Giro Owen Spherical Helmet Review

A new snow helmet from Giro for 2024. A team driven effort on helmet innovation, the Owen is stylish, lightweight, and comfortable for any type of riding on the mountain.

Helmet Reviewed: Owen Spherical Helmet Mips® (Matte Black Stained)
MSRP: $240

Giro Owen Spherical Specifications:

Certified: CE EN1077 (most common snow sport helmet certification)

Construction:

  • Mips® Spherical
  • In-Mold construction
  • Removable earpads

Ventilation:

Stealth Thermostat Control – With our riders looking for clean styling, we’ve developed our new Thermostat Stealth adjustable venting system that still lets you control air flow, but puts the control inside to keep the aesthetics intact.

Fit System:

  • In Form™ 2 Fit System – lighter and lower-profile than the original, making it even easier to dial in a custom fit in seconds, even with gloves on.
  • On-the-fly Vertical Tuning – accommodates different goggles and head shapes for a custom fit free of gaper gap.
  • Fidlock® magnetic buckle

Intended Use: Snowboarding, most snow sports, anyone wanting an ultra-lightweight helmet designed for any type of riding with good venting.

Recommended for: The all mountain/backcountry/sidecountry/freestyle rider looking for a ultra-lightweight helmet with MIPS and good ventilation.

Review Date and Location: November 2023 – May 2024 in Colorado

Review:

I’ve been a big fan of Giro helmets and have been fortunate enough to review a few other models(Ledge Mips® and Grid Mips®), so I was very excited to see what the Owen spherical Mips® helmet had to offer. I read that the Giro team had a role in designing the helmet, which is a big plus to me as I always appreciate a company that uses experts in the field to improve on their product offering.

At first glance the Owen looks a bit like the Ledge, Giro’s park/freestyle helmet, with some improvements in weight and styling. Looking deeper you’ll notice this is a completely different helmet, the spherical technology has a ball and socket design that utilizes two different liners to help manage impact forces. Summed up the progressive layering helps redirect rotational energy away from your brain, and you get better protection when something goes wrong. I have unfortunately been able to test this out, and I am 100% on board with this technology.

The helmet is stylish and looks like a low profile park helmet with their easy on/off Fidlock buckle, stack vents to remove warm air(prevent goggle fogging), an internal vent control(to keep you cool while looking cool), and a low profile fit system to get you dialed in for a secure fit around your head(without pain points).


There’s a lot of tech packed into this low profile helmet, and it’s very light weight, as I mentioned in other reviews, like the Grid, this helmet is so light you’ll barely know you have it on. This is something I have come to love about Giro helmets, they take into account that even though you are wearing a helmet, you don’t necessarily want to feel like you’re wearing one. In my opinion they have done an excellent job with that in this helmet.

The fit for me is spot on with a medium (56cm head measurement). I’m able to get a secure fit that stays locked in while riding. For me personally I don’t want ear flaps, so I immediately removed them. If you like them, they will be suitable to keep your ears warm on those cold days, I just prefer to wear a balaclava instead. the internal padding has held up great all season and even after sweating through all of it, the helmet does not stink of sweat! I really appreciate this aspect as helmet liners are difficult to wash, and we all sweat while snowboarding so this is a huge plus for years of continued use!


I’ve used this helmet with Giro and other goggles and the helmet to goggle “gap” is negligible. The Giro Contour and Revolt goggles matched up perfectly for a secure fit, and other goggles were spot on as well. So even if you don’t have Giro goggles this helmet will still be a great option. The price point for this goggle is in the mid to upper point for helmets, however this helmet will last. Use your judgement on replacement time frame, if you crack the helmet or have a really bad fall, use common sense and replace it!

Overall Impressions:

The Owen spherical helmet is stylish, low profile, light weight, and will handle any conditions from resort riding, sidecountry, backcountry, park, all mountain, you name it! It’s a helmet that will provide you ultimate protection with good venting, at a decent price point. The Owen is going to be my go to helmet from now on. I highly recommend checking out the Owen Spherical Helmet.

Price:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Design:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Overall:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

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