Versatile Style plus Giro Safety
I picked up the Giro Shiv (Matte Black) at the beginning of the season because I wanted a lighter more "park" style helmet to compliment my G10 MX. Due to my great experience with the G10 I knew Giro would be the best choice for my second helmet and chose the new Shiv over the Encore 2 due to its slightly better safety, removable goggle clip and cooler design. The Shiv is a very versatile helmet, it has removable pads in different thicknesses to customize the fit and when removed there is no velcro on the inside of the helmet itself so if you like rocking a beanie underneath there is no velcro to rip it to shreds. The removable pads also worked great for wearing my goggles (Oakley Crowbars) underneath the helmet without them feeling uncomfortable, I liked having the earpads popped out for a little ventilation when I wore my beanie plus goggles underneath. On cold days there are little pads that block the vents to keep out the wind and even without a hat on the earpads are super warm, comfy and you can hear people talk! As a steezy newschool skier I loved the style of the helmet which enabled me to cover it with my collection of stickers while still ensuring me that if I knuckle the next jump or fall off a rail or just land on my head from some ice I have the safety of Giro backing me up. Overall a great product, as expected nothing but the best from Giro.