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post #11 of 59 Old 11-30-2014, 06:04 PM
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I've also found that fit varies wildly and unpredictably with sizing.

In other words, the magazines and review sites all test the size M or L. Those of us with XL or XXL (or beyond) noggins are pretty much on our own. The "narrow" list at Webbikeworld turns into a work of speculative fiction when you add an X or two to the size.

The Icon Airmada, for example, is a very damn nice helmet, and is supposed to have a long-oval shape. However, the larger sizes (XXL and XXXL) don't have the same shape and aren't even much bigger. (I'm usually an Xl or XXL, and I could barely pull the XXXL Airmada onto my head, and the crown shape was the same ol' perfect circle anyway...) Same with Nexx, Scorpion, and many others. HJC changed to a much rounder shape a few years back, so they're dead to me...

Arai seems to be the only helmet maker that offers consistency in fit and a true long oval in all sizes. However, most of us don't have $600 - $800 to spend on a freaking helmet.

I'm currently wearing an XXL Shoei Qwest -- it's not perfect, but it's very, very good.

The only lesson in all of this is perhaps that you have to go try them on in person. Support your local moto shop.
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The only lesson in all of this is perhaps that you have to go try them on in person. Support your local moto shop.
I'll definitely be doing that. Problem is that I'll be making the rounds to several shops to try all the helmets I want - maybe I can do that at the moto show in Feb though.

My current Arai Profile is a medium so I'm not having to deal with the challenge you note on the bigger sizes. I've never had a helmet that fits like the Profile but I'm not ready to spend another $500+ on a helmet if I don't have to...

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Yep, the winter motorcycle show is pretty much the best place to try on every helmet around without feeling guilty. I usually go to the one in Chicago every February, and there are always phenomenal deals on helmets.

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+1 on Scorpion . . . I'm an intermediate oval more or less and I've had good luck with the Scorpion line.
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This is a timely thread. My old Arai Profile is getting long in the tooth and maybe due for replacement, if for no other reason that that various stick-on doodads on it are starting to give out. One of the top intake vents' detents is shot, so I have a bit of tape holding it open (or closed). The other one got knocked right off the helmet when I dropped it. Also feel like it's generally not fitting as snugly as it once did, which is an issue at speed on my new bike which has much less wind protection.

It would be nice if I could find a good alternative to the Profile/Signet without having to spend $500+ again. I'll take a look at the big new year bike show in Mississauga - maybe someone will have solid colour Signets at a reasonable price.

Actually, leaving venting for warm weather aside, nothing can beat my original Signet/s (no vents on top) for comfort - the comfort liner on the newer ones is not as comfortable, due to having to leave space for air to circulate. I'm willing to live with a slightly less comfortable liner in exchange for ventilation, though. The heat didn't seem to bother me quite as much when I was 30, but now at 47 I'm all about the comfort.
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Scorpion was too round for me, but Signet-Q fit just right. Ya gott'a try them on.
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The heat didn't seem to bother me quite as much when I was 30, but now at 47 I'm all about the comfort.
I agree and would add that helmet noise is a factor too. I always wear earplugs but want the quietest helmet I can get - The Arai's seem pretty good in that department.

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I have the Icon Airmada Chantilly in black and it is a nice helmet. $220 out the door with my discount. I had to get a size up to an XL because the Icons seem to run small compared to other helmets. The Bell RS-1 looks like a nice helmet also but I have never tried one. Good luck with your search.
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I fit into a large Bell RS1 nicely, and I am an old Arai and Bell helmet wearer.

Used to wear a Bell star, and had a couple of Arai-s way back and I have an oval head.

I am very pleased with the helmet and they have a selection of cheek pad sizes if you need them.

They are worth a try, if you get a chance.

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Long oval head here. Arai Signet-Q is the best fitting (and most expensive) helmet I've ever owned.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.


FWIW, Shoei GT-Air wasn't bad either...

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