Trail and enduro riders are now demanding helmets with a deeper back for more protection, yet without A compromise to either weight or ventilation. For A trail riding LID, the new Giro Chronicle scores a place in the 2017 Dirt 100.

At just shy of £100 this new Chronicle trail lid isn’t Giro’s cheapest option but sees some serious improvements over the Feature helmet which it replaces in their line-up. If there was one criticism of the Feature it was its ventilation – which we (and many others) felt was lacking. Other than that we loved the fit and this new Giro helmet is a great replacement. Giro have added plenty of recent developments to their range – in particular the well-received Montaro a modern take on their original Supermoto helmet.

The Chronicle helmet takes design cues from Giro’s top of the range Montaro helmet, and offers many of the key technologies and features that this brand now offers. We’ve grown to love the quality construction, finish and detailing that has now become standard across much of Giro’s comprehensive range and the Chronicle doesn’t disappoint.

‘The Giro Montaro has impressed us with how well it syncs with goggles and the Chronicle carries over this detail too’

Designed with MIPS technology as standard, this liner redirects impact energy to provide more protection in certain impacts. It’s good to see this tech now on mid priced helmets.

The compact shape provides deep, confident coverage, and is well finished with an in-mold skin covering all the external shell. The Roc Loc 5 fit system allows you to easily dial-in both fit tension and adjust vertical position with a single hand. It works well with gloves on (as you would hope), has a precise feel, but has a small dial that is low profile in design and sits tucked out of the way.

As goggle use with ‘open face’ helmets has now become more mainstream, helmet brands are now looking at how well they work together. The Chronicle is designed for goggle compatibility, and Giro’s ‘P.O.V. Plus’ peak allows enough adjustment to place your goggles on the front of the helmet when climbing fire roads or off the bike resting. The Giro Montaro has impressed us with how well it syncs with goggles – especially Giro’s own Blok model – and the Chronicle carries on with this detail too. Even if you don’t run goggles with an open-face helmet, it’s good to be able to lift the peak out of your vision if weather conditions allow. It’s easy to adjust too, with three clearly defined positions; there’s no dial to twist before adjusting, just push it into place and it stays there.

With 14 vents, ventilation and airflow on the Chronicle are a huge improvement over the older Feature model. The Chronicle has a comfortable and secure fit from the off.

The Chronicle is a proper mountain bike helmet and takes the secure fit and protection of the Feature and adds up-to-date tech and detailing. It was, an instant hit for us here at Dirt. If more protection is needed (with a removable chinguard) then check out another favourite of ours, the Giro Switchblade.

PRICE: £99.99

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