I'd like to replace my current ski helmet, a c. 2006 Marker Cheetah (pictured below). For those of you familiar with the unique fit of the Cheetah: Is there anything out there that fits like it? I'd especially like to hear, from former Cheetah owners, if they've managed to find any helmet that works as a replacement. Now would be a good time to look, since selection is at a maximum.
When I bought my Cheetah I tried on as many helmets as I could find, and none of them were comfortable. I took a chance and mailed-ordered the Cheetah, and it fit perfectly. It's old and should be replaced, but it's been discontinued and, as before, none of the newer helmets I've tried fit well (I look from time to time).
Last year I spoke to a shop owner who used to sell it. He remarked it's unfortunate they discontinued it, because its mold had a different shape from everything else on the market, and it thus fit people that couldn't fit well into anything else. My skull seems to be a bit longer (front-to-back) and narrower than what's standard.
At the end of the season I took another look. Limited selection, but here's what I found:
Shred medium -- not bad, but too short front-to-back, and so thick as to be a bit ungainly.
Briko -- too short on ears -- sides don't extend down far enough, also not quite the right shape inside
Uvex -- not right at all
I should also mention I want a hard-sided design, like the Marker. I also don't like the ones that achieve fit with internal adjustments -- I like my head to be resting directly on the thin soft foam padding that covers the hard foam of the helmet. This of course makes the helmet's shape more critical. Finally, the lighter the better.