Published on March 8th, 2015 | by Greg
Giro Onset And Edit: Unbeatable Snow Helmet And Goggles
The winter isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes and enjoy a little bit more snow. Whether your choice of sport involves a snowboard or a pair of skis, you definitely need some protective gear- and chances are that you already use the important pieces. You might own, you might rent, but either way the most important thing is to be comfortable- and safe. Traveling with heavy, hefty goggles and helmets gets awkward fast. Thankfully, there’s a better way.
Giro makes some of our favorite bicycling products, and we had heard good things about their winter gear. Their helmets and goggles work well together or separately, and both include plenty of features to make your rides a little easier. Let’s start with the Giro Edit- the lightest full-featured snow helmet Giro has ever made, and you’ll notice the difference that a meer 375 grams makes immediately. They’ve built in an integrated camera mount, which works way better than trying to use one of the adhesive helmet options and is fully GoPro-compatible. Just make sure that you screw it tight.
The low-profile design is aerodynamic and efficient, and there is quite a bit of ventilation, with the airflow somewhat adjustable thanks to sliders. Their ratcheting fit system works pretty well for tweaks, but sizing still seemed true-to-list, and it’s available in three sizes (small, medium, and large). For those who want to listen to music, the earmuffs include a pouch big enough to hold some earbuds (or aftermarket audio solutions). Plus, it’s available in a whole host of colors, and will run you only about $180 online or in stores.
But keeping yourself safe is about more than just about the top of your head. Your eyes matter too! The Giro Onset (updated for 2015) uses top-notch polycarbonate Carl Zeiss lenses for optical clarity, and includes not just layers of foam but a micro fleece as well to keep from aggravating sensitive skin. As you’d expect, there is an anti-fog coating and UV protection, and you have your choice of a pretty wide range of styles and colors, all of which offer a pretty wide strap. They look gorgeous, actually, a full-frame wide-view model that puts older pairs to shame.
You can opt for clear lenses for full light transmission, or prepare for cloud cover, storms, or mixed conditions. They also have lenses for complete daylight and reflective conditions, ideal for daytime glare. Pick them up for only $150 now, and enjoy the rest of the season safer, more comfortable, and definitely more stylish.