Giro Cartelle MIPS Helmet - Women's

Head off-road.

You've finally been convinced, by benevolent friends, a persuasive significant other, or your own wise instincts, to give mountain biking a try. Well done. Whether you're coming from the road side of things or not, having a dirt-specific helmet is helpful, as it'll give you more protection along the back of your head where you're more likely to get whacked by a tree branch or rock. If function ranks highest on your list, check out the Giro Cartelle MIPS Helmet. It meets the same safety standards as higher priced helmets, sacrificing slightly on weight to meet a more friendly price point.

In addition to a solid, lightweight In-Mold shell, the Cartelle also comes with the added protection of MIPS. MIPS, or Multi Directional Impact Protection System, refers to a thin basket added to the helmet's interior, which rotates slightly upon impact to absorb some of the dangerous rotational energy generated in certain crashes. It's not fail-safe, but it's a lot better than helmets of five years ago were. Understanding that trail riding includes a whole lot of climbing, Giro carved 14 vents into the Cartelle, making sure you'll have consistent airflow while you sweat. Spin the dial of the Roc Loc 5 fit system to hone in on the exact fit you want with one hand, and enjoy a plush, breathable ride with Coolmax padding along the helmet's interior.

  • Enjoy tacky trails safely with this budget-friendly helmet
  • Deeper coverage ideal for trail or all-mountain riding
  • Durable shell pairs with energy-absorbing MIPS technology
  • Wealth of vents ensure you stay cool and dry on climbs
  • Visor shields against the sun and works with goggles
  • Padding and one-handed size adjustment for comfortable fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Good so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this helmet because it has MIPS and because it is relatively inexpensive. It fits and feels good. I don't know if it actually works because I haven't crashed in it. The only bad thing I've found about this helmet so far is the adjust-ability of the chin strap. It only tightens on one side and not on the other so I can't get it exactly how I like it, but it does adjust enough to be practical.

Head Protection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfy head protection. No one wants a traumatic brain injury! Protect your noggin!

Bought it for the Lady, Kept It

    I bought this helmet for my girlfriend before we set out to Moab as a surprise, assuming a size medium would fit her. When we got to Moab and she finally tried it on, of course it was too large. So, I kept it for myself and now I rock a black and pink helmet! Great fit and solid features for the price.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I am pretty impressed with how good of quality this helmet is for such a great price! Although it is under $100, it still has MIPS, is fairly lightweight, and has excellent adjustability and other features. I got the hot pink and love the color! The only thing that I was unsure about with this helmet is the sizing of the straps. Maybe I got a dud, but the left chin strap was way to long for the size of the helmet, yet only the right strap was I had to cut and shorten the left strap a bit to get a better fit. As for sizing, I was between sizes, but am glad I sized up. In the small I could fit, but only if the helmet tightening system was all the way open, but in the M it fits pretty good! For reference, my head is about 22 inches in circumference.

    Comfort Safety and Style

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    I fell in love with this helmet the first time I tried it on. It weighs next to nothing, has a great fit and coverage, and is at killer price point.
    Initially the MIPS made me size up to a medium and I can usually go with either a small or a medium helmet with my head size being about 22". But with this a small all the way. So happy with this helmet! Back on the Giro train and loving it!