A good helmet is an essential purchase for any downhill mountain biker. No matter how good a downhill/freerider you are, one thing is pretty certain: At some point you’re going to crash, sorry but it’s a fact of life. There’s not a lot that can be done to avoid it, but you can at least make sure you have the right equipment to protect you against those hard spills.
Full face helmets have become more and more popular in the last few years and it’s easy to see why. They offer far greater protection, especially around the face and chin area, then standard mountain bike helmets. The Remedy is a well priced, full face helmet from Giro that features a fiberglass exterior (although the helmet is also available in a more expensive carbon fibre model) with an EVA lined chinbar.
Giro have also chosen to include a few nice extra touches on the helmet, including a washable liner, visor with easy adjustment, replaceable cheek pads and an ‘Optimized Super Fit™ goggle port.’ The washable liner and replaceable cheek pads should come in particularly useful – Anyone who’s used a Full face helmet will undoubtably know just how sweaty they can become after just a few rides and the option to fully take out the liner and put it through the washing machine seems a wise and helpful choice.
The padding inside the Remedy is the same as the padding found in Giro’s range of snow helmets so you can be sure that the fit will feel snug and secure. The padding is designed to grip the top of the head which results in minimal movement from side to side or front to back. When you’re shooting down a steep trail at high speeds this secure fit is crucial and very reassuring.
One of the downside of a full face is the heat. A full face helmet is always going to be on the warm side, especially in the summer months. Giro seem well aware of this fact and have included 14 vents and internal air channels to help reduce the temperatures and channel the hot air to the back of the helmet to reduce the risk of goggle fogging. Giro have also included a google strap routing on the remedy to helpfully hold your goggles in place.
One of the best features of the Remedy is the fact it’s available in a number of colour choices, from a simple Matte White or Grey all the way to a bright Neon Green, Process Blue/Bright Yellow or Black/Cyan/Lime. This means that even if you see a fellow rider in the same helmet as you, the chances are they they will have a completely different colour combination.
The Giro Remedy Full Face MTB helmet offers the same full protection as its big brother carbon fibre model but crucially comes at half the price. If you’re looking for an extremely light weight full face helmet than the fibre glass Remedy might not be for you, but if you’re after a no-nonsense helmet that has some nice extras, solid performance and a host of different colourways then the Remedy will happily fit the bill.