Giro Cinder MIPS Review:  An Unintended Crash Test

Giro Cinder MIPS Review: An Unintended Crash Test


Hi, this is Jeffrey from MTB.guide and today
it’s time to review the Giro Cinder MIPS helmet. This is the little brother of the popular
high end Synthe helmet, having most of the features at the fraction of the cost. With MIPS becoming more and more standard
on helmets, there still remains a lack of testing results. And I eehh… involuntarily, took one for
the team in this one. But before elaborating on that, lets take
a closer look at the Giro Cinder MIPS. You might wonder why a road helmet is on a
mountain bike channel. Well, in cross country racing it’s still
quite normal to use road helmets, as well as wearing some thight lycra. And I have to admit I ride on my road bike
from time to time. With that out of the way, lets look at the
specs. The Giro Cinder and Ember Mips are the little
brother and sister of the Giro Synthe MIPS. Where the Cinder has been introduced as a
men’s helmet, the Ember is introduced at a later point as a women’s helmet with only
the esthetics to differentiate itself. There had to be taken some cost saving measures
to bring down the price from a steep 270 euros for the Synthe, down to a more reasonable
150 euro’s retail for the Cinder. But looking at this comparison, the differences
aren’t as big as you might expect. (check the links in the description for up
to date pricing) Probably one of the most noticeable differences
while wearing the helmet is the weight. The Cinder is about 20% heavier, but, can
still be considered a light helmet with its claimed and actual weight of 295 grams for
a medium sized helmet. The Cinder is also a bit rougher around the
edges in terms of finishing. The Roc Lok 5 system is slightly different
and a little less refined compared to Roc Lok Air system found on the Synthe. But you still have a knob on the back off
the helmet to easily finetune the fit of the helmet with one hand and vertical adjustments
can be made. Both helmets feature removeable pads that
you can clean and stick back onto the Velcro pads. A feature that has been completely left out
for the Cinder, are the docking ports for storing your sunglasses and this can be a
deal breaker for some. Both helmets are EN1078 certified, which is
one of the main things that any helmet at least should comply with, thus ensuring a
certain level of protection. MIPS is an added protection that reduces rotational
forces on angled impacts and therefore reduces the chance of concussions. But MIPS testing is still not included in
the certification process of helmets, meaning the effectiveness of these implementations
to reduce rotational forces can vary greatly. I don’t say that MIPS is bad, I do support
every attempt to make helmets safer and looking at the way it works, it seems obvious that
it could be very effective. But without some publicly available independent
test reports to compare and prove its effectiveness, I remain skeptical. If you do crash with this Giro Cinder MIPS,
you can make use of the crash replacement program till 3 years after your purchase. This way you can buy a new Giro helmet at
a discount. The discount is usually 50% of the retail
price. On the trails I’ve ridden with this helmet in the summer
and down to temperatures to near freezing. And with 26 ventilation holes you would expect
it to be very well-ventilated right? Well, I feel that it actually lacks airflow
inside the helmet, especially at the top of the helmet. I felt that the MIPS layer also was obstructing
some of the airflow. The padding I found quite thin but the shape,
adjustability and overall fit of the helmet made this not an issue. Storing sunglasses in my helmet isn’t something
that I do that often, but I did find it a bit annoying that I couldn’t put my glasses
anywhere if they kept fogging up. You can put your sunglasses in the vents but
they won’t stay nearly as securely in the vents, if at all. Clearance with the use of bigger sunglasses
in combination with the Cinder was not an issue for me. From standard sized Oakley jawbones, to the
bigger models like Jawbreakers and Speedcrafts, all sunglasses did fit well with room to spare. I like to test product thoroughly for these
reviews, with the exception of safety equipment for obvious reasons. However, I did have to bin this helmet after
about 6 months of use due to a pretty severe crash over the handlebars in a ditch after
being in contact with an upcoming cyclist on my lane. The cosmetic damage to the helmet was minor,
but the helmet cracked and I myself did sustained a serious concussion. The MIPS layer reduces the chance of a concussion,
but doesn’t completely eliminate it. Just like all helmets in general, they only
reduce the chance of severe injuries. Conclusion The Cinder MIPS is mid-range helmet that is
not far of the high end Synthe helmet. Yes, the Synthe is a better helmet, it fits
better, looks better, has better airflow and has a nicer finish. But still…is it €150 euro’s better? If you have the money to spend and the helmet
it fits well, then it’s a no-brainer. But if its more value for money you look for,
then the Cinder is definitely a better choice. Crashing with a helmet and sustaining an injury
doesn’t directly mean that a helmet is bad. Even though I feel that the Cinder (and helmets
in general) could do a better job at protecting your head. But it all comes down to chances, and as long
as testing methods and research stay behind, this unfortunately will be the case for some
time. That is why I won’t give the Cinder a negative
rating regarding the crash test. Choosing a helmet is always personal and I
do recommend to try a few helmets out. If a Giro doesn’t fit well, I’d recommend
looking into the Bell Stratus MIPS which also sits in the same price range as a Cinder and
has a slightly different fit. But there are of course many other options
to choose from. The fit of a helmet should be priority and
after that price and esthetics. Thanks for watching my review of the Giro
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