The new Giro Radix MIPS helmet replaces one of their more popular prior models because, well, that one just couldn’t work with the MIPS system. So, they created a new shape to fill that mid-level trail helmet segment, and gave it an integrated MIPS liner to keep the profile low. The new Giro Radix has a deep rear section with a fully wrapped EPS base to protect the foam from drop damage. And, you know, keep it lookin’ good…
It comes with their Roc Loc 5.5 retention system, a built-in adjustable visor, and Cool-fit antimicrobial padding. Retail will be $85 (€119) when it hits shelves later this fall.
For roadies, the new Agilis brings all of the same tech, but in a more streamlined look for the gravel and pavement bunch. It gets more vents, too, pushing air through 32 holes with internal channels.
The Integrated MIPS is a lower profile version than the original, and it builds the retention mechanism into its layer to save material and stack height. Retail for the Agilis will be $80 (€99).
New (and updated) Giro shoes
The new Ventana trail shoes come in two varieties – BOA or Fastlace. Both are designed for easy walkability off the bike, and good grip and stability on it thanks to a nylon shank to support the foot on the pedals.
The soles are Sensor rubber, so they should grab on hike-a-bike sections, too. The uppers are a breathable, one-piece material that’s light, too.
Both versions use soft loops to manage the laces/wire, which eliminates any hard plastic bits that could create pressure points. Pricing is TBA, but in case your wondering, the Fastlace version is just a few grams lighter.
The Empire VR90 has been one of their more popular shoes, but some (enough) riders felt it was a bit narrow. So, they’ve updated the uppers to add a bit more room in the forefoot, but it’s still built on the same last and EC90 carbon sole.
Give ’em a hand for this glove innovation
The new Xnetic gloves are knit, so there are no seams on the uppers, even leading into the thumb. They come in men’s and women’s versions, full and finger-less. Shown in the first pic, near center in black and hi-vis yellow, are the even newer Xnetic H2O gloves, which are waterproof and slightly insulating. They use a breathable membrane between a durable nylon outer material and a hypoallergenic interior liner…and they’re thin and dextrous, thanks to the knit construction.
They have some more new thin-but-insulated winter gloves coming, too.
Where are my paaaaaaannnnntssss?
Here they are, finally. Giro made some very (almost too) nice commuter pants years ago, and now they’re back in the game with a more casual Venture Pant (right) for $100 that has bluesign-approved stretch material with DWR coating and a side zip hidden cargo pocket that will fit an iPhone XS Max…I tried it, it fits. Hallelujah.
For mountain bikers (both men and women), the new Havoc Pant is a lightweight 4-way stretch material that’s also quiet. It gets strategic ventilation perforations and exterior waist adjustment tabs, plus belt loops. And, they say it’ll fit knee pads underneath. Retail is $160, coming this fall.