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Carving turns. Shredding rough descents. Attacking climbs. All Mountain riding is all about conquering the elements with speed and efficiency. Giro’s Xar is the perfect helmet to compliment this rapidly-evolving category.

While its brawny aesthetics are reminiscent of the Xen, the Xar is much sleeker. Giro’s engineering and design teams worked overtime to reduce weight while retaining all the features of a premium trail-riding helmet. The in-mold construction includes three parts (upper, lower and rear) for added protection and progressive styling. Along with the streamlined shape, you’ll find a flat surface on top – the perfect place to mount a headlight or helmet cam. Add Roc Loc 5 to the equation and riders can dial-in a fit so comfortable that once it’s on, the helmet practically disappears.
  • ROC LOC 5
  • Roll Cage
  • P.O.V. Visor
  • X-static Padding
  • Wind tunnel Ventilation
  • In-Mold Construction
  • Three piece, upper and lower hardbodies
Sizing
Small
Medium
Large
20 - 21.75"
21.75 - 23.25"
23.25 - 24.75"
51 - 55cm
55 - 59cm
59 - 63cm

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Giro Xar Helmet '11
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Fit (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Not a Xen

      The Xar replaces my four year old Xen. The Xen was probably my favorite bike helmet of all that I have owned over the years. Naturally I had high expectation for the Xar since ...Read complete review

      The Xar replaces my four year old Xen. The Xen was probably my favorite bike helmet of all that I have owned over the years. Naturally I had high expectation for the Xar since it has been introduced to replace the Xen.
      However, in that respect it does fall short for me. The helmet has pretty much the same shape as the Xen and the fit is just as good (for my head) and the coverage is equally good. The RocLoc 5 retention system works better than the RocLoc 4 on the Xen although I doubt that it will be as easy to use in cold weather with thick gloves. The visor is easy to adjust in order to keep the sun out of your eyes or the visor itself out of your sight.
      The biggest drawback of the Xar compared to the Xen is that the aeration simply doesn't work as well. I never felt the urge to take of the Xen even on hot summer days when grinding up a steep climb. The Xar even felt to warm on an road ride on an overcast day.
      It's a good helmet in its own right and I would recommend it. However, compared to its predecessor I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed with this helmet.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Expensive, cheap materials

      This helmet was marked down substantially so I can't be too unhappy. If I'd paid full price I'd be bummed.

      It fits well and will protect my head.
      The thin foam ...Read complete review

      This helmet was marked down substantially so I can't be too unhappy. If I'd paid full price I'd be bummed.

      It fits well and will protect my head.
      The thin foam comfort lining is cheap material and will get worn out rather quickly.
      The flimsy visor does not ratchet into place so it just slides back "up" when I try to lower it.
      The fruity colored extreme "X" on the rear of the helmet was not pictured and is very disappointing. I chose this helmet largely because it appeared subdued and plain – but that is not the reality.
      Mainly this is just another over-priced bike accessory that will likely only last me a season or two.

      Reviewed by 13 customers

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      5.0

      Saved my head

      By singletracksb

      from Berkeley, CA

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          Took a really hard endo while wearing the Xar. Definitley saved my head. Love the molding that covers more exposed foam than the other helmets...helps prevent dings and chunks from being taken out in smaller crashes.

           
          5.0

          Built to take it

          By Blair the Ware

          from Ontario

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fit Is Nicely Adjustable
          • Good On The Road As Well
          • Keeps The Sweat Away
          • Looks good
          • Solid
          • Suspensions Work Well

          Cons

          • Heavier than some

          Best Uses

          • MTB

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          As a long user of Giro helmets, I was not disappointed. The price was right, i.e., on sale. I use this for both MTB and road riding. Some may not like the colour, but I rather like it.

           
          5.0

          Love love love this helmet

          By Cari-loo

          from Oakridge, Oregon

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfort
          • Fit
          • Protection
          • Quality
          • Ventilation
          • Visibility

          Cons

          • Thin Pads

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • XC

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          They say you either love the way Giro fits or the way Bell fits, my head loves the way Giro helmets fit me. I bought this helmet to replace my aging Giro... per the recommendation of my riding buddy and I'm glad I did. It fits so well. It reduces the oh-my-god-my-head-looks-enormous feel that I get with some helmets. Overall its a great product that I would buy again and again.

           
          4.0

          Great successor to Giro Xen

          By Thomas the viking

          from Oslo, Norway (Europe)

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to adjust for fit
          • Good protection
          • Same fit as Giro Xen
          • Subtle visual styling

          Cons

          • Subtle visual styling
          • Ventilation not best

          Best Uses

          • Cross country
          • Single-track

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          I had an older Giro Xen which fit perfectly and so does this Xar. I have not crashed with it, but it feels like it protects just aswell as the Xen.

          I use it for single-track and technical trails not requiring more protection.
          For pure cross country on gravel or good roads you might want to remove the visor or buy a helmet without visor (it starts to whistle at about 30km/h)

          I got it from JensonUSA with good discount so I am very very happy with it!

           
          4.0

          giro xar

          By james tan

          from singapore

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          being asian with a wide head,the large size still is narrow and clamp to the sides of the temples.

           
          4.0

          Not a Xen

          By wonko55

          from Seattle, WA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Coverage
          • Fit
          • Retention system
          • Visor

          Cons

          • Airation

          Best Uses

          • all mountain
          • Trail riding

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

          The Xar replaces my four year old Xen. The Xen was probably my favorite bike helmet of all that I have owned over the years. Naturally I had high expectation for the Xar since it has been introduced to replace the Xen.
          However, in that respect it does fall short for me. The helmet has pretty much the same shape as the Xen and the fit is just as good (for my head) and the coverage is equally good. The RocLoc 5 retention system works better than the RocLoc 4 on the Xen although I doubt that it will be as easy to use in cold weather with thick gloves. The visor is easy to adjust in order to keep the sun out of your eyes or the visor itself out of your sight.
          The biggest drawback of the Xar compared to the Xen is that the aeration simply doesn't work as well. I never felt the urge to take of the Xen even on hot summer days when grinding up a steep climb. The Xar even felt to warm on an road ride on an overcast day.
          It's a good helmet in its own right and I would recommend it. However, compared to its predecessor I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed with this helmet.

           
          4.0

          Giro XAR helmet

          By Slipperyfish

          from Auckland New Zealand

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fits Well
          • Good venting

          Cons

          • Noisy when riding fast

          Best Uses

            Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

            I use this helmet for commuting to work, doing structures and generally all my riding except when I'm on the road. Its just a bit noisy when your riding hard.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Expensive, cheap materials

            By ozone

            from Central, PA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice fit

            Cons

            • Foam padding is cheap
            • Fruity colors on rear
            • Visor doesn't stay down
            • Visor is flimsy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

              This helmet was marked down substantially so I can't be too unhappy. If I'd paid full price I'd be bummed.

              It fits well and will protect my head.
              The thin foam comfort lining is cheap material and will get worn out rather quickly.
              The flimsy visor does not ratchet into place so it just slides back "up" when I try to lower it.
              The fruity colored extreme "X" on the rear of the helmet was not pictured and is very disappointing. I chose this helmet largely because it appeared subdued and plain – but that is not the reality.
              Mainly this is just another over-priced bike accessory that will likely only last me a season or two.

               
              5.0

              Wow, this thing rocks!

              By zamboney

              from Albuquerque, NM

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Appearance
              • Fit
              • Weight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

                  The fit system is excellent. It's super snug and after I get it snugged-up the upper part of the helmet can still pivot, lowering the visor when forward and increasing cooling ventilation when back.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best single bike part I've bought!

                  By Geoff

                  from AFG

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily adjustable
                  • Good Looking
                  • Lightweight
                  • Solid

                  Cons

                  • None at all

                  Best Uses

                  • All round

                  Comments about Giro Xar Helmet '11:

                  This was an upgrade from a one-size Bell model (I forget the name). I wanted something that wouldn't flop around as much, although the Bell does quite well for [$]. Right about the same time the Xar went on sale for 45% off; I might not have bought it otherwise. I am glad I did, though.The Xar fits perfectly due to the Roc Loc 5 adjustment. This enables you to to quickly adjust it to sit low over your eyes or up a bit for better forehead cooling, while maintaining a perfect fit and a perfect lock on your head. It's rather amazing in that respect. (Within reason, of course -- a helmet pitched back on the head is just a hood ornament).The Xar is also considerably smaller than the Bell it replaced. Smaller in the sense of taking up less space, meaning that I feel less like I have a bucket, and a little more like I have a hat on. Likewise, it's extremely lightweight, although it's a markedly stronger construction than the Bell, or my friend's racier-looking Bell. You generally forget you have it on.It's quite good-looking, too.

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