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giro helmet fittarwheel
Feb 15, 2002 7:43 AM
Anyone else out have trouble getting the correct fit with Giro helmets? The S/M feels too small, and the L/XL feels too large. I measured my head and it's right on the borderline between these two sizes (59 cm, or 23.25"). Any advice? Should I go for the larger size, or look at other brands?
that's why they come w/different thickness padsjigs
Feb 15, 2002 8:20 AM
re: giro helmet fittookerdoo
Feb 15, 2002 11:53 AM
try a different brand. lot's too choose from, so why try and "make" something work?
Feb 15, 2002 12:02 PM
Try the larger one that features their Roc Loc 4 like on the Pneumo or E2. Loosen the red tabs on the back then snug them up - that thing will grab your noggin like a claw. The lower end models are like everyone else's lower end models - they don't have as many features and don't always fit as well. I have lots of trouble finding helmets that fit, but a nice Giro has been my solution. It's really an innovative design.
Feb 15, 2002 1:13 PM
I've been looking at the 2001 Pneumos because they're finally on sale at a few places. I've tried on the Eclipses before, and they either seem to fit too large (L/XL) or too small (S/M). Maybe I'm just used to a helmet that doesn't fit right, perhaps too large, but the size that's supposed to fit me (S/M) according to their charts, feels too tight and like it's sitting too high on my head to offer much protection.

I've noticed that the 2002 models offer them now in S, M and L, so perhaps I'm not the only one who found their sizing confusing or just not right. Anyway, my real question is that if I'm right on the borderline between two sizes, is it better to size up or down? The sales guy at Performance said to get the larger one, but I want to make sure because it's a lot of money even on sale. BTW, my head measures 89 cm or 23.25". According to Giro, S/M is supposed to fit up to 23.75", but that size feels too small to me. The L/XL felt too big, but that's without any extra pads, which I assume you can add.
Feb 15, 2002 1:19 PM
I had exactly the same sizing issue on the Pneumo. I went for the larger size. Using the combination of the sizing pads and the RocLoc 4, it works just fine.
helmets..............CAAD5 Kid
Feb 15, 2002 1:31 PM
If a helmet doesn't fit right..whether too big, too small, too tight, etc...don't buy it and don't bump up a size when you know you're a small becuase it "seems" better. Helmets like shoes are built based on lasts. Giro has specific lasts and as do every other helmet mfgr. It's there take on what the average head is shaped like...if Giro's have never seemed to fit you "just right", it's probably because your head isn't a Giro head..look at Bell, Specialized, Cratoni, etc....try em on..till you got on that's right...don't settle for anything less than the best fit for your head protection.
I know you're right but ....tarwheel
Feb 15, 2002 1:38 PM
I've tried on a bunch of different makes and models at the Performance store near me, and none of them seem to fit me just right. So, I was thinking perhaps it's just a matter of getting one and adjusting it with extra pads, etc. It's funny, I don't remember having so much trouble finding a good fit the last time I bought a helmet, about 5 years ago. At that time, the Giros seem to fit me fine, although I ended up buying a Specialized.
a little more..............CAAD5 Kid
Feb 15, 2002 2:23 PM
adjusting the helmet fit with pads is the final step at my shop....first we want the customer to have a helmet whcih feels good on your head..not perfect but good...a shake of the head will not cause the helmet to move..and it's not tight to the point of causing pressure or pain. After the helmet fits good....(we help the customer make sure it fits well) than we start to play with pads is necessary...however, most of the time pads won't make a helmet which feels bad suddenly feel better. I a pain in the sales guys arse and ask him to help you fit a lot fo different helmets for said last time you bought a specialized..try the new S1 or M1 helmets by them...pretty sweet....just make sure it fits right.
Feb 15, 2002 3:14 PM
The E2 (MTB) is not the same thing as an Eclipse. The E2 can sometimes be had for a lot less money than the Pneumo and some of the shops like performance will get some special shell color. You can save big bucks this way. If you have to have the Lance Pneumo it's going to cost you.

If it's too small you go up to the next size. I too fall in between the sizes. My head is kind of narrow side to side but longer fore and aft. A large helmet that doesn't have a good fit system floats around on my noggin. My bud runs the test lab for Giro and he said go up a size. you should try other mfr's incase there is one out there that fits better. not all helmets from one mfr. fit the same way. Use different molds and are always tweaking to what they feel is optimum, but you can't please everyone all the time.
re: giro helmet fitmavic1010
Feb 15, 2002 2:18 PM
I have your exact problem. I'm right in between and the S/M, though it fits, is a bit snug around the temples. I used the extra pads on the L/XL Pneumo and it fits great now. Hope that helps.
I' had trouble with the Giro's tooBirddog
Feb 15, 2002 8:56 PM
The large looked like somebody put a collander on my head and the s/m fit too tight on the forehead. I tried the Limar and felt like Goldilocks, it was jussssssst right.
Same here!DrD
Feb 16, 2002 7:48 AM
Loved the look of the Giro Pneumo (wanted to get a postal one when they first came out), but I couldn't get it to fit! (I could use the straps to hold it on my head, but there was too much space between the helmet and side of my head - I could practically stick my whole hand in there!) - tried on the Limar F107+ and it fit great, so that's what I ended up with!