Weight: 500 grams / 17.6 ounces
- ASTM 2040 / CE EN1077
- In Form Fit System
- In-Mold Construction
- Super Cool Vents
- Interior Subliner
- Stack Vent
- Intake Port Ventilation
- Sizing (cm): Small, 52–55.5; Medium, 55.5–59; Large, 59–62.5
Days worn: 20+
The Giro Chapter helmet did not get off to an auspicious start at BLISTER. At least three reviewers tried it on before me, and the overall feeling was, “WTF? This helmet is made for an alien head.”
Seems like I’d better provide a little explanation of my head:
My mother says my dome has been the same size since the day I was born—big and elongated. I threw on the Chapter and, to be honest, agreed with the other reviewers. It felt weird. It was narrow in width and long in height, giving a slightly pinched feeling high up on my head.
But I kept it on for a couple of minutes, and it felt OK, enough that I decided to take it out for my first day of the season at Taos. I turned the In Form dial (your basic tightening wheel that in this case plays nicely with gloves) to fit it to my skull, and off we went.
And that’s where the helmet seemingly disappeared. The strange fit, which had bothered me initially, clung tightly yet comfortably to my head, and prevented any movement (lateral or vertical) as we rode and shot photos out on Corner Chute and Juarez. I didn’t mess with it for the rest of the day.
The weather was sunny and warm, so I had the vents open, which kept the cool, clean New Mexico air flowing over my head.
Giro claims that these airflow channels are the deepest they have ever put on a helmet. On nice days your head stays cool, but there isn’t excess air and noise rushing past your ears; the flow is isolated to the top of your head, and it’s been efficient and effective for cooling purposes.
The Smith Variant Brim is very good, not quite perfect. You'll have to decide for yourself how minor or major those shortcomings are.