Finding a bike helmet is meant to be fun. We recognize that it can be a bit overwhelming though. Mainly because there are so many brands and styles available at local bike shops, straight from a brand’s e-store, and online at marketplaces like Amazon. We don’t blame you for shopping around to make the most informed decision.
That’s why we put together a little head-to-head helmet guide that quickly compares Thousand against some of Giro’s most popular styles.
But first, a little history lesson. Giro was, indeed, one of the first bike helmet brands on the scene more than 30 years ago. It was founded by Jim Gentes in 1985. And it all started with a design called “The Advantage,” which helped cyclists cut through wind. The shape of the helmet kind of resembled a bicycle seat, but every year thereafter, the designs started to take the shape of the modern-day styles we know and love.
In fact, the 1986 design was basically molded EPS foam without an outer shell. As you might imagine, it wasn’t the best at protecting against impacts. In 1994, the brand launched its famed Roc Loc system, which improves a helmet’s stability while riding over rocks and roots. Since then, Giro has gone on to develop helmets for a range of sports and, truly, become somewhat of a household name.
We certainly admire all that Giro has contributed to keeping people safe while enjoying their favorite activities and sports. That said, we know Giro helmets aren’t for everyone. So, here’s what we’ll critique in our guide:
The Savant is a reliable option for cyclists looking for an aerodynamic bike helmet. It comes in two colorways and is priced at slightly less than $75. Yes, it’s a bit cheaper than Thousand Heritage. But it lacks the style and versatility that Heritage offers.
Pros: Lightweight, 25 large vents for maximum airflow, Roc Loc 5 fit system
Cons: Athletic silhouette, two colorways, limited availability and sizing
Here’s a no-frills road bike helmet made with Giro’s Roc Loc system. It offers a multi-directional impact protection system to keep you safe against rotational impact and quick-dry padding for all those sweaty afternoons on the road. While the Isode’s MIPS technology has a price tag that’s less than the Thousand Chapter, our design has an urban appeal and thoughtful high-quality touches the Isode just can’t match.
Pros: MIPS, good breathability
Cons: Sporty style, not rated for sports other than biking
Revel can be worn as a commuter helmet to a mountain bike helmet. This lower-end model has a full-coverage polycarbonate shell atop an EPS foam liner and a snap fit visor. It’s one of Giro’s basic models; though, if you’re looking to step up your helmet game, the Thousand Chapter delivers what the Revel does — and more.
Pros: Good for MTB trail riding and road riding, reflective rear decal, Acu Dial Fit system
Cons: Only available in one size; not safety rated for skateboarding, scooters, or roller skating
The Syntax MIPS helmet boasts a slightly more European look but in a slim profile. It’s going to protect you from the rotational forces that occur if you were to ever accidentally fall at certain angles. The design features slimline webbing and anti-microbial padding. When compared to Thousand Chapter, the Syntax lacks a rear helmet light and a secure way to safely lock this expensive option to your bike while you’re not riding.
Pros: MIPS technology, wind tunnel ventilation, Roc Loc 5
Cons: No visor, no rear tail light, nylon chin strap
If it’s durability and price that you’re after — but you’re willing to sacrifice style and versatility — the Register checks both boxes. Similar to the Thousand Chapter, it features an MIPS system and a removable visor. If helmet fit is important to you, Register’s universal sizing (aka one size fits most) may not be appealing. The Chapter comes in three sizes and has a built-in fit system for personalized adjustability just for you.
Pros: Comfortable fit, lightweight construction, venting to stay cool
Cons: Universal sizing, athletic style
Hello, higher-end helmet. The Synthe may very well be described as the best road helmet that Giro offers for its aerodynamic profile and wind tunnel vents with internal channeling. If you’re not training to compete in the Tour de France, you might benefit from a more affordable and approachable option like the Thousand Chapter helmet instead.
Pros: Ideal for road cycling and races, Roc Loc 5 Air, MIPS equipped
Cons: Expensive, not an everyday helmet
The Giro Quarter is a multi-sport option that meets safety certifications for both biking and skateboarding. It’s a comfortable helmet that boasts a minimalist matte look. The MIPS slip plane will help to protect you from spills on the trails or at the skatepark. Comparatively, the Thousand Heritage includes a molded visor, more color choices, a magnetic closure, and vegan leather straps.
Pros: Lightest ABS shell Giro makes, MIPS liner, can be worn for skateboarding
Cons: Two colorways, minimal venting
We could go on and on comparing Thousand to Giro, but we’ll stop here. Giro’s collection spans quite the spectrum. The adult bike helmet prices range from about $35 to $320 so there’s something for every budget. One peek at Giro’s website and it’s clear that the styles lean ultra sporty, which may not be appealing to those who aren’t planning to hit up a velodrome anytime soon.
We give Giro credit, though. Because without the brand’s innovation, helmets may have continued to look like bike seats. (Yikes!) This guide should give you a better idea of how both brands and helmets stack up. Now it’s up to you to decide!
Thousand bike helmets were created to meet the needs of most riders — and skateboarders, roller skaters, scooter riders, e-bikers...the list goes on. We’ve agonized over every detail to ensure our helmets are versatile for multiple sports and activities, comfortable to wear, affordable, and pretty cool looking. We hope, after reading this comparison guide, that you think so, too.