Giro introduced the Montaro for men and Montara for women, which retail for $150. Giro sought out to deliver the best qualities for trail and all-mountain riding with a multitude of features such as MIPs, ventilation, moisture absorption, and goggle compatibility. Giro made the Montaro for the everyday shredder and the multi-day adventure seeker. It's great for anything from short pedals around local trails to multi-hour adventures on technical terrain. It also works for enduro-style riding (chill climbing and blasting fast descents).
Giro Montaro MIPS ReviewPrice: $150 List | $74.97 at Competitive Cyclist
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Well ventilated, P.O.V. Plus visor adjustment, full goggle integration with strap grippers, anti-odor padding
Cons: Top of helmet padding insufficient
Bottom line: The Montaro has all the great features you'd expect to find in a high-end helmet, including a ratcheting two finger rear dial to fine tune the fit, a multi position visor, and 16 vents to keep that head cool during long days in the saddle.
Adjustable Visor?: Yes
Number of vents: 16
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Giro was founded in 1985 by Jim Gentes and is headquartered in the Scotts Valley, California area. For 30 years, this company has been refining the helmet design and staying ahead of the industry standards. With that being said, when we compare the Montaro to the Smith Rover or POC Tectal, which have the same price point, Giro holds true to the quality design and excellent features that they are known for.
The Montaro sits in the middle of the pack in comparison to other helmets that we tested for the same value. The POC Tectal and Smith Rover just flat out fit a normal shaped head best. The Giro Montaro gave our tester a headache the first three to four times wearing it. The anti-odor padding is an awesome feature, but the placement of the pads inside the top of the helmet are not located in the correct spot in relation to head and helmet contact.
The lengthy visor can be moved up and out of your way, leaving enough space below to rest a pair of goggles. We wore the Montaro with a few different styles of sunglasses, and they all sat nicely behind our ears without hitting the back of our helmets. There's also a camera/light mount that snaps into the central vent up top, but the one we received did not snap in. We tried to fabricate it but we just couldn't make it happen.
Most helmet designs that provide MIPS generally will weigh a bit more. With that being said, the Montero sits in the middle of the pack during weigh in.
The 16 vents keep the Montaro relatively well-ventilated, though we've tested better-vented lids in this category, including the Smith Rover.
The Montaro is a full wrap in-mold. It has an in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner and a roll-cage reinforcement. We always felt protected when shredding in the Montaro!
The Montaro is a solid helmet with all the bells and whistles that you get with all the great Giro helmets. It's durable and withstands the day to day grind!
The Montaro is perfect for the adventure seeker after a whole load of shredding or the everyday shredder. We love it for short riding around the local trails or on technical terrain that takes hours. We also recommend it for enduro-style riding, which includes mellow climbing and racing down speedy descents. The visor's hinge allows you to push it high on the helmet so you can slip goggles below it, and rubberized material around the rear vents helps keep goggle bands from slipping (and also holds your sunglasses securely when you tuck the arms into the rear vents). The Montaro is not a downhill helmet, but those considerations make it appropriate for some enduro races and rowdy descents if you're climbing to the top.
If you are new to the mountain bike world and have the funds to purchase the Montaro, we say go for it. If you're looking for something that is a touch more wallet-friendly, we'd recommend the lower cost Giro Hex or Chronicle. The only feature that you are not receiving with the Hex is MIPS, which we'd highly suggest for riders all of all abilities.
When it comes to overall fit, the Giro Montaro sat a little higher on our heads than the POC Tectal or Troy Lee A2; these two helmets feel slightly deeper but there wasn't any awkward movement. We like the Montaro's low profile and stylish design. We've tested similar helmets from POC, Smith, Bell, and Leatt, and the Montaro has all the standard features that rank high on our list.
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