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Giro Reverb Helmet


Helmets are cheap insurance against potentially terrible outcomes and are as personal as shoes, might as well find one that fits the use you have in mind in a style that you’ll actually wear. The Giro Reverb pulls from the past to make a helmet for today with modern fit and lightweight construction in the style of the Giro Air Attack worn by the likes of Greg Lemond in the early ‘90s peloton.

The Reverb benefits from over 20 years of helmet evolution since the original Air Attack—the throwback paneled graphics and original Giro logo make it easy to forget how heavy and unwieldy those old helmets really were. While some commuter helmets draw from skate style versions, the Reverb takes its cues from the Giro performance heritage. The helmet is remarkably light at 300 g due to the thin In-mold shell that covers the protective EPS foam and provides some protection from daily off the bike bumps, but not as much as the much heavier, thick plastic shells of skate helmets. I’ve certainly managed a few dings in my Reverb. The shell has nine vents and inner air channels to move air across your head, proving (almost) as comfortable as a helmet gets when the sun in blazing. I found the strap system comfortable, though I wish the y-connectors were locking and that there was some adjustment available to the rear yoke even if I found the light elastic fit quite comfortable. While you either love or hate the fully rounded profile there is a strong argument that helmets without pointy protrusions are safer in certain accidents as they are less likely to dig in and cause your neck to violently twist. The helmet ships with a removable visor, which I promptly removed.

Commuters with longish rides will welcome the lightweight Giro Reverb. More roadie than skate, it retains an understated look and won’t lead to the neck and shoulder fatigue that heavier helmets may. The Giro Reverb retails for $60 and is available in three shell sizes in ten different graphics packages. See more at www.giro.com


  1. Bill EApril 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I have a reverb and love it. My only comment, and it’s rather a biggie, if you’re going to be commenting back to Giro; the chin strap needs to be longer!! With a very light skull cap on in the winter and my size large coconut, the strap is at the very end of it’s limit on the buckle. The only thing keeping it from slipping completely out of the buckle is the melted cut at the end of the strap. It hasn’t ever come out, but it is quite concerning for something that has such a simple solution.

  2. GanzoApril 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Exact same comment as the other commenter Bill E.: the chin strap needs to be a bit longer for riders wearing hoodies or caps.

    This is exactly why I lost the male part of the clip. They agreed to send one free of charge, but only in the US, and I live in France. So I had it delivered to a friend’s address and he’ll have to mail it to me. Bummer.

    Great helmet other than that: light, breathable, strong. Saved my nose and face (and maybe much more) during a violent encounter with the rear of a bus shortly after I bought it.

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