The Giro Cipher is a very solid full-face helmet. Its shell is made from fiberglass while the liner is made from the usual expanded polystyrene. The interior padding make this helmet comfortable and secure and give us a feeling of confidence that, should we eat an unexpected dirt sandwich, this lid would do its job of protecting our grill.
This helmet competes closely with the Bell Transfer-9 at the $200 price point. The Transfer received the second highest overall score in out test. The Cipher would have scored much higher if it wasn't for its very poor ventilation score. This is one of the hotter full-faces we've ever worn, but more importantly the chin guard is positioned much too close to the wearer's face and feels suffocating. Still, we think it is a hard choice between the two moderately priced helmet. The Transfer has a better fit and a slightly more solid feel, but it weighs nearly 5 ounces more than the Cipher. The Cipher is lighter but is hard to pedal in because the face guard issue.
This model replaces the long standing classic Remedy as Giro's only full-face bicycle helmet. Our testers feel that it is a significant improvement over the Remedy in both comfort and protection.
It is currently available in eight different colorways, from an inconspicuous matte black to a loud-and-proud red camo. We like that the color schemes cover the range of desired attention a rider may want. Though we didn't score helmets on based on style, our testers agreed that this is one of the cooler looking helmets in our test.
It is available in four sizes. We found it fit on the larger side. Our size medium test helmet fit very similarly to our size Large Bell Transfer-9. The Giro and Bell sizing charts reflect this, but the sizes don't necessarily line up from brand to brand, so pay attention before ordering.