Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 86 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 292

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Adequate ventilation to prevent overheating.
  • Adjustability around the forehead.
  • The finish of the plastic material withstands wear-and-tear.
  • There are various positions in which to situate the visor.
  • MIPS, a technology that reduces rotational forces from impact, is utilized to increase protection and safety.
  • The rubber grips on the back vents are able to hold a goggle strap securely in place.
  • The Giro Montaro MIPS is less expensive than other higher-end helmets.
  • There is enough adjustability to wear a lightweight beanie or ear-muffs if it’s cold outside.

Expert Reviews

  • Covers the temporal and occipital lobe, despite not being the deepest-fitting helmet.
  • Features Roll Cage Reinforcement, which is a web configured into the EPS foam, adding extra protection and durability.
  • Offered in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large, to suit a range of people.
  • The interior padding is comprised of antimicrobial lining to fight off smells.
  • Despite being basic straps, they do their job and keep the helmet secure.
  • There are 16 vents for optimal ventilation, with air channels beneath to allow for added air flow.
  • The visor is adjustable, with three positions at all the way down, all the way up, and in the middle.
  • Roc Loc 5 adjustment system features a turn-wheel to ensure a good fit.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • There are issues with the helmet not fitting snug enough for some head shapes.
  • The Velcro liner on the sweat pads has been reported to pull away from the foam after little use.

Expert Reviews

  • The visor can protrude forward and impede your line of sight.
  • The camera/light mount can be tricky for some to configure.
  • In the color ‘matte flame’, the highly-visible plastic outer shell fades quickly.
  • The lack of a center guide on the visor means the sides can be uneven.
  • Unable to make fine adjustments when changing the visor position.
  • The chinstraps feature a buckle instead of a snap, making it a bit more difficult to adjust.


The Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet is suitable for all-level riders who want a comfortable, breathable, protective, and stylish helmet on the trails. Despite the visor potentially impeding vision and some issues with Velcro durability, the all-around good scores for this helmet make it a nice option for mountain bikers.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.