Giro Scamp

Helmet Review

Lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use. While we prefer the MIPS version, for those on a budget, the non-MIPS comes in more colors and still offers exceptional fit and quality for the price.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $35

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Head Circumference: 49 - 53 cm

Weight: 251 g

Internal Adjust: Dial

Skater Style: No

Construction: In-mold

Vents: 8

Visor: Yes

CPSC: 5+

Reflector: No

Sizes Available: XS, S

Size Info:

XS: 45 – 49 cm

S: 49 – 53 cm

Review

Helmets are like shoes.  Kids never want to wear them, they only want to wear the ones that don’t fit and finding a pair that properly fits is close to impossible.  Why? All too often, kids bike helmets are ill-fitted due to poor design and construction.  Heavy, hot and uncomfortable, its not surprise why kids complain. Luckily, over the past few years, great strides have been made to improve the safety, fit and functionality of kid’s bike helmets.  No longer mere buckets strapped to their heads, today’s helmets are much more comfortable to wear as they are lighter, slimmer and come in a variety of fun colors. The new Giro Scamp, is a such a helmet.
Giro Scamp in MotionWith years of experience behind them, Giro hit a home-run with the Scamp. Built with lightweight in-mold construction, a dial-adjust system and with optional MIPS technology (explained below), the Scamp has an impressive resume, but just as important, it offers a great fit.   Straight out of the box, the Giro was eagerly received by even our pickiest preschool-aged testers.  While the chin straps were a challenge to get perfectly right (which is extremely common), both of our testers kept the helmet on for quite a while even after they were done riding.
Giro Scamp SweatThe Scamp’s main standout feature, however, is its optional MIPS version.  Designed to decrease the rotational forces upon the head and neck, MIPS can add an additional layer of safety to kids helmets in certain impacts. Wanting to ensure the technology was truly beneficial, Giro spent several years testing MIPS technologies prior to adding it to their helmets. Their results clearly demonstrated MIPS effectiveness and Giro went on to only add it to their helmets, they also purchased 20% of company that created MIPS.

Inside the helmet, the MIPS system is a thin plastic shell connected to the helmet’s protective foam with flexible anchors.  These anchors stretch to allow the helmet to rotate upon impact.
Giro Scamp MIPSThese MIPS anchor’s, however, easily snag and pull on long hair hair when the helmet is removed.  Purchasing a helmet without MIPS is an option, or covering the anchors with painter’s tape or another loose fitting tape that will still allow the anchors to move in the event of a crash.

Compared to other helmets in its class, the Scamp is fairly priced at $35 for non-MIPS and $55 for MIPS.  Similar in quality, the difference in price is based on the other helmets additional features.  To keep down the price, the Scamp does not have locking sliders (the piece that keeps the chin straps in place below the ear) or a non-pinch buckle.  Locking sliders help to keep the helmet properly adjusted for kids, but aren’t necessary if you regularly check to make sure the sliders in place.
Giro Scamp Compare 3

The Lazer, also has an Autofit system that automatically adjusts to your child head, while the Scamp and Uvex have a dial-adjust system.

Giro Scamp ComparisonThe Scamp is also the slimmest helmet of the three.  With a narrower profile in the back, the Scamp is also well suited for trailer or bike seat use, in addition to bikes.
Giro Scamp Compare 2

Bottom Line

The Giro Scamp with MIPS is exceptional.  Lightweight, comfortable, easy to use and readily available, the MIPS Scamp is one of our hands-down favorites for toddlers.  For those on a budget, the non-MIPS comes in more colors (MIPS is only available in pink and blue) and still offers exceptional fit and quality for the price.

MSRP: $35/$55

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 11, 2017

FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this review. Giro provided products to Two Wheeling Tots LLC to help facilitate this review. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC and should not be used or replicated in any way. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is not an affiliate of Giro, but is an affiliate of Amazon.com.

  • Janet M

    I bought the giro scamp helmet (non-mips), and for the life of me, I cannot adjust the strap. I emailed the company twice and have not gotten a response.

    It seems like it adjusts on one side only – and you have to thread the straps through the helmet to get both sides even. Except they won’t budge.

    • Sorry to hear that your didn’t get a response from them, that annoying, but I’m glad to help. I went ahead and got my Scamp out and you are right, only one of the straps adjust. As long as the sliders (the plastic clip that connects the two straps below the ear), are in the right place, the buckle does not have to be centered below the chin. So as long as you can shorter the one side enough to create a snug fit below the chin as well as center the sliders below the chin, then the helmet should fit fine. I will say, however, that the chin strap is really long (too long in my opinion), so it does hang out when tightened all the way down (as shown in several of the pictures above). In fact, after looking on the pictures above, in the last picture, the sliders on the Uvex are properly placed below the ear, while the others are not. The Giro is not tight enough and the Lazer is not centered below the ear.

      I hope that helps, if not, let me know.

      • Janet M

        Thank you. My husband got a good fit on her with it, with the buckle off center.

  • Thea

    Wonder if anyone’s explored what trailer bikes might be compatible with a rear-attached child seat? I have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. I’d love it if the 4-year-old could ride along using say the Trail Gator Tandem bar and the 2-year-old could sit in a Thule Ridealong.

    • Kayla

      The Follow me could do that. Other options are the weehoo tandem, the trail a bike tandem or putting the two year old in a front seat like the Mac ride (60 pounds)

    • I used a front-mounted seat and a Weehoo for my kids when they were they same ages. I don’t believe any trailer cycle would work with a rear-mounted seat as they both attach near or on the seat post.