Bell Super DH MIPS vs Giro Switchblade MIPS 

To have a safety net when in every activity you do is the best thing you can do to keep yourself from harm. Be it when you are working or doing leisure activity, safety must be your top priority on the list. If the said leisure activity you like to do is cycling, then wearing a helmet is one way to prevent fatal injury. Today, we will take a look and compare helmets made from two well known producers, Bell and Giro. To be specific we will compare the Bell Super DH MIPS helmet against the Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet.

Bell Super DH MIPS

First, let us take a look into the Bell Super DH MIPS helmet. The Super DH helmet is especially made for you who like to take your bike to the mountains. Its design gives your head extra protection from unwanted damage. Even so, this helmet is also comfortable enough to be used in the city or even used when riding motorcycles. Read also: Leatt DBX 3.0 Vs Bell Super 3R.

The Bell Super DH helmet is quite flexible in terms of its size as it has three configurations: small, medium, and large. For the small size, it can comfortably fit to the head size of around 52 to 56 cm, while the medium size can fit nicely to the head size of 55 to 59 cm. For the large size helmet, it is designed to fit a head size of 58 to 62 cm. From here, the Super DH is also equipped with a Float Fit DH with Fidlock Buckle fitting system.

Bell Super DH MIPSGiro Switchblade MIPS 
Product Dimensions2 x 3 x 5 inches16 x 12 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight4 Ounces1 Pounds
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This will ensure that the helmet will stay in your head, no matter what happens. As it has varieties of size to choose from, it also has different weights for each size. As a benchmark, the medium size of the helmet weighs around 850 grams or 29.98 ounces. Bell provides five color schemes that you can choose to your liking, from gloss black, matte-gloss black camo, matte-gloss blue, mate red-black, and mate-gloss sand.

The Super DH is created with a process called Fusion In-Mold polycarbonate shell. This process is made by bonding the helmet outer layer with EPS foam lining which results in a much better and stronger helmet. The EPS foam itself is also composed of multiple varieties of density to perform better in absorbing damage that the helmet could receive without endangering its user.

The Bell Super DH helmet has many features that can make it reliable and comfortable to wear when you are using it. The first and most important feature is the MIPS Brain Protection System it has. This system is what allows the helmet to safeguard your head, especially your brain, from damage that can be fatal to your life.

Great ventilation with 19 helmet vents available all around the helmet gives you a better airflow inside the helmet. It also features easy removable chin bars, so that you have the option to use the chin bar when doing trail and remove it when you just use it in the city. The Bell Super DH is also equipped with a breakable camera mount that is designed as such it will break itself to reduce damage received.

Giro Switchblade MIPS

Next, let us take a look into the Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet. The Switchblade is a certified helmet for a downhill cycling activity that is equipped with a removable chin bar just like the Bell Super HD helmet.

When you take a look at the Switchblade MIPS helmet, Giro will offer you five different color schemes which you can choose freely, blue and black, full black, full green, gray, and blue-black-green. Just like the Super DH, there is also an option to choose what size of helmet that you want to buy, from small, medium, and large.

Unlike the Super DH though, Giro does not really specify the exact head size for each size, so you have to go with your experience or guess which one is fit with you personally. The Giro Switchblade is equipped with a Roc Loc Air DH fit system that you can adjust with precision to enhance its position to be as comfortable as possible.

Like the Bell Super DH, the Giro Switchblade is made with In-Mold construction with the addition of MIPS system. By attaching a layer of EPS foam lining within the helmet, it made the helmet to be able to endure much harsher impact while still protecting the wearer head from any substantial damage.

The Giro Switchblade also has plenty of features that can help it to perform its duty while being comfortable in your head. First, as previously said, the helmet supports a removable chin bar. With this, it will allow the helmet to be more versatile by having a different configuration for a different situation.

It also supports 20 vents all around its side, so that you do not have to worry about ventilation when using this helmet in hot and damp condition. The interior of this helmet is also equipped with a Hydrophilic X-Static Anti-Microbial padding. This allows the helmet to absorb about ten times the weight of the helmet in water, while the antimicrobial ensure that there will be no microorganisms that stay inside the helmet, causing unnecessary discomfort.

Bell Super DH MIPS vs Giro Switchblade MIPS 

- FUSION IN-MOLD POLYCARBONATE SHELL AND PROGRESSIVE LAYERING - A process pioneered by bell bonds the helmet's outer shell to the eps foam liner to create a sturdier helmet
- FLEX SPHERICAL+MIPS AND WRAPAROUND CHIN BAR - Flex Spherical enhances our ability to address high-speed impacts, low-speed impacts, as well as rotational impacts
- X-STATIC AND XT2 PADDING, SWEAT GUIDE AND FLOAT FIT DH W/ FIDLOCK BUCKLE - Quick-drying materials, woven with real silver fibers, inhibit growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
- MARKET-LEADING PROTECTION: Engineered in Giro’s category-leading helmet test lab
- FULLY ADAPTABLE: Easily removable chinbar
- MIPS: Utilizes the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System to redirect energy in a crash
- VENTILATION: Roc Loc Air DH fit system suspends the helmet just slightly off the top of the head allowing airflow to pass over the head and exhaust from the rear


All in all, if you are looking for a new helmet for your cycling activities, especially when you use trail tracks, I would suggest for you to buy the Bell Super DH helmet. While a little bit expensive when compared to the Giro Switchblade, the previous priced at 299.99 GBP or 390.56 USD while the latter is priced at 270 USD, the Bell Super DH gives you much more in terms of quality suitable for a helmet at this price range. While both helmets mostly have the same safety feature such as MIPS system or the material being used, the Bell Super gives you much more information, albeit small such as helmet size, that you can use as a benchmark of which helmet is the best choice for you to wear. With this, the Bell Super DH helmet is recommended if you are looking for a new cycling helmet.

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