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With you for every epic ride.

Trail riding demands a helmet that you can forget about on the climb, but that won't bail on you if you overshoot a switchback and end up flying over your bars. Based on the design of the pricier Montaro MIPS helmet, the Giro Chronicle MIPS Helmet comes with no-frills sensibility for riders who'd rather focus on getting out on singletrack and staying safe than on having the fanciest equipment. Upgrade now to get lightweight, streamlined protection further enhanced by the addition of MIPS.

Like any self-respecting MTB lid, the Chronicle MIPS comes with extended coverage along the back of the head, as well as a protective P.O.V. Plus visor to shield you from sharp branches, rocks, and the sun. The In-Mold polycarbonate shell pairs with EPS foam to provide more traditional protection against hard hits, while MIPS sits subtly inside the helmet in the form of a thin inner basket. This barely-there liner shifts slightly upon impact to absorb brain-damaging rotational energy generated by certain crashes. Plush Coolmax padding keeps the helmet resting softly against your noggin, and 14 airy Wind Tunnel vents prevent things from getting swampy inside the helmet on a warm weekend afternoon.

  • Shield your noggin without cramping your style on-trail
  • Visor and extended coverage add trail-specific protection
  • Lightweight design with 14 vents won't weight you down
  • MIPS technology minimizes effects of certain damaging crashes
  • One-handed adjustment keeps helmet comfortable and secure
  • Plush interior Coolmax padding wicks as it cushions
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Poor quality that seems the norm now

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This helmet seems to be emblematic of the poor quality that now seems the norm for Giro products. Tried two of these helmets and both were defective before even riding with them. The first arrived with a broken visor, that flopped around, and the second had issues with the two pieces of the vertical adjustment mech on the head-adjustment element separated while I was trying to adjust it and despite best efforts, refused to go back together again. Not at all impressed with the finer quality of this helmet. It's too bad because otherwise it might have been a great helmet. Definitely not trying a third. Glad I managed to find myself a Bell Super 3 MIPS.

Great helmet, great color

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this helmet. Fits great and doesn't feel huge. I have a big head and the large fits great

Nice Helmet

    Looks cool and has a nice fit

    Best Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is the overall best. There may be many other helmets that seem better than this one because they are really expensive and whatever else, but at the end of the day, this helmet is the absolute best. It comes at an awesome price point, is very comfortable, the one handed adjustment works perfectly, it is MIPS, and looks awesome. One of my initial concerns about this helmet was that it looked like it was really big and makes peoples heads look small, but that is not the case. It does not seem too big while still providing great protection. Would recommend to anyone.

    MIPS with good coverage, price and fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Whether you believe it works or not, I have decided that I will only buy helmets with MIPS for now.

    This helmet is very comfortable. The adjustments and fitting system are great. I can set this so it feels comfy, doesn't squeeze and completely stays put.

    It has great coverage deep on the neck and around the ears.

    Great style... unless you don't like the look of a cool Enduro modern lid.

    Vents are all well placed. The top vents are perfect for attaching my light centered side to side and front to back. The visor lifts up out of the way for increased field of vision and for Go-Pro mounting.


    Fair price. The Montaro is very similar; but, it has a higher price tag for insignificant features in my opinion.

    The Chronicle covers all the basics of style, comfort, safety and features at a reasonable price tag.

    MIPS with good coverage, price and fit

    Good coverage and ventilation

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The chronicle has better coverage than most, stays very secure and has adequate ventilation considering the coverage. Downside is that for the application, I prefer a bit more coverage of the temple area and the way it secures behind the head can become a bit uncomfortable. Sweat also isn't very well managed so just kind of drips out all over the place when it gets hot rather than being directed like some of the competitors. Overall, at Backcountry's sale price it's a solid helmet but I'd look at the competition if I were paying full price.

    Safety First

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love this helmet! You cant go wrong with mips!

    Nice Upgrade

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Our neighbor recently was in a mountain biking accident and his helmet saved his noggin. When my wife and I realized how old our helmets were we decided to upgrade. We have always been happy with Giro for our kids helmets and this helmet is no exception.

    Chronicle adjustment for headband

    Location of adjustment to raise or lower head band on Giro Chronicle helmet is there but not explained in instructions!

    I saw that a couple of people said the helmet liner/adjustment band rested on their ears. I had a similar issue, where the head band laid just above my ears and was uncomfortable sometimes if I moved my head up or down. I found an adjustment (right hand side of photo, black u-shaped peice) that I could slide up with a small flat head screwdriver. I pushed it all the way up (2 notches, it was originally set in the middle) and it helped lift the headband from the top of my ears. Way more comfortable after that.
    Limited instructions with the helmet (had to stumble upon that headband height over the ears adjustment, I didn't see it in the instructions).

    Chronicle adjustment for headband

    a helmet that's cool

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    great brain bucket and MIPS is your friend!!

    Didnt know I could love a helmet so much

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I honestly love this helmet. It adjusts to fit my head perfectly. Its super comfortable. And it looks dope. Big fan

    Didnt know I could love a helmet so much
    Unanswered Question

    How much does this weigh?

    cool helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Like the helmet. Good fit. had to size down to a large. Really like the color

    It's big....but crazy comfy..

    • Fit: True to size

    so i'm on the smallish side of the head size scale and this thing just like wraps around it so in my mind / opinion it's 'big' however, that means more of my noggin is covered and protected when i go and start making bad decisions on the trail.

    also this thing is so light and comfy you sometimes don't realize you're wearing it.

    highly recommended.

    Hope I don't have to use it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I compare my helmet to my flat tire kit; hope I don't have to use it. I've been wearing Giro helmets forever, they just fit my head. And it's not too hot nor does it bounce around on my nogging thanks to a secure twist knob adjuster on the back.

    Bang for you Buck

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This helmet is comfortable, looks good, and has MIPS. All of this for half the price of most other mountain bike helmets. This helmet is good looking! It also feels like it is protecting your entire head. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a solid mountain bike helmet that doesn't feel the need to break the bank.

    Great visibility and comfort

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Lightweight helmet that's extremely comfortable with superior ventilation in a color that offers great visibility. This helmet offers affordable protection, an attractive design and a secure fit.

    Nice design. Nice pricetag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is really all you need. Looks sick, fits nice and has MIPS. The price tag is super reasonable compared to others with similar technology. I liked the fit of this helmet much more than the POCs. Would highly recommend this

    Good work, Giro

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great value for a MIPS equipped helmet. For more ventilation and lighter weight, look elsewhere, but plan on spending twice as much. Fits true to size.
    So far, my head is fine. But I haven't had to actually "use" it yet. So that's neat.

    Great helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Super lightweight, huge visor for extra sun protection and sleek matte black finish. The padding inside the helmet is comfortable and breathable. Also, the plastic mechanism that tightens is adaptable for varied head size.

    I have used a headlamp while hearing the helmet, but it fits best under the rim as opposed to over the helmet because of the visor. Perhaps if riding at night, remove the visor.

    Overall, definitely satisfied with the product, protection extends to the back of the head, ideal for enduro rides when weight is of the essence!