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Thinking about getting helmet, but which one?

My Salomon air is getting on a bit now, and probably a bit bulky by todays standards.

Problem is comfort and fitting, I've tried many helmets, but found the majority a bit uncomfortable the course of the day.
I may have a slightly unusual shaped craniun, or I may just be sensitive.
THe salomon Air has been comfortable enough.

Anythougths on helmet comfort, has it improved over the past 7-8 years?
Which helmets are easier to wear?
Are there any particularly good fitting systems?
EPS vs MIPs vs Aerocore/kroyde?
And most importantly which colour?
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Bob,

You've hit the nail on the, err... head!

It all depends on the shape of your bonce, so it's impossible to make reommendations.

There seems to be quite a variation in helmet weights, though. Mrs B had a Decathlon helmet which almost crushed her vertebrae! Shocked She thought that was what all helmets were like - until she tried (and bought) a Giro model. Featherweight in comparison. Very Happy

Just try a few on and buy a comfy one. wink
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Just go try a load (Decathlon has a good range, at least the Nottingham one does) including now some very light own brand ones.
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@Bob, After trying a few I've had a POC helmet for the last 5 years, and am very happy with it. They seem to have lots of options of technology.

Although if they made them big enough I would go for a Sweet Protection one.
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@Bob, As has been said, try a bunch on, and learn whether you have a round or oval head shape as most manufacturers have a standard shape across their range. I very much have Giro shaped head, and also a big head, so I’m quite limited as to what will fit. I need a 62.5cm circumference helmet, but ‘round’ helmets in that size don’t fit as they are too short front to back.

I currently have a Giro Range which as a unique clam-shell design so the whole shell gets bigger or smaller, not just the internal adjustment.

Also look at the number of sizes the helmet comes in, as models that come in only 3 sizes covering XS to XXL will fit poorly if you are between sizes, whereas models that come in 5 sizes may be a better option.

If you can once you find one you like, leave it on for at least 15mins as that will highlight any pressure points, this is important as many shops won’t allow the exchange or return of safety equipment such as helmets, as they quite rightly have no idea what has happened to the helmet once it has left the shop.
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I second the GIRO range. I have the MIPS nine helmet. Great adjustable mechanism inside. Comfortable chin strap. No negative issues during my lost trip and cheap price at 70 pounds when I bought it
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It's definitely a personal bonce thing. I've recently been trying on lots in Ellis Brigham, S&N, Decathlon and Tresspass. Supposedly same size helmets from different manufacturers can be very different.

Maybe it's also a cost thing. I set a budget of £60ish and the two most comfortable were a £20 Decathlon one and a £49 Renko DLX from Tresspass. I went for the Renko DLX as it looked a bit better.
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robboj wrote:
@Bob, After trying a few I've had a POC helmet for the last 5 years, and am very happy with it. They seem to have lots of options of technology.

Although if they made them big enough I would go for a Sweet Protection one.
+1 and +1
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I've (and so has MMRSMM29) got Sweet Protection Trooper MIPS M/L, have had a few over the years (Giro/ Smith, POC) and in fairness probably should change the Sweet now its 5 years old but its super comfy, lightweight and has never been in a big crash so i'll be keeping it a while yet, hight recommended.
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You may want to look at “Asian Fit” helmets if you find “standard western” helmets are uncomfortable. More rounder shape but you would need to try them on.

Giro/Smith/Oakley do Asian Fit, but finding availability in the UK can be difficult.
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Sack the Juggler wrote:
robboj wrote:
@Bob, After trying a few I've had a POC helmet for the last 5 years, and am very happy with it. They seem to have lots of options of technology.

Although if they made them big enough I would go for a Sweet Protection one.
+1 and +1


Strangely enough was preparing for my trip next Saturday and notice the POC had taken a dent in transit on the way home last month. Must have been a particularly determined baggage abuser but slightly bashed it is. Would probably be Ok but not having looked for ages I had a look on their website and have just ordered the Sweet Protection 'Igniter' which is made in XXL (up to 63cm). Ordered it and will report back on the fit.
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s.t.h.21 wrote:
I second the GIRO range. I have the MIPS nine helmet. Great adjustable mechanism inside. Comfortable chin strap. No negative issues during my lost trip and cheap price at 70 pounds when I bought it


I've got the Giro Nine as well as it was the only one in E.B. that fit my head shape well, most of them press on the forehead and the nub at the back of the head. It's comfortable, but I find the strap awkward to clip in.
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