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  • Giro Unleashes Ultra Lightweight Racing Helmet on the Tour de France

    Team Riders to Debut 175 Gram Prolight During First Mountain Stage on Friday

    9 July 2009 – Santa Cruz, CA – On the first true mountain stage of the 2009 Tour de France, all Giro team riders (Astana, Rabobank, Garmin, Caisse d’Epargne) will be racing from Barcelona to Andorra with the new 175 gram Giro Prolight, the lightest production helmet we, or anyone else, has ever built.

    A two year long project, the Prolight became an exercise in restraint and proved that less can be more. By intelligently using the lightest materials possible, and by rethinking what riders truly need in a helmet, Giro engineers were able to break the 200 gram threshold.

    “This was a ground-up, no-compromise project. Our primary objective was to build the lightest helmet in the world, but we also made sure it was very well ventilated and super comfortable. Being able to rely on many of our proven technologies like Wind Tunnel ventilation and Superfit, we not only met, but exceeded our goals in developing a truly revolutionary helmet”, said Mike Lowe, Vice President of Research and Development at Giro.

    One key, weight saving feature on the Prolight is our new fit system, Roc Loc SL. Built from lightweight, supple webbing material, the self-adjusting system is devoid of unnecessary components. The unique and patented system allows the rider to adjust the helmet in just one simple step.

    Rider feedback has been nothing but positive. In a recent pre-Tour Prolight test in Aspen, CO, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) summed the Prolight up in one word; “unreal”. Other riders have commented that it feels lighter than a baseball hat and that it’s easy to forget that you’re even wearing a helmet at all.

    The best part is that the Prolight will be available for purchase from authorized Giro retail partners beginning spring, 2010.
    Stay tuned to for more information.

    Prolight Features & Specifications:

    1) 25 WINDTUNNEL™ VENTS – A cool rider is a fresh rider. Our Windtunnel™ ventilation system helps keep your head cool, a proven and important performance benefit.

    2) FULLY OPTIMIZED INTERNAL CHANNELING – A key part of our Windtunnel™ ventilation system, we focused a lot of attention on carving the deepest, most effective channels possible into the Prolight. This helps exhaust hot and stale air out of the back of the helmet.

    3) ROC LOC SL™ – Minimal, simple, incredibly comfortable. With one quick adjustment of the webbing system, our Roc Loc SL self-adjusts to provide a comfortable, secure fit.

    4) TRI-POSITION ROC LOC SL™ FORE + AFT ADJUSTMENT – To provide an even more precise fit of our Roc Loc SL, we’ve engineered a 3-position fore/aft fit system adjustment. This is a simple, one-time adjustment.

    5) FEATHERWEIGHT WEBBING – Maximum comfort and minimum weight. This new Italian-made material is so supple that you almost don’t even notice it against your cheek or chin. It also wicks sweat very well and cleans up nicely.

    6) XSTATIC™ PADDING – In addition to being very comfortable, our X-Static pads provide anti-microbial properties to help keep your helmet fresher, longer. The pads are also machine washable.

    7) SUPERFIT SIZING – Our proprietary three-size Super Fit system is based on “human scale factors” data and over 20 years of crafting helmets for the best bike riders in the world. The result is a helmet that fits 98% of the worlds population, right out of the box.

    8) In-Mold construction – Giro’s proprietary in-mold construction process fuses the helmet’s poly carbonate shell with its impact-absorbing EPS liner during the molding process, making the shell a structural part of the helmet. This fusion process reinforces areas around vents and ribs, creating an ‘exoskeleton’ that allows the helmet to be lighter, more durable, and better ventilated than traditional designs.

    9) Colors available Spring 2010: White/Silver, Black/Carbon, Blue/Black, Red/Black.

    10) Sizes: Small, Medium, Large

    About Giro Sport Design
    Giro®, based in Santa Cruz, CA, is a worldwide leader in the design, development and marketing of premium, high-performance protective gear and accessories for action sports and active lifestyles. We are an innovative and consumer-focused brand, with a mission to create products on the leading edge of inspired design that help you to look and feel your best.

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