Giro Snow: December First Friday 50 Combyn Helmet hand-painted by Kris Markovich

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For their December First Friday 50 promotion and product drop, Giro Sport Design will be offering 50 limited edition Combyn™ helmets for sale exclusively to their Facebook fans.

The December drop features hand-painted artwork by the legendary Kris Markovich, the skateboarder who was iconic in what people thought could be done on a skateboard.

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(December 6; Santa Cruz, California) Inspired by park and pipe riding where repeated impacts are the inevitable price of progression, the Combyn™ brings new technology like a Vinyl Nitrile (VN) liner and Soft Shell Construction to freestyle riders. The December drop features hand-painted artwork by the legendary Kris Markovich, the skateboarder who was iconic in what people thought could be done on a skateboard.

“Markovich is a legend and inspiration to a generation of skaters and snowboarders. His skating and style personally influenced me and his big gap skating helped push skateboarding to new realms. Snowboarding has always drawn influence from skateboarding, and as Kris and others started going bigger and bigger, it helped influence and shape today’s current level of snowboarding.” said Brendan Murphey, Giro Brand Manager. “Kris’ style is constantly evolving on and off his board…his fine art and gestural abstract style are a perfect fit for Giro, the Combyn™ helmet and riders. At Giro, we’re inspired by art, California culture and the outdoors… Kris’ art fit well with the Combyn and the brand direction…”

The Giro Combyn™ employs a patent pending, impact absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrile (VN) foam. The liner features two distinct layers of foam that allow the helmet to manage both high and low energy impacts across a wide range of temperatures. Unlike traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) helmet liners, the VN material is soft and flexible. When matched with a proprietary shell material, originally developed for football and hockey helmets, the result is a helmet that delivers a comfortable and flexible fit with unmatched durability.

Combyn™ Features:
• Soft Shell Construction
• Dual Density Vinyl Nitrile (VN) Liner
• Fit Kit™ Pad System
• 8 Super Cool™ Vents
• Stack Ventilation
• Removable Goggle Retainer
• Seamless Compatibility with all Giro goggles
• Designed to kit with the Blok™ and Onset™ Giro EXV goggles
• $120

Giro will only sell 50 of these helmets globally and will be available exclusively via Giro’s Facebook page beginning Friday, December 6th. All of these hand-painted helmets will be numbered and signed by the artist. Each helmet is unique and hand-done by the artist. With such limited quantities, expect the First Friday 50 Combyn to sell out quickly. Be sure to ‘Like Us’ at Facebook.com/girosnow for the opportunity to purchase this Giro ultra limited edition product.