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post #1 of 24 Old 05-02-2014, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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I have a large head.

I am looking to replace my aging HJC CL-14 helmet but I am having difficulty finding a helmet that fits. I really wanted to get a modular helmet and I have tried the Nolan 3XL and it did not fit. The Schuberth 2XL did not fit me and based on the way it fit they did not think a 3XL would work. My problem is that my head is long so the modular helmet won't close. Any recommendations on a modular helmet that could work or do I need to go with a fixed helmet and any recommendations for that?

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Probably the Shoei Neotec is the best fitting modular you'll find for your large head.

I have a fairly large grape that's really long. I couldn't find a modular that fit to my liking, so I went back to a full face. Arai Signet-Q is the best fitting helmet I've ever owned.

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Probably the Shoei Neotec is the best fitting modular you'll find for your large head.

I have a fairly large grape that's really long. I couldn't find a modular that fit to my liking, so I went back to a full face. Arai Signet-Q is the best fitting helmet I've ever owned.
^^^^ Posted as I was looking up Signet-Q specs. I don't believe Arai makes a modular, but the Signet-Q is supposedly for long-heads, and they make an 2XL.

I am a modular guy, myself. It's hard to even try on FF in the store - there is often no place to put your glasses, the getting the glasses back on can be a problem. Sorry to fear the Schuberth didn't work for you. That's a brand to which I've always aspired. You'd think the Braunsweigers would be familiar with and accommodating of the long, large noggin.

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Sizing has gone all over the place in the last few years, and HJC drastically changed their internal shapes to be more round about three years ago. Bastards.

There are some great new brands on the market, but their sizing is completely whacked -- even their XXL and XXXL helmets are about the same as a normal L. (Icon, LS2, Nexx). I was severely disappointed to find that the Icon Airmada (touted as having a long oval shape) in XXXL was smaller than the HJC XL I was wearing. It's a fantastic helmet -- I wanted it so bad -- but it doesn't come in men's sizes.

You might have to spend some dough -- as others have noted, step over to the gold-plated Shoei or Arai aisle and you'll probably find that which you seek. Limber up your Visa, though...

You might also check with Bell -- some of their new helmets are quite nice, and available in larger sizes. No idea whether they even make a flip-up.

If you can't spend the long green, look into AFX helmets -- they make a line of helmets specifically in larger sizes for those of us with abnormally large brains. If you're into the dual-sport thing, the FX-39 runs rather large, and seems to be more oval than many.

Again, no idea whether AFX sells a flip lid -- I'm a full-face sort of person for very good reasons, but that's another debate for another day.

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Measure around the hatband area of your head...most helmet makers have a size chart.

Revzilla is a vendor with the best pre-purchase info I've found yet. Send them a msg with your head circumference, description of the shape, and your wishes about the helmet. Pls let us all know what they say. Fat cheeks or a thrusting jaw are also considerations.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't mind spending some $$$ within reason for a good helmet. For me it's usually about what will fit me and then worry about the price later.(shoes, shirts, boots, helmets, etc) I will probably have to take a trip across the line to try on some large helmets as the dealers in the lower mainland don't stock that many large helmets. Any one in Washington state know of a store with great helmet selection?

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Why not another HJC?

Though I'm not nearly as well-endowed as you, I'm pretty happy with my not-overpriced, modestly-featured modular helmet from HJC.

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HJC is an option for me. I was really wanting a Nolan or Schuberth but they are no longer an option.

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Sizing has gone all over the place in the last few years, and HJC drastically changed their internal shapes to be more round about three years ago. Bastards.

There are some great new brands on the market, but their sizing is completely whacked -- even their XXL and XXXL helmets are about the same as a normal L. (Icon, LS2, Nexx).
Skip looking at any Scorpion helmets. I wear an XL in Shoei and Arai....and I need a 3XL in the one model Scorpion makes in that size. Same goes for AGV....I can't even get a 2XL on my head, the opening is too small. I can't get it past the tops of my ears.

Shoei and Arai sizing has been consistent, and correct. HJC may still be, I haven't tried one on in a while.

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I have a Arai in XL and I swear it's huge. I think that it's definitely runs large so if you want to look at their helmets that might help. Arai Helmets
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