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Giro Transfer helmet



A lot of cycle helmet for not a lot of money

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The Transfer is a cracking helmet (no pun intended!) even more so when you look at how little it costs. Giro’s designers have always come up with great looking designs and sales have no doubt been helped by the likes of Lance Armstrong being photographed for the last decade wearing the brand.

Giro uses ‘in-mould’ technology on the Transfer and its good to see this process filtering down to the lower end of the range. The outer shell is fused to the foam inner and one part then reinforces the other making the helmet stronger. This enables more vents to be added to increase cooling and decrease weight while still conforming to the relevant CE EN1078 standard.

Out on the bike the Transfer is lightweight (260g), well vented and fits well. As a Unisize adult (54cm – 61cm) fitting adjustment is taken care of by Giro’s Acu-Dial fit system which comprises of a dial at the back of the cradle which you turn clockwise to tighten, anti-clockwise to loosen, all this can be done easily with one hand on the fly if needs be. Extra cushioning pads are also provided to get the fit just right.

A big plus is the inclusion of a mesh inside the front vents to keep bugs out. Why this is never an option on more expensive helmets is beyond me. Having an irritated wasp buzzing around stinging your head while you're flying down a busy A-road is not ideal, trust me I did it last month!! Style wise it is a bit chunky but it is designed as a leisure helmet as opposed to a full on race hat so it won’t lose any marks for that. Also coming in a large range of colours there should be one that matches your kit/bike/eyes !!

I’ve had both a Giro Pneumo and currently wear an Atmos so I can vouch for Giro’s build quality and longevity, I can’t see the Transfer being any different.


It shows how much helmet technology has evolved when you can get a lid as light and well specced as this for just over the 20 quid mark. If you're in the market for a new helmet whatever your riding the Transfer is a tough one to beat.

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Make and model: Giro Transfer helmet

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? without hesitation

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Fastback Pro  My best bike is: Dolan Chrono TT Custom

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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