Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet
It's back! The Giro Switchblade MIPS is the latest incarnation of the original "enduro" helmet. Released in 1998 - before "enduro" wasn't even a thing - the original switchblade shocked the MTB world with it's removable chin bar. While the original switchblade may have been a glorified cross country helmet with a chin bar, the new Switchblade is coming from the opposite end of the spectrum. With full ASTM downhill certification, the switchblade is a descent focussed helmet, that allows you to remove the chinbar for those tough transition stages. The removable jaw piece is features stainless steel hardware, and anchor points moulded straight into the EPS foam for maximum stiffness and strength.
To remove the chinbar is a breeze - just push the buttons underneath the chinbar, rotate it up and it's off. Installation is just as easy.
With the chinbar removed, the full cut styling is super aggressive!
- Certified ATSM Downhill helmet with or without the chinbar. NOT ACCEPTED AT MTBA DH EVENTS, MTBA ENDURO IS FINE THOUGH.
- Easily Removable Chinbar.
- Extra cooling is delivered via wind tunnels in the cheek pads for maximum ventilation. There is 20 vents with internal channels too.
- Hydrophillic padding absorbs up to 10 x it's own weight in water. This keeps sweat from running into your eyes.
- The X-Static lining is antimicrobial to keep it smelling fresh!
- Fitting is spot on with Giro's Roc Loc Air DH system.
- MIPS technology provides maximum protection from certain crashes
- Visor has multiple positions including an "out of the way" position that allows goggle storage underneath.
- Supplied with an additional visor that has a action camera mount underneath the visor
- The Switchblade MIPS is ultra-light too at just 975g.
Measured around the head just above the ears.
- Small - 51 - 55cm
- Medium - 55 - 59cm
- Large - 59 - 63cm
Ratings & Reviews
Love this helmet!
by Lindsay Kilbourne
I got this helemt a few weeks ago for my birthday from my Dad and I love it. hits like a dream and isnt too heavy. Love the extra protection i get with it without the extra weight of my full face helmet. Chin bars come off and on super easy. What I love the most is I can wear my ear phone to listen to music with out worrying about them falling out and losing them. This helmet give me lots more confidence when riding more nar trails like at Falls creek this weekend and some of the more faster tracks at my local trails with more rocks than the xc trails.
by Carissa Kirk-Pattman
Great helmet not a bad price , a lot lighter than their previous design great colour and comfortable
Bought this helmet for enduro
by Oliver F -
Bought this helmet for enduro riding. First ride impressions using the helmet without the chin bar attached, i found that the helmet was very hot and that i was sweating a lot. That would of been fine with a normal full face helmet as they have extra padding which absorbs the sweat. But as i found the switchblades padding just was not up for the job and as a result the sweat was just pouring straight down the middle of my face into my eyes as i was wearing glasses not goggles. I also think that compared to a lot of other similar helmets the switchblade is quiet heavy. I do however think that the switchblade helmet is very well made and if you buy it for use as a full face helmet and mainly ride in colder climates it would be great. For me personally it was way to hot and because of this i have sold it for something thats a whole lot cooler.
Good helmet: some compromises in weight and air flow mean it isn't quite 2 for 1.
by Carl Menke -
I have a GIRO shaped head. The helmet is very comfortable, and has less head slip than my GIRO chronicle which can slip quite far forward. The breathe-ability is up there, however the overall size is noticeable when compared to a normal non-full face lid. For that reason, I ride with my Chronicle for the vast majority of the less technical trails as it is both lighter and more breathable. Also, re-inserting in-ear headphones is super frustrating if they fall out. Would I buy this over a dedicated half face and a full face helmet? Tough call especially with some of the sales going around. If you can stretch the budget, buy the individual helmets. If you can only afford one, buy this ripper helmet immediately.
Its hard to give anything
by cgmasson -
Its hard to give anything that is so expensive a 5 Star rating, in particular when MTB hats are single use (when doing their primary crash protection duties) and a critical safety item. The switchblade however earns its 4 stars by offering a cost effective way to provide a 2 in 1 solution for the MTB rider, that may want to dabble in something a little gnarly, but generally sticks to flow. Some good additionally items in the box ensure you are covered for GO PRO use as well as some additional helmet pads to keep you fresh.
I went with a size
by Reza -
I went with a size M since my previous Giros were size M and measurement 'round my head is 58cm. Helmet felt tight when put on/taken off to the point of kinda hurting my ears. But when already put on properly it felt nice and snug. Installing/removing the chinbar with the helmet on takes a little practice. Lost one of the visor screws after my 3rd ride (dunno how or where to get a spare :( so make sure you check the tightness of these things before you go ride.