Giro is a trusted brand that makes equipment for both amateurs and pro athletes, so having the Giro Ledge helmet for testing, I didn't question the quality. It's a well-protected helmet for cheeky rides on the high slopes. This model is not among the cheapest, but it provides everything you expect for the price.
At 2.4 pounds, the weight of the helmet is fairly noticeable. However, it shouldn't be a deal-breaker unless you have problems with your neck or head.
The helmet is available in 4 sizes: small, medium, large, and X-large. I had the model of the small size that measures 8 x 9 x 10 inches.
The Giro Ledge helmet has a 3-point self-adjusting system. In fact, it's just an elastic strap that you should fix in a proper position (just make sure to choose the right fit in a sizing chart). You also can easily do it without taking the helmet off thanks to the Vertical Tuning feature.
However, I felt some excessive tension on my forehead testing all 3 settings. As I removed the sweatband, this problem was solved, but, obviously, it's not so comfortable to wear the helmet without it.
This model is also available with the MIPS option (the Giro Ledge MIPS). However, it will be relevant only for those who need an extra degree of safety. For usual rides, the safety features provided by the Ledge model will be pretty much enough.
The Giro Ledge snow helmet has a hard shell construction that ensures a serious level of protection when you get a head hit. Indeed, the helmet feels rigid and solid. There is an EPS foam liner attached to this solid shell, providing softness for all-day comfort.
The helmet is capable of providing good insulation from cold and therefore it can ensure enough warmth during cold temperatures and you probably won't even have to wear a hat or something underneath. The helmet may seem too hot for warm weather, but, by removing the earpieces, you can make it more suitable for sunny days.
The vents are always open and the ventilation is good, preventing your head from boiling over. This ventilation system also contributes to keeping your goggles fog-free. However, the fact that the vents can't be closed may be a problem when skiing in the rain.
The Giro Ledge winter snow helmet can be easily integrated with goggles, but the goggle retainer also can be removed. There are also the earpieces where you can insert your headphones.
Although the Ledge isn't very lightweight, it has a robust construction and provides a good level of protection, so I rate it at 9/10.
The Giro Ledge ski helmet has a minimalistic design, nice, slightly oval shape, and low profile, so it doesn't look bulky on the head. Externally, it reminds of a skating helmet. The Ledge is available in black, graphite, bright red, powder blue, and other colors. All of them are matte. The helmet incorporates 8 vents (2 on the front, 4 on the top, and 2 on the back).
The design is simple and will probably appeal to most users. I give it 10/10.
The helmet does its job in providing protection and comfort very well. And, completing this Giro Ledge review, I can mark only two large downsides of the helmet: the absence of the possibility to close the vents and not such a light weight.