu Dial fit system. The dial system is placed lower than usual on the back of the helmet to allow room for a rider's ponytail. Long-haired riders can keep hair off their necks while still having access to the adjustment dial. For added convenience to cyclists on the go, the Acu Dial system can be adjusted with one hand while riding.
Great for small heads. Weighing in at just 270 grams, the Giro Skyla is as light as some of the top-end cycling helmets that cost $100 more. The in-molded design, in which the foam liner is fused with the polycarbonate outer shell, helps keep weight down while maintaining comfort and safety. Reviewers also enjoy its fit for smaller heads. Giro rates the helmet as being a "universal fit," but this doesn't mean any size head will work with the helmet, simply that the Acu Dial system will adjust to fit many head shapes. Many Amazon and Buzzillions contributors say they are delighted with the snug fit of the helmet, after using unisex helmets that were always a bit too large. However, riders who have thick hair or who are at the upper range of the helmet's recommended head size (54 to 61 centimeters in circumference) may find the helmet is actually a bit too tight. A larger, unisex helmet may be a more comfortable choice.
Stylish and durable. While unisex cycling helmets often feature bold colors and patterns that will match racing bikes, the Giro Skyla offers a range of floral and other patterns in feminine -- but not too girly -- colors. The sleek design and color-coordinated visor earn praise from riders who commute wearing the helmets and are listed as a main selling point by consumers. Buzzillions and Amazon contributors say the helmet is durable and scratch-resistant, even when used daily. A few riders add that the visor seems flimsy. More importantly, several who experienced a crash while wearing the helmet report it took the impact well and protected their heads, as it should.
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Review Credibility: Very Good BikeRadar.com awards 4 stars out of 5 to the Giro Skyla, calling it a "nicely sized starter lid for ladies." Jenn Hopkins likes the helmet's light weight, but finds that the padding obstructs the air vents, making it "one sweaty lid." One of the main differences between men's and women's helmets is room for a ponytail in the back, and Hopkins says the Giro Skyla "does a good job" in this respect with enough room for a rider's hair to come out the back without interfering with the Acu Dial retention system.
Review: Giro Skyla Helmet Review, Jenn Hopkins, July 15, 2008
Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon contributors give the Giro Skyla 82 five-star reviews out of more than 130. Users say the helmet fits small heads well -- even larger children's heads -- but women who have thick hair or medium-sized heads may not be satisfied. The ponytail port is listed by users as a plus, as are the stylish designs and range of feminine colors.
Review: Giro Skyla Sports Bike Women's Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good In two different sections, Buzzillions.com contributors give the Giro Skyla props for being lightweight and easy to adjust. Most users feel it is well ventilated, but some find it too hot while riding. Users are pleased with the fit on smaller heads and the performance of the helmet during a crash.
Review: Giro Skyla Women's Cycling Helmet; Giro Women's Skyla Bike Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Fair In this short roundup of outdoor gear, Melissa Pheterson mentions the attractive colors and patterns in which the Giro Skyla is available, as well as the color-coordinated visor.
Review: The Best New Outdoor Gear, Melissa Pheterson, Not dated