Review: New Giro Ember (Cinder) MIPS Helmet
May 25th, 2017
May 25th, 2017
Anna is a jack-of-all-bikes, and has been riding and racing in a myriad of genres for over seven years; from World Cup level cross-country, to grass roots coaching kids on the road.
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New for 2017 is the Ember, for the ladies, and the Cinder, for the men, not that you have to stick to those genres of course, but the Ember comes in a more feminine palette, hence I couldn't resist grabbing my Ember in matte black with a hint of bright pink. Well, you gotta play up to it some times, eh? Anyway, it's based on the much-loved Synthe, offering the same style, but on a budget. It is by no means chunky, however; being roughly 300g vs 254g on the Synthe, nor is it going to deliver much less performance thanks to incorporating MIPS technology for better fit and impact protection, but it is a saving of around £100 on the Synthe (RRP £249) depending on your shop choice.
I have worn this helmet everywhere. It's pretty versatile. It's light enough for road, airy enough for cross-country mountain biking and subtly stylish enough to use as a commuter or shopping helmet for even the fussiest of fashionistas. I can't praise the fit enough, it really is a beautifully designed and comfortable helmet, with not a 'mushroom head' in sight. Having all this with MIPS for around the £100 mark is awesome. It is easily my favourite helmet at the moment, moving far more expensive helmets to the back of the closet in favour of the Ember. It just works, and I love it.