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Giro Xen

helmet - Justin

It was only a last minute decision that made me go for the Xen helmet. I had used my Specialized helmet for a few years without any major spills and although it was a fairly cheap model it was comfortable and lightweight. My deciding factor came when I caught sight of Emma over my shoulder decked out in her black cycling gear and silver helmet she looked like a cycling ninja, where as I sported a bright yellow helmet that was more "safety first". So my hunt for a helmet began.

I quickly realised that my Specialized helmet had been a bargain at around £30 as the helmets I was considering were £60 plus. Deciding to put price aside and consider comfort (and Ninja'ness) I headed to my local bike shops.

  • After trying on the Giro Hex I found the fit a little strange for me with the back of my head seeming to rub against the helmet interior.
  • I also tried on a Giro Indicator, Giro Athlon and Specialized Instinct all of which felt less comfortable than the Xen.

After a bit of searching online I found the Xen at a discounted price of £60 unfortunately only available in "Titanium Fade", my preference was for Matt Black as what other colour would a self respecting bike Ninja wear?

My only smallish criticism of the Xen is that I prefer wheel based fitting systems rather than the sliding Roc Loc it has but then you only adjust the helmet oacssionally so its not a major problem.

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