Giro Discord Helmet Review
Giro Discord Helmet Review
The Giro Discord was designed for freestyle, backcountry and natural terrain. Most helmets are designed just for protection, but once you crash once they are done. The Giro Discord was designed to protect your head, but to also withstand day-to-day impacts. A very appealing feature for sure. I feel confident in my ability to make it down the mountain in one piece, but with so many variables a fall is something you do have to be prepared for.
The Giro Discord has a rounded, low profile design with a mini visor in the front. This visor provides that little bit of extra coverage over the goggle vents to stop moisture from blocking their venting features.
According to Giro’s website information, the Discord is compatible with any Giro EXV goggles for a perfect fit and fog-free ride in any condition. I was not able to test this as I have a pair of competitor goggles. They were easy to instal and stayed put with the goggle retainer in the back. This feature can also be removed if you don’t want or need it.
The fit with my goggles was still very good, and my goggles fogged up just a couple of times when I had my face completely covered. So when I breathed the warm air could only go up in the goggles, as soon as there are the slightest wind they un-fogged immediately.
I tested the Matte Tank Camo color, but the Giro Discord comes in 7 other colors. All have a Matte finish: White, Black, Blue, Dark Shadow, Magenta, Black Rasta,Blue Explorer.
I have a fairly small head, so finding a helmet that fits me just right is quite challenging at times. Usually if they are tight around my head, the back of the helmet always hits my shoulders making the helmet push my goggles down. I tested the medium sized Giro Discord which was a perfect fit for me, no issues with the helmet pushing my goggles down. During my testing days it was very cold, between 0 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the included ear pads I was always toasty in my head. The ear pads are also compatible with the Giro TuneUps Helmet Audio System, you can get these here, which would allow you to insert the headphones into the pads.
There are 3 adjustment points on each side of the inner part of the helmet, These can be adjusted very quickly as they simply snap out and back into the desired size.
In top of that at the back of the head Giro included a flexible strap to allow for movement and fit no matter your noggin’s size and shape.
The inner liner covers the patent pending protective Soft-shell. I am sure the vents work great when conditions or work rate increases. I was not able to test these vents simply because it was simply too cold. You can however control the temperature of the helmet by simply reaching the Auto loc 2 fit system at the back of the Giro Discord. There are a total of 8 openings on the helmet.
During my testing I did end up falling once while doing some jumps, and hit my head pretty hard on solid compacted snow. The impact was absorbed nicely, and it really felt very soft. I didn’t get that dizzy feeling I have gotten in the past. The protective soft-shell is called a Dual Density Vinyl Nitrile Liner, which is patent pending.
The black side is a little bit softer than the blue side, as you can see this might be because of the holes. It is hard enough to protect while also providing a soft cushioning layer to aid in absorbing the shock of the impact.
Final Thoughts for the Giro Discord Helmet
I am a big fan of the Giro Discord Helmet, it is comfortable, warm, looks good, it’s compatible with my googles and most importantly it protects my head very well. No matter what your favorite snow sport is, you will definitely benefit and feel sage while enjoying the slopes. You can get your Giro Discord Helmet at the Giro website.