Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet

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Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet
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Traditionally, aerodynamic cycling helmets have relied on sloping shapes, minimal venting, and a teardrop tail design to dictate the flow of air in order to overcome aerodynamic drag. However, with Giro's new Air Attack Shield, its engineers had to rethink the shape of this typical design. The reason for this was simple -- the objective of the Air Attack was to mate an aerodynamic helmet with a design that was compact, well-ventilated, and able to be worn for long periods of time.

To start, the helmet was designed with a similar frontal area as Giro's Selector time trial helmet, only with a new 'chopped-off' rear section. Wind tunnel testing proved that the air still 'thinks' it's moving around a long tail, when, in fact, the excess material no longer exists. In addition to now having roughly the same minimal drag (only 11% more) than the Selector, the Air Attack provides a drastic increase in weight savings. In fact, the claimed weight of the Air Attack (without the shield attached) is 264g versus the Selector's 430g.

The second major consideration when designing the Air Attack came down to thermodynamics. After all, Giro's engineers knew that a lightweight, aerodynamic helmet was worthless to the peloton if didn't ventilate well. This led Giro to the development of what it calls 'the Therminator,' which is a head-form heated to the temperature of a human, with 'thermo-couples' added on the outside. The information relayed from this system allowed engineers to map out parts of the head that stayed both cool and warm in the wind tunnel, which let Giro locate where vents were working and where they were not. What Giro found was that as air hits the rider, there is a very high pressure zone right at the forehead. In response, the Air Attack's new fit system, known as Roc Loc Air, suspends the rider's head off of the EPS, allowing air entered in that front three millimeter portion of the helmet to flow over the top of the head and out the large, strategically placed back channels. Remember that 11% additional drag over the Selector? The 28% increased cooling power achieved ought to make up for it.

As for the shield itself, Giro collaborated with Zeiss Optics in order to create the polycarbonate design. This partnership developed into a broad lens with high-levels of both durability and clarity. In fact, Giro argues that the shield provides a wider field of coverage and view, given that it's free from any framing. And this brings us to our next topic, the shield's attachment. Essentially, the shield is held by three magnets at the front of the helmet. This system of attachment allows you to spin the shield around, up and out of the way. You'll notice that the field docks automatically, and creates a streamlined frontal surface with the Air Attack helmet.

The Attack isn't as light as Giro's fully-vented and top-end Aeon helmet, but it still provides you with 97% of its cooling efficiency and an 11% boost in aerodynamic efficiency. We'll let you weigh the trade-off.

The Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet is available in the sizes Small, Medium, and Large and in the colors Black/silver, Black/red, Blue/black, and White/silver


  • Roc Loc Air retention system lets you literally dial in a comfortable fit with a small knob; system can also be adjusted up and down to find that "just right" fit
  • Lightweight, thin and adjustable webbing harness with a slim buckle gives you a low-profile, custom fit


  • Giro Air Attack Shield bike helmet has removable X-static® padding that helps wick sweat away from your head
  • Removable X-Static comfort padding (machine washable)


  • When shield isn't needed, it can be quickly removed, flipped upside down and reattached so it's facing up and out of the way


  • Strategic vent placement and shape of the helmet's interior help move cool air over your head while stale, hot air is vented out
  • 6 vents, internal channeling

Weather and Wind:

  • Wind tunnel aided design


  • Magnetically fastened polycarbonate eye shield is made by Zeiss optics and provides a clear, unobstructed field of view; lens has gray tint with silver flash


  • Integrated silver fibers have natural antimicrobial properties to combat odors
  • In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
  • Tough, lightweight outer shell is molded to the impact-absorbing expanded polystyrene liner to creating a light and strong helmet
Jenson USA (2014)
Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet 2014.
Giro's first Air Attack™ was a revelation in styling and performance for all types of riding—from track to triathlon, road and mountain biking to cyclocross. Inspired by the original, the new generation Air Attack™ Shield fine-tunes the design for a lightweight, compact and extremely efficient aerodynamic shape that slices through air and features a magnetically fastened eye shield for wraparound eye protection that’s easy to remove during pre-race or warm-up. Add in the comfort, adjustability and enhanced airflow of the Roc Loc® Air system, and the Air Attack™ Shield re-imagines what your helmet can be.
The In-Mold construction process fuses the helmet's outer shell with its impact-absorbing EPS liner during the molding process, making the liner literally a part of the helmet. This process reinforces areas around vents and ribs, creating a one-piece exoskeleton that allows the helmet to be lighter, more durable, and better ventilated than traditional designs. The proprietary Wind Tunnel™ ventilation system, combines active vents with internal exhaust channels that thrust cool, fresh air over and around the rider's head-while forcing heat and stale air out. The significant increase in air ventilation gives you an advantage on tough climbs and when the weather gets hot. The Roc Loc® Air system enhances comfort and stability while adding a new dimension to ventilation and cooling. With a unique design that suspends the helmet slightly above the head, it creates an optimized path for air to flow through the helmet with a Venturi effect that increases efficiency of the vents and internal ventilation channels. Like the acclaimed Roc Loc®5, it also offers micro-adjustable tensioning and vertical positioning adjustments, so you can fine-tune the fit and tilt on the fly with one hand.


With a removable eye shield and a sleek, compact design informed by wind-tunnel testing, the Giro Air Attack Shield bike helmet is a highly aerodynamic helmet for all-around road riding.


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Head circumference:20-24.75 inch
Helmet style:Road
Suggested Use:Road, Aero/Tri
Weight:290 grams

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Awesome helmut, but........

This helmet is everything they say it is but the eye shield expands and contracts with the weather as it is a type of plastic. When it expands on mine the center magnet dislodges and rattles when you hit a bump. Took me awhile to figure this out. Thought it was my bike at first. The shield is great other than that, crystal clear optics! For the price they charge they should include a pouch for at lease the lens if not both. I had to use an old ski goggle pouch to store the lens and I swiped my kids ski helmet pouch for this helmet!
spooner at REI on 05/05/2013

Excellent Versatile Choice

The Giro Air Attack Shield Bike Helmet by Giro is a super choice for cyclists seeking a balance between aero performance and adequate ventilation. The helmet's profile is a bit smaller than even my old Bell Sweep R, resulting in better balance and a high degree of comfort, even on longer rides.
Kevin Mc at REI on 06/06/2013

When Are other shield colors going to be available?
Otherwise, this helmet is the best thing since sliced bread. I've ridden it in hot/dry and hot/humid weather and ventilation is zero problem. Don't know about "aero" but it's far and away the most comfortable helmet I've ever ridden!

cncp76382 at on 01/03/2014

Great Helmet

One of the magnets was broken. Manufacturer sent out a clear shield and promises to send a replacement for the smoke shield. I love the concept and would not want any other helmet.
CyclePastor at REI on 08/08/2013