As far as I can tell, 2015 is the year of the Giro helmet. The full range this year has trumped anything they’ve ever done with some real stand out pieces. The Synthe, at the top end of the road helmet offering with it’s aero design and stylish looks. The Aeon, with it’s light weight and more classic road helmet look. The Savant, the only Giro helmet available with or without MIPS technology (the Sonnet is the female equivalent and comes with/without MIPS too). However, I believe that the real stand-out line in the 2015 range is the Giro Foray.
The Foray is the entry-level price point road helmet at £49.99 RRP, however the product you get for your money is far from entry level. At first glance, the Foray is not dissimilar to the higher spec Synthe in the overall look and it even shares some of the features. One of the most important things, I believe, when buying a helmet is for it to look great on your head (and not make you look like a mushroom!) and the Foray certainly does look very good on.
The helmet is built with an In-Mold construction, which basically means the outer shell is fused with the foam. This allows for better sculpting which in turn means better ventilation and more weight savings. I don’t know many cyclists who would turn down marginal gains!
One big surprise with the Foray is that it shares the same awesome Roc Loc 5 fit system as the Synthe. The Roc Loc 5 replaces the Roc Loc 4 and is actually 40% lighter overall as a fit system. The 5 consists of a very small Micro Dial which, when twisted, loosens and tightens the retention system. There is also a small 3 position bracket which gives you up/down movement to ensure the fit is perfect for your head shape. There are two cups, or ‘Dual Pods’ which cradle your occipital lobe (yes, I googled it!) and ensure a nice, tight fit on the back of your head. The key thing to note is that the whole fit system is easily adjusted whilst the helmet is on your head, so you don’t have to keep using trial and error. You just stick them helmet on, adjust the dial and the bracket until you’ve got your perfect fit, and away you go! Each helmet size has so much room for adjustment, you can always account for a thick cap to keep your had warm in the winter too which is a bonus when you live in the UK!
It is surprisingly hard to find negative points on this helmet, considering the price you pay for it, however there are a few. Compared to some other helmets I’ve worn, including the Kask Rapido, the pads aren’t as comfortable. Also, if weight is important to you then you can buy helmets around this price range which are lighter – the Rapido is a great example, as is the Spiuk Keilan which are both around the same sort of price range and do weigh less.
Overall, this helmet is a really great piece of kit, at a really great price. The fluro yellow Foray is going to be my go to helmet for commuting to work throughout the week for that extra bit of visibility on the road. The comfort level and look of the Foray even has me tempted to go for a nice Black/Blue one for road riding, until I can afford to get something slightly lighter and more aero to replace my Kask Mojito.
If you like the Foray, get it here: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/giro-foray-helmet/
Thanks for reading this review and please do comment your opinions on the Foray below if you own one, or are tempted!