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We put the new Giro Air Attack cycle helmet to the test

Giro Air Attack helmet

Giro Air Attack

As worn by Ironman world champion Leanda Cave, the Giro Air Attack helmet is a favourable compromise between the practicality and light weight of a regular road helmet and the aerodynamic slickness of a long-tailed lid.

The helmet set new standards for aerodynamics in Giro’s testing – 17 seconds faster per 40km than their Aeon model – but it’s the feel on the road that makes it special. Swapping 15-minute bursts between the Air Attack and a normal road helmet, there’s a surprisingly palpable feeling of reduced wind resistance – and noise – while in Giro’s new helmet. Speed feels easier to hold while on the extensions and the lack of a tail means less drag is created when you must invariably move out of the fixed head-back position most aero helmets demand.

The fit is great too. Available in small, medium and large sizes, Giro’s always-comfortable interior cradle holds secure without the need to ratchet up the adjustment dial to headache-inducing tightness. The X-Static pads on the inside are also anti-bacterial for peace of mind on long, sweaty rides.

Despite falling short of offering the air-conditioned feeling of some gaping-vented road helmets, the Air Attack has surprisingly good air flow, and is much cooler than the majority of aero helmets. With four simple vents, it offers just the right amount of cooling on the flats and exhibited only mild steaming on lung-busting climbs.

We can’t deny that it looks a little goofy, but we’re more than willing to swap good looks for practicality in this case. There’s even a visor-equipped ‘Shield’ version for £149.99.