Giro Unveils the 9.7-Ounce Aries Spherical Helmet, its Lightest Helmet to Date

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For hardcore cyclists, shedding weight where you can has become a way of life, whether it’s finding sunglasses that you can hardly feel on your face or taking a few ounces off your jersey. For Giro, optimizing weight with performance has become a science. In 2018, the brand launched its Aether MIPS, which has been one of the lightest and most comfortable helmets on the planet.

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This week, Giro outdid itself with the release of the Aries Spherical Helmet, which Virginia Tech says is the best-performing helmet it’s ever tested. Shedding off a fraction of an ounce compared to the Aether, the nearly 10-ounce Aries gets its structural integrity from the proprietary AURA II Reinforcement Arch, which consists of two translucent, shatter-resistant bridges that help with ventilation and strength without adding much weight. Likewise, the DryCore sweat management system allows forehead moisture to evaporate quickly and the large vents and deep interior channels help direct cool air over your head while riding. According to Giro, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it.

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Comfort aside, the Aries provides riders with the number-one thing they’re looking for in a helmet: safety. Performing better in that regard compared to heavier options, the helmet benefits from the MIPS-powered Spherical Technology, a ball-and-socket design that adjusts according to the force of impact, redirecting said impact of certain collisions to minimize the effect on your head.

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Available in several colorways, the Aries helmet is priced at $300 on Giro’s website.