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Giro Chronicle MIPS Review

Giro Chronicle MIPS
Price:  $100 List | $74.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Super comfortable, user friendly dial adjust, descent on space for sunglasses, great bright color
Cons:  Adjustable visor, needs more ventilation, runs a little hot
Bottom line:  Giro’s new Chronicle MIPS helmet may be related to the Montaro, but it slots in at a more affordable price point.
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Rotational Impact Protection System?:  MIPS
Adjustable Visor?:  Yes
Number of vents:  14
Manufacturer:   Giro

Our Verdict

The Giro Chronicle is drafted of the design characteristics of the Montaro MIPS and offers many of the same features at a lower cost. The added features that you generally see on helmets that are almost double the price makes for great value any way you look at it.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Dustin Schaad

Last Updated:
Monday
March 19, 2018

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The Giro Chronicle MIPS is a new helmet from Giro. Some reviews will state that It looks and fits like the Montaro - we disagree. The Chronicle sits far lower on the head than the Montaro. It does carry the integrated camera mount and goggle grippers as the Montaro but has a different feel when strapped ready to ride. Not saying that it fits worse or better (subjective remember), just different. At a hundred bucks, it also includes MIPS - which is a freakin steal at this price. The fit is excellent, but the ventilation could use an upgrade.

Performance Comparison


Giro Chronicle Action
Giro Chronicle Action


Comfort


The Giro Hex used to be one of the go-to options for more affordable helmets, but the Chronicle is better on most fronts. While the harness adjustments are nice and indexed, our biggest complaint with the Chronicle is that the adjuster dial on its Roc Loc 5 harness is tiny and consequently harder to adjust with cold, gloved fingers than the larger dials on the Troy Lee and Leatt DBX 3.0.

Nice long Visor for those sunny days
Nice long Visor for those sunny days

Adjustments


This model has one of the longest and most adjustable visors in our test. It feels like ratchet system and adjusts easily and stays up securely without concern. The length is great for those sunny days to keep the clear of rays. Goggles are compatible and rest nicely on the helmet when the visor is in the up position.

Giro Chronicle Goggles ON
Giro Chronicle Goggles OFF

Weight


This is not the lightest helmet in the test, but for the price with MIPS, it could weigh more. If weight is a concern to you, look elsewhere.

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Ventilation


This had for sure the worst airflow of all the helmets tested. We found during long strenuous climbs, even on average warm days that it ran fairly warm. The bright color we tested made for great visibility on dark evenings while blasting down a flowy descent, or even if you're climbing a techy section with your head down the riders descending will see you quickly.

Great full head coverage
Great full head coverage


Protection


It also features MIPS which redirects impact energy, provides more protection in certain impacts without compromising fit or ventilation.

Giro Chronicle
Giro Chronicle

Great feature for the price.

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bike helmets

Durability


The Chronicle held up great throughout the testing process. The visor is a little long so with time it could potentially snap off. All-in-all solidly built.

Giro Chronicle
Giro Chronicle

The Roc Loc 5 fit system allows you to easily dial in fit and adjust vertical position with a single hand to seamlessly with glasses or goggles, but the visor sits cockeyed when the goggles are positioned underneath. It works just fine, but it might annoy some of you style freaks out there.

Best Applications


The Chronicle MIPS provide all the essentials needed to hit the trail with confidence and style.

Value


As the name indicates, it features a MIPS liner, as well as a Roc Loc 5 fit system, comes in multiple colors, and retails for just 100 bucks. This model is true value at its finest.

Conclusion


We can't express more that if you are an aggressive rider on a budget that inherently finds yourself face first in the dirt because you shred so hard, then the Giro Chronicle is the lid for you. Having MIPS will give you the confidence that you'll need if sh#t hits the fan and you OTB!!
Dustin Schaad

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