Review: Giro Air Attack – First Impressions

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My First Impressions of the Giro Air Attack Shield

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My new helmet arrived this weekend and I can not wait to get outside and test it out.  In an attempt to gain every possible aerodynamic advantage, I joined the trend of aero road helmets by purchasing a Giro Air Attack Shield.  Here are my initial thoughts on the Giro Air Attack helmet.

giro air attackLooks

When I first saw the Giro Air Attack on the heads of the pros, I was not impressed.  Like many others, I thought it looked liked a BMX helmet and it reminded my of a cheap helmet from the 90s with its minimal vents.  The color scheme of the Katusha helmets didn’t help with that opinion either.  My very first impressions of the Giro Air Attack were not good, it just had a cheap, retro feel.

But since originally seeing it, the appearance Giro Air Attack has grown on me.  In the aero road helmet market it is definitely one of the more attractive options, right up there with the Kask Infinity (thought about buying that one).  Its smooth, round shape, short tail, and lack of dorky forehead vents give it an edge over its competition in the looks department.

And now that I have my hands on the Giro Air Attack, I am even more impressed.  You can see that a lot more shaping went into making the Giro Air Attack instead of just filling in the vents on a regular helmet.  And the looks just get better with the shield on.

giro air attackWeight

According to Giro, the Air Attack Shield weights 375 grams and the scales agree.  Once you take off the shield, the Giro Air Attack tips the scales at around 341 grams.  At that weight it is not an ultra light helmet, that spot is taken by the Aeon in Giro’s line up, but it is still plenty light.  Those extra grams is a sacrifice you have to be willing to make for the aerodynamic advantage the Giro Air Attack provides.  Plus, on the flats reducing drag is more important than cutting weight.

giro air attackFit

The fit of the Giro Air Attack is excellent.  Plenty of adjustability means that you can dial in the fit you want.  The RocLoc system use a simple knob on the back of the helmet to tighten or loosen the retention system which can be moved up or down depending on where you want it to sit on the back of your head.

The padding on the Giro Air Attack is suspended slightly above the shell of the helmet which creates a comfortable feel and, according to Giro, increases air flow.

giro air attackShield

The Giro Air Attack is available with a detachable shield.  Attached with three magnets across the front of the helmet, the shield is easy to attach and detach and can also be turned upwards for easy storage.  The shield sits perfectly on the helmet for when you are low on the bike, cutting through the wind, but off the bike I was noticing that I kept seeing the bottom edge, which can be a little distracting.

The purpose of the shield is to further reduce frontal area and therefore drag which will allow you to cut through the air with greater ease and attaching the shield to the Giro Air Attack gives the helmet a whole new badass look.giro air attack

Conclusion

So far I am very impressed with the Giro Air Attack.  Now I just have to get out on the road and test it out properly.  Since I can’t test Giro’s aerodynamic claims (17 secs over 40kms), I am most curious about the ventilation since it only has 6 vents.  In the spring I think it will do great at keeping my head warm, but how will it perform in the hotter summer months?

 

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