Giro Range MIPS Helmet
Size Tested: Medium (55.5-59cm)
- Small (52-55.5cm)
- Medium (55.5-59cm)
- Large (59-62.5cm)
Color: Matte Dark Shadow
- Articulating Hard Shell construction
- Removeable integrated GoPro mount
- Fidloc magnetic buckle closure
- Super Cool Vents with Thermostat Control
- Removable, speaker compatible ear flaps
Days Tested: 5
Giro’s new Range MIPS is the flagship of their snow helmet line. It features a new fit adjustment system, and a plethora of top-of-the-line features, with a price that reflects that.
My 59cm head sits right at the edge of the Range MIPS’ size Medium fit range, but I’m able to adjust the helmet to fit my head comfortably, with or without a light balaclava. However, if you are on the fence about sizing the Range MIPS, I would recommend sizing down due to the unique nature of the adjustment system—the helmet looks and feels more solid at the tighter end of its range.
Probably the most important feature of the Range MIPS is its incorporation of MIPS. MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) is basically a low friction layer in the helmet that allows it to move independently of your head in the event of a rotational impact.
While it’s currently somewhere between difficult to impossible to quantify the added safety benefits of MIPS, it is a promising technology to mitigate rotational impacts that cause a large number of brain injuries. And as MIPS has matured and become more available, it’s gotten to the point where the additional cost and weight are minimal, making it less clear why one would opt for a helmet without it.
While a number of other helmets feature MIPS, what really sets the Range MIPS apart is its fit system. Basically the shell is actually two different pieces, that join along the top of the head connect in the back via an adjustable dial. Turning this dial tightens or loosens the entire shell, not just an inner adjustment system.
Initially I was pretty skeptical. While wearing it the back of the helmet kind of looks like an alien eating your head. But after a few days in the helmet, I came to trust the system and didn’t ever really notice it. And it definitely gives the helmet a more snug fit than any other adjustment system I’ve used. Plus, the fact that the whole shell adjusts down to fit my head—and not merely some adjustable inner suspension system—gives me a little added peace of mind.
But this snug fit also means that goggle straps do not work well underneath the Range MIPS. So if that’s the style you’re looking for, look elsewhere.
As I mentioned above, if you’re on the fence about sizing the Range MIPS, I would size down because the helmet just looks more solid the lower it is in the adjustment range. There is less separation between the adjustable portions of the shell, and less of the track they adjust on showing.
I did have part of the shell pop out of the adjustment tracks at one point after it was thrown around in the back of the car for a few days, but it popped back in easily and I haven’t had any other issues with it.
NEXT: Venting, Other Features, Etc.