Ever since its first helmet in 1985, California-based Giro has been at the forefront of design.
Not only did it kill the Merckx-era road sausage helmet and bring in the molded head gear we see today—in 1989, it showed the world that a helmet with a tail can lop off significant seconds off a time trial and prove decisive in the Tour de France. And as of late, it created the first road-specific aero helmet, then, shortly after, turned around and made it even better. Now, Giro's teamed up with MIPS to bring in new technology to make them not just faster, but safer. That is, after all, what helmets are for.
The center for all this innovation is located in Scotts Valley, right near Santa Cruz, California, in a storied facility called "The Dome." Let's look inside.