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Giro - Synthe MIPS Helmet

Giro Synthe MIPS Helmet

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Tech Specs

Shell Material:
In-Mold polycarbonate
Impact Foam:
25 Wind Tunnel vents, internal channeling, Aero Mesh Panels
Fit Adjustment:
Roc Loc Air
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 270 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Synthe MIPS Helmet

A classic choice for the riders in the pro peloton and self-sponsored cyclists alike, the Giro Synthe MIPS Helmet blends lightness, ventilation, and now MIPS protection to only further solidify its beloved status amongst the Lycra set. One of the major characteristics setting the Synthe MIPS apart from other similar models is the safety of MIPS; MIPS, or Multi Directional Impact Protection System, refers to the Swedish technology added to the helmet in the form of a thin inner layer that rotates slightly upon impact to absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. With less rotation comes less likelihood of a brain injury when you take a spill.

Impact protection is usually a feature of helmets you'd rather not put to the test, however, and it's far from the only one that's important. When you're out on a ride, the Synthe's iconic aerodynamic shaping helps reduce drag in the wind, while 19 airy vents work with Aero Mesh Panels to strategically usher air across your head to let heat continuously escape. Giro's Roc Loc Air adjustment system makes fine-tuning the fit of the helmet before a ride quick and easy, so you can make adjustments in the driveway without taking up valuable ride time. When you finish your ride and head to the coffee shop, use the eyewear docking ports to safely perch your pricey sunnies and avoid having them fly off your helmet when you turn your head — it's just another thoughtful touch of many that have helped earned the MIPS its respected reputation.

  • An all-purpose aerodynamic road cycling helmet
  • Proven at the highest levels of cycling
  • In-Mold construction increases impact resistance
  • Adjustable fit cradle accommodates ponytails
  • Generous ventilation so "aero" doesn't mean stifling
  • An optics perch holds your glasses while you climb
  • Ages 5 and older

One of my top 2 favorite helmets

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Broken this helmet at least twice. I am on my third addition of this helmet. First two died after mountain bike crashes into trees. Helmet took hits and looked almost the same once I got the dirt off after crashing each time. I have loved all additions of this helmet!

Poor construction

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Wore it once. Pulled off the pads to rinse it and the Velcro holding them in place all came off. No replacement Velcro available. Otherwise an OK helmet, but you shouldn’t have to deal with that when paying so much.

Excellent general purpose helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

I rode the Giro Atmos and Atmos II over 12 years or so, then got a Foray. A helmet is a helmet right? I didn't investigate what the current helmet scene was like and just wanted something to protect my head. Wore the Foray and then due to a mishap decided to replace it, and this time got a Synthe. Giros just seem to fit my slightly big head, so why mess with what works. I thought the Synthe would be like the Foray, but it's really not. Apart from various minor differences like eyewear slots, the MIPS "suspension" separates the shell ever so slightly from my head and creates airflow which in turn makes it stay cooler. It allows better evaporation from my hair or cap. It also has a reasonably functional sweat strip on the forehead; while not a solution for long hot climbs in øpen, baking sun it definitely does the trick on HIIT workouts in more modest temps. It also doesn't impinge or feel thick when wearing a Halo band or a skull cap. I have a 60cm head and L fits me perfectly as suggested by the size chart.

Fit? perfect. Air flow? just okay

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I have a good sized melon, and the large is a perfect fit. I looked at Pok helmets, but decided the styling was a bit odd. the Giro design felt like it would age better. This is my second Giro helmet, and the fit is similar. I'd say it's a more comfortable helmet than my previous one, with one exception. Maybe it's the nature of MIPS, but the air flow isn't as good. I'm getting used to it...or maybe the weather is just getting cooler. Overall, I'm very happy with it. Good purchase, no regrets.

Overlooked detail by designers

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I read reviews and was set to spent $200+ for a Giro Synthe MIPS helmet. Then, I tried one on. I couldn’t believe such an expensive helmet with incredible design features would have such a cheap chin strap. A nylon/polymer strap!!! The strap was uncomfortable and I would bet would be chaffing and irritating. I was expecting leather or at least synthetic leather. Needless to say, i’ll Choose a different helmet.

Leather strap???

I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable than a leather helmet strap

does the trick for road & gravel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Super comfortable, reliable Giro fit. Straps easy to adjust, fit wheel works well. Disappears on my head.

Works ok

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

It's a nice helmet for sure, but I expected a bit more. I've always had Giro helmets and it was time to replace my old one, so after looking around, I settled on the Synthe. I would have thought that a fairly high end helmet would have some significant improvements over the 10 year old model it was replacing, but... not really, besides maybe MIPS, although I hope I never put that to the test.

And, irritatingly, the smaller sweat pads seem to channel more sweat to the middle of my face/glasses/nose than the old helmet did.

GIro Synthe - love it but..

    I have been wearing the Giro Synthe helmet for years. It's great, looks good, is light, comfortable and not hot to wear. However, for the new MIPS version the Sythne in size small is smaller than the non-MIPS small. I have always worn a size small Sythne with a cycling cap under it. But this MIPS version of the Sythne is a smaller small, I can't wear a cap under it like I normal do. I had to return it.. Just fyi for those looking to replace their Sythne helmet in size small, like I was.

    Giro helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium

    I have used Giro synthe helmets for a few years. My last one's liner just cracked due to a crash so I replaced it with this MIPS system. Great helmet - ventilation is superb. You may need to go up a size because of the MIPS insert. I ordered a medium and had to return it for a large - no hassle from CC. My only issue is that no one seems to make the replacement padded insert which goes at the front of the helmet. The original pad is fine, but after washing off the sweat a few times, it falls apart.

    Seems like a great helmet

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

    I haven't actually used this quite yet, haven't been able to go for a ride yet this year, but looking forward to it! This seems like a really good helmet, incredibly lightweight and comfortable when I have just tried it on! Will update with more information when I get the chance to use it!

    Great helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    I tried on the Zephyr and several others, and this one is very comfortable and easy to wear. Perfect helmet. Lightweight but his MIPS protection, and it'c comfortable.

    Lightweight Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I’ve used Giro for many years and never disappointed. At first I was a little skeptical about the MIPS due to fit issues, but once worn it feel nice and easy to adjust.

    Simply benchmark

      I love the Giro Synthe. I own both MIPS and non-MIPS versions now. I can confirm that the MIPS version fits just slightly, slightly smaller than the non-MIPS version. So if you're on the fence sizing-wise, go with the larger size.

      I love the aerodynamics and quietness of this helmet. If you compare the Synthe to previous top all-around road helmets (S-Prevail, Giro Aeon, Giro Ionos), helmets I rode in for years, there is no comparison. The Synthe is significantly quieter, especially when you put your head down during hammertime.

      By the way... Greg van Avermat won the Olympic Road gold and the 2017 Paris-Roubaix wearing... the Giro Synthe helmet.

      Light and looks good!

        I've tried several helmets this year, and I've landed on this one and am very happy. It looks pro because some of the racers in the world tour peloton use this helmet. It's lightweight and has the added bonus of being a MIPS helmet.

        Light and comfy

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Large (24.5" circumference head)

        Initial ride was 5 hours, hot, humid, and rainy at times.
        6-12% grade hour long climb it didn't get too hot.
        10 minute 40mph descent it didn't get too windy.

        Superlight, well ventilated.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size

        When I first pulled this helmet out of the box, and saw almost no padding whatsoever inside and no extra padding in the box, I thought for sure that my review was going to end up being a negative one, and yet it isn't.

        Giro's current top end road helmet (I'm not counting the Vanquish aero helmet), is one of the lightest and most comfortable I've ever had the opportunity to wear, because while the padding is minimal, it's perfectly situated.

        A lightweight helmet is really important to me as well. I have degenerating discs in my neck, and relatively weak muscles. Because of this, any extra weight on my head can put stress on my neck muscles when trying to hold my head up in riding position. On today's inaugural ride in this helmet, I barely noticed the weight of the helmet at all.

        My lack of fitness, on the other hand, I noticed right away, and while there were lots of times I was struggling on the bike, none of them were neck related. To me right now, that's worth a 5-star review.

        And the added benefit of MIPS protection would bump it to a 6-star review if I had that option.

        Very Nice

        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Small

        The helmet was awesome in every way but was too small so I returned it. I purchased it on sale, size small (clearance?) and it's definitely worth it if you have a small head.

        One of the Best!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Bought this helmet as a gift. Here is what they had to say about it - "One of the best helmets I have ever used. The fit is great and the ventilation is really awesome. Very comfortable even after hours in the saddle. I've been using this helmet for road rides, road races, and cx races. Love knowing I have the extra protection of MIPS."

        An excellent helmet!!!

        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: small

        I used this helmet for a year and a half to two years and it has been exceptional. The small size fit my 21.5" head perfect and when I recently had a bike crash it kept my head safe and it did not move from it's original position at all.