What can I tell you about this 2010 featherlight road helmet by Giro? For starters, it has more vents (25) than any other Giro model currently in production. The scant padding contains X-Static threads, which use 99.9% pure silver to prevent bacteria from growing in your helmet, but it’s still comfortable. In fact, it’s so comfortable some reviewers say it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all (on your head, that is). It weighs barely more than a common banana, if the GearJunkie is to be believed. Your friends may begrudge you for owning one, but, as Tyler at Bikerumor.com points out, that’ll give you a mental edge. He writes:
"The other benefit is the emotional whalloping you’ll give your friends, my conversations typically went like this:
TYLER: Check this out (I hand them the Prolight).
THEM: (accepting helmet, floating it up and down in their hand) “Holy $&%#” or “Oh my God.” or “You suck.”
After that, they’ll be disappointed with their crappy helmets and you’ll have a mental edge."
And, if all of that isn’t enough, consider this: Giro debuted the helmet at Stage 7 of the 2009 Tour de France by having several sponsored teams—including the Astana team that featured Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador—don them on the 224-kilometer ride into Arcalis. Lance switched back to his Ionos, while Contador stuck with his new Prolight (which weighed just 2/3 as much as the Ionos) and went on to win the Tour. If that’s not evidence of a good helmet, I’m not sure what is. And now you can have your very own for $70. Look out, Lance!
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