A look at Giro's Interbike 2015 experience.
GEAR JUNKIE: "Helmets are most often made with EPS foam, a non-biodegradable material. And since helmets do not have an infinite lifespan — replace after a crash, or every two years — that means a lot of landfill. Giro showed its new model, the Silo, constructed with a biodegradable foam made from corn. Everything else on the Silo is also recyclable, from the plastic shell and buckles, to the straps and webbing constructed of coconut fiber."
SINGLETRACK: "Of those we saw at Interbike this week, it’s the new (men’s and women’s) Privateer R and Manta R shoes that seemed likliest be a stealth success. Where the originals provided a great combination of stiffness, durability, and value, their Achilles’ Heel was a potentially deadly hard tread. By adding co-moulded rubber to the shoes’ lugs, Giro has made an entry-level shoe that should leave riders little reason to look further up the range.
SINGLETRACK: "The Jimbo Phillips Jacket is the second in Giro’s “Reserve Shoe Program,” in which the company works with athletes and artists to create limited editions of shoes that they want to build (but which might not sell well enough to warrant a full production run). The Jackets shown here are the result of a collaboration with renowned skate and surf artist Jimbo Phillips. The edition is limited to 250 pair, so don’t dawdle."
PINKBIKE: "Giro recently invested some money into researching what sort of environmental impact their production process makes and what they can do to improve it. The Silo helmet is made with a fully biodegradable corn foam liner. The corn liner offers the same impact protection as regular foam liners, but at the end of the helmet's life, the material can be composted and recycled. The outer shell, buckles and padding can also all be recycled."
PINKBIKE: "New this year, Giro have launched a dedicated mountain bike line. Now you can get a short with zippered pockets, and pieces that have been designed specifically for use out on the trails. The Turant line features one set of shorts and two jerseys, but we should expect to see the line grow in the future."
SINGLETRACK: "While they’ve been synonymous with high-performance helmets for a number of years now, Giro has steadily been broadening its range- first with shoes and more recently with apparel. For a company whose experience until recently lay almost completely with noggins and styrofoam, the Santa Cruz company has proven remarkably good at outfitting the rest of the rider."