Expert Review: Giro Ledge FS MIPS Helmet

Published on 10/13/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the helmet, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2020.
Hayden Wright, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Hayden Wright

Giro Ledge with Oakley Liner Miner goggles at Powder Mountain. All photos courtesy of Hayden Wright

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the helmet, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2020.

My Take

The Giro Ledge FS MIPS Helmet is low-profile, light, and stylish. I have had this helmet for two seasons now and have no issues. The Giro Ledge is great for beginners to advanced riders.

Ski testing at Copper Mountain. Photo by Jake Renner

About the helmet I own

  • Model: 2020 Giro Ledge
  • Size: Large

About me

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 179 lbs
  • Head circumference: 57cm
  • Goggles: Oakley Line Miner, Smith Squad XL, and Pitvipers
  • Experience: 28 years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought this helmet: November 2020
  • Days tested: 100+
  • Where I’ve used it: Alyeska, Crested Butte, Aspen, Copper, Eldora, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Loveland, Winter Park, Mary Jane, Jackson Hole, Alta, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain.
  • How I’ve used it: Resorts, side country, backcountry, and street skiing.

How it performs

Comfort
5/5
Durability
5/5
Protection
5/5
Adjustability
4/5
Ventilation
4/5
Warmth
3/5

What I was looking for

My old helmet, a POC Receptor, was starting to get beat up, so it was time to get a new one. When looking for a new helmet, I wanted one without a visor, with a low profile, and with MIPS.

Giro Ledge w/ Oakley Line Miner

Why I chose this gear

I chose the Ledge because it came in black, had MIPS, and was a look I liked after I tried it on. I had a POC Receptor before and preferred the look of the Ledge over it. I had a few friends with this helmet and decided to try it.

Tomahawk double eject. Photo by Robert Murphy

What I love about it

  • Protection: The helmet is equipped with MIPS. MIPS is the top-of-the-line feature for keeping the melon safe.
  • Comfort: This helmet isn’t bulky and is very comfortable.
  • Sizing: The sizing is standard compared to the other helmets on the market.
  • Fit system: This helmet includes a BOA system that seems durable to help get the helmet snug.
  • Liner: The soft and thin liner helps further this helmet’s low-profile look.
  • Breathability: The vents have good airflow on warmer days. I usually wear a small balaclava under so my helmet to keep me warm on cold spring days. My other option is to wear a baseball hat under to keep the helmet snug.
  • Earpads: I have removed my earpads and just wear a beanie under my helmet.
  • Goggle compatibility: It is very versatile and looks great with a wide range of goggles. I have used Oakley Line Miner, Smith Squad XL, and Spy Ace goggles with this helmet.
  • Weight: This lightweight helmet doesn’t feel bulky while riding.
  • Durability: I have taken a few crashes, and the helmet hasn’t dented and doesn't look beaten up.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Warmth: Not a deal breaker, but it wasn't as warm when I took the earpieces out. Of course, one can keep them in if they'd like, then it would be warmer.
  • Any workarounds?: I wear my goggles under my helmet. My head size is medium, but since I wear my goggles under, I went with a large. I also need to wear a thicker beanie under the helmet to have a better fit. The fit is a bit loose on hot spring/summer ski days without a beanie and goggles.

Good times product testing at Powder Mountain

Favorite moment with this gear

My wife gave me this helmet for Christmas. My previous helmet was old, and I didn’t wear it much. The first day I wore this was a sleeper pow day, and I put it to the test. I was skiing with the crew and took a gnarly tomahawk off a rock jib. My helmet kept my melon safe, though, and it could have been a different story if I didn’t have it on.

Value for the money vs. other options

It's a great helmet for the price with MIPS. It has a better price point and is just as good as a helmet like the POC Receptor, so I think one is paying for the name on POC, in my opinion.

Final verdict

Wear a helmet; wearing one isn’t a dorky thing. Helmets also save one from crashes with other out-of-control skiers, rocks under the snow, trees, and people out of the field of view. The Ledge is a light, stylish option that is compatible with a wide range of goggles. Getcha one!

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