The Giro Stylus is a unisex helmet marketed to women because of its color and pattern choices. More expensive than the Giro Skyla, the Stylus offers riders a low-weight helmet that fits small and medium heads well.
Adequate ventilation. The Giro Stylus has 26 vents to allow cooling airflow over rider's heads on demanding rides. However, some users feel the vents are too small to get optimum ventilation, and others claim it's a good cold weather helmet to wear with a knitted cap. The Stylus is constructed of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) for the liner, which is in-molded to the polycarbonate shell. The Stylus is a unisex helmet but offers a few color choices aimed at female buyers. Unlike other women's helmets, it does not have a port or other design feature at the back of the helmet for ponytails or longer hairstyles. Like other women's helmets, however, the fit for the helmet runs slightly smaller per size. Many contributors to Amazon and Buzzillions recommend purchasing a larger size than riders usually wear, to ensure a better fit.
Not too heavy. At 277 grams, the Giro Stylus is only slightly heavier than ConsumerSearch's favorite women's helmet, the Giro Skyla. Users appreciate the low weight as it helps lessen fatigue on long bike rides. Like the Skyla, the Stylus also uses the Acu Dial fit system, but with this product, users have mixed opinions on the effectiveness. Some report the dial slips and requires frequent readjustment, and others feel it is difficult to achieve a proper fit using the dial. But there are those who are content it's an extremely comfortable helmet and easy to adjust. A few riders call the chinstraps "awkward" or otherwise uncomfortable and say there's a knack for getting the strap to fit just right.
Stylish, sporty and "not too girly." One of the main reasons users give for purchasing a women's helmet is the choice of softer, more attractive colors and a range of patterns. This is a unisex helmet that offers color choices to both men and women. Users purchasing the "ice blue/Eleanor flowers" color scheme for women say they like the design, while men who purchase the black or red helmets with titanium accents don't feel "too girly," as one Amazon contributor writes. Most users deem the overall look as sporty, while a few say it makes the rider look like a "mushroom."
Review Credibility: Very Good Arnold Watson writes this review after owning the Stylus for several years. He lists no negatives to his user experience, but cautions readers to be careful in how they measure their heads when choosing a helmet. He enjoys the excellent ventilation and says he wears the helmet for up to four hours per ride without feeling fatigue or discomfort.
Review: Review: Giro Stylus Helmet, Arnold Watson, Oct. 4, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Stylus earns 4.5 out of 5 stars in this short single-product review. Lowenna Smith praises the helmet for fitting nicely and having three sizes to choose from, but writes the ventilation is not adequate for serious cyclists. She comments that the 26 vents, while numerous, are small.
Review: Giro Stylus Helmet Review, Lowenna Smith, June 4, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Stylus earns 5 stars from nearly half of about 20 Amazon contributors reviewing this helmet. Users who like the helmet say it feels comfortable and vents well. Some find the Acu Dial retention system takes fiddling to get right and the adjustment wheel slips, requiring further adjustment on the road. The helmet's appearance pleases some users as "sporty," while others feel it is too bulky.
Review: Giro Stylus Bike Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Giro Stylus gets mixed reviews from Buzzillions contributors, who alternately praise the snug fit or feel that the helmet is smaller than other helmets for its size categories.
Review: Giro Stylus Bike Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of March 2013