Giro Omen Helmet
Pros: Great design, sturdy, good looks
Cons: high priced helmet, and in-form frame can cause irritation
Pros: Fit, vent system, style
Cons: Goggle clip
Like others the rear goggle clip bothers me. I have Smith Phenom goggles and they have the split strap that the Omen fails in dealing with. I also had to trim my goggles with a knife to get a good match. I haven't found a pair of goggles that match well - but as my Smiths are pretty new I haven't looked hard either.
I know the reviewer that has replaced his clip with a simple strap. I don't keep my goggles on my helmet all day like him (I pocket them) - so won't have the same issues - yet you should expect a better clip.
Overall though I love Giro helmets (have 4x bike helmets and the Omen) - I like the Omen so much I intend on buying a new one soon (in spite of clip) and the audio bits.
Pros: Looks sharp, Pretty comfortable, Excellent ventilation
Cons: Smith goggles don't work well, Helmet I received was damaged
I was not particularly impressed with the Giro Omen.
The helmet is fairly comfortable, and has excellent ventilation (with dual adjustments to plug some or all of the vent holes). It also looks pretty good, and comes in a huge variety of colors and styles.
Two major things killed it for me:
1) The clip that holds the goggle strap in place is a very odd design (that, as far as I can tell, is only used on this helmet by Giro.) This does NOT work well with any goggle strap that has a snap-together clasp in the middle (like almost all Smith goggles do).
2) The helmet I received had the plastic shell piece in the front coming loose and starting to pry off from the helmet body. Several of the plastic 'rivets' holding it in place had come loose. Maybe just a bad apple, but I decided to go with a G10 instead. In this price range, I wouldn't expect problems like this.
Pros: Good fit and excellent ventilation and warmth
Cons: Poor goggle clip design; outer skin is so slippery goggles slip off if placed on front edge of helmet
As indicated above great helmet for safety, warmth, ventilation and fit. The helmet clip barb did not last long, the tip of the barb was broken off and I repaired it with Araldite. The buckles and fittings on my Smith OTG goggles are not very compatible with the helmet clip. I tend to park my goggles on the helmet as I wear glasses, only bringing the goggles to my face in poor weather or if skiing fast enough to make my eyes tear. The goggles were not easy to keep in place on the helmet either stationary or skiing. I installed the hook side of some velcro on strategic parts of the helmet to retain the goggles, that works, however the goggles foam face liner is eventually damaged. I am going to try a strip of silicon on the inner surface of the goggle head band as suggested by a contributor to this site.
June 12 2009 I replaced the useless goggle retention clip with a loop of cloth tape as the retention fittings from other giro models would not accomodate the goggle head band width.
Do any designers of this equipment actually get on the snow???
|Recommended Use||Riding the whole mountain|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year|
|Material||[Shell] in-mold; [Liner] EPS|
|Ventilation||Thermostat control, 14 Super Cool|
|Adjustability||Super Fit, buckle strap|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Acid Green, Size: S||2004780|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Acid Green, Size: L||2004780|
|Color: Matte Pewter, Size: S||118387||361857230423|
|Color: Matte Pewter, Size: M||118388||361857230430|
|Color: White/Sky Blue, Size: S||2004785||361857248831|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Acid Green, Size: M||2004780||361857248787|
|Color: Matte White/Gold Punchcard, Size: S||2010524||361857269843|
|Color: Matte White/Gold Punchcard, Size: M||2010525||361857269850|
|Color: Matte White/Gold Punchcard, Size: L||2010526||361857269867|
|Color: Matte Ice Blue/Silver GG, Size: S||2010527||361857269874|
|Color: Matte Sepia, Size: S||118390||361857230454|
|Color: Matte Olive/Silver, Size: S||2004776||361857248749|
|Color: Matte Black/GG, Size: S||2004782||361857248800|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Olive Punchcard, Size: S||2010521|
|Color: Matte Black, Size: L||118383||361857230386|
|Color: Matte Black, Size: M||118382||361857230379|
|Color: Matte Black, Size: S||118381||361857230362|
|Color: Matte Ice Blue/Silver GG, Size: M||2010528||361857269881|
|Color: Matte Ice Blue/Silver GG, Size: L||2010529||361857269898|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Olive Punchcard, Size: L||2010523|
|Color: Matte Titanium/Olive Punchcard, Size: M||2010522|
|Color: Matte Pewter, Size: L||118389||361857230447|