I am a recreational road rider, with most rides in the 20 to 30 mile range, and occasionally twice that. I like the lightness, ventilation, and compactness of this helmet. Even on sale, it is not cheap, but it looks great and fits my head very well. Over the last 15 years, I have used both high end Giro helmets and Laser Helmets. For a number of years Laser had a definite edge in fit and comfort, but now I prefer the Aether. I think the big difference is how the helmets handle the MIPs technology. I find that many MIPs helmets exert a wierd torque on my hair. Aether does not.
I have used Giro helmets for years, the recent being an Atmos. I really like the Aether. The adjustments are very good and easy to make. It is very comfortable and light. I like the new safety features, which is why I upgraded...it had been about 8 years since I had a new helmet and my wife was suggesting I get up to speed with the new technology to protect my head.
I would highly recommend this helmet. Expensive, but when one considers the importance of head and brain safety, it was worth the spend!
This helmet is high quality and fits really well. If you havent used a MIPS helmet it's a tad larger on the sides than the older style Giro I had for years, but it looks great and is not noticeably different in size while riding. It sits lower around the brow area so it can apply slight pressure to your riding glasses, but not a big deal at all after adjusting for it. Now other riders helmets appear to sit too high on the head I have noticed. Great rubber grippy spot to put your riding glasses if out near dark. I would purchase this helmet again.
First of all, a huuuuuuuuuuge thanks to the wonderful folks at BikeTiresDirect!!! They were extremely helpful and understanding during the purchasing process, as it took two exchanges before receiving the correct size/brand helmet. Thanks BTD, you guys and gals absolutely rock!!!
As for the Aether, I ultimately ended up with a size small and it fits my bald head perfectly. I always wear a skull cap under my helmet (for warmth in the winter and for sweat management in the summer), and the size small Aether still provides plenty of room for that layer in between my head and the helmet. So far I've only worn it for one 30-mile ride, but I can already tell that I'm going to love this helmet. It's super comfortable and feels very light atop my head. Other than the straps under my chin I was pretty unaware of the Aether during my ride.
Aesthetically the Aether is a 10 out of 10. It looks great IMO, not too bulky, fairly low-profile even with the MIPS layer, and it does not look like a big mushroom on my head.
I really hope I never have to personally test the crash protection of this helmet, but if I do I can be confident that I'm wearing one of the safest helmets on the market. The Aether is not inexpensive, but I think it's well worth the cost.
This fits like the prior Synthes, overall. It allows great air flow and I love the neon yellow color. I had a 4 year old non-mips Synthe that is beyond it's useful life, thus bought this. The straps are secure and don't collect sweat. The padding is light but supportive. The two-part design is something I don't notice at all, hope that's a good thing. The only gripe is the front plastic part of the cage leaves some indents on my forehead when I use it, even allowing sun in to give me an odd forehead sunburn during summer. Fall riding so far has been good, not needing a beanie hat so far and still very breathable.
I would purchase again, although expensive, I'm trusting the safety tech is worth it.
Is there a helmet more awesome than a Synthe? The Aether is it. Super comfortable, lite, and ventilated. I held off buying a first gen MIPS helmet so I can't compare, but the Aether is the best helmet I have owned.
Put it though the paces last week with a 36-miler and today with a 100K (cold, wet miserable ride)....perfect fit and extremely light, great ventilation coupled with solid aerodynamics. My ONLY compliant, this is the only high end helmet (yes, at this price point...it is high end) out of too many to count in the past 3-years that DID NOT come with replacement sweat pads.....Come on Giro...
I replaced an older Giro helmet to upgrade to a more safer MIPPS helmet. I ride 150 miles per week so a comfortable helmet is a must. This helmet did not disappoint. Very comfortable, and dialing in my fit works especially well. It is very light weight and air circulation is superb. I love the screaming yellow hi-vis color so I am better visible for traffic. Highly recommend this helmet.
As always, great price and service from BTD!
This is my road bike helmet. I have owned it about 3 months and love it. My head is big (ask my wife about that), but it fits well, even with a cap on my head. The adjusting knob moving easily, click, click, click. The helmet is well ventilated, and keeps me cool (I bought the white version), which I appreciate as temperatures rise here in SE Washington The helmet is light and feels like it not there. I use a glasses-mounted mirror and the rear view is unobstructed. Last thing, I bought it to replace my 3-year old Giro Synthe because BTD had a killer discount - so I pulled the pulled the trigger (in a figurative sense of course) and bought the Aether - worked out well so far!
The fit of this helmet in size Small is the same fit for me as my Giro Synthe (non-mips). I feel it is true to size. I bought the helmet for the added safety and also hoping that it would be cooler than my Giro Aeon or Synthe in the Texas heat. I wore my new Aether tonight in 92-95 degree heat and I could feel the cool air flowing across my head. It was almost like an air conditioner! The helmet is noticeably cooler than my Giro Aeon. I will continue to reserve my Giro Synthe as my winter helmet. The Aether is very comfortable and I certainly did not notice the few extra grams (apx 35) between it any my other Giro helmets. Adjusting the helmet is super easy and I love the new Roc Loc and the sun glasses holder. Highly recommend!!!!
My Giro Synthe helmet was ready to be replaced and I had been drooling over the Aether, so, at a big % off, it was great deal. The Aether has the MIPS technology built in to the helmet instead of being attached to the already made helmet, so the entire interior of the helmet rotates to absorb shock in case of a crash. This seems much better than the Synthe. Fit is very good. I've only had one ride in 85 heat and the ventilation was good.
I spend a fair amount of time on my bike and find this helmet to be very comfortable. So much so, I don't even think about it being on my head. It is well made and easy to adjust. I like the technology behind it and will hopefully never have to rely on it! I would not hesitate to buy another one.
I use the helmet on all my rides. It is light and comfortable, and fits my head without any undue pressure points. It works with all my Oakley sunglasses. I have used several winter caps under it, and with a twist of the knob it adjusts for a perfect fit.
I crashed once, but did not get to test the helmet as there was no head contact with the ground. I hope to not test the helmets crash worthiness.
Ive been an avid cyclist for 35 years averaging 500 miles per weekalways with a helmet properly attached to my head! Over the years Ive had every top-end helmet produced by Giro. The Aether is by far the best helmet Ive had! While I cannot attest to its crash durability and protection, this helmet is very comfortable, easy to fit, and highly ventilated. In all previous models, I had to wear a headband to prevent sweat from getting into my eyes but not so with the Aether. Its air channeling is simply the best. For those who ride at night, a taillight and headlight can be attached to the helmet without interfering with the MIPS liner.
I've worn Giro helmets for as long as I can remember, and the thing that is most outstanding is the fit. However, in recent years some of the retention materials of Giro helmets have become marginal and I find the useful life of these expensive helmets to become quite limited. Having said that, someone at Giro must have gotten the message because the Aether helmet is definitely built with much better quality and materials. The design of the helmet within a helmet is revolutionary and makes this not a superior safety device but more comfortable for long rides as well. I must say you pay dearly for these features, as this is more than I've ever paid (or hoped to pay) for a bicycle helmet. But considering all the safety and quality, I say it's pricey but definitely worth it.
This helmet not only replicated its predecessor, the Synthe but also adds so many new features that make road riding even more efficient and enjoyable! Venting is upped with numerous more vents. The new MIPS design allows for even more fluent movements when and if impacts are experienced. The fit is phenomenal and lighter. Overall excellent offering by GIRO and BTD.... Very satisfied!
I bought this helmet after buying a cheaper Giro model (Syntax). Although the Syntax was fine, I felt it lacked ventilation. SInce I'm lucky enough to have a son with the same sized head, he got the almost new hand-me-down, and is thrilled with it. He's a casual rider, I'm a road enthusiast.
The Aether, as hoped, is extremely well ventilated. It's quite pricey, but if you catch the BTD sale, you can just justify the price for that high level of comfort.
Helmet fit is something that will vary by individual, as we all have rather different shaped heads, but I find the Giro fit to be the best among the brands I have tried. I measure right in the middle of the M range, and I can literally wear the helmet right out of the box! The RocLock system provides an excellent level of precise control over fit - so much better than the bad old days of placing multiple adhesive pads to try to get a decent fit.
I am so happy to have purchased my Giro Aether MIPS helmet from Bike Tires Direct at a great sale price. I would have missed out on this great helmet had it been selling at a higher price.
My head measurement is just slightly under the max recommended size for a medium helmet. The medium fits me perfectly. It has a slight amount of room before I ratchet it down a little to fit me perfectly snug.
My old helmet of another brand was too large for me in the first place. I always wore a sweatband on my head to capture sweat but mostly wore the sweatband so that my helmet would not slide around. It's so nice to have my new helmet fit me so perfectly where I don't need to wear a sweatband. The Giro Aether MIPS helmet does have its own thin sweatband on the front. It's really too thin to capture much sweat. I haven't read anything about its ability to channel sweat but it seems fair at doing so. I occasionally have sweat drop down onto my sunglasses but my sweat often channels off to the right and drips down past the far side of my right eye.
The ratcheting mechanism for tighteningloosening the helmet works nicely. I get a perfect fit. The helmet also feels cool and light as advertised.
One last thing - The fit system of my old helmet would sometimes push onto my glasses frame by the ears causing some irritation. I have no such issue with my new helmet. My new helmet fits and feels great.