Sorry for the rather lame post but I'm having trouble figuring out who the major discount sellers are for ski equipment.
Any advice on a discount place for helmets and typical accessories?
I'm a beginner and happy to rent gear for the time being, but I have a hard time renting helmets due to my melon of a head. I can sneak into a typical XL helmet which goes up to 62.5cm but they aren't comfortable, so I've decided to splurge on my own helmet as my first piece of kit (reading the threads on the forum, boots may be next but that's another topic).
My head diameter is around 63.5cm (25") which usually means I have limited selection. The good news is, I can usually find something on sale/close-out since few people wear my size. I want an affordable bucket with soft sides (I figure they're easier to fit than full hard shell over the ear)
I tried levelninesports.com but no luck - nothing in my size. Even most of the older XLs and XXLs only fit a 62.5cm head!
Looking at the new Giro line - the G9 is available in an XL for 62.5 to 65cm heads (perfect for me) but they're around $100 retail and I haven't found any on sale through google. I'm sure there are some other options out there in my size, but since I'm new to the sport, I haven't figured out who the discount dealers are so any help appreciated.
PS - For those curious about my 'need' for a helmet since it seems to be a hot topic here. I mountain bike most of the year (skiing seems like a nice winter complement, that's why I'm taking it up) and have had enough falls to know the value of a helmet. My last argument with a tree (with a typical cycling helmet on) still involved 10 stitches on the right ear but it saved me from a concussion. Next time I pick a fight with a tree I'll be wearing a full face helmet! I'm more confident with a helmet on so it's an easy choice.