Light, airy and fast: New Giant Pursuit aero helmet

Sub-250g aero lid made for all-around racing

Every rider at the Tour de France wants the fastest gear possible, but none want to overheat while racing. In conjunction with Tour team Giant-Alpecin, Giant created the new Pursuit aero road helmet, which blends good aerodynamics with good ventilation.

Giant certainly isn’t the only company chasing the aero-yet-airy ideal for helmets. Giro’s Synthe was perhaps the first successful road helmet to achieve this happy medium, and Scott’s new Cadence Plus — ‘faster and cooler than a bare head’, Scott claims — is the most recent example of this two-in-one style.

Along with Giant-Alpecin, Giant worked with France’s Aero Concept Engineering on the design, which it claims is fast “without any compromises in weight, ventilation or fit.”

As is the current trend, the giant pursuit seeks to offer both good aerodynamics and good ventilation: as is the current trend, the giant pursuit seeks to offer both good aerodynamics and good ventilation
As is the current trend, the giant pursuit seeks to offer both good aerodynamics and good ventilation: as is the current trend, the giant pursuit seeks to offer both good aerodynamics and good ventilation

Speaking of fit, Giant is notable in its offering of two fit styles, Western (with a more oval shape) and Asian (with a rounder shape). Each comes in S, M and L, with M weighing a claimed 250g.

If you’re familiar with Zipp’s aero wheels, you’re familiar with the concept of dimples used for smoothing airflow. With the Pursuit, Giant uses two big dimples on the sides of the helmet to move air, claiming that this minimized aero drag.

Combined with deep internal channels, the large rear ports help move air across the head: combined with deep internal channels, the large rear ports help move air across the head
Combined with deep internal channels, the large rear ports help move air across the head: combined with deep internal channels, the large rear ports help move air across the head

Giant says the massive vents up front are ‘drag neutral’, and that when combined with internal channeling and vents at the back allow for good airflow through the helmet.

Giant uses two types of foam in the helmet; low-density foam to absorb energy from low-speed impacts, and high-density foam for crashes at higher speeds.

Light webbing and antimicrobial padding round out the features on the $230 helmet.

The pursuit comes in six styles: the pursuit comes in six styles
The pursuit comes in six styles: the pursuit comes in six styles

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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