Ambush any trail with Giro’s Insurgent MTB helmet

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The Giro Insurgent is for mountain bikers, never take the B-line, on any trail. (Photo: Giro)
The Giro Insurgent is for mountain bikers, never take the B-line, on any trail. (Photo: Giro)

If conquering the most challenging mountain bike trails is your riding preference, the value of a full-face helmet remains unquestionable.

Although full-face helmets are heavy and can run hot, with much less ventilation than a conventional half shell, the protection element is immense.

You want all the facial protection available when things get out of control, out on the trail. 

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Professional downhill racer, Vera Sandler, helped to test the Insurgent helmet, wearing it in summer and snowy conditions, to assess ventilation and comfort. (Photo: Giro)

Layered with safety features 

The mountain bike market has seen enduro riders challenge the traditional features of a full-face helmet. A range of lightweight helmets with a two-piece design and detachable chinbar, have attempted to balance the riding reality of full-face protection, with all-day comfort.

But for committed gravity mountain bikers, a true full-face helmet, with its fixed structure, remains the best. And Giro’s Insurgent is an attempt to blend full-face safety with better comfort.

The Insurgent’s outer structure is fibreglass, with a MIPS inner-liner and Giro’s spherical technology. With the presence of both a MIPS slip-plane liner and Giro’s spherical ball-and-socket structure, the Insurgent has excellent crash-energy dissipation properties.

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A breakaway visor detaches at low force, to prevent neck strain. There’s a clever integrated GoPro camera mount, too. (Photo: Giro)

A full-face that runs 'cool'

Beyond its comprehensive safety features, the Insurgent is reasonably light, at a claimed 1040g.

A helmet like the Insurgent could become a sweat management nightmare, with its full head coverage and adequate padding. Giro’s industrial designers have been mindful of full-face helmets' airflow issues, especially during summer. 

The Insurgent is shaped with 20 ventilation ports, delivering 50% better airflow than Giro’s previous full-face offering.

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