Review Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet

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Product name: Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet
Price paid: £138
Score (out of 10): 9

Review: After a fairly spectacular pair of unsheduled dismounts left me with a black eye the day before I took SWMBO to Prague for her Xmas present I upgraded my FoxFlux to this Giro Switchblade MIPS.

I wanted full face for the gnarr downhill bits but open face for the slog to the top so this fitted the bill. That it was on sale at CRC only sweetened the deal.

It's heavier than my Flux, even with the chinguard removed and hotter too. Not a problem at this time of year, but look out for a sweaty update if we ever get a summer...
It's very comfortable and I don't notice the weight of it any more.

Initially, I started riding with the chinguard removed but after a couple of times of stopping to fit it at the top and stopping to remove it at the bottom I just leave it on all the time. The only disadvantage to that is drinking from a bottle is no longer possible without stopping.
 

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Initially, I started riding with the chinguard removed but after a couple of times of stopping to fit it at the top and stopping to remove it at the bottom I just leave it on all the time.
er... dude. I'm not sure why you'd compromise with one of these then?
A proper full face will always do the job far better than these removable chinguard style helmets.
I must admit they've got a lot better. The original switchbalde chinguard design was so bad it actaully caused as much injury as it was meant to prevented.

TOP TIP: Drinking with a bottle in most full face helmets is possible if you just pull the chinguard down.
 
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I just leave it on all the time.
er... dude. I'm not sure why you'd compromise with one of these then?
er... dude. This is why...
I wanted full face for the gnarr downhill bits but open face for the slog to the top
I suspect I'll go back to switching between modes in the summer.
Not sure it's a compromise either...
Everything about the Switchblade is optimized for the descent, and that’s why it’s certified to CPSC, EN-1078 and ASTM-1952-DH with and without the chinbar.
 

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I fall off on the way up more often than on the way down...
 

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No, usually onto my already fucked shoulder, doing yet more damage...
 

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It got a good testing this weekend. I haven't had a chance to inspect it yet, but at the very least I think I need a new peak. Both crashes were soft on the head and hard on the hip so I hopeful it won't need replacing.
 
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