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Giro’s Onset & Blok Goggles And Edit Helmet - Teton Tested

TGR Logging Manager Ryan Halverson in Giro's Blok goggles and Edit helmet.

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Ryan Halverson is our dedicated Logging Manager, and watches over the process of taking in, labeling, grading, and prepping the endless amount of footage that comes in every year for our annual films, as well as for a host of other projects. He gets after it harder than anyone else in the office, too, and manages to both ski and film for the annual film of Jackson Hole locals he puts together with his Full Room Productions company alongside Darrell Miller and Storm Show Productions. 

A diehard Smith Optics devotee, we asked Ryan to try out two of Giro's goggles–the Blok and Onset– along with their Edit helmet to see if their more recent entry into the winter vision market has produced products up to par with those of the more long-established brands in the game. Over the course of a couple weeks, Ryan did just that in the Tetons.

Giro Blok Goggle with Permission Blaze Lenses

Ryan blasts through some Teton pow in Giro's Blok goggle. Ryan Dunfee photo.

I haven’t rocked a pair of goggles with flat lenses in years, but the Giro Blok proved to me that this style still gets it done. The Permission Blaze lens is definitely more suited for low light days, and will make you squint when the sun comes out. But when dropping into Rendezvous Bowl when you can barely see your hand in front of your face, this lens does its best to brighten things up. The fit is nice, and the lenses actually provide more peripheral vision than I’d expect from a flat-lensed goggle. I started using the Blok as my go-to backup goggle on storm days, but find myself using them all day much more than I expected.

Giro Onset Goggle with Loden Dynasty Lenses

The Onset's spherical lens, which worked in a variety of light, made this goggle Ryan's goto. Here it's matched with Giro's Edit helmet, whose GoPro mount is visible at the head of the helmet brim. Ryan Dunfee photo.

I love Giro's Onset goggle. Right out the box I liked the appearance, and when putting them on, I found the fit to suit me perfectly. I usually rock the Smith I/O’s, so many of my comparisons will be to those. The peripheral vision is the best I’ve ever had in a goggle, and helps me be fully aware of my surroundings. My pair came with the Loden Dynasty lens that are said to more tailored towards bluebird days, but I found them to be just about right in nearly all conditions, even flat light. Not having to change lenses is a key factor for me. I wasn’t sure on the full strap at first (I’m used to being able to disconnect it on the I/O's), but after some use, found it didn’t matter much and actually fit better around the back of the helmet. Other than a moment or two of very slight fog (which was mainly due to sweating or wet snow), these goggles have proved great in all conditions and are now my go-to pair everyday. The Onsets are comparable with my I/O's when it comes to durability, resistance to fogging, and the quality of the vision the lenses provide.

Giro Edit Helmet

Ryan hammers a slash deep in the Tetons while wearing the Edit. Ryan Dunfee photo.

I’ve had a couple Giro helmets in the past, and this one seems rather similar to them. The Edit is light–at 375 grams, it's actually Giro's lightest–and has good vents, removable ear pieces, and is adjustable to head size. The Edit even features a sleek little GoPro attachment that fits right on the edge of the helmet visor, but I didn't end up testing that out.

But the shell seems a little weak as far as durability is concerned. It’s hard to hear with it on (like a lot of helmets, but this one is pretty muffled), and the micro-adjuster that allows you to tighten or loosen the back of the helmet to your head size is nice, but in recent versions, has always broke on me over time (hopefully they’ve made it stronger on this model). The snap on the back of the helmet to keep your goggles is nice, and seems to work well. Overall, I like this helmet for everyday skiing around the resort. It seems to vent well and fits well with the goggles. In the backcountry, I prefer something I can hear a little better out of, but I do appreciate how light the Edit is. -Ryan Halverson

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Ryan "Halvy" Halverson is the Logging Manager at TGR, and runs his own production company, Full Room Productions, on the side from the base of Teton Pass.

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