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Helmets for big heads?(8 posts)

Helmets for big heads?Hovis
Sep 15, 2003 1:01 AM

I can't get a helmet to fit. All the one's I've tried (Met Stradivarius, Specialized S1, cheap Giro) all sit high (top of my head is 1/2" below the bottom of the underside of the helmet. The helmet ends up resting on the top of my forehead and similarly at the back, even on the largest adjustment.

I've got 3 concerns with this.

1. it's uncomfortable because I've got to crank up the chin strap so the helment sits tight on my head

2. I'm not happy about the crash protection an ill-fitting helment offers

3. It looks stupid since it sits really high on my head.

Any big heads out there have any recommendations? Only choice I seem to have left is a Pneumo or the new one Giro are bringing out.

re: Helmets for big heads?RyanC
Sep 15, 2003 3:19 AM
Well, if you really do have a big head and can't fit into a large helmet in any brand, Giro makes the Atlas and Bell makes another helmet (of which I cannot remember the name) that fit extra large heads.

One other thing that might be causing you problems is just the general shape of the helmets you've tried. Giro helmets are more round shaped than other helmets on the market, where as Bell and Trek helmets, for example, have more ellipitical shapes. If the Giro helmet is feeling tight in the front and back, then its probably too round shaped for your oval shaped head. Keep trying other brands until you find a good fit because they are all different more or less. If this isn't the case, then an extra large size helmet may be your only option.
I'm a 7-7/8, and most midrange Bells fit mecory
Sep 15, 2003 8:04 AM
Bell makes a HUGE helmet, good up to about size 8-3/4, I think, but I've only seen one of those. Presumably a shop could order it for you. I'm a solid 7-7/8, an 8 in some hats, and most mid-range and above Bells (not the $30 ones) are fine. FWIW, I've found the inch measurements in most catalogs to be pretty reliable--if they say it fits up to 24-1/2 inches, it won't go on my 24-3/4 head.
Bell King Headmarkkar
Sep 15, 2003 10:58 AM
Bell King Head goes to 8 1/4. You can order directly from Bell Helmets for $35.95 comes in black and white, not much on style though.
use sponges...HarlemCracka
Sep 15, 2003 2:10 PM
My roommate also has a rather large dome and has been using the Pneumo this season. He's raved and bragged about it all the way through - he loves it. Before he got the Pneumo, he would just duct tape three sponges to his head. It really worked well since it was lightweight and absorbed sweat.

I'd go for the Pneumo, but the sponge thing could look cool if you used red duct tape or something.

Have a friend with the same problem..Alexx
Sep 15, 2003 3:18 PM
The BIIIG Bell is really just a helmet for:
a) Women with big hair, and
b) Andre the Giant.
In other words, it's tooo big! It also has ZERO hold-all it is is just a huge version of a toddler helmet. No adjustments to the back of the head, no inner headband, nothing.

Now, my friend (with a 25" cicumference head) found that the regular Giros (i.e., not the "cheap" ones with that stoopid "universal fit") would fit him nicely, but nothing by Bell, Limar, etc would. In the end, he bought a Giro Havoc.
re: Helmets for big heads?Hovis
Sep 16, 2003 12:02 AM
Thanks for all the tips.

I'm gonna head out to a couple of local LBSs who stock trek, bell and giro and try them. My normal LBS is a bit of a Specialized shop when it comes to accessories, so their choice of helmets ain't great (though the bikes and the service are!)


Sep 18, 2003 1:45 AM
Just in case there are any other big-heads out there still searching for a helmet, I tried on a Giro Pneumo last night, and it fitted like a dream.

So my recommendation is to keep trying different brands until you find one that makes a helmet that matches the shape of your head.