Hands-on Gear Review

Giro Montaro MIPS Review

The Montaro has a multi position visor, and 16 vents to keep that head cool during long days in the saddle.
Giro Montaro MIPS
By: Dustin Schaad ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 19, 2018
Price:  $150 List  |  $104.96 at Competitive Cyclist - 30% Off
Pros:  Well ventilated, P.O.V. Plus visor adjustment, full goggle integration with strap grippers, anti-odor padding
Cons:  Top of helmet padding insufficient
Manufacturer:   Giro
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  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Adjustments - 20% 6
  • Features - 20% 8
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Ventilation - 10% 6
  • Weight - 10% 6
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Our Verdict

Giro introduced the Montaro for men for $150. They also offer a women's version, the Giro Montara MIPS, with different sizing and colorways. Giro sought 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 (casual climbing and blasting fast descents).


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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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.

Performance Comparison


Giro Montaro Action
Giro Montaro Action

Comfort


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 pad placement is not ideal.

The two pads that cause headaches - just sayin
The two pads that cause headaches - just sayin

Adjustments


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 couldn't make it happen.


Weight


Most helmet designs that provide MIPS will weigh a bit more. Still, the Montero sits in the middle of the pack during weigh in.

Giro Montaro cruisin the trail
Giro Montaro cruisin the trail

Ventilation


The 16 vents keep the Montaro relatively well-ventilated, though we've tested better-vented lids in this category, including the Smith Rover.

Feeling moody in the Montero.
Feeling moody in the Montero.

Protection


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!

Durability


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!


Best Applications


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.

Giro Montaro Goggles ON
Giro Montaro Goggles OFF - works great

Value


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 Bell Hela Joy Ride or Giro Chronicle.

Giro Montaro back
Giro Montaro chin strap

Conclusion


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.

Dustin Schaad

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