Finding the helmet lightweight and well-ventilated, though I haven't had the chance to wear it in hot weather yet. The fit is a bit more circular, less oval, than my previous Giro helmets, which is something of a bummer, as it leaves a little wiggle room around the temples that can't be adjusted snug. Still, it does not seem to slide around or be less secure because of it. I love the reflective finish -- truly eye-catching to drivers when riding in the dark. Also like the fact that a custom-fit rear blinky light is available for this helmet -- though that product has its own issues (Giro Roc Loc 5 LED Rear Helmet Light).
First of all it fits my head. I have a medium. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing a helmet yet it fits snug against my head. I wear it in the cold & in the heat. It's ventilation works very well, including my glasses don't fog with this helmet. I feel confident that my headvit protected.
Good price for a quality product in result. Feels great on head, light, and does everything it's supposed to do. My old helmet simply wore out after quite a few years of use, so it was time for a fresh replacement. This one handles that perfectly.
The helmet is lighter weight than others that I have owned in recent years. The MIPS design gives me a sense of safety and I chose the bright colors to be visible to motorists. The tightening mechanism works fine. The chinstrap closure could be more high end, it is very basic.
I have used Giro helmets in the past, as well as Kask. I really liked this one. Great fit! I have a small head. Unfortunately, the buckle snap was sticking and I thought it might be difficult to take off while on the road, especially with gloves. So I returned it. Had they had another one, I would have loved a replacement. I am still looking for another one.
This is great helmet out of the box -- light, comfortable, etc. But over time -- a little over a year -- a few problems creep in. First, the fitting mechanism in the rear is secured together by tiny plastic pins that wear down and then become useless -- the mechanism will still tighten, but it isn't held together so it slips around. Second, the plastic that comes around each side to a point in the front of the helmet peels off from the front and sticks out (pointy and sharp). Several riders in my group have this helmet and I've noticed that the same thing has happened to them.
It is less than two years now and I'm shopping for a new helmet. Disappointing for such a high-end lid. This helmet is probably best for pros who would get their helmets replaced frequently, but for a regular rider looking for a helmet that lasts, not so much.
Helmets are subjective, right? My deal: Longtime Giro user who switched to Kask Protone in '20. Really liked the comfort and look of the Protone and Protone Icon but had TWO consecutive Icons with a defective retention dial. First one right out of the box, second one after two months of use so switched back to Giro. Aether fits me well and feels better ventilated than the Icon. No crashes in either so cannot speak to relative protection.
I decided that it was time for a new helmet after taking a few spills in the last few years so this was on sale and I am replacing an old model, but only MPS helmets allowed! Fits nicely, has great visibility so it was the right choice.
Is there a helmet more awesome than a Synthe? The Aether is it. Super comfortable, lite, and ventilated. I held off buying a first gen MIPS helmet so I can't compare, but the Aether is the best helmet I have owned.
Put it though the paces last week with a 36-miler and today with a 100K (cold, wet miserable ride)....perfect fit and extremely light, great ventilation coupled with solid aerodynamics. My ONLY compliant, this is the only high end helmet (yes, at this price point...it is high end) out of too many to count in the past 3-years that DID NOT come with replacement sweat pads.....Come on Giro...
This is a fantastic-fitting helmet, with a wealth of adjustment points and long enough straps that it's good for my big melon. I love the Spherical addition to the MIPS liner this has to help with impact dispersion in a potential crash, which I hope I never have to test. It's also very light and airy, making it a joy to ride with because you don't hardly know it's there and it breathes well on hot days. Looking forward to trying the companion light for it.
It will fit Aether Helmets. Bought 2 Aether helmets & 1 light. I would not fit on my wife's helmet but would fit on mine with a loud click. the defect is in the Rock Lok system. Hers is a few millimeters thinner than mine. So upon another reviewer's review he Velcro'd the light to the Rock Lok 5. I did the same. IF you buy the Rock Lok 5 light & it will not properly snap into place. Use the 7/8" square Velcro tabs then cut them in 1/2. Attach to light first then to Rock Lok where it is suppose to go.
The Aether MIPS is a great helmet if it fits you well. Helmets are somewhat like saddles. You have to find the right shape/size for your head and various brands are different. For me Giro has always fit well and I have had several. I worked my way up to the Aether and currently own two. I'm back buying another with the current sale. For me the Aether is lightweight and comfortable. I put it on and forget about it. Like saddles, if you are thinking about it during a ride it probably isn't right. If you ride without ever thinking about it and forget it's there then it's working for you. It also holds my glasses - either Oakley or Rudy Project very securely when not on my face.
I did have the pads wear out in mine over time but I found replacements available for order. A second set of pads should get me to the "expiration date" of helmet when retirement is due.
Had to replace my Giro Synthe after taking a header at 45 mph in Big Bear. Replaced it with the Aether, so far so good. The helmet sits lower on the forehead which puts the sunglasses right at the base of the helmet. Will see how that works out? Also the helmet makes noises when the base and outer shell rotate from each other while riding. That my drive me crazy?? Quality, Fit and Finish are Nice.
This is a replacement for a ten-plus year old Giro helmet that finally succumbed to the heat, the elements, and for when I have fallen over after forgetting to unclip. The Giro Aether is a very lightweight helmet that fits nicely over my melon and the rear dial attachment is quick and easy to adjust during a ride. The helmet stays cool, and I couldnt say anything but great things about it.
I bought this helmet for hot summer rides because of the air vents. helmet worked great. I am on my second Giro Aether Spherical MIPS helmet as my first one was put to the test and did itï¿½s job perfectly. I had a head strike to the pavement and basically walked away without serious injury. Helmet took all the impact and cracked but protected me perfectly! Thanks Giro !!!