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Old 01-13-07, 11:13 AM
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helmet size question!!

ok, so I bought a helemt from amazon, sized medium/large. I figured the small would be well too small and I wouldnt want that. though, this med/large seems mayeb a little bit on the big side.

with the helmet on, but the straps not locked in, the helmet moves a little from side to side when I shake my head.

I would assume one wants the helmet to be nice and snug with out the straps locked in but not too tight.
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Old 01-13-07, 02:25 PM
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I think that you're right, it sounds a little too big to me. Most helmets come with some different thickness sizing pads. If it's not real loose, slightly thicker pads will probably be enough to solve your fit problem.

Unfortunately, buying a helmet is a lot like buying shoes. You almost have to try one on to know for sure. I think that different helmet companies use different "head forms". Some are rounder wien viewed from the top and some are more elongated from front to back. You need to find a helmet that's shaped to mimic your head.
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Piece of advice unless you know how the helmet will fit before you buy it online never do so. The same goes for shoes, gloves, shorts, jersey's, etc. If it is something that could be an issue with size then either know ahead of time before you order it online or purchase it locally even if it is more expensive.
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Originally Posted by N_C
Piece of advice unless you know how the helmet will fit before you buy it online never do so. The same goes for shoes, gloves, shorts, jersey's, etc. If it is something that could be an issue with size then either know ahead of time before you order it online or purchase it locally even if it is more expensive.
Yup, I paid an extra $10 for my helmet, but I knew if fit right when I walked out of the store.
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Originally Posted by LeMansGTi
ok, so I bought a helemt from amazon, sized medium/large. I figured the small would be well too small and I wouldnt want that. though, this med/large seems mayeb a little bit on the big side.

with the helmet on, but the straps not locked in, the helmet moves a little from side to side when I shake my head.

I would assume one wants the helmet to be nice and snug with out the straps locked in but not too tight.
What helmet was it... and did the guide leaflet come with it?

Reason I ask, and I am not implying you are missing something... but it may have some form of fitting device installed? Something like a strip at the back that you adjust? Similar to the system you see in hard hats for industry. My helmet, a Met Sfero has two clips at the back that you press and slide either back and forth and adjust to fit the helmet to you.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by LeMansGTi
ok, so I bought a helemt from amazon...
You probably got ripped off. The only bargains I've ever found on Amazon were books and CDs.
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I believe that, with the straps buckled, you should only be able to fit two fingers beneath them. If the helmet still moves, then, it's probably too big for your heard.
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If you purchased either one of the two Bell helmets listed on Amazon, it should have a Smart Fit System. Adjust the straps until you get a snug fit.

If the helmet is still too big you may try wearing a helmet liner. A proper fitting helmet would be the best solution.
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Originally Posted by RonH
You probably got ripped off. The only bargains I've ever found on Amazon were books and CDs.

Then you're not using it right.
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Originally Posted by N_C
Piece of advice unless you know how the helmet will fit before you buy it online never do so. The same goes for shoes, gloves, shorts, jersey's, etc. If it is something that could be an issue with size then either know ahead of time before you order it online or purchase it locally even if it is more expensive.
Actually there is a reasonable alternative: Buy, say, three pairs of shoes that straddle the size that you think that you need and return the two pairs that don't fit.
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Originally Posted by N_C
Piece of advice unless you know how the helmet will fit before you buy it online never do so. The same goes for shoes, gloves, shorts, jersey's, etc. If it is something that could be an issue with size then either know ahead of time before you order it online or purchase it locally even if it is more expensive.
I totally agree with you, but I figured it would fit being med/large.
I just checked and now they seem to have a small/med size which they didnt seem to offer when I bought it and now the price has also gone up from the 11.99 that I got it at.


Originally Posted by Cadfael
What helmet was it... and did the guide leaflet come with it?

Reason I ask, and I am not implying you are missing something... but it may have some form of fitting device installed? Something like a strip at the back that you adjust? Similar to the system you see in hard hats for industry. My helmet, a Met Sfero has two clips at the back that you press and slide either back and forth and adjust to fit the helmet to you.
http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ACQ...201130-3771621

I didnt come with a leaflet, but I did check it throughly and also compared it to my buddies helmet which had a wheel to adjust the size, which mine had nothing.

the adjustable straps that it had, I tightened as much as I could and it would still be a little lose. I even put on a hat and bandana and it was still not snug.

so, I have since returned it and plan on buying one from a store.


Originally Posted by RonH
You probably got ripped off. The only bargains I've ever found on Amazon were books and CDs.
11.99 is a bad deal?? granted I had to buy something else to get free shipping but being that I have a BIG wish list just for the occasion, its no biggie!!




thanx for the help guys!!
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