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Giro Xar Helmet 2012

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The XAR offers all the features you’ve come to expect from Giro’s top-level trail-riding helmets-P.O.V.™ adjustable visor; In-mold composition with EPS foam and polycarbonate shell; Roll Cage™ reinforcement-but the XAR heralds a new era of performance, comfort and style. At the heart of this helmet you’ll find 17 Wind Tunnel™ vents as well as optimized internal channeling, and the visor is vented to increase airflow. Breathability on the XAR is incredible; there’s never been a lid this breathable on dirt. Even the padding is extraordinary thanks in part to X-Static fabric.
  • All Mountain, trail riding, Endurace/Marathon XC, Super D
  • Features: P.O.V.™ adjustable visor w/ 15° vertical adjustment
  • Construction: In-mold - EPS liner, polycarbonate shell
  • Fit System: Roc Loc® 5
  • Ventilation: 17 Wind Tunnel™ vents, internal channeling
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20 - 21.75"
21.75 - 23.25"
23.25 - 24.75"
51 - 55cm
55 - 59cm
59 - 63cm

Check out the Giro Xar Helmet video that reviews the technology Giro built into the Xar helmet.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Giro Xar Helmet 2012
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (19)
  • Comfortable fit (18)
  • Good ventilation (17)
  • Highly adjustable (17)
  • Tough (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (17)
    • All-around (9)
    • Warm weather (6)
    • Commuting (5)
    • Mountain bikes (4)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        95% 

        (18 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (16), Casual/ recreational (6), Competitive cyclist (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Saved my head in a crash

    Owned this helmet for a little over a year and really enjoyed the fit and comfort. I ride in the Southern US, so the air ventilation worked well enough for me too. Last...Read complete review

    Owned this helmet for a little over a year and really enjoyed the fit and comfort. I ride in the Southern US, so the air ventilation worked well enough for me too. Last weekend I was in a really bad crash. Landed on my back. The back of my skull was the second part of my body to hit the ground. The XAR did it's job. It stayed on my head, absorbed the impact, and I walked away. The helmet was cracked clear through, just as it was supposed to. My backside still hurts like hell, but I'm concussion free (not to mention coma free). Buying a new XAR right now.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice but a bit heavy

    I use this helmet for all types of cycling. When I first got it it immediately felt heavier than my last helmet. It doesn't weigh a ton, but I didn't expect to notice...Read complete review

    I use this helmet for all types of cycling. When I first got it it immediately felt heavier than my last helmet. It doesn't weigh a ton, but I didn't expect to notice the difference either. Fit wasn't too bad, but I did have to add some pads to the side of the helmet to snug it up. Without the extra padding the helmet was a little sloppy on my head, even after snugging up the ratchet. Overall I wish I had gotten a different helmet. Just doesn't fit my head that well.

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    5.0

    Saved my head in a crash

    By PeteC

    from Atlanta GA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Fit
    • Good Ventilation
    • Highly Adjustable
    • Tough

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • All-Around
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

    Owned this helmet for a little over a year and really enjoyed the fit and comfort. I ride in the Southern US, so the air ventilation worked well enough for me too. Last weekend I was in a really bad crash. Landed on my back. The back of my skull was the second part of my body to hit the ground. The XAR did it's job. It stayed on my head, absorbed the impact, and I walked away. The helmet was cracked clear through, just as it was supposed to. My backside still hurts like hell, but I'm concussion free (not to mention coma free). Buying a new XAR right now.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Perfect Fit, good airflow while riding

    By izzkidioto

    from Chengdu, China

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Fit
    • Good Ventilation
    • Highly Adjustable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All-Around
      • Mountain Biking
      • Short Rides
      • Warm Weather

      Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

      Really enjoy this helmet, basically forget it is up there. Adjustable visor is primo. Easily can wear glasses with it. The ventiliation is very good while riding, visor up or down, but while at rest in warm weather, it can get hot. But then again, if you are stopped, you can generally take it off. Size was absolutely true, and adjustable rear height make it a good fit whatever shape your head is.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Helmet!

      By Biker Steve

      from Georgia

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Fit
      • Good Ventilation
      • Highly Adjustable
      • Lightweight
      • Tough

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • All-Around
      • Cold Weather
      • Commuting
      • Long Rides
      • Mountain Biking
      • Short Rides
      • Warm Weather

      Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

      Giro makes great Helmets! I have both Road and Mountain Bike Helmet and they are perfect.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Giro Xar Helmet

      By Bill

      from Banning, Calif

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Fit
      • Good Ventilation
      • Highly Adjustable
      • Lightweight
      • Tough

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

        Nice Giro helmet with good fit and ratings. Not pleased helmet was manufactured 24 months prior to my purchase. Must be why it is discounted, I should have checked prior to purchase. Otherwise great helmet, my second Giro.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        works well

        By Dash

        from Colorado

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Fit
        • Good Ventilation
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

          This is a very comfortable helmet. I got a large and was able to adjust the settings to fit my head really well. After a while you dont even remember its there. It also has great ventilation and my head stayed cool.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Thumbs Up

          By Big Nasty

          from Marietta SC

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable Fit
          • Good Ventilation
          • Highly Adjustable
          • Lightweight
          • Tough

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Warm Weather

            Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

            This helmet rocks.I love It!!Fit's well,cool's well and look's great!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Excellent Lid

            By SenorPantelones

            from Santa Clarita, Ca

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Fit
            • Good Ventilation
            • Highly Adjustable
            • Lightweight
            • Tough

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

              One of the best fitting and ventilated brain buckets I have used. Fit is near exact.If you follow the fit guide on Giro's web site and you fall in the middle of the size you will do fine. If you fall on the bottom or the top of the spectrum you should definitely find it local and try it on. As for performance, once you put this helmet on and fit it, it disappears on your head. I never have to fidget with it. Even on hot days at rest, you will forget you have it on. Great buy.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              To top it off

              By Big D

              from glendora ca.

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Fit
              • Good Ventilation
              • Highly Adjustable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • To Protech Your Nogen

                Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

                Great adjustments, first time to where a helmet , and not remember its on my head when I finish my ride .

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice Helmet

                By mmjf9696

                from Republic MO

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Fit
                • Good Ventilation
                • Highly Adjustable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

                  Very nice helmet. It looks great feels great. Very adjustable. I have not tested it by wrecking but I have a feeling it will work as it should.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Great helmet

                  By MacUK

                  from Spokane, WA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Fit
                  • Good Ventilation
                  • Highly Adjustable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Tough

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All-Around
                    • Cold Weather
                    • Long Rides
                    • Mountain Biking
                    • Warm Weather

                    Comments about Giro Xar Helmet 2012:

                    Another great Giro helmet. Fits really well and looks good as well.

                    Only down was the additional stick in pads were impossible to peel the backing off the sticky part with out it coming off the pad.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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