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Ski Helmet Recommendation for Large Man

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm on large side. Some might even say fat. Anyway, I desperately need to get a ski helmet, but every time I try one I look absolutely ridiculous. Like I'm wearing a giant mushroom on my head. Or I look "special". 

 

Any recommendations for a fat man's ski helmet? 

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by timmyc View Post
 

I'm on large side. Some might even say fat. Anyway, I desperately need to get a ski helmet, but every time I try one I look absolutely ridiculous. Like I'm wearing a giant mushroom on my head. Or I look "special". 

 

Any recommendations for a fat man's ski helmet? 

 

Please clarify. Are you looking for a helmet that fits your head better - you feel smooshed - or are you looking for one that will be more aesthetically pleasing? And if so, what does that mean to you?

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for replying - I really appreciate it. I'm not concerned about performance, just the way it looks. For some reasons the combo of the ski helmet and my fat face/body makes me look ridiculous. I need to follow my 8 year through the trees (which is all he seems to want to do) so I definitely need one. But he's rightfully mortified everytime I try on helmet, since it looks so ridiculous.

 

Are there helmets that are thin or something, or less bulky? I guess that's what I'm looking for....

 

Thanks again. I tried an internet search, but I couldn't find anything helpful...

post #4 of 11

I'm a relatively bigger guy (6'0", 235lb), and I have the Giro Nine.  It's lightweight, has adjustable venting (although I think I saw some of the newer models didn't), and is nice and warm.  Bonus, it does not look/feel bulky.  I think your best bet is to go to the shop and try a bunch on.  Better yet, bring your son, and have him watch you try them on.  Pay close attention to his facial expressions, that may tip you off as to how bad one looks versus the other.

 

Bear in mind that, once your son hits his teenage years, you're going to want to purchase a new helmet, one that looks goofy.  Along with any other gear that you feel would make him embarrassed, were he to be seen with you.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

haha - thanks Ed!

post #6 of 11

You could also go the other route - you're a big dude. People are going to notice you on the hill. Why not get a color so bright that no one will notice anything else about it? I have a florescent orange helmet. No one ever has trouble finding me on the hill - in fact, I've had a friend find me a few times when we didn't even know we'd both be skiing that day or at that resort!

post #7 of 11

I'll second the recommendation on Giro helmets. I have a large head (size 7 3/4 hat) and Giro's are some of the only helmets that fit me comfortably. 

post #8 of 11

^ Go for one in Radioactive Green or Sulphur Yellow or something with some blingy goggles.  Everyone will just assume you're a pro and not think too much about the mushroom head aesthetics.

 

PS Giro is the brand that covers XXL very well as above

post #9 of 11

A  long-tailed coat with structured shoulders will go a long way to alleviate the mushrooming of your aesthetics, no matter what helmet you buy.

post #10 of 11

For an additional $19.99 on eBay, you can pick up one of these, which looks like it will fit over a standard ski helmet.

 

post #11 of 11

I agree with the Giro recommendation. They are a nice shape to fit a "full" face shape. I'd recommend looking at a leftover "Talon". I think it's a really good value in a helmet. My wife skis in that helmet, and loves it. Light, comfortable, nice features. Matches well with any goggle. She uses Smith and Shred. One of the nice features is that it doesn't seem to sit "high" off the top of your head. 

 

There seems to be a lot of deals out there on the helmets. I just quickly searched and found this one, in a XXL:

 

http://dreamruns.com/giro-talon-helmet/?gclid=CIqQltfDs8gCFcuQHwodtyUJ0w#140=686

 

Worth checking out, I think. Your son would approve of the Matte colored one, for sure!

 

In the used helmet world, the good old Briko Forerunner was a very popular helmet with guys who have BIG heads on the race circuit. I still see some, very lightly used, from time to time. The made them in a big size, and they are kind of long in shape….visually don't give the we are the mushroom look. 

 

But…fact is that helmets are ALL about fit. It has to fit first and foremost. 

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