Giro’s Cipher, the replacement for the popular Remedy helmet, is packed full of innovation, from the dedicated camera mount (with adapters for GoPro and Contour cameras included), to the ear-pad pockets that will take aftermarket speakers. It's also half the price of some of its rivals.
Whether or not these technical features are of interest, the Cipher retains Giro’s renowned fit and wide sizing range, while the mesh padding at the crown of the head promotes airflow and combats overheating. Giro has obviously spent some time getting the venting (eight vents in total) right too, because the Cipher is noticeably cool to wear for long periods of time.
The quality of the finish is high for a mid-range helmet, and a notable feature is the snap-fit for the interior pads, helping to keep them firmly in the right place, although it is easy to imagine small plastic fittings being damaged through incorrect use. The Cipher exceptionally comfy to wear – the pads feel soft against the skin and the fit is super secure, but without any pressure points. The 1,180g weight is competitive and it feels light and unrestrictive while riding.
The ‘high-tech’ cheek pads in the chin bar are just high-density foam, but they are a welcome nod towards safety innovation, and keep the front of the helmet a little more open and breathable. We didn’t have any issues with neck brace compatibility either, thanks to the chamfered rear of the lid.
We like the chunky D-ring buckle along with popper to keep any spare strap from flapping around. Every pair of goggles we’ve tried has fitted fine in the large opening, and the GoPro mount pops in and out easily and results in steady footage. The liner is removable and washable too.