The Giro Quarter is a good option for a range of riding. It's primarily marketed by Giro as a mountain bike/jump helmet (as you can see here) but it's a useful lid for city cycling too, especially if you're on an e-bike (or it's flat round your way) and you're not working up much of a sweat.
- Pros: Good coverage, pretty comfortable
- Cons: You'll get sweaty if you ride too hard
Construction-wise there's an ABS shell and an EPS liner, with a polyurethane coating on the exposed bits to protect it from damage. Eight vents let a bit of air circulate. The straps are riveted onto the outer shell, and there are two sets of pads to adjust the fit; three sizes are available. You should be able to dial in a decent fit, although it's not as adjustable as a road lid, for example.
The white lid we had was a bit prone to picking up marks; one of the darker colours (six colours are available) would probably be a better option.
In use, the Quarter is pretty comfy. It extends a fair way down at the back and the pads do a good job of keeping it in place in the absence of any formal retention system. Other than the straps, or course.
The two air vents at the front do let in a bit of breeze when you're riding at a cruising pace, and there are four vents in the top to allow rising hot air out, and two at the back too.
Obviously it's not the breeziest of lids and if you're working hard you'll soon get a bit of sweat build up, especially in the front pad. But if you're cruising around town, or you're on an e-bike and not working that hard, you'll stay cool and comfortable. On the flip side, it's warm enough for cold weather and offers plenty of head protection if it's raining too.
It's very good value at £35, but you can go cheaper: B'Twin's 500 road helmet, for example, is £29.99 (and its 500 mountain bike lid is just £17.99). Have a look at more in our buyer's guide, linked below.
At 425g the Quarter isn't as light as a road helmet (the B'Twin 500 mentioned above is a claimed 270g) but it doesn't feel like too much of a burden. It's a good option if you're looking for something that doesn't look too sporty for city riding. Or if you want to go jumping down the woods.
Good option for leisurely city riding. And dirt jumping
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Quarter helmet
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Giro says, "The Quarter™ is one of the lowest-profile helmets we've ever made, and it's also the lightest we've made with an ABS shell. The essentials are here – an EPS liner for impact management, a tough outer shell, riveted webbing anchors and plush, sweat absorbent pads that are easy to swap for dialing in the fit. Another standout feature – the polyurethane coating helps to protect the EPS liner from daily wear and tear. Available in a bunch of great colors and three Super Fit™ sizes."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Polyurethane Bumper helps to protect EPS Liner
ABS Shell with EPS Liner
Fit Kit Padding
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I didn't do much dirt jumping but it works well as a leisure/city lid.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Pretty comfy, fairly low profile.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Can get a bit sweaty at times.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a good lid: I'm not really using it for its designed use here but I've enjoyed wearing it, especially on the e-bike.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.