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Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

06 Aug

I am almost embarrassed to admit how many bike helmets I own (eight in all). However, I ride all year long and in all sorts of weather. I have two cross-country skiing helmets for winter riding, a couple of mountain biking helmets, one that I keep my high-powered headlights on for night riding, one hi-viz helmet for riding on cold days with limited visibility, and a few others. My latest helmet purchase was a Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet and this helmet is perfect for hot, sunny days!

Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

There are three things that make this helmet my favorite for summer riding: it is lightweight, cool and is available in hi-vis yellow.

Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

Lightweight. When I picked up this helmet at the local bike shop I first thought the sack they gave me was empty! It felt like the box the helmet came in weighed more than the helmet itself. This helmet is available in three sizes (S, M, L) and the medium-sized helmet only weighs 222 grams. When you get off your bike after a long ride it is really easy to forget that you still have a helmet on!

Cool. This helmet has 24 Wind Tunnel™ vents with internal channeling—I’ve never had a cooler helmet! I’ve been out on days when the heat index was well over 100 degrees and have never felt like the helmet was heating up my head (as long as I was moving).

Hi-Viz Yellow: While the other features of this helmet are great, I wouldn’t have bought this except for the fact it is available in a bright hi-vis yellow (it also comes in seven other colors as well). This Hi-Vis Yellow helmet matches my Hi-Vis Yellow Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey perfectly. Since I spend a lot of time riding on riding on busy roads I prefer Hi-Vis Yellow clothing in the summer, but bright red in the winter when there is snow on the ground.

The Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet retails for around $250 and if your local bike shop does not have it in stock they can order it for you. This is definitely a “high ticket” item and it has a decent mark-up so don’t be afraid to ask your local bike shop for a discount (I did and it saved me 10%).

 
 

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30 responses to “Giro Aeon Road Bike Helmet

  1. Wild Juggler

    August 6, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    You’re a real road warrior, so can’t have too many helmets! This looks like a great product, especially the light-weight aspect. I will keep this in mind if I take up cycling for cross-training.

     
  2. tootallfritz

    August 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Awesome; thanks so much! I need a new helmet pretty badly. I was seriously considering a Giro. Now I’ll order one of these. I like the light & breezy helmets. :)

     
    • tootallfritz

      August 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Actually just saw the price. Yikes!! I wonder if I can get the bike shop to roll this in with the new bike so hubby doesn’t notice? LOL!

       
      • All Seasons Cyclist

        August 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        I am certain your bike shop can hide the price somewhere in the deal — and make sure you ask for a discount at the bike shop (this is definitely a high-ticket item with a hefty markup).

         
  3. ssmtber

    August 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Wow, that would be slick. Kinda rich for my blood, but man. The light wieght…. Thanks I will keep that in mind! Keep blogging, love your stuff. What are you going to be riding this winter?

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks for the note! In the fall I’ll spend most of my rides on the Felt F65X Cyclocross bike. When real winter gets here I will do my road rides on a Trek 1200 road bike that I weatherproofed and upgraded to an Alfine 11 internal geared hub. With just a little bit of snow on the ground I’ll ride my Gary Fisher Big Sur with steel studded tires. The fun really begins once we have a decent snowfall — then I’ll be riding my Surly Necromancer Pugs with 4″ wide tires (I can’t wait).

       
      • ssmtber

        August 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Ughh… A pugs is my next bike, with an internal rear hub. How do you like the Alfine one? Define decent snow fall? 4″? So far I am down to my steam roller with knobbies for less than 2″ and gonna pick up some 26×2.3s for the trucker for anything over 2″. But over 3″ I get bogged down. And Id appreciate it if you would post a new one wioth quick links to all your winter gear and reviews so I can start trying to prep for winter. Thanks. Love your info!

         
        • All Seasons Cyclist

          August 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

          I’ve gone through six inches of fresh snow without any trouble. However, the absolute best time is the day after a snowfall if the temp drops down into the low 20’s or below. Riding through any snow when the temp is above 30 degrees is like riding through molasses.

           
        • ssmtber

          August 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

          Totally agree. Around here they plow fairly quick, but it takes days to get the bike paths cleared. Plus the plows always tear fresh potholes into the road. So more or less fight uber deep snow that keeps getting added to each time they plow; or ride a mine field of packed ice and potholes to get to work. Not to mention, people get piiiiiised when you ride on the road in the winter lol.

           
  4. michaelmeanderson

    August 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I think it’s great! Living in south Florida I will have to go out and get this helmet. Thanks for the info.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Florida sounds like the perfect place for this helmet (and the color could almost pass for lemon as well).

       
  5. Irish Katie

    August 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I saw this one day (I think it was this one … it is like the 5th or 6th reincarnation of that model yes?) It was about 2 months ago I looked at it….I tried it on…and it was far and away the BEST feeling one I had tried on.

    Then the price caught my eye. In a few months, if all goes well, I may treat myself to this … or perhaps a pair of clipless pedals that once caught my eye … or a bucket of chocolate *smiles*

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      This helmet has been reincarnated a few times and it is the lightest helmet I’ve ever worn. I sincerely hope that are wearing one within a few months — you deserve it! As for the rest of your “bucket list” I hope you can spread those things over the next 40 or 50 years! Get well soon!!!

       
  6. Dante

    August 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    I am assuming that this is one of the top of the line cycling helmets and hence the big price tag. I believe this one was used by some of the cyclists in the Tour de France. And in the past by Lance Armstrong. It looks very cool and comfortable just by seeing the photo.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      It is a top of the line helmet, with a top if the line price! But the comfort it provides is awesome (cool and lightweight).

       
  7. Sandra

    August 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Are these unisex or do they come in women’s and men’s sizing?
    And of course the more important question, does it have a Ponytail spacer in the rear. :-)

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Giro has a listing for this helmet on their “Womens Helmets” page, but the sizes are exactly the same as the mens helmets (S, M, L). I THINK you could fit a ponytail through the back — but I don’t exactly have a hairstyle that will allow me to try it out for myself. :)

       
      • Sandra

        August 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Thanks! Maybe you could grow your hair out :-). Hey, if you get women’s hat/helmet for review and need a ponytail review. I am your girl. ;-$

         
        • All Seasons Cyclist

          August 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

          I will keep you in mind! I do have to have someone else write the female-specific items (I don’t think Lululemon would do much for me).

           
        • Sandra

          August 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

          :-) I think you’re right!

           
        • Sandra

          August 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

          Oh, and I’m here if your other person chops off her ponytail! ;-)

           
      • Sandra

        August 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        I mean :-). Those symbols are too close together.

         
  8. Dra Martha Castro Médico WMA

    August 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Reblogged this on CYCLING LEARNING AND HEALING THE WORLD and commented:
    This post is for those cyclists who, like me, have an addiction to helmets. This one is missing in my collection. I GOTTA HAVE IT! :)

     
  9. Jean

    August 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    For reasons not clear to me, that colour is rarely offered by a lot of the helmet manufacturers now.

    But I have my Giro in that colour with a bit of fluorescent green from 5 years ago. I wear it 80% of time and another more “fashion” round helmet.

    (Maybe you might want to review some of the fashionable round helmets that have less vents….)

     
  10. All Seasons Cyclist

    August 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Until about two years ago I think that only one company offered a Hi-Vis Yellow helmet (Hardnutz — I reviewed one a year or so ago). By the way, I have reviewed several other helmets as well — but none of them were what I would call “fashionable.”

     
  11. Felicity from Down Under

    August 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    looks like a great helmet but – sorry if I’ve missed this at some point – do you wear anything under your helmet to prevent sunburn? I imagine you might not have quite the same degree of concern in that respect that we have here in Australia, but I’m sure it remains a concern.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I always wear a “Headsweats” bandana — since my hair is not as thick as it once was I need something to prevent sunburn. PLUS, Headsweats have a GREAT sweatband that prevents sweat from getting in your eyes. I have at least 9 or 10 of these and reviewed one at: http://wp.me/p1sFbY-1cJ

       
      • Felicity from Down Under

        August 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        thanks for that. I make cotton bandannas for my cyclists but it’s always good to know what else is out there. :)

         

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