Giro’s Feature offers plenty of bang for the buck, with the low rear, smooth rounded shape and lengthy visor marking it out as a protective trail helmet.
At 357g the weight is more than reasonable, especially considering its price tag. A wide range of visual options means there’ll be something to suit most riders.
The rounded outer shell means that it should slide easily if you fall, reducing rotational injuries. This is a feature of a growing number of trail lids and Giro offers a slightly pricier version of the Feature with the anti-rotational injury MIPS system too.
The rounded shape was a bit baggy on our heads, and we found the EPS foam rested on the top of our skulls a bit, causing a slight pressure point. There is lots of adjustment with the retention system though, which is well shaped and comfortable. Releasing tension requires the turn wheel to be depressed and turned, which is more accurate than a press-release system.
The fixed straps are held away from your face until the jaw line, improving comfort, but they twist easily. We also found the small clip tricky to undo with gloves on.
With only 12 vents, and not the deepest internal channels, the Feature is a warm helmet though. The thin pads also don’t hold much sweat, so we dripped a fair amount when either the temperature or gradient rose.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.