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post #1 of 42 Old 11-09-2017, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Head molding to helmet channels?

I have ridges on my skull that match the vent channels on the inside of my helmet. I have had them for a while.

Yesterday I had a haircut and my Barber noticed them and was suggesting my helmet was too tight. I said it wasn't, it actually felt just about perfect.

I am German by birth and have always thought of myself as a "Square-head" and have for years joked that my head fit the box the helmet came in better than the helmet itself. I have found over the years several helmets that have actually fit me well (HJC, Scorpion, and this helmet, which is a Shoei. In the past Shoei helmets were too tight for me but this one fits really well although I have never noticed my head molding to the helmet before.

Have any of you ever experience anything like this?

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I have marks on my bald head after removing my helmet, but they fade quickly. Perhaps some sort of skull cap would help. Under Armour or similar product. Lots of people swear by them as "underwear" for the head.
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They aren't marks. I have had some helmets press on my forehead so hard they let marks until I took a hammer to the foam to make room.

These are actual ridges on my skull that match the channels. If I didn't have hair on my head I suspect my skull might have a shape that resembles a Klingon (as on Star Trek next generation.)

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I know you're not trying to be funny, but I got a chuckle out of this. Maybe it's just coincidence, but then when you look at how many miles/km you've racked up in a helmet, maybe there's something to it.
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I am thinking birth defects, or your mom dropped you on your head when you were a baby.
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I am thinking birth defects, or your mom dropped you on your head when you were a baby.
Someone probably did drop me on my head (and I have had at least two concussions in my life) but the ridges seem to have developed over the last year or so.

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I've had it happen on a helmet that didn't fit me well. On day 4 of a 5 day trip I had ridges on my head. It took a few days for them to go away.

In my case there wasn't much padding in the helmet so the hard foam was forming my head funny. It was never permanent but I don't get to ride very often. I would expect if I rode regularly with that helmet it may appear that the shaping was permanent.

The top of my head felt like a washboard.
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The top of my head felt like a washboard.
That's a great description!

I may did out my Scorpion EXO900 and use that for a while and see what happens (Although I don't trust the helmet as the release on them breaks.)

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Helmets and heads are kind of hard to match up without some adjustments. This year, I retired my "L - Large" Nolan N-102 (couldn't buy replacement liner to rebuild it again). Bought a "L" Scorpion EXO AT950. Nope, too tight. Exchanged for a "XL" and it seemed to work.

Locally, I rode 4 days in a row during a warm spell in February (2017) and started to think I had a sinus infection from cool-weather riding. Pain around the left eye / sinus area. Rode one more afternoon and the pain grew to include my scalp (only left side) to the point my hair hurt to touch, constantly, day after day.

Dr. said it was trigeminal neuralgia (aggravated nerve pain) I must have gotten from the helmet being too tight on a "square" head. No medicine took pain away but faded over 2 month period.

I bought a "2XL" EXO AT950 and have been lightly sanding it here and there to get rid of any "hot spots" mainly across the forehead (sharp edge of the hard foam). No more trigeminal neuralgia for me.

For me anyway, it is hard to get a proper fitting helmet right off the shelf.
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My problem helmet was a GMAX54G. The padding was thin so the hard styrofoam got a little painful. The main issue was the foam shape didn't fit my head shape. I "reshaped" the foam by pressing it down in the areas that applied the most pressure to my head. It helped a lot but in the end the helmet was too heavy and thinly padded.

I ended up with an HJC that is shaped to fit my round head better. I'm just going to accept the fact that I may need to slightly reshape the foam to fit correctly.

The CL17 is never uncomfortable but I still get bump toward the front of my head after several hours in the saddle. Not a big deal though. The GMAX was downright painful after an hour or so.
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