The Remedy CF Helmet
The CF in the Remedy CF stands for carbon fiber and this helmet weighs just 710 grams, much lighter than the basic version which tips the scales at 1000+ grams. Both models pass the exact same testing and safety requirements (CPSC and ASTM) so the biggest upgrade here is weight reduction and not an increase in protection. The Remedy CF features the same iconic shape, 14-vents, and the Superfit goggle port (optimized for Giro, but works well Oakley goggles too). You also get the EVA foam around the front of the helmet (which helps keep your teeth in your skull when you eat dirt). Inside, the pad set comes out easily for cleaning and there is generous space around the ears, making it easier to hear or for ear buds (if you’re so inclined). To finish off the construction you get an adjustable chin strap with a quick release buckle.
I opted for the Bright Green Evil carbon fade but Giro offers three more colors to choose from including a matte black (Monster logos not included). It’s always a good idea to try on a helmet before you buy it, though I will say the medium size I tried felt true to size. A good lid fit will not rotate on your head, nor should it feel like it is only partially touching your head. A full face bike helmet should have even pressure all around (sides included). The Giro for me is just about right in a medium, though I would personally prefer a tapered fit (smaller at the bottom) to prevent side-to-side movement. However, I did find that with the chin strap firmly in place, any movement was minimized.
For those who are wondering and use a Leatt-style neck brace, the Remedy works pretty well with the brace dispite not having the newest interface at the rear of the helmet. I also like the custom hardware, including the third hidden bolt, used to hold down the adjustable visor.
The DND Glove
These gloves are stripped down, full finger gloves with very few bells and whistles with a simple three-part tailored Clarino palm which curves to fit your hand. On top there is a moisture-wicking fabric which is designed to fit your hand both open or in a fist. The fingertips have been reinforced for longer life and enhanced durability while a flexible material on the first two knuckles makes it easy to work the brakes and shifters. The main thing to know about the DND glove is that these are slip on with no straps or snaps to wear out, a key feature that I have been learning to love.
On the trail
As Greg mentioned in his review, the Remedy helmet runs cool, especially when pointing downhill where copious amounts of air are channeled inside to keep your head from overheating. But don’t get me wrong–I still broke out and perspired in the lid (just not excessively). As I mentioned earlier, the fit is good and didn’t feel uncomfortable on the trail.
I’ve been testing this helmet for a while which means I’ve had more than one occasion to test its impact resistance (in other words, I ate dirt in this helmet). And I’m happy to say, both the helmet and I survived! The worst of it: I got a small chip in the clear coat (or resin, not sure which) and the visor survived without cracking.
Despite not having a Leatt-compatible rear, the Remedy CF worked well with my neck brace. I was a bit concerned about the buckle strap system not being burly enough(I’m used to double D rings on my motorsport helmets), but again I had no issues with them at all. For $280 MSRP you’re getting a lightweight, well-fitted helmet that keeps you cool (not to mention looking cool too!).
With the DND gloves, I had one set sent to me that had a misplaced stitch, causing a small tear at the seam, but that was quickly resolved with a new pair sent up within a few days. With the second set I have had no issues with at all, even after a couple dozen washes (I follow the cleaning instructions). The palm is holding out well so far, I am happy to report, and for a pair of gloves that retail for only $25.99 these are a bargain!
A big thanks to the folks at Giro for sending down the gear. I hope to do a comparison in the near future of the Giro with a few other top tier lids, so stay tuned!