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Just in: Giro Section, get some leather on your head!

New lid aims to put some style into commutes with a touch of leather

Now here something a bit different for those cyclists who like a bit of leather in their life – the Giro section, a leather cycling helmet. Okay, it's not all cow, it's your conventional polystyrene inner shell with an in-moulded leather outer done in a skate/BMX-style pisspot styleee.

It looks heavy but believe us it's not - ours grazed the scales at 333g. That in-moulded construction slices a fair chunk off weight of it - it also looks smart too. Ours is heading out on test right now, but in the meantime we thought you'd like to take a look. The Section is available in one size only, Medium, which should fit heads of between 55-59cm - you do get some extra pads for fine-tuning the fit. There is no rear retention system – the back coming down much further than on standard cycle helmets, adjustment is via the chin straps.

Giro and their UK distributors Madison are aiming the Section at Brompton riding city commuters who want to look smart, and style conscious urban types in general. It certainly looks smart - venting is minimal (if large) so you won't want to be ripping it up on the way to the office or fashionable night spot - not unless sweat is your thing… well, it is leather.

When it comes to doing what a helmet is for - protecting your noggin, the Section should be plenty strong enough, pisspots generally are and this one meets the US CPSC standard, the downside being that if you do have a fall it's likely to scuff in the line of duty. Granted that may be an incidental detail at the time.

The Section will be available in the UK from March on limited release, and it'll cost £39.99. It's not on there yet, but if you want one we'd advise checking the Section section on the Madison website.'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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neilwheel | 14 years ago

Oh dear ....  31

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