Giro Switchblade fans that opted to leave the chin guard at home will rejoice with the launch of the new Giro Tyrant helmet.
Giro have been making some very good helmets for decades now, and the reincarnation Switchblade took what was a very unfashionable melon protector and made it the go-to for the cool kids, the Giro Tyrant helmet builds on that.
Many riders were opting to leave the chinguard off as the Switchblade in this configuration offered slightly more protection than a half face helmet without feeling as stuffy as a full face. Giro paid attention and the Tyrant builds on that idea with some of the latest technologies.
It’s not entirely surprising that the Giro Tyrant helmet sports the MIPS Spherical system. MIPS is seen as the system to have in a helmet as standard these days, unless you’re Leatt or a brand who wants to do the same thing their own way.
The MIPS system sits inside a hardshell with in-mould polycarbonate shell. No carbon option, certainly not yet, anyway. You also get an EPS outer and EPP inner liner, also, what you’d expect from a modern helmet.
Fourteen vents with internal channelling mean you’ll be able to rock the Giro Tyrant helmet in most weathers without boiling your brain too. You’ve also got brow vents to keep the salty water out of your eyes.
Sizing is generous, with a Small starting at 20-21.75″ (51-55cm) all the way up to a Large which will deal with loaves of the 23.25-24.75″ (59-63cm) range.
You’ve three colour options but don’t expect anything particularly colourful just yet. Black, dark green and grey are your choices for the first Tyrant run.