Giro E2 review£90.00

Another long-running and iconic helmet from Giro, the E2 has been top of the XC tree for several years.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Another long-running and iconic helmet from Giro, the E2 has been top of the XC tree for several years.

Various sized vents and angular scoops access massive vaulted channels from front to back and a full width exhaust slot sitting under the small spoiler at the back. The particularly posh angle adjustable visor is vented too, which gives a completely supercharged wind rush from nib to nape, even at moderate speeds. It also lets you tune how much shelter you get from the weather if you like your horizon high or low brow. Thin detachable pads run along the spines and brow ridge to mop up what sweat does leak out, while three size options ensure a snug fit. The Roc Loc 4 retention cradle is easily one of the best around too, with height and girth adjustment - plus soft rubber sides for maximum comfort. Our only gripe is that the helmet is significantly heavier (50g) than claimed and even in a medium size, the E2 is a relatively weighty hat.


Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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