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    Giro Xen or Xar?

    Which one do you prefer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 426h View Post
    Which one do you prefer?
    I am waiting for the new Giro Feature
    Better coverage than either the Xen or Xar
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    Looks nice. Hope they makeem in some bright colors, not just black brown & grey..

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    5th season with a Xen, still going strong, works like it did the day I bought it. If I could change anything it would be to make the visor less pronounced, I don't need a duck bill, just enough to shed light rain (not that I ride in the rain often) and sunlight, anymore than about 2 inches has actually worked against my 'field of view' at times, I have clipped branches at speed that I swear came out of nowhere. "damn long visor". also the visor tends to ride up, wish it would stay put. The athlon seems to solve for the low profile visor issue but the back lacks the same coverage of the Xar/Xen. If I could find something in between I would buy it immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 426h View Post
    Looks nice. Hope they makeem in some bright colors, not just black brown & grey..
    There are pics of yellow and other color details in the article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chestercospinner View Post
    5th season with a Xen, still going strong, works like it did the day I bought it. If I could change anything it would be to make the visor less pronounced, I don't need a duck bill, just enough to shed light rain (not that I ride in the rain often) and sunlight, anymore than about 2 inches has actually worked against my 'field of view' at times, I have clipped branches at speed that I swear came out of nowhere. "damn long visor". also the visor tends to ride up, wish it would stay put. The athlon seems to solve for the low profile visor issue but the back lacks the same coverage of the Xar/Xen. If I could find something in between I would buy it immediately.
    I never use the visors.
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    +1 on the XEN. Been using it for 3 years and love it. Very well ventilated and pretty light weight.

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    The Feature looks nice. Gonna check it out when it hits stores. Hope it fits my head!

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    I have had my Xen for 3 yrs and it is great. Comfortable and well ventilated. I have the same problem that the visor tends to drift upward, but haven't had it block my vision. I I tried out the Xar this spring and the placement of the rocloc was very awkward for me and wouldn't adjust up enough.

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    I have a Fox, Bell and Giro Xen. I prefer Xen to all of them.

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    i have been using a xen for about 6 months. good helmet so far. i dont use the visor though
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    xar for me. It's my first helmet and its holding up well.

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    Depends on what you prefer - more organic lines (Xen) vs more aggressive/linear (Xar).

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    I have been using Xen's for several years and recently (last winter) added an Urge Enduromatic.

    The Xen is a great helmet but I prefer the Urge in most conditions.

    The Xen is better ventilated and my go to helmet during the summer in hot weather (90 degrees +) but I find the urge to be more comfortable, adequately ventilated, and well made.

    I have not ridden the Xar, but the Xen is hard to beat in the Giro line. In all honesty if choosing between the two I would go with the best deal you can find among the two.

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    Xen, The price on it's equivalent to the Xar and I like the style.

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    Try them both on - I felt some subtle differences between the two of them...

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    I have the Xar and like it a lot. Haven't tried the Xen.

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    Xen. Have a 3 year old black one, and recently picked up a white camo for riding in Texas sun.

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    XEN fit my funky head the best... love it, forget it's on.

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    I use the Xar, feels comfortable, light and got it for a decent price... never tried a Xen but when I was looking it was on my list, I tried the Xar on and could not find anything wrong with it, it fit awesome, is light, looks good and a lot of times I don't even feel it on my head.

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    Love my Xar. Xen is great too so try em both on if you can. I think the Xar has slightly better ventilation.

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    Definitely wear them both in the store. I have a xar after finding a killer deal. Great helmet.

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    I have had a Xen for about 4 years, and it was time for a new helmet soon. Found a smoking deal on the Xar from Performance (posted it in the Hot Deals section) and picked up a Xen for the wife and a Xar for me.

    Hope to get the first ride on it later this week, but I dont think I would have a preference, after wearing it around the house. Comfortable, and about as well ventilated as the Xen. The RocLoc 5 is a little easier to use 1 handed, but I loved the RocLoc 4 system, so no problems there.

    Both seem great.

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    I just got a Xar. I think it's a little more ventilated than the Xen and the Roc Loc is easier to adjust and it is also thinner. Love it !

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    I just picked up a xen at REI for 65.00 on sale. The matte grey was the only one on sale, maybe last years color? Replaced a 20 y old bell, figured I was due.
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