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    GIRO Air Attack

    Is it a coincidence that I've finally broke the 30k avg on my regular loops for this year whilst using the Giro Air Attack? The lack of winds may have had some impact, possibly maybe, who knows =P

    So this is in my initial review from this mornings regular 75k loop.

    Temps were a very nice 18-19 deg when i rolled from 5.30 - 8am

    First thoughts is fit is very nice, GIROs rocloc system is very secure, incremental movements are solid including its rear cradle adjust-ability. Im a bit meh about its straps though, feels a little cheap and dosnt feel like it fits flat against you ie feels like its always twisted. Again, minor thing as you dont notice when riding

    Vision through the visor is interesting, initially you get that very goggly feel, not sure how to better explain it! You do get use to it after a while. First thing i notice is the distance between the face to the visor is a bit of a double edge sword, great for ventilation, but once hitting the high 30s and early 40s you do feel the wind and it feels like your eyes are drying out. Of course it also means it never fogs up when your at the lights, and if you sweat it just simply goes down your face. Visually, you do see the small rubber nose piece, and you can barely make out the edges of the bottom left and right of the visor, and i mean barely. Is it enough to bug you? thats personal, i wouldnt say it bugged me, you might be different.

    The visor itself is very handy, earth magnets are secure and transitioning from up to down is pretty easy once you get the hang of it like all things. To be honest it was probably the main selling point for me, ie helmet with visor, no need for sunglasses

    Ventilation, it is what it is. It kind of feels like wearing a normal road helmet but with a cap on all the time. If you have the head level, you dont feel much, if anything. You really need to be tilting at about the 45deg angle so the air gets shoved into the two main vents at the front, and you do feel that rush over your head and it being sucked out the back. Funky feeling actually. I can see it being a great autumn/winter and even wet weather helmet, but climbing hills over 30deg days is probably not its forte (will probably try this in the coming weeks as it gets cooler)

    Weight, noticeably solid, but once on its fine.

    Recommendation, at $200 from CRC currently (warehouse sale), is probably the max id want to be paying considering their brand new RRP of $350 (current 2015 models) Id recommend for track use, long flat courses, cool/wet weather, dont like wearing caps or sunnies, but probably not for someone who is constantly in the hills. I just dont think its suited for that.

    *edit* So commuted in it this morning, weather was a cool 11deg. Actually quite convenient not having to worry about sunnies or a cap, two less things to worry about.

    So

    +ve
    Visor is cool, handy and easy to use
    good for cooler weather, ventilation is more than adequate
    no fogging from good ventilation of visor, and good vision with no sunglass frame in the way

    -ve
    eyes feel like they dry out when you get up to speed
    not for hot weather climbs
    straps a bit meh
    vision of visor edge and nose piece may annoy you

    And some snaps, please excuse dirty camera phone





    view from the inside, sort of



    The lid, probably better pics on the net if you really need em







    Pads and straps

    Last edited by nickj; 18-08-2015 at 03:06 PM.

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    I think your just fitter/stronger.

    Wear a skate lid and compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
    I think your just fitter/stronger.
    haha yeh, im quite sure the helmet made fuck all difference, hence the tongue in cheek =D

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    Other positives - makes you look like a dead ringer for Robocop.
    http://torosvecchi.wordpress.com/

    "i have the grammo that doesn't look like someone's had a chund on it. neither of them are that rare, really."

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    Speaking as a life-long 4-eyed freak, I need to wear glasses ALL-THE-TIME and my astigmatism is too severe for contact lenses. So the idea of the visor fitted to the helmet appeals to me. Then I wouldn't have to worry about getting lens inserts for my riding glasses or paying a squillion dollars to get a pair of Rudy Project made to my prescription. I wouldn't have to carry around a case to swap my riding sunnies with my regular glasses either. So I'm seriously considering this thing.

    Ummm, could you please try them with a pair of regular specs underneath just to make sure that there is no interference?

    EDIT: the CRC site says that the integrated shield is not included in that $202 special. (Reading through all the Q&As confirms this) Where did you get yours?

    BTW, does it have the Aus Standards sticker? This thread at BNA says that they don't.
    http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/vi...hp?f=9&t=76588 Also one of the answers on the CRC site says that it's British and Euro approval only.

    EDIT of the EDIT: I found them at a Nowra bike shop on BikeExchange for $278 with the eye shield, presumably they have an Aus standards sticker.
    http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/roa...ield/102665821
    Last edited by Big Banana Bob; 25-03-2015 at 10:52 AM.

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    bob, ill have a crack at taking a pic with some regular specs underneath tonight for ya.

    i got mine from crc, paid $205 and came with the visor, this was the 2014 warehouse sale model as below

    No aussie approve sticker, i dont race so wont bother me

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/a.../rp-prod115177

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaseyjase View Post
    No aussie approve sticker, i dont race so wont bother me
    should that be the other way around??

    "i don't ride on the street, so not having an AS sticker doesn't worry me"
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    *you're, who does your spell checking when your on graphic desing jobz

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    I race in one of these. Never had a problem. No sticker either, but I think they have them now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel View Post
    I race in one of these. Never had a problem. No sticker either, but I think they have them now?
    yeh, now aus approved.

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    Problem is if you get hit by a car it can become an issue no one really gives two shits at racing

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