Because helmets are only beneficial while they are mounted on top of your head, fit and comfort are key. Giro's new Xar is a great example of a good looking and great fitting piece of protection.
Designed around the evolving “trail” market, the 2011 Giro Xar is intended for riders looking for additional helmet coverage along with a lightweight design. Its rounded shape keeps the Xar stylish and a small adjustable visor up front offers up protection from that mid-day sun. Giro uses what they call “In-mold construction” which fuses the helmets 3 hard outer shells with the impact absorbing polystyrene inner to create a lighter, more durable, and more protective helmet than previous models.
The Xar also offers many upgraded fit and comfort features including X-static pads, which provide anti-microbial properties to keep your head from smelling like your feet. The feature I found most beneficial in overall fit and comfort was Giro’s new roc-loc5 retention system. With a new roller wheel adjustment, the helmet can be tightened or loosened easily during a ride while wearing full finger gloves. With a simple two-finger twist, the dial opens or closes the helmet retention system, keeping the helmet snug.
Because helmets are only beneficial while they are mounted on top of your head, fit and comfort is key. Giro has always done a great job optimizing fit and adjustment, but they have continued to improve their designs each year and the Xar with Roc-loc5 is a great example of that.
While there are lighter, more breathable helmets out there (mainly designed for road or XC type riding) the Xar provides much greater protection for those who like to push the limits out on the trail. Providing great protection while looking and feeling good, the Giro Xar is a great choice for any mountain biker looking for a new lid. With an assortment of colors, you are sure to find one that suits your personality.
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