Growing demand for more women's kit has bought fourth a wave of bright colours, dynamic designs and all the matching accessories you could hope for.
Established in 1985 from the cycle/surf Mecca of Santa Cruz, Giro exploded into the cycling scene with high performance technical wear. They've always had a single goal in mind: "Enhance the ride".
Giro's mountain bike range for both men and woman has undergone some serious modernisation in recent years, adopting the more casual skater style shoe and playing with fun colour-ways and designs.
Having an extensive range of cycling, well, everything, we tested out Giro's rad turquoise collection of mountain bike accessories.
Giro DND Mountain Cycling Gloves
Some riders are very particular about their choice of glove. There's a lot of varying subtleties which work for some, and not others.
Gloves come with all sorts of specific features, and getting a pair to fit the size and length of your fingers can be trickier than buying shoes!
The DND Mountain Cycling Gloves from Giro are superb trail gloves. They're moisture wicking and breathable with a soft and comfortable fit.
Key features include flex fit on the knuckle for easier movement, a wiping fabric on the thumb pocket and slip on cuff. With silicone grip fingers and soft suede material for the palm, these gloves were extremely comfortable to ride in for a full sunny trail day.
Colours: Black/Charcoal, Blue Jewel/Gum, Bright Green/Black, Glow Red/Hi Yellow, Camo/Gum, Milspec/Yellow, Squiggle Black, Turquoise/Black
Sizes: Small - XX.Large
Giro Jacket Flat Shoes
Still plucking up the courage to get my feet into some clipped pedals, I'm currently rocking the flats. So when Giro sent me their new casual skater flat shoe, the Jacket, I was eager to try them out.
Constructed with black and turquoise panels on top, and a soft durable Vibram rubber for the sole, these shoes are very light in the hand.
They have a low profile design which allows for considerable movement around the ankle, without the heel or tongue getting in the way of your pedal strokes.
The Jacket shoes felt extremely comfortable with durable and hard wearing protection on the toe end and heel end. Ideal for absorbing impact for when you clip your foot on a feature. The double stitch throughout the shoe offers greater strength and durability over time.
The rubber Vibram sole of the shoe has a varying geometric design which provide ample grip with the pedal pins. I wore the Giro Jacket's with my Hope F20 Flat pedals, and I had no issue with slipping, or poor contact. What I love about these shoes is that they feel tough, offering protection to the foot, but they have enough flex to deform to the pedal as well.
Because they come in a variety of awesome colours, they feel great and look even better... it's easy to wear these on and off the bike. When I un-boxed them, my first thought was, "these are way too nice for the trails".
Colours: Army/Glowing Red/Gum, Black/Gum, Black/Turquoise, Dress Bue/Gum, Grey/Green
Sizes: EU 37 - EU 48
Giro Montara MIPS Helmet
Last of the turquoise power trio is the highly regarded Montara helmet equipped with multi-directional Impacts Protection System (MIPS).
There are some brilliant features of this helmet which has earned it a great review from TWC. The fitting system is accurate in circumference, and in height which can be adjusted by the ratchet wheel at the back. Once fitted and set up properly, the Montara helmet is comfortable, and won't wobble around during even the most rocky of downhill sections.
The internal brow strap has hydrophilic and anti-microbial pads which absorb up to 10x is own weight. This helps keep the sweat out of your eyes while remaining comfortable to wear.
With MIPS technology, goggle room and a breakaway camera mount, the Giro Montara gives you everything you need from a helmet without compromising on style or safety.
Once fitted correctly, the helmet was extremely comfortable to wear. I didn't suffer from any pinching pains, slipping or wobble head. On a gorgeous hot day, I was ever so grateful for the generous 16 vents which allowed air to channel around my head to keep me cool.
One drawback I noticed immediately is that the small ratchet wheel in the rear is set into the strap, making it a little difficult to adjust with your gloves on. Even without my gloves on, it was still a little fiddly and hard to get a decent grip on at times. Although not a deal-breaker for me, because once you fit your helmet at the start of the ride, there shouldn't be a need to adjust thereafter.
Colours: Matt Black/Galaxy, Matt Turquoise, Matt White/Geo
Sizes: Small: 51-55CM, Medium: 55-59CM
Giro's colour coordinating magic has really made accessorising more fun in my MTB wardrobe. Maintaining high quality performance wear, they have incorporated additional features, comfort and style almost too good for bike wear.
The Jacket shoes have to be my favourite for their look, functionality and their surprising lightweight feel. I really enjoy riding in them, and even just wearing them for the post-ride cuppa and cake session.
Giro's mountain bike accessory range is largely unisex. Just because it isn't women's specific, doesn't mean it's not for women... not that many of us really care.
New kit, bikes and accessories for 2016 are shaping up to make for a colourful and eye-catching season. With Giro's bike wear adding its own burst of colour, colour coordinating has never been easier.
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