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It's not just a matter of size, but shape. If you are feeling pressure on your forehead in an otherwise well fitting helmet, you probably have what Arai calls a "long-narrow" head shape.

I think Arai is the only major helmet manufacturer that goes to the expense of manufacturing helmets for different head shapes. When I got back into riding five years ago, I spent about three hours in the Denton, TX cycle shop trying on helmets. My baseline was Shoei. Based on prior experience, I knew that Shoeis became uncomfortable after about three hours. No problem if I were commuting or just riding shorthaul, say less than 200 miles or so, fit: 8/10.

Bells tend to run round, fit: 6/10. If it is big enough to fit without forehead pressure points, it flops around side to side.

Everything else but Arai fell in between Bell and Shoei, even Schuberts. I really wanted to like Schuberts. Arais were pretty much all over the place in terms of fit until I came to the Signet-Q. It fit like they used my head for the molds, fit: 10/10 right out of the box. Still, I wish Arai fitted sunshades to their helmets.

Right then, I realized that a properly fitting helmet doesn't require any king of break-in.



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It's not just a matter of size, but shape. If you are feeling pressure on your forehead in an otherwise well fitting helmet, you probably have what Arai calls a "long-narrow" head shape.

I think Arai is the only major helmet manufacturer that goes to the expense of manufacturing helmets for different head shapes. When I got back into riding five years ago, I spent about three hours in the Denton, TX cycle shop trying on helmets. My baseline was Shoei. Based on prior experience, I knew that Shoeis became uncomfortable after about three hours. No problem if I were commuting or just riding shorthaul, say less than 200 miles or so, fit: 8/10.

Bells tend to run round, fit: 6/10. If it is big enough to fit without forehead pressure points, it flops around side to side.

Everything else but Arai fell in between Bell and Shoei, even Schuberts. I really wanted to like Schuberts. Arais were pretty much all over the place in terms of fit until I came to the Signet-Q. It fit like they used my head for the molds, fit: 10/10 right out of the box. Still, I wish Arai fitted sunshades to their helmets.

Right then, I realized that a properly fitting helmet doesn't require any king of break-in.
Thanks for the insight! It's good to know that it is possible to find gear that fits like a glove... or your helmet in this case

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