Over the past several years, we’ve seen snow helmets go from being something that you saw here and there to being a fixture on more people’s heads than not. Not only is this a byproduct of people taking safety in account more and more but it’s also a nod to helmets becoming more feature-rich, lightweight and comfortable for all day wear. The Edit from Giro brings that list to life with the added bonus of an integrated GoPro mount so you can bring your days of shredding (and wiping out) home to show off.
MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION
The Edit is built with In-mold construction. What this means is that the outer, polycarbonate shell, is molded and bonded to the inner foam liner all in the same step. For you and me, this equals a weight saving and means that the ventilation possibilities are far greater. The Edit contains seven different vents, all of which work together. On the front middle of the helmet there is its Stack Vent. This vent faces down toward where the venting along the top of almost all goggles falls and its pass through faces forward. This allows the goggle to vent properly rather than blocking air flow with a solid rim. The vents on top of the helmet create air channels to regulate the heat or cold for the wearer. The front four vents have an adjustable slide that allows the wearer to control just how much air – if any – is allowed to pass through the helmet and the two vents on the rear of the helmet allow that air to pass over the head and out the back.
Internally, the liner of the Edit is constructed for comfort without neglecting the ventilation features of the shell. The liner itself is made using X-Static fabric – made with a layer of pure silver which is bonded to the fabric. This accomplishes two things that are very important for a snow helmet: one, it’s heat conductive so it keeps the head warm when needed and allows for easy temperature regulation. Second, it’s antimicrobial so all that sweat and such that is swimming around on your head while you crush it in the backcountry won’t stink up for favorite helmet.
Right off it bears mentioning that the Edit is light, at barely 13 ounces in a size medium. It also seems like the helmet is really well balanced with no more weight toward the front that toward the back. For me, this meant that the helmet disappeared on my head and was never really noticeable, even on long days. The ventilation is fantastic. I was out on days where it was snowing hard with wind enough to blow me sideways and temperatures well into the single digits and I stayed warm no problem. On warmer days (up to about 32), even my gloved hand could easily open the vents all the way to stay cool. I found the liner to be quite comfortable and again, I wasn’t really aware of the helmet being on my head any more than I would have a hat.
Audio is big with many skiers and snowboarders today and the Edit allows for it no problem. The ear flaps are nice and thick (and warm) and have a hook & loop enclosure at the top that allows you to put in most after market audio systems (I was using the CHIPS audio system from Outdoor Tech). The fit system in the Edit is Giro’s Roc Loc 5. This system brings full adjustability to the circumference of the head which makes for a very even and solid feel. The Roc Loc 5 also makes for a very nice weight saving since its design is minimal yet effective. The adjustment of the system is made for one-hand use but, since the dial is small, it may be tricky for a gloved hand to use.
The Edit also rocks a feature called the Trip Clip. Since traveling with a helmet can be tricky as they take up SO much room in a bag, this clip, which also serves as the helmet’s goggle retainer, transfers inside the helmet to be strapped to your pack solidly. Alternatively, there is a small carabiner on the left ear flap that can quickly be hooked to whatever it needs to be.
Certainly one of the Edit’s coolest features and the reason it got its name, is the integrated GoPro mount right smack in the middle of the front of the helmet. When you buy the helmet, the mount that screws into this bracket comes with the helmet (the GoPro camera does not) and attaches super quickly. Since the mount is so far forward it gives a fantastic perspective from the skiers point of view. While you will have to deal with the additional weight of the camera, the fit system should negate that for the most part.
I really enjoyed the way this helmet feels when on. It’s balanced and light weight make it ideal for those who aren’t really used to wearing a helmet. Additionally, since the Roc Loc fit system also accounts for forward and backward tilt of the helmet, wearing the Edit with even the most gigantic goggles is comfortable. The chin strap of the Edit has a well sized pad that covers almost the entire strap even at full extension. The beanie liner is very comfortable and the amount of padding is just enough to make it a fit for long days. Be sure to get your sizing right when purchasing since, if you go to small, you may have the problem of compressing the inner padding and some discomfort.
The Edit snow helmet from Giro is light, comfortable, feature rich and SAFE. The price tag is a tiny bit steep at $180 (you can find it cheaper on Amazon at the link below!) but consider all the features that this helmet brings along with it. Wearing a helmet is something that’s “weird” any more, especially not when that helmet can bring your audio to your ears and take some pretty epic footage for your own personal highlight (or lowlight!) reel. Giro isn’t a company that got where they are in the helmet game by building non-impressive stuff. They’ve been protecting heads and advancing technology for years and the Edit is exactly what you’d expect to see from a brand that is trailblazing ahead.
Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).