After skiing my whole life without a helmet (no one wore them when I was a kid), I've noticed that recently, as I've started into more off-piste stuff, I'm basically the *only* guy left not wearing a helmet. I would like to change that.
Unfortunately, I have a big head. 63cm measured just now. This seems to be at the very tippity top of the range of most helmet manufacturers I've researched, if not simply beyond the range entirely. I tried on dozens of ski helmets at a recent ski & board expo in town, and have made the rounds to several local ski shops with no luck so far.
During this process, it didn't take me long to remember that I had a similar nightmare finding a motorcycle helmet when I started riding a few years back. During that ordeal, I was lucky to find a local dealer willing to work with me, and after *weeks* of order-try-return-repeat, we finally found one that I have mostly been able to live with (I still get a "hot spot" on my forehead on longer rides, but I can cope) and that helmet was the Shoei Qwest in an XXL. In the motorcycle world it seems that, in general, you either have an "Arai" shaped head ("oval") or, like me, a "Shoei" shaped head ("round oval"). I'm wondering if there are similar "brand characteristics" in ski helmets.
I've googled around a bunch, and as mentioned, tried on dozens of helmets. I'm hoping that someone here might be able to help me "translate" the data from my motorcycle helmet shopping experience to ski helmets, and perhaps help me zone in on brands or models that might stand a better chance of working out.
So... ~63cm, "round oval", tolerates an XXL Shoei Qwest. In an ideal world, I would like something with built-in audio, but that's totally secondary to finding something that I can get on my head at all.