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Giro Foray Mips helmet review

7 May 2020

Lightweight road helmet with high-end looks but budget price tag

Cyclist Rating: 
Lighter than a Giro Synthe, almost as well appointed and £120 cheaper!
Gloss finish won’t appeal to all, but overall hard to fault

Family resemblance is a funny old thing. My grandfather’s big nose, for example, skipped a generation and made my own face its next home, sparing my mother a lifetime of ‘keep your big nose out of it’ jibes. The Giro Foray Mips helmet, on the other hand, could – at a glance – be mistaken for its much more expensive predecessor – the Synthe.

Seems there are some advantages to having a shallow gene pool after all...


Fit and function

I’ve worn a Giro Synthe Mips on and off for a few years now; it’s my go-to road helmet. Being au fait with its Roc Loc closure system and Mips interior – designed to rotate with the helmet in the unfortunate case of any ejector seat moment, rather than digging in and jarring the skull on impact – pulling the Giro Foray on to my head for the first time felt satisfyingly familiar.

Its array of 21 vents is broadly identical to those of my beloved Synthe, and the frontal cavities are actually bigger. The buckle closure and click-wheel adjuster at the rear are child’s play to operate, too. Add to this the fact that my size M Foray weighs in at 271g on the Abbott family’s digital kitchen scales, compared to the 285g of my Synthe, and the positives just keep on coming.

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The only thing that doesn’t instantly appeal is the less than classy gloss finish to the black portions of the shell (although that’s clearly a matter of personal taste).

The Foray is also a more compact design than the Synthe, sitting more atop the head rather than wrapping around it, although the 55-59cm range of fitment for my size M helmet is bang-on, as I’ve always found Giro helmets to be.


On the road

It’s getting hot out there, and my first ride in the Giro Foray Mips was one of those early spring solo afternoons (as they all are until further notice…) that leaves salt deposits on your temples. The Coolmax padding of the Foray does a great job of absorbing the majority of your perspiration.

Easing off the fit is also really easy when you’re on the go – just a click or two of the micro-adjuster was all it took to dial in the fit to perfection.

Those vents gulp in air, creating a cooling flow over the top of the head, while the 11 rear vents (one fewer than the Synthe) vent out hot air generated by your efforts.

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Sunglasses even slot easily into the front vents when not in use. After several hundred miles of use, the EPS shell construction has revealed no pressure points on the temple or elsewhere about my pointy skull.


Why pay more?

It’s a damned good question. For £79.99 you’re getting a piece of kit that looks like a high-end WorldTour helmet, carries less bulk than its classier doppelganger, and costs a whopping £129.99 less.

Not much lets it down – in fact, if I had to nit-pick, I’d say the shell’s finish is the only thing that looks ‘cheap’, but there are matt options available in the seven different colours.

It feels the business, it largely looks the business, and it packs the same safety features as the more expensive helmet. If your budget can’t stretch higher up the product range for a Synthe, opting for the Foray is by no means settling for second best.


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