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Giro Vanquish MIPS Helmet

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Review by Speedy G

Saved my butt (my face actually)
by Speedy G
Cycling Enthusiast
Baltimore MD
1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Had it for 18 months. Great aero (I've not windtunnel-tested it personally... :) Super comfy/adjustable. Visor is awesome - its position is great, doesn't touch my nose ever, full eye coverage obviously even when my head is down and eyes are all the way up. Hit a big tree branch and flew off my bike - chin needed stitches, but the rest of my head AND face were totally protected by the helmet and visor. When I ride with slower friends, I put my usual helmet & oakley sunglasses on 'cuz I don't want to show off my aero and speed obsession, but come on...just doesn't compare.

Reviewed 9/26/2021
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Review by Sarah C.

Saved my noggin
by Sarah C.
Greenville, SC

Recently had a fairly high speed crash while out on a training ride. My Giro Vanquish helmet did exactly what it was intended to do- it cracked upon impact and saved me from what would have been a catastrophic injury had I not been wearing a helmet. I walked away with a mild concussion and an appreciation for MIPS technology! Just ordered another Vanquish helmet.

Also, the helmet is comfy and well ventilated!

Reviewed 7/4/2022
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Review by Rocamargo51

Dry eyes
by Rocamargo51
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I had serious dry eye issues using this for a long time the cutting for air flow funnels the Air right into the eye

Reviewed 8/31/2020
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Review by TimH

Love this helmet - and finally I can ride without my glasses!
by TimH
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago Suburbs
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this helmet specifically because of the visor. I frequently ride on a beautiful paved bike path through fairly dense woods and frequently get hit in the face and eyes with bugs, and when I ride close to sundown there are swarms of gnats and I literally have to close my eyes for a few seconds to keep them out of my eyes. I wear prescription glasses but they don't protect my eyes well enough, and sweat does drip on my glasses when it's really hot.

My biggest concerns with this helmet were:

1) would my glasses fit behind the visor, and

2) would the visor block the wind and cause my head to sweat even more and increase the sweat dripping on my glasses making it harder to see.

When I got the helmet, I discovered I could solve both of those problems by buying plastic stick on bifocals on Amazon ($10-20, reusable). I stuck them about 1/4" from the very bottom of the visor, almost touching the nose piece, and it works great. I need glasses mainly for seeing my phone mounted on the stem - reading maps, texts and adjusting music stations. The bifocals work great for this. When riding and looking forward (95% of the time), the visor is super clear with no distortion. In fact, when looking way over my shoulder or behind me for cars when crossing a road, the visor has a huge field of vision and is much clearer than using my glasses which tend to obstruct my extreme peripheral vision. So, for the first time in many years, I can ride my bike without wearing glasses at all and still see my phone.

A few other details:

- As other reviewers have commented, I have found that the helmet is very well ventilated and no hotter than my Giro Syntax. I can definitely feel the air being directed to my face, which personally I like. Some people have complained about it drying their eyes, and I can see that happening if you are prone to dry eyes. My problem is the opposite - sweat in my eyes and drips on my glasses. I wear a headband to keep sweat out of my eyes and limit dripping but on hot days it does drip on the visor but it tends to drip on the lower part of the visor. This can make it harder to use the bifocals, but it's still way better than sweat on my glasses and it doesn't impact looking forward through the upper part of the visor.

- My glasses do just barely fit behind the visor. The visor is close to your face so this definitely depends on how big your glasses are and how far from your face they extend. But because I discovered the stick-on bifocals, I have never used the helmet with my glasses on.

- My main route takes me directly into the sun in the early morning and late afternoon, and the helmet comes with a tinted visor, which I like a lot. I'll probably buy a clear visor for night riding.

- after each ride, I clean both sides of the visor with either water or lens cleaning wipes or lens cleaning spray. I quickly pass the bifocals under the water to rinse them and this has worked well. After about six 25 mile rides I took the bifocals off and cleaned them with lens cleaning solution and put them back on, and all is like new. The soft plastic bifocals just stick to the visor naturally using just lens cleaning solution to position them and letting it dry. They have not fallen off. I'm expecting them to last a long time before having to buy new ones, or losing them.

Reviewed 7/10/2023
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Review by [email protected]

this helmet saved my life in 20 mph accident
Cycling Enthusiast
los angeles
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

i was involved in a 20mph accident where i hit the front windshield of a car head first, my injuries where a concision, broken scapula, deeply bruised left side of my body. this helmet is proven to perform. it was a no brainer to replace it for a new one!!! enjoy your ride and be safe wear a helmet!!!!

Reviewed 2/10/2023
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Review by r66dashy

Best in class is an understatement!
by r66dashy
Cycling Enthusiast
Central Florida, USA
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

One of the best helmets I have ever owned. Bought this one for my wife after I bought one. Light, strong, and airy. I ride in Florida where the temps can get high. I was concerned that this helmet would be too hot. Turns out the air flow is great. Love the magnetic shield. Work great for when I start a ride before sunrise. Just flip it down when the sun come up. Going to use this one for upcoming time trial instead of my teardrop helmet.

Giro helmets are the best. The have saved my life on two occasions after bad crashes. Will buy on other. Thanks Giro!

Reviewed 12/5/2022
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Review by Anonymous

Helmet so good that my partner and her Dad got the same one
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Spokane, WA

I was looking for an Aero helmet for my first full Ironman and this was on my shortlist. I tried it and the size small fit me like a glove. It was not as heavy as I feared and the peripheral vision was good. One thing I also liked that it didn't cover my ears and hence I had good surrounding awareness. No pressure points on head either. The Visor is very clear and good quality, the magnet is good enough (It sticks and comes off easy enough but I wish the magnet was stronger). Overall it feels fast and is well ventilated. I didnt notice much difference in ventilation to my Oakley ARO5 aero road helmet. My partner and her dad liked it and he is very happy with Medium size.

Reviewed 9/22/2022
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Review by TyG

Great Helmet, Would buy again
by TyG
Competitive Racer

This is my first nice and what i consider expensive helmet. Only problem is I didn't get one sooner. I can very much feel the aerodynamic gain. Great fit, very comfortable. I am a Triathlete and this shines in aero. No question this will be an advantage over an Iron distance race. The comfort gain alone makes it worth it. This does feel like it fits a little big and bulky but the appearance is good.

Reviewed 7/3/2022
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Review by Anonymous

Comfortable, sleek, and stylish
by Anonymous

I upgraded my helmet after one of my cycling buddies was hit by a car when biking. I�m glad I did. This helmet is surprisingly cool and comfortable. The goggles are a bit too snug to wear glasses under, but otherwise they helmet is excellent.

Reviewed 6/16/2022
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Review by Scott

Comfortable and great visibiltiy
by Scott
Competitive Racer
Arlington, TX
5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

I have been impressed with how comfortable this helmet is. For once the chin strap was adjusted perfectly. The vents flow a sufficient amount of air to keep my head cool. The visor works great and is very convenient to flip upside down to stow out of the way, if wanted. The only negative for me has been the air flow that comes in between the upper visor edge and hemet. it tends blow into my eyes and dry them. I'm guessing it was designed that way to help keep the visor from fogging over.

Reviewed 1/10/2020
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Review by Tho

Great lightweight quality helmet
by Tho
Cycling Enthusiast
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Excellent quality helmet. I was very impressed with the comfort, weight and airflow. The lens gives a clear view of the road ahead and clicks into place with ease in both the viewing position and storage position. One con would be that the peripheral view is slightly restricted with the blackened edge of the lens when turning your head to look back, but certainly not to the point where I would consider it a problem.

I would recommend this helmet.

Reviewed 5/7/2019
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Review by jb

Stylish, aero helmet with good air flow.
by jb
Competitive Racer
usa east coast
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

It is fast and very well constructed.

It has one main flaw, it is slightly heavy compared to the Bontrager and Specialized helmet. The aero lens is cool, but I wish you could get clear and yellow or a tint changing version for weather management.

I have the Bontrager too and over ll I like that helmets looks better. This feel far better made....and MIPS is safer.

Reviewed 9/21/2018
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Review by rickgomez707

VAnquish for the win
by rickgomez707
Cycling Enthusiast
Yay Area
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Great helmet. Super comfy... well ventilated, looks swaggy... and the visor, the visor, is the bomb. I hate wearing glasses, as I lose them or break them ALL THE TIME. The magnetic visor sold me on this helmet... and I love it. I also bought a clear visor for night riding. I'm well pleased with this helmet.

Reviewed 2/4/2021
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Review by Joe

Great Helmet
by Joe
Henderson, NV
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I replaced a Giro Air Attack with the Vanquish. The Vanquish definitely has better cooling and has great visibility too.

Reviewed 8/10/2020
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Review by CrazyLegs

Nice helmet, but the label on the lens is a design failure
by CrazyLegs
Competitive Racer
Pittsburgh, Pa
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

The helmet is cool and comfortable and as far as I understand 'aero'. I really liked the idea of the lens feature however it seems to be a bit high and the branding label partially interferes with visibility. I have no idea why they would label it that way..

Reviewed 2/17/2020
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Review by Anonymous

great helmet
by Anonymous
Toledo Ohio
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have used this helmet in cold and hot-and it really works well. I bought a clear visor to go with the sun visor the helmet comes with-so this helmet works well in any weather. Rain included.

Magnetic visor attachment system works great and also stores the visor on the helmet when you are at a rest area . Bonus is that the helmet looks good !

Reviewed 1/10/2020
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Review by Anonymous

Great helmet at a good price.
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Pittsburgh, PA

Bought this for long road rides and Triathlons. Great ventilation and the visor does not distort your vision. Minimal wind noise - I can hear tones and alerts from my Garmin Edge when wearing this helmet that I cant hear with other helmets.

Reviewed 7/4/2019
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Review by TLC cyclist

The Giro Vanquish is a very good aero helmet
by TLC cyclist
Competitive Racer
Austin, TX
12 of 12 customers found this review helpful.

I use the Vanquish for Time Trial practice, road races, and training. I am able to wear my prescription glasses inside the visor.

Reviewed 5/27/2019
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Review by apino

The Best Integrated Aero Helmet of the Market for Road Cycling.
by apino
Competitive Racer
Miami, FL
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Adjustable 100%, Aerodynamics Advantech felt when going over 25 mph, everything flows. Good quality as always with Giro products.

Reviewed 8/12/2021
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Review by Serious Cyclist

Previous Giro Air Attack User
by Serious Cyclist
Cycling Enthusiast
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Previously used Giro Air Attack helmet. I ordered the same size Vanquish (Medium) For some reason I find the Vanquish visor rests directly on the bridge of my nose. Also the visor bottom edge is into my face. Not sure if I should have gotten a smaller size. The visor does cover a wider area. I had no problem with the Air Attack.

I do like visors since the have protected my face from an occasional stone flying up.

Reviewed 3/11/2019
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