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Giro Hex Review

Giro Hex
Best Buy Award
Price:  $80 List | $59.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, excellent ventilation, lightweight, comfortable
Cons:  No MIPS, limited protection in the back
Bottom line:  Giro designs solid, stylish and well functioning helmets, with the Hex cinching the Best Bang for the Buck.
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Rotational Impact Protection System?:  No
Adjustable Visor?:  No
Number of vents:  21
Manufacturer:   Giro

Our Verdict

Receiving the Best Buy Award for price-conscious riders looking for a rugged all-mountain helmet with tons of premium features, the Giro Hex is loaded with features and has great style as well. This sleek brain protector fuses progressive style with the versatility of a trail riding helmet. Not just a stylish shell, the Hex comes stocked with some of Giro's most coveted features.

The Hex has earned numerous four and five-star awards since its fruition. When compared to the other contenders in our fleet, we awarded the Hex our Best Buy Award by a long shot. This helmet competes with all the other brands and is many bucks lighter on the pocketbook, besides the Giro Chronicle. This helmet is for riders of all ages; it won't break the bank, and you'll still look as fast as the rider wearing the Smith Rover! We like the way this helmet fits, feels, adjusts and looks.


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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 Hex is an excellent helmet for riders on a budget. It's an exceptional all-mountain helmet with loads of features and has earned multiple awards over the years.

Performance Comparison


Giro Hex in action!
Giro Hex in action!

Comfort


Giro's Hex combines progressive styling with the versatility, functionality, and comfort that you require for trail riding.


Giro's in-mold construction offers lightness and durability, while the 22 vents keep you comfortable no matter how much it heats up out there while climbing that 3000ft grinder.

Roc Loc 5
Roc Loc 5

Adjustments


Giro's Roc Loc 5 retention system ensures the Hex is secure on gnarly descents, while the P.O.V. adjustable visor allows you to have confidence that the sun won't deter you during your speedy descent.


The bottom line is that the Giro Hex will hold its own on any given day, on any gnarly grind or speedy descent!

Giro Hex Goggles ON
Even though the Visor is fairly small and only adjusts a few inches  the goggles actually rest nicely.

Weight


The addition of MIPS to any helmet will raise the price by 25-35%, plus add 3-5% to the weight of the helmet.


Our testers believe that MIPs is necessary for any rider out there that feels like they take big chances and OTB a bit more often than the everyday rider. Our testers crash less often than they did when they started riding, yet feel the Hex is sufficient for any style/type rider today - including the more experienced riders. The lightweight feel of the Hex compared to say the Giro Montaro or Chronicle is relatively noticeable. Not that the Montaro or Chronicle are heavy, but when a helmet is designed with MIPS, it flat out adds a bit of weight.

Giro Hex
Giro Hex

Ventilation


Out of eight helmets that we tested for over two months, the Hex wins the Best Buy Award with flying colors. The Hex competes equally with all other brands that we tested and is much lighter on the wallet.


The lightest helmet in the test plus the ventilation beats most as well.

Giro Hex
Giro Hex

Protection


Here's the thing - every lightweight, half-shell bike helmet on the market is a one-time use product. Regardless of whether or not it has MIPs, if you smack your helmet once, you should toss it in the trash. Fortunately, the Hex offers up excellent protection for your noggin.

Giro Hex
Giro Hex

Best Applications


The Hex compliments the XC riders who start on a hardtail and move on to a more forgiving full suspension bikes. The trail type riders who centers work on a color grading scheme from green through black or double black will find the Hex is an exceptionally comfortable and stylish lid. The blue riders will enjoy the Hex as well during their progression to rollable drops or rocks. The Enduro rider will embrace the Hex just as well as those long grinding climbs allowing the goggles to sit below the P.O.V. adjustable visor. Giro's Roc Loc 5 retention system will keep your skull locked and loaded for the more technical trails interspersed with jumps and bigger drops. The Hex IS NOT a downhill helmet; be sure to purchase a full-face for that style of riding.

Value


An attractively-styled trail helmet, the Hex features moderate coverage, effective ventilation, four distinct sizes, and a very reasonable 80 dollar price tag. Most helmets on the market today are equipped with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts). This is one feature that the Hex is missing. The fact that you can buy this helmet for 80 bucks is just what the wallet likes - and is the budget conscious rider's dream!

Conclusion


Being the Best Buy winner, we highly recommend the Giro Hex for its stylish design, excellent ventilation, comfort, adjustment, weight, features, ventilation, and durability. This helmet is for all riders, of all ages that won't break the bank and you'll still look as good, if not better, than the riders wearing the 150 dollar Smith Rover or 180 dollar Troy Lee A2! We are truly impressed with the way this helmet fits, feels, adjusts and looks. Our testers dawned the Hex many mornings with confidence, knowing it would not only keep their skull safe and secure but look stylish as well.
Dustin Schaad

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