Available in February 2011 in the UK, the £114.99 Xar takes all the good stuff from Giro’s popular Xen and, as far as we can see, makes it a whole lot better- with additional vents, an updated retention system, adjustable visor, X-static ‘antimicrobial’ padding and outboard strapping.
The Roc Loc 5 retention system – which is also being used on selected lids in Giro’s 2011 range – has been more than two-years in development, and claims to offer a fit system with an unmatched level of comfort, stability, adjustability and weight saving.
Using the Roc Loc 5 dial, you can adjust the tension of the head strap and adjust its vertical position with a single hand.
Giro claims that the new system is 40-percent lighter than its predecessor, Roc Loc 4.
Giro’s new xar in matte neon green/titanium bars:Matthew Cole/BikeRadar
Here’s the Matte Neon Green/Titanium Bars Xar. Colourful.
The new helmet will sit alongside the Xen for 2011, after which we expect the Xen to be phased out. Colours available are matte orange/blue/yellow lines, black/cyan/lime lines, matte metallic brown/orange bars, matte neon green/titanium bars, matte black/grey bars, matte white/grey bars.
For an in-depth look at the R&D behind the new Xar, check out issue 113 of What Mountain Bike magazine, on sale 25 August.