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Giro Switchblade MIPS MTB Helmet

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Reviewed 12/24/2021
by Arcadian
Cycling Enthusiast
Missouri
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A slightly bad, really good helmet

The Switchblade is the Patton Tank of bike helmets, which, after a brain injury resulting from a crash last year while wearing a top-of-the-line road helmet, was just what I was looking for. The chin guard is easy to remove. The helmet can be properly snugged with the turn of a dial. The visor is fairly functional. Ventilation is adequate for cool weather. All those are good features. But the hemet is heavy, and hot. I doubt it is going to get worn much during our Missouri summers. That's bad. And the chin strap is a wonderment. Instead of a buckle it requires you to thread one end of the strap through two D-rings. Just about impossible with gloves, darn hard with bare fingers. And it is covered with a soft fleecy fabric that can't be removed for cleaning or because it's just too darn hot out. The chin strap is most definitely a bad thing--after a crash I can imagine having to cut it to get out of the helmet. All that said, I bought the helmet and I'm keeping it. The safety ratings are excellent and the helmet fits so well I don't notice the extra weight. I'd say, if you like things easy-peasy and are buckle-dependent then don't buy this helmet. But if you are a serious cyclist with a real concern for safety, then it might be good choice.

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