Those of us who partake in the gravity-fueled disciplines of downhill, freeride, or bike park riding–know that at some point we’re going to crash. When we do, we want to be ready for it and to make it out alive and with as few injuries as possible.
Enter the Giro Remedy full-face helmet.
The basic Remedy model (tested) features a fiberglass exterior with EVA-lined chinbar, but Giro does sell a lighter carbon fiber model that retails for about $130 more.
The helmet also features a washable liner, replacable cheek pads, visor with tool-free adjustment, and an “Optimized Super Fit goggle port.”
It’s available in a multitude of colors and designs, which you can check out for yourself on Giro’s website, including the Black/Cyan/Lime Lines option pictured above.
Out on the Trail
The first thing I noticed when I pulled on the Remedy is that Giro has utilized the same proven internal padding that they’ve used in their snow helmets for years. Giro’s padding style is unique in that the pads really grip around the top of your head, holding the helmet solidly in place and eliminating any side-to-side or front-to-back movement.
The internal padding is so solid that you almost feel like you could ride without cinching down the chin strap–of course, you can’t, but Giro’s intelligently-designed padding makes this a truly confidence-inspiring helmet.
While any DH helmet is going to feel pretty hot in the summertime, the Remedy does a decent job of channeling air via the 14 vents and internal air channels. Air was effectively channeled past my face and toward the rear, preventing any goggle fogging.
Speaking of goggles, the strap routing on the Remedy seems very subtle at first, but once you have the strap in place you realize that while the groove doesn’t really stand out visually, it is more than enough to hold your goggles firmly in place.
The tool-free adjustment on the visor really is tool-free, and worked as advertised.
This is a no-nonsense lid that performs as advertised. While it’s not as light is its carbon fiber brother, the Remedy offers intelligent design, solid performance, and classy looks in a rather affordable, $140 MSRP package.
Many thanks to Giro for sending the Remedy over for review!