Giro's Indicator helmet is remarkable value for money; this level of spec would've been unthinkable for just £40 a few years back. It's lighter than several well-known competitors and laden with features including detachable peak and insect netting. It's hard to think of a riding context where it doesn't belong, save for road racing or time trialling.
It took me all of ten seconds to get a perfect fit, thanks to Giro's infinitely tuneable Acu Dial head ring. The Indicator comes in just one size, covering heads from singular 51 to 61cm. Giro's accurately-named Universal Fit design makes this the closest I've encountered to a helmet that genuinely fits everyone.
Ours was an office-neutral titanium and silver two-tone that complemented both cycling and civilian ends of the wardrobe effortlessly, yet came alive under the glare of street and vehicle lighting. There's a wealth of alternatives such as matt titanium, red/black, black charcoal and the more flamboyant white turquoise or white silver explosion.
Features like in-mould construction - where the outer shell and EPS foam liner are formed together – twenty vents and meeting the CE1078 standard are hardly front-page news but the detailing is devilishly good. You might be sceptical about buzzwords like 'exhaust vents' but they work, keeping your head comfortable whether you're winching slowly up the climbs with bulging panniers or trickling through rush hour crawls.
The pads are machine washable so trench helmet shouldn't be a problem. They handled the sweat at a steady 20mph and big ring bombing missions haven't left me nursing front lobe headaches. That sliver of nylon mesh kept kamikaze members of the insect kingdom from spoiling things too.
Although they're associated with mountain biking, I'm rather fond of peaks since they shelter the face from wind, rain, sleet, snow and the like. The Indicator peak's slightly shallower shape doesn't get in the way when you glance over your shoulder or look into a junction. Nevertheless, it's as effective as porch-like mountain bike peaks along forest and disused railway tracks populated by untamed foliage.
Versatile everyday helmet with some very nice touches.
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Make and model: Giro Indicator
Size tested: Titanium/Silver
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Generally agree, although had to chuckle at the "exhaust vents"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
In mould construction, CE1078 conformity, 20 vents and washable pads.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Giro Indicator is in many respect the ideal lid for everyday riding thanks to high quality construction, good ventilation, modest weight and favourable pricing.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Attention to detail coupled with a genuinely road and trail friendly peak.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, as an everyday lid
Age: 38 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)