Giro claims the new Aries is the lightest MIPS Spherical helmet ever – but only just

Giro says its new Aries is the lightest MIPS Spherical helmet yet and is ranked No.1 for injury risk reduction by the influential Virginia Tech labs.

The Spherical design with MIPS protection was debuted back in 2018, with the Giro Aether. It was refined into a lighter, lower-volume package on the all-rounder Helios lid in 2020.

The brand has set out to further improve the protection its helmets offer with the Aries.

The goal with the new helmet was to create an improved successor to the Aether that increases the protection, lightens the weight and optimizes aero, comfort and cooling.

New Giro Aries helmet – what you need to know

  • The lightest Spherical helmet design yet at a claimed 265g (medium)
  • Ranked No. 1 for injury risk reduction by Virginia Tech labs
  • Low volume, smaller overall size than the Aether
  • Minimal padding with moisture channeling built-in
  • New Aura II reinforcement arch
  • 4% aero drag reduction over the Aether
  • 2.3% cooler than the Aether

Safety

The Aura II reinforcement bridges are made of a shatter-proof translucent polymer.
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The Aries is Giro’s latest helmet to include its Spherical technology, which utilizes a unique ball-and-socket design employing the MIPS Brain Protection System.

Giro’s Spherical system takes the MIPS ‘slip-plane’ idea, but instead of either using a thin liner that sits between the helmet and pads, or anchoring the pads on elastomers, Giro combines two EPS shells. One sits inside the other and they’re anchored on elastomer anchors that are ball ended and sit in a socket on the lower shell. This enables uninterrupted 360-degree movement.

Minimal padding is a key feature of the new Aries.
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Giro developed the helmets at the DOME labs in its Scotts Valley HQ (with MIPS engineers present).

The two-piece construction of the Aries enables Giro to optimize the protection by using a higher-density EPS foam for the outer to take the initial impact. A lower density on the inner layer cushions and absorbs energy before it reaches your head.

All of Giro’s Spherical helmet designs so far have received the highest 5-star rating from the highly respected Virginia Tech labs and the new Aries continues that trend. In fact, the Aries has become the number one ranked helmet of all those tested by Virginia Tech.

Weight

At 309.9g (large), it’s the lightest Spherical MIPS helmet Giro has made.
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The key element to these improvements has been the development of the AURA II reinforcement arch.

These twin bridges (made from a translucent shatter-proof polymer) are designed to add structural integrity without increasing weight.

Giro claims the Aries has a 5 percent weight reduction over the Giro Aether at a claimed 265g for a size medium.

The Aries is claimed to be both lighter and cooler than the previous range-topping Aether.
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Giro’s all-rounder/gravel helmet, the Helios Spherical, weighs in at 310.8g (size large) and the sample Aries we’ve received is 309.9g in the same size (claimed 300g).

This just about makes the Aries Giro’s lightest Spherical offering by the smallest of margins. However, the Helios has much less aggressive venting than the pro-racing destined Aries.

Cooling

Large forward-facing vents are designed to drive cooling air across your head.
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The Aries’ low-volume design combines huge front vents and large exhaust ports with forward-facing vents that are a minimum of 20mm wide.

The single open vent in the front center is 60mm wide by 30mm deep and the further five front-facing vents run the length of the crown.

At the rear, six large exhaust ports take care of helping expel the free-flowing air across the scalp.

Large exhaust ports at the rear are there to help keep the air flowing.
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Internally, it combines deep channels and a new herringbone pattern of cutaways to further reduce heat build-up.

The Aries’ combination of venting is much more open and extensive, while the internal channels are also more comprehensive.

The herringbone-like pattern of internal channels is designed to keep air flowing over your scalp.
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Giro claims a 2.3 percent improvement in cooling performance over the Aether (which itself is 2 percent more efficient than the Helios).

The total vent count for the Aries is 24.

Comfort

Silicone eyewear grippers are built into the front side vents.
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Giro says it has worked extensively on both refining the shape of the helmet and reducing the number of pads necessary for the design.

In fact, internally you’ll find only two pads, a U-shaped thin one at the crown and another, 30mm deep, that runs the full length of the brow.

Multiple pads can become both heat traps and moisture sinks, so Giro believes reducing these at the same time as improving airflow makes for a more comfortable helmet.

A new brow pad has a silicone bead to direct moisture away from your eyes.
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These pads are made from Giro’s new Drycore technology. This uses an internal silicone bead that creates a barrier and redirects moisture away from your brow according to the brand. If it works, it’ll mean no more sweat running into your eyes when riding hard in the heat.

Adjustment is taken care of by Giro’s Roc Loc 5+ Air fit system with 4cm of horizontal adjustment, along with volume control from the micro-adjusting dial.

Pricing and range details

The Aries is priced at $300 / €320 / AU$499 / £289.99 and in small, medium and large sizes.

It’s available initially in six colorways: Anodized Matt Blue, Matt Anodized Harbor Blue Fade, Matt Black, Matt Carbon Red, Matt Coal Space Green/Black and Matt White.

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