Giro Xen helmet review

Still one of the best after eight years

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £100.00 RRP | USD $154.47
Giro Xen helmet

Our review

The standard-setter for trail helmets is still managing to kick ass eight years on
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The undisputed granddaddy of all trail-riding helmets, the Xen is almost certainly due for a replacement. That’s not surprising, though – it’s been around since 2002. But although we’re anticipating a new-and-improved version before the end of the year, there’s still a lot to be said for the old model.


Let’s see. Adjustable visor? Yep, and it alters through a wider range than most, too. Extended shell coverage around the base? Tick. All the way round as well, so this is a helmet you can chuck in your car boot with relative impunity.


Decent venting? Well, yes and no. Vent count is a tad on the low side by current standards, but deep internal channels – despite the lack of an inner reinforcing cage – do a decent job of drawing air through and over the head. Yes, it’s a tad on the weighty side. But it’s still one of the best trail helmets you can buy.

Product Specifications


Name Xen helmet (10)
Brand Giro

Description 51-63cm size range, Standards: CPSC, EN1078 Crash replacement: 3 years (£62.50)
Weight (g) 401
No of Vents 17
Visor included Yes