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Old 08-02-07, 11:59 PM   #1
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question about adjusting helmet straps

does the chin buckle have to be in the center? it feels uncomfortable in the center and i'd rather have it off center. is there any problem with this?
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Old 08-03-07, 07:52 PM   #2
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Usually the buckle is in the center. I think it's just to make sure that the straps on either side of your head are of equal length and pulling tightly equally. Interesting question, though. I think that if you move the buckle off center you will have unequal strap pull from the sides going up to the helmet.
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Old 08-03-07, 11:22 PM   #3
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You peaked my interest with your question, and opened an old debate.

My town's Fire Dept sells helmets made by Helmets R Us, a California company, at cost. Something like $7 for a basic, $8 for the deluxe with visor. The deluxe compares reasonably well with my Bell Slant in terms of features, ventilation, etc. H-R-U is a non-profit company. http://www.helmetsrus.net/

Only issue I have is how the strap routes between the plastic outer shell and the foam liner. I would expect the strap to slide thru here as it does on the various Bell and Giro helmets we have around the house, but on some of the H-R-U designs they don't. The result is that adjustments tend to pull the chin buckle off center. I brought one back to the Firehouse, but every one they had in the box of this design seemed to be 'glued in place' as well.

I called H-R-U, and the seemed surprised by my comment that the straps should adjust allowing the chin buckle to remain centered under the chin. They could not seem to understand why I would be concerned about where this sat.

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Old 08-07-07, 05:25 AM   #4
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http://www.giro.com/main.html

Here are step by step instructions. There is no mention of centering the buckle and it is not a concern. Just get the right fit.
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Old 08-07-07, 08:55 PM   #5
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Thanks! I'll stop worrying about symmetry and simply adjust it to fit her.
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Thanks! I'll stop worrying about symmetry and simply adjust it to fit her.
If your buckles os too far to the right it may through off your balance.
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Nah, her left ear is slightly larger than her right, so a little buckle offset will only help!
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