Switch it up.
The Giro Switchblade MIPS MTB Helmet with its removable chinbar is an all-in-one package for staying cool-headed on the climbs and coming in hot on the the way down. It's ASTM downhill certified so you can feel as confident in the Switchblade as you would in your one-piece full-face helmet, and the MIPS multi-directional impact protection system only adds to the already generous protection. There is no cost to comfort either with a Roc Loc® Air DH fit system that's specifically designed for downhill riding, 20 vents, and Wind Tunnel cheek pad ventilation for superb airflow.
Removing the chinbar is easily done with a couple buttons, a twist, and a pull, yet it's remarkably robust when latched in place. In half-shell mode, the Switchblade maintains extended coverage over the back of the head and over the ears, making it more protective than standard XC designs while giving you the breathability you want when huffing up the mountain.
Available in multiple colors.
- CPSC, EN-1078, and ASTM downhill certified
- Removable chinbar
- Roc Loc® Air DH fit system with MIPS protection
- Hydrophilic X-Static anti-microbial padding
- 20 vents with internal channeling
- P.O.V. Plus™ visor
- Includes spare visor with camera mount
- Small: 20" - 21.75"
- Medium: 21.75"- 23.25"
- Large: 23.25" - 24.75"
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Matte Black / Gloss Black - Small
Mfg PartNum: 7074580
Matte Black / Gloss Black - Medium
Mfg PartNum: 7074581
Matte Black / Gloss Black - Large
Mfg PartNum: 7074582
Matte Warm Black - Medium
Mfg PartNum: 7129309
Matte Warm Black - Large
Mfg PartNum: 7129310
Matte Harbor Blue - Small
Mfg PartNum: 7140186
Matte Harbor Blue - Medium
Mfg PartNum: 7140187
Matte Harbor Blue - Large
Mfg PartNum: 7140188
Matte Metallic Black / Ano Lime - Small
Mfg PartNum: 7140183
Matte Metallic Black / Ano Lime - Medium
Mfg PartNum: 7140184
Matte Metallic Black / Ano Lime - Large
Mfg PartNum: 7140185
Mfg Warranty: 12 Mo. Parts & Labor
Warranty URL: https://www.giro.com/warranty.html
Got this in December, 2021 and have worn it just about every day, always with the chin guard off. It's a mixed bag of the good and the bad. As they say, it is heavy, and it would be too hot for summer use where I live in the Midwest. But the biggest issue for me is the buckle, which is slow and awkward to use, and impossible with gloves on. In an emergency, you (or your rescuer) would probably have to cut the strap. That's the bad news. The good news is the helmet is very comfortable and secure--so much so I forget I'm wearing it most of the time. The visor works as a visor, though just barely. If it dropped down any less it would a pure fashion statement; another inch and it would be a great sun shade in the real world. I gave the helmet a 4 in spite of the annoyances because it's one of the few that provides very good occipital protection and excellent fit.
The Switchblade is the Patton Tank of bike helmets, which, after a brain injury resulting from a crash last year while wearing a top-of-the-line road helmet, was just what I was looking for. The chin guard is easy to remove. The helmet can be properly snugged with the turn of a dial. The visor is fairly functional. Ventilation is adequate for cool weather. All those are good features. But the hemet is heavy, and hot. I doubt it is going to get worn much during our Missouri summers. That's bad. And the chin strap is a wonderment. Instead of a buckle it requires you to thread one end of the strap through two D-rings. Just about impossible with gloves, darn hard with bare fingers. And it is covered with a soft fleecy fabric that can't be removed for cleaning or because it's just too darn hot out. The chin strap is most definitely a bad thing--after a crash I can imagine having to cut it to get out of the helmet. All that said, I bought the helmet and I'm keeping it. The safety ratings are excellent and the helmet fits so well I don't notice the extra weight. I'd say, if you like things easy-peasy and are buckle-dependent then don't buy this helmet. But if you are a serious cyclist with a real concern for safety, then it might be good choice.