First, Giro is actually being pretty conservative with it's time savings estimates, but that's not the story I think needs to be told. In my opinion, there are a few points which should be of greatest interest to all of you...
- While I haven't conducted all the aero testing, I do know our results and the results of the tunnel tests, and will say the most remarkable thing about the helmet is it has tested as the fastest helmet for every athlete that I know of except one, and even for that athlete it was a wash against the LG P09. I don't know the total number of those who've tested with it, but I do know it's more than just a handful. We have never seen a helmet work so well for everyone who's tried it. It really becomes the new helmet for, if you can't test, its the safest bet.
- The fact that the shield covers the ears instead of tight flaps means that T1 (and T2 for removal) will be easier. This may seem like a small point, but I believe it's important. There's no pulling this helmet around your ears and on to your head. You simply put it on and go. Easy peezy.
- Working off of point 2, because the ears aren't covered with flaps you can hear what's going on around you very well. This is a nice safety feature. I don't know if it was intended, but it works well in this manner nonetheless.
- I'm shocked at the $250 option. Honestly, I would be charging you geeks a lot more than that! To be completely honest, and to risk you all getting angry with me, I was asked for my opinion on this and suggested a price of $350 - $400 would be reasonable. Kudos to Giro for not listening to me.
- Given at least a tiny peak inside the design process, I was surprised at the time and energy spent on the shield(s). Honestly, this was the bulk of our testing since last year. You want to know why it's taken so long to bring this to market? They were adamant in getting the shield just right. Let me give you an example. During testing with Rohan Dennis, there was actually one shield that tested faster in the wind tunnel than all the others. Problem was, once testing was done with us, it became quite clear it was a non-starter because he simply couldn't see when he was actually riding his bike. Again, I was only privy to a very small part of this helmet's development, but we tested a bunch of shields.
I'll try to answer questions, but I have a pretty busy schedule over the next several days.
Edit: Sorry for the first incomplete post. I just learned not to post to this forum using an IPad.
Jim Manton / ERO Sports
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