Giro Savant
Giro Savant
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How Should I Replace My Bike Helmet: Giro Savant

I bike a lot. Between my sweat and the sun, I wonder—how long does a helmet last? If it's time for a new lid, what do I buy?

Giro Savant
Doug Gantenbein

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It’s true you can easily spend $180 and up for a road helmet. But for good protection you don’t need to.

So take a look at Giro’s Savant ($90). A few years back it would have been the top of the Giro pecking order, now it’s just a great value in a light, 25-vent helmet. I like Giro’s “RocLoc” fit and strap system, and of course the Savant meets all current standards for head protection.

THE ALTERNATE: Of course, you can splurge as well—on a Mavic Plasma ($250). This is a very hot-looking helmet, but one with enough venting to keep you plenty cool. Plus it has exceptional fit, and a removable visor.

Need something for mountain biking? Then take a look at this next one.

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