Not only is it styled on its flagship Montaro, but Giro has transferred a lot of its top-end lid’s features to the Chronicle.
The lower price hasn’t compromised protection, with MIPS as standard and class-leading extensive coverage over the temples and towards the rear. The fit is glove-like, with small but plush padding that extends all the way from the front to the back, instilling a sense that your head is sitting deep within the helmet.
I didn’t experience any pinch points or discomfort, and the wide range of sizes mean you should find one to fit you perfectly.
Ventilation isn’t an issue despite the relatively small intakes, although it was by no means the coolest helmet on test.
While the low-lying retention system feels super-secure, it’s a struggle to slide some glasses underneath. The chin strap is easily adjusted below the ears, with Giro’s ‘Roc-Loc’ system keeping the straps flush against your cheeks, although the small buckle can be fiddly to do up when wearing gloves.
That monstrous peak is long, but is easily positioned based on personal preference and flips out of the way to stow goggles.
Exposed EPS is more prone to damage when you throw your lid into your car, and there’s more of this on the Giro than in more premium models, especially towards the base of the helmet. Overall, though, the fit, safety features and price make the Chronicle a helmet worthy of your consideration.