A reasonably priced homage to an iconic helmet: The Giro Cielo helmet reviewed

A solid, no-frills helmet from American brand Giro with a fun bit of history behind it.

Giro Cielo helmet
(Image credit: Tyler Boucher)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A strong mid-range option from Giro, the Cielo is comfortable and well-specced for the price. It’s not the lightest, but if you like the look, it’s a solid option and the colour options are fun.

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Style takes its cues from older Giro helmets

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Reasons to avoid
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    Relatively heavy

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    Fit won’t work for all

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There are specific items of kit that seem to stick with certain professional riders. Geraint Thomas in Oakley sunnies, for instance, or Nairo Quintana in a Catlike Mixino. These pieces of equipment are emblematic of different eras in cycling, and they endure even when sponsorships change or riders retire. 

The Giro Aeon was the helmet of choice for the Garmin-Cervelo pro team of the early 2010s (currently known as EF Education-EasyPost), and the shape of that helmet will remain forever linked to Thor Hushovd riding in the rainbow stripes of world champion. 

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Tyler Boucher
Freelance Writer

Tyler Boucher is a former (and occasionally still) bike racer across several disciplines. These days, he spends most of his time in the saddle piloting his children around in a cargo bike. His writing has appeared in magazines published in Europe, the UK and North America. He lives in Seattle, Washington.