Giro’s latest Montaro MIPS helmet blends safety and style

Airy and lairy trail/enduro brainbox

The US150 / £129 / €180 Montaro helmet (or Montara for the women’s specific version) is Giro’s latest mountain bike brainbox. Introduced to satisfy the requirements of enduro and trail riders, its full-coverage design prioritises safety and staying cool.

Each Montaro features the increasingly popular MIPS system (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) as standard equipment – a technology that reduces the rotational forces the brain can be subjected to during certain impacts.

Its in-mold polycarbonate shell also features 16 vents and internal channeling to keep you from getting hot-headed. Should you work up a sweat then the Montaro’s hydrophilic, anti-microbial pads can get to work – they’re capable of absorbing up to 10 times their weight in perspiration.

The new montaro and montara will arrive with mips technology as standard :
The new montaro and montara will arrive with mips technology as standard :

A cutaway view of the MIPS system, fitted as standard to the Montaro and Montara helmets

The enduro crew will be relieved to learn the Montaro is perfectly happy with goggles in place – that’s thanks to an adjustable visor and strap grippers at the back of the shell. Similarly, those looking to mount a helmet cam or light can do so safely thanks to a breakaway interface.

We’ve got no weight figure yet so far but will no doubt get our hands on a sample soon so stay tuned for a closer look.

The Montaro will be available in eight colour schemes with choices ranging from subtle to borderline outrageous. The women's version will be available in three colour options. Stock is due to arrive with Giro dealers in October.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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