Giro Foray MIPS Helmet – Review
By Adam Spry
I’ve recently picked up a Giro Foray MIPS in matte black and white and couldn’t wait to try it out on the road. Giro state: “The Foray drafts off the bold design language of our premium Synthe,” and I must admit I have become smitten with it.
It is exceedingly good looking, well fitted and full of features that are more commonly associated with helmets sitting at a higher price point.
Now, I have been known to prefer bolder colours when it comes to picking helmets, however the matte black and white Giro Foray is one beautiful, sleek looking helmet. It’s super understated – which I have grown to love – and it has a stealthy feel about it, which for some reason it gives me a sense that it will definitely perform better at speed (marginal gains and all that, right?!).
Fit & Feel
The Foray is equipped with Giro’s Roc Loc 5 fit system, which offers great range of adjustability in the fit of the helmet. Each turn and click of the Roc Loc’s rotary adjuster is tiny, which means the helmet can be fine-tuned to perfectly fit your head. After a little tweaking of the circumference and the vertical position of the helmet, a size Large Foray sat perfectly on my head.
The only minor downside I experienced was the strap, which was set a little further back than previous helmets I’ve owned – this took a little getting used to, but it soon became a non-issue.
There are four internal pads, which helped keep my head comfortable during a solid 42-mile ride.
The Foray comes fully equipped with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), which is designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. The idea being that it absorbs some of the forces exerted on the skull, resulting in less of an impact on the brain. Giro have waxed lyrical in recent years about MIPS, and I’m pleased to see its now relatively common in helmets at this price point.
Luckily, I’ve never had a serious accident on my bike, so I’m unable to personally comment on the effectiveness of this system, but some online research points to it being of real benefit to rider during an impact to the head.
Giro also state that the Foray is built using their In-Mold Construction process, “which fuses a tough polycarbonate outer shell with the helmet’s impact-absorbing foam liner.” This is supposed to allow for better ventilation systems, making the helmet lighter and cooler than traditional ones.
In addition to this, the foray has a total of 21 vents channelling air in and out of the helmet. Both features certainly helped keep my head cool on long climbs and in sunny conditions.
For me, the Foray is a safe, comfortable and feature-rich helmet that exudes understated style. It’s been a few years since I last bought a road helmet and I was impressed with what this helmet offered at this price point. It performed well on hot days and on long climbs, and gave me little to no irritation.
If I were to advise anyone on where to spend a little extra money on cycle equipment, a good helmet would certainly be my product of choice. I say with confidence that I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into road cycling as a good, solid first helmet.
The Giro Foray MIPS Helmet is available from Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Operative and other cycling retailers, £79.99