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Best Helmet for a Big Head?(8 posts)

Best Helmet for a Big Head?TonyR
Apr 10, 2002 9:00 PM
Anyone have a suggestion for the helmet that best accomodates a large cranium? I could care less about price, as I only have one brain, and sometimes it doesn't work well any how.

Presently using a downline Giro, which is hot and feels like a bucket. The straps are a little too short too.

re: Best Helmet for a Big Head?ClydeTri
Apr 11, 2002 4:20 AM
I too have a large head..and try on helmets at stores all the time looking...the best I have found , and I have NOT had access to many of the models and brands out there is Trek's Vapor fits me better than any other and is reasonably priced, around $35, and looks fairly good..if that is even too small..Bell has one called Kinghead or something like that...go to Can't comment on it, never seen it in person, just online.
Trollman says one that fits....Trollman
Apr 11, 2002 5:54 AM
How big is big? If you're below size 8...retro
Apr 11, 2002 7:19 AM
I wear a 7-7/8 hat, and nearly all Bells in L/XL (I think that's the largest size) fit me comfortably with the thinnest pads in place.
How big is big? If you're below size 8...TonyR
Apr 11, 2002 8:26 AM
7 3/8, or 7 1/2. One local dealer carries Bell's, but never seems to be well stocked. Giro Pneumo gave me that "buckethead feeling." I'd like to try on Limar, can't find a LBS that carries them. I wonder what the new Rudy Project willl be like? Supposed to have a unique internal fit system.
Bell King HeadAlpedhuez55
Apr 11, 2002 8:49 AM
He had the same problem with Bell Helmets. I did try a on 2002, I think the model was the X-ray, and if fit better but I am a borderline in fit for the bells. I think the Giro runs slightly larger than bell in the L/XL sixe. Specialized also runs a little larger than the bells too.

If those to do not work, bell makes a model called the King Head. If your head is too big for that one you can make a fortune on the State Fair Freak Show Circuit ;)

Good Luck,
Mike Y.
The Buckethead EffectTonyR
Apr 11, 2002 10:16 AM
I've found helemts that fit. Hell, the Giro that I use now fits OK. What I'm looking for is a helmet that feels less like I'm wearing a bucket. So far the Giro Pneumo seems the best, but like I said, I haven't had much of chance to try out others, Bell excepted.


BTW, the someone once told me that I have a head like a T.V. news-anchor. I think that may qualify me for circus side show status.
The Buckethead EffectIcefrk13
Apr 11, 2002 10:52 AM
I do not like the so called bucket head feeling either. I took a chance and orderd a Met Stradivarius. I like the feeling of the helmet and it looks so cool. The only down side is you will have to order from the UK if you are in the states.