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Giro G10

*Est. $130
Reviewed
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Giro G10

Pros
  • Adjustable vents
  • Light weight
  • Highly adjustable fit
Cons
  • Older models don't adjust as well
  • Uncomfortable chinstrap

One expert reviewer says ventilation is his priority when choosing the Giro G10 ski helmet as a good buy. Users like that the vent switch is easy to control, even with gloves on. Others say this sturdy, lightweight helmet makes them feel protected; the G10's 4-star (out of 5) rating for surviving a 12-foot drop onto concrete can't hurt. Owners are overwhelmingly positive about the G10's ratchet-adjust fit system, too. For every gripe about poor fit or adjustability, there are 40 to 50 comments praising the helmet's fit, comfort and warmth -- thanks in particular to the closeable vents. Out of hundreds of reviews, we found two complaints of problems with the chinstrap and a few users who say this helmet causes some goggles to pinch around the nose, although it does fit well with hard-to-match Oakley A Frames.

The G10 is one of the most popular helmets on Buzzillions.com, with about 180 reviews and a 4.6-star rating out of 5. The Giro G10 is also the only helmet to receive a number of positive reviews on REI.com. Backcountry.com includes the G10 in the only truly comparative tests we could find for ski and snowboarding helmets, and although it doesn't win every test it does get one of the highest scores. The G10 also earns a brief mention in The Telegraph, a U.K. publication, for having excellent ventilation.

Our Sources

1. Backcountry.com

Testers from Backcountry.com perform various tests on several helmets, including the G10. They stuff a cantaloupe inside each one and drop it onto concrete from 12 feet up, plus freeze the helmets and subject them to various impact tests. The Giro G10 receives one of the best scores, 4 out of 5 "goats" (instead of stars).

Review: Goat Test #2: Ski/Snowboard Helmets, Rocky Thompson, Not Dated

2. The Telegraph (U.K.)

The Telegraph's ski correspondent gives one- and two-line comments about several helmets in this roundup. He praises the Giro G10 for its adjustable vents.

Review: Ski Wear: The Best Ski Helmets, Peter Hardy, Not Dated

3. REI.com

The Giro G10 receives a 4.5-star rating out of 5 based on just more than 10 user reviews. Owners appreciate its comfort, adjustability, light weight and venting. One user notes that an older model is hard to adjust and gives a poor fit, while another says the fit has improved with recent models. A few gripe about the goggle fit, but most are happy with this helmet.

Review: Giro G10 Ski Helmet, Contributors to REI.com, As of Nov. 2011

4. Buzzillions.com

With about 180 reviews and a 4.6-star average rating out of 5, the Giro G10 is one of the most popular snow helmets on Buzzillions.com. Users are overwhelmingly positive about its comfort, ventilation, adjustability and light weight. Complaints come in only ones and twos about chinstrap issues, and one user grumbles about a poor fit.

Review: Giro G10 Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Nov. 2011

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