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Giro Xar Helmet 2011

Item #: HE266A07
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Giro Xar Helmet 2011

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
20 - 21.75"
21.75 - 23.25"
23.25 - 24.75"
51 - 55cm
55 - 59cm
59 - 63cm

4.5 / 5.0
13 Reviews
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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 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.

PROS: Nice fit

CONS: Foam padding is cheap, Visor doesn't stay down, Fruity colors on rear, Visor is flimsy
May 22, 2012
Central, PA
brain bucket
great fit & coverage. haven't had to "use" it yet, but this will be my 7th Giro helmet, and the rest did a good job of keeping my grey matter in my skull.

PROS: Coverage, Perfect Fit
February 27, 2012
North Carolina
Built to take it
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.

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

CONS: Heavier than some
October 26, 2012
Best Helmet Out There!
This helmet is lightweight, low profile, well ventilated and good looks! It has head coverage suitable for all mountain riding, but is light enough for most gram counters. This is a helmet that you would forget you were wearing if people weren't constantly commenting on it.

PROS: Well Ventilated, Low profile, Light, Comfortable, Styling, Easily adjustible

CONS: none

BEST USES: XC Race, XC, all mountain
February 29, 2012
Flagstaff, AZ
Love love love this helmet
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.

PROS: Quality, Ventilation, Protection, Visibility, Fit, Comfort

CONS: Thin Pads

BEST USES: XC, Commuting
October 26, 2012
Oakridge, Oregon
Saved my head
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.

PROS: Strong, Comfortable
October 28, 2012
Berkeley, CA
Love it
I bought this helmet because I started riding more seriously and to make my wife feel better about me going on longer rides. I never liked any helmets that I had tried in the past but this one feels like less than a baseball cap when its on my head, very light weight and I don't mind wearing it at all. It is very comfortable and is always on my head if I am riding.

PROS: Comfortable, Looks good, Light Weight, Very adjustable

CONS: Can't think of any

BEST USES: Brain bucket, Keeping a scar free head
February 24, 2012
Southern New England
Wow, this thing rocks!
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.

PROS: Appearance, Weight, Fit
April 3, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
Best single bike part I've bought!
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.

PROS: Lightweight, Solid, Easily adjustable, Comfortable, Good Looking

CONS: None at all
March 29, 2012
giro xar
very fast n cheap.will buy if got the specs i required.
July 24, 2012

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