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how tight is your helmet?

post #1 of 15
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I thought this question was a combination between gear and safety.

I know Ski Helmets are not supposed to be loose, much like a bike helmet they are designed to provide the best safety when they stay in a full horizontal position around the circumfrence of your head.

I would like to get the new Giro 10 helmet but am having trouble choosing the size. My head measures between 59.5 and 60.5cm depending on the exact position.

Giro Chart says:
XL = 23.6 in./59 cm to 24.2 in./60.5 cm
XXL = 24.2 in./60.5 cm to 25 in./62.5 cm

SO you would think pretty simple - not so fast.

I tried them both on one after the other after the other etc.
The XL fits like a tight baseball cap that you wouldn't worry about blowing off on a windy day. The XXL still fit quite nice, like a regular baseball cap that you would wear but would hold onto in a wind.

Which size would you be inclined to buy? I am leaning toward the XXL as with the chin strap my safety would be maintained. With the regular XL, I am worried about sweating too much due to the tighter pads-on-skin.

How tight do you keep your helmet?

Guy
post #2 of 15

Helmet

I would go for the xl your description of a tight hat is perfect. Thats exactly how mine fits and i don't sweat too much.
post #3 of 15
Go XL, the pads will pack out a bit. As it seems you already know, the helmet will be warm, you don't need room for anything underneath. Don't rely on the chin strap, the actual helmet should fit tightly without the strap. The chn strap doesn't really stop the helmet from moving, just flying off your head altogether.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
Go XL, the pads will pack out a bit. As it seems you already know, the helmet will be warm, you don't need room for anything underneath.
Well, depending on what your overall tolerance for cold is, you might want a balaclava underneath your helmet on those really cold days.

The bike helmet sizing rule that I've always heard says that the skin on your forehead should move as you try to shift your helmet on your head. Any tighter then that and my head eventually starts to hurt, and I won't want to wear my helmet. Uncomfortable helmets that sit in closets don't do a whole lot for protection!

Is there a particular reason you've chosen the Giro helmet? I only mention this because not all helmets fit the same way. I've never found a Giro helmet that fits my head -- nothing inherently wrong with Giro's, they just don't fit me.
post #5 of 15
A good test of proper fit is to hold the helmet on the side and try to move your head from side to side. If you can move it more than an inch inside the helmet it's too big.

If you are in between and want to get the bigger size you can buy some extra self adhesive padding to add to it to take up additional space.

To deal with the too hot/sweating issue get a helmet that has a good vent that you can open and close as needed. A lighter colored helmet can help too. Mine is silver.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
A lighter colored helmet can help too. Mine is silver.
: I don't know about that... I'm a biker as well -- I have a 2 silver helmets, 1 white, and one black. There is no difference in how hot they are, whether I'm riding in 40 degree weather or 90 degree weather. None. My ski ski helmet is red. It is no warmer/cooler than the black one I had before that.
post #7 of 15
I had same problem W/ Giro Talon and got the smaller size and can get a balaclava on with no problem. I also have a Boeri AXIS rage that was snug initially but now is fine even with the Balaclava
post #8 of 15
Go small, it will pack out.
And, to echoes KevinF, from my motorcyclist perspective, helmets are like shoes. Some will fit you, some won't. Try several brands. It should feel real snug but, unlike boots, comfy when new.
post #9 of 15
What helmet?
post #10 of 15
Lol!!! :d
post #11 of 15
First of all -- go with the smaller one. The reason is explained below.

There may be an issue of shell size. I am guessing that both the XL and XXL have the same shell size and they just put thicker pads in the XL one to make it smaller and they will pack out quickly. Not absolutely sure but it is worth checking out.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
What helmet?
It's something you put over your head to ride a motorcycle.
post #13 of 15
My helmet is comfortable, but just slightly loose. Sometimes when I ski over a washboard trail the helmet bounces forward and covers my eyes...things get kind'a interesting.

Helmet shapes vary and head shapes vary. While all helmets are highly customizable, buying the helmet that best fits your head is the right way to start.


Ken
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
My helmet is comfortable, but just slightly loose. Sometimes when I ski over a washboard trail the helmet bounces forward and covers my eyes...things get kind'a interesting.
That's way more then "slightly loose". If it moves that much going over some washboard ruts, imagine how much it'll move on a hard tumbling-type fall.
post #15 of 15
After reading Eski posts for more then a year I'd venture there is a definate number in the house who fall into the "wearing their helmet too tight" category.

Charlie

PS - I don't wear a helmet but have made decisions on terrain vs ability which could earn me an honourable mention !!!!
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