Originally Posted by yelloboy
I too have a large head ~ 7 3/4...unfortunately, it is not perfectly round/circular when viewed 'bird's eye,' as helmet manufacturers seem to assume all heads are. mine is much longer front to back than it is side to side. Inevitably, I get major pinch points at either the very front of the helmet right on my forehead, or in the back somewhere as I haven't been able to find a helmet that fits comfortably length-wise. Currently using a Uvex XL as it was the largest helmet I could find when I was looking.
Can anyone recommend a helmet fit that is especially 'long'??
I also have a long head. I tried a Uvex XL based on an (apparently uninformed) recommendation, and couldn't fit into at all. Well, I mean, if I pounded it with a fist, I could get it down on my forehead, and could stand wearing it for all of thirty seconds or so.
The Giro Talon in XXL fits pretty well. It's not perfect. There's a little room on the sides. But it's comfortable for me.
I've also heard the Jofa is supposed to be oval, but I've never tried one on, and that bit of "wisdom" might also be uninformed. The only place I know of to get one is RRS, so unless you're in their neighborhood, you'd have to take a flyer on mail order.
I've tried on Boeris in stores, and they seem to be right out. The XXL (biggest I found) was too small, and clearly the wrong shape. There is such a thing as an XXXL, but it would presumably have tons of space on the sides. If I remember correctly, I could put on a Leedom XXL (might have been XXXL), but the shape also wasn't great. From what I can tell, Briko, Salomon and K2 are unlikely to fit.
If you have decently-stocked shops around, you can probably find some
Giro model in XXL. I didn't find the model I wanted in a brick-and-mortar store, but the sizing seemed to run fairly true from model to model, based on my limited sample.
The Giro Talon is also a pretty nice racing helmet. The Streiff is a more full-on helmet (sturdier shell), but the Talon has vents and is cheaper and lighter (though a good bit heavier than a Nine). It comes with external plastic aerodynamic vent covers, which make it virtually identical to the Streiff in shape (in case you're cold, or are running a downhill or something), and you can get a slalom jawguard for it.