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Best Bang for Your Buck MIPS Open Face Mountain Bike Helmet

  • Coverage 70% 70%
  • Safety Tech 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 60% 60%
  • Features 60% 60%

Category: All-Mountain/XC

Weight: 371g

Vents: 14

Price: $100.00

What We Like: All of the features of a top of the line helmet at half the price.

What We Don’t: Warmer than average, not the greatest helmet liner.

Giro is one of the foremost names in mountain bike helmet design, and the Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet (and women’s model Giro Cartelle MIPS helmet) shows why, snagging our top spot for best MIPS mountain bike helmet for riders on a budget.

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  • Safety Tech 90% 90%
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  • Features 90% 90%

Pros

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Well Ventilated

Great Coverage

Cons

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  • Safety Tech 100% 100%
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  • Features 90% 90%

Pros

Innovative Safety Technology

Best in Class Coverage

Cons

Hot and Heavy

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Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS

  • Coverage 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech 80% 80%
  • Weight 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
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Pros

Well Ventilated

Great Coverage

Great Looks.

Cons

Limited Visor Adjustability

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Smith Forefront 2 MIPS

  • Coverage 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech 90% 90%
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  • Ventilation 60% 60%
  • Features 100% 100%

Pros

Very Lightweight

Comfortable Fit

Innovative Safety Technology

Cons

Sub-par Ventilation

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Category: All-Mountain/XC

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Kali Interceptor

  • Coverage 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech 100% 100%
  • Weight 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 100% 100%
  • Features 60% 60%

Pros

Insane Safety Tech

Great Ventilation

Cons

Subpar Visor

Slightly Less Coverage than Other Top Picks

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Category: All-Mountain/XC

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Leatt DBX 3.0 All Mountain

  • Coverage 80% 80%
  • Safety Tech 100% 100%
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  • Ventilation 80% 80%
  • Features 100% 100%

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Epic Safety Innovation

Lightweight

Well Ventilated

Cons

Not quite as much Coverage as our other Top Picks

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Vents: 18

Kali Protectives Maya 2.0

  • Coverage 80% 80%
  • Safety Tech 90% 90%
  • Weight 90% 90%
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  • Features 40% 40%

Pros

Premium Helmet Protection with a budget Helmet Price Tag

Cons

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Giro Chronicle

  • Coverage 70% 70%
  • Safety Tech 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 60% 60%
  • Features 60% 60%

Pros

All of the Features of a Top of the Line Helmet at half the Price.

Cons

Warmer than average, not the greatest helmet liner.

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Weight: 371g

Vents: 14

Bell Sixer MIPS

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  • Safety Tech 80% 80%
  • Weight 60% 60%
  • Ventilation 80% 80%
  • Features 70% 70%

Pros

The tried and true features of the Super 3 in an updated package

Cons

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Category: All-Mountain

Weight: 411g

Vents: 26

Smith Session MIPS

  • Coverage 70% 70%
  • Safety Tech 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Features 60% 60%

Pros

Great Ventilation

Cons

Price to Performance

Chin Strap

Category:  All-Mountain/XC

Weight: 377g

Vents: 15 vents

Giro Montaro MIPS

  • Coverage 60% 60%
  • Safety Tech 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Features 90% 90%

Pros

Decent Coverage

MIPS Tech

Well-Ventilated

Cons

Not as good of a value as the Giro Chronicle, and not on par with our Top Picks

Category: All-Mountain/XC

Weight: 369g

Vents: 16

Coverage, Weight, and Ventilation

While not providing the coverage of our top picks, the Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet still provides excellent coverage, coming down near the ears and over the back of the skull. This sets it apart from many budget mountain bike helmets, which tend to sit up on your head like a road bike helmet, providing you with far less protection from the trees, rocks, and awkward spills that mountain bikers face on a daily basis.

Furthermore, the Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet weighs in at only 369g, which is truly impressive for a high coverage, MIPS equipped mountain bike helmet at its price point.

The downside to this helmet is its ventilation. It is not one of the coolest helmets that you are going to wear. It is certainly not as cool as our top pick, the POC Tectal Race Spin, but it is less than half the price!

Safety Tech

Giro was one of the first mainstream mountain bike helmet brands to partner with MIPS, so it should come as no surprise that the technology is found in many of their helmets, including the Chronicle and Cartelle. Furthermore, unlike most brands that will offer a non-MIPS version of helmets at a reduced price, Giro’s MIPS equipped helmets are not accompanied by non-MIPS alternatives. Because of this, GIRO offers MIPS equipped helmets at a lower price point than most brands, resulting in the great value packed into the Giro Chronicle and Cartelle helmets.

Other features

Unlike some all mountain helmets at lower price points, the Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet retains a “moto” style visor, with a large range of easy adjustability, which can easily accommodate goggles under the visor on a long climb.

The Giro Chronicle and Cartelle helmets use the same ROC LOC 5 adjustable harness system as the more expensive Giro Montaro. However, the Chronicle features a smaller dial, which can be more difficult to feel and turn with gloves on.

The Giro Chronicle features a somewhat lower quality padding than the more expensive Montaro, but I think this is actually a fair trade, as it contains more of it than the somewhat skimpily padded Montaro.

The Bottom Line

At $100, the Giro Chronicle MIPS, and Women’s specific Giro Cartelle MIPS, is a great helmet at a bargain price. I know that some might not consider anything for $100 a bargain, but those people will only suffer getting knocked out once before they change their mind. Furthermore, select colors and sizes can frequently be found on sale for as little as little as $59.99.

The Chronicle MIPS not only provides virtually all of the safety features found in helmets at $50 and $100 higher price points, it does so while remaining just as light as its more expensive counterparts, if warmer than some.

If you are looking for the best bargain MIPS mountain bike helmet on the market, then you could not go wrong with the Giro Chronicle MIPS.

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