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Old 01-09-2012, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Helmet suggestions? Never really worn one.

I think I'm going to break down and buy a helmet, I don't know much other than they are better than 14 years ago since I've never worn one. I'm trying to get certified with the NSP and need one(I don't want to set a bad example), plus I really think I need to stop pushing my luck in the back country and in the trees. I need one that's lightweight and able to take at least one good headshot, not really concerned about warmth since my body is a furnace.

I could really use a few good recommendations.
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Light = Smith Maze....have one and love it. Lightest helmet made right now if I'm not mistaken.
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Yep, love my Smith Maze. Super light. First helmet I've ever worn. Not sure if it's the lightest made but it is so light I forget it's there.
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I've heard a little buzz about that one, how's the fit?
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I suppose helmet fit is like boot fit (individual). The fit of the Maze is perfect for me. It's always a good idea to try a few brands to see what works best for your noggin and be sure to get something that fits snugly but not too tight.

I don't know if this is an accurate way to gauge fit, but when trying a helmet, I always do the following without the chin strap connected:

Shake my head side to side.

Nod up and down.

If it passes those tests without too much play:

Lean over at the waist and repeat the above (just be ready to catch it if it ends up being too loose.)

If it stays in place after that and is not giving me an insta-migraine, it's a good fit imo.
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Helmets are the one thing I MUST try on at a store, because when I first tried on smith helmets, regardless of their reputation I've seen on here, it didn't fit as well as my Giro helm. Guess it's kinda like boots.
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Yep, I'll add my voice to the chorus - helmets are much like boots, the fit is everything and you can't tell without getting into a shop and trying on a variety of models with the attributes you are looking for. Some helmets, like Giro, also have adjustment dials for fit.

I've been riding with a helmet for 4-5 years now. At first I thought it would be a big adjustment and feel strange. Within a run or two the first day I no longer even noticed I was wearing on. Wouldn't go out without one now.

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Also remember to make sure your goggles fit with the helmet unless you want to buy a new pair.
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hey..im new here.

i wear a POC Skull Light helmet, it's the first helmet i've ever worn and it fits me great, when i put it on in the store it felt snug on my head but not uncomfortable. A few minutes of wearing it, i forget that its on my head and it feels like a nice warm hat. My gf has the same helmet and she loves it too and she has a thing about things on her head face or around her neck (not like a girl thing, but a real fear) and she feels very comfortable with this helmet it doesn't bother her at all. just fyi, i am not sure what the opinion on POC helmets is but i felt the Giro helmets in the store and compared to POC they felt flimsy. POC def feels like it will protect your head, its nice and thick while it doesn't look bulky at all. check em out.
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hey..im new here.

i wear a POC Skull Light helmet, it's the first helmet i've ever worn and it fits me great, when i put it on in the store it felt snug on my head but not uncomfortable. A few minutes of wearing it, i forget that its on my head and it feels like a nice warm hat. My gf has the same helmet and she loves it too and she has a thing about things on her head face or around her neck (not like a girl thing, but a real fear) and she feels very comfortable with this helmet it doesn't bother her at all. just fyi, i am not sure what the opinion on POC helmets is but i felt the Giro helmets in the store and compared to POC they felt flimsy. POC def feels like it will protect your head, its nice and thick while it doesn't look bulky at all. check em out.
I really dig the POC helmets but they just didn't fit my head shape well at all. I was pretty bummed about it. Curse my lumpy, misshapen head!
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