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There was a time when piss pot lids all weighed a tonne, but then in-mould technology (where the outer shell and EPS liner are integrated) from lightweight XC lids came across and changed everything. There is an argument that lids of this design aren’t quite as robust because compared to more traditional designs they’re not so fond of being chucked around, but because the outer shell isn’t as thick others argue that they actually offer better protection for your head in a crash because the EPS liner is allowed to do its job straight away.
Anyway, this Giro Section is one of our favourite piss pots right now as the in-mould construction results in a helmet that weighs in at just 272g. That’s lighter than pretty much any trail lid that you’ll find. There are other piss pot lids that are a similar kind of weight, but we reckon the overall design and looks of this particular lid are hard to beat. Giro have even designed it so that it works well with goggles (if that’s your thing), and the range of finishes is hard to beat, there’s everything from subtle to in your face.
You might think that piss pot lids are just reserved for the likes of dirt jumpers, but thanks to the style, low weight, and great protection that these lids offer they’re just at home on the trails these days. Of course you don’t get as much venting as a trail lid, but then in the winter (particularly if you’re follicly challenged) that’s far from a bad thing. The other big difference compared to trail lids is that piss pots generally just use simple velcro pads of different thicknesses to fine tune the fit (the helmet is available in three sizes) rather than a fancy adjustable retention system. This helps to keep both the price and weight low, and the reality is that many riders actually find this simple ‘old skool’ approach more comfortable. So, the next time you’re looking for a new trail lid make sure you at least check one of these out cos it might well surprise you.