I was wondering what some of you may have done to help break-in a new helmet besides wearing it around the house.
How did you get them fitted? Local dealer? I tried one on at a vendor booth at Americade this year, but the silly woman attempting to fit me with it seemed clueless yet completely arrogant. The Profile (now Signet Q, I guess) is supposed to fit my head shape. But, the fit is a mystery. She had me jamming my head into a helmet so tight I couldn't talk without biting my cheeks, and she said it was probably about right. She said it has to be really tight so it will break in properly. I doubt it would change that much. I walked away with my cash in my pocket, needless to say.Just bought two Arai's for the wife and I. Based on past experience, they fit right from the start first day, all day.
Well, then, you have a dang good reason to ride down to Daytona and visit the folks at The Helmet Shop...:thumbup:I haven't been able to find a dealer anywhere in the Nashville area that carries Arai helmets in sizes to find a good fit. $500+ is way too much to spend on a helmet that doesn't fit.
Agreed. I have tried Nolans on a shows, and would never buy one because they don't fit my head. Also Arais. They are great helmets, though! I must have an HJC shaped head, because that is what is comfortable on me. I do have to loosen the cheek pads by swapping to an xl size set in my medium lid. Other than that, all four of the HJCs that I've had have fit me well. Your head is your size and shape. Find one that fits it. I am lucky that a reasonably priced, but decent quality helet fits mine. Some have a head shape that requires a more expensive lid to properly fit.
Sorry ... I disagree with some of the posts above.
We bought our SECOND new set of Nolan helmets recently. First ones were getting sort of funky after 100,000 miles. I retired my "good" helmet to my second "around town" bike .... a BUELL ... and Dixie & I bought new Nolan 103's with new headsets from Sierra Electronics over in Troy, Ohio. The new ones are YELLOW to match the YELLOW 'Wing rather than white.
New Nolan helmets are not really totally comfortable for me right away. Nothing in particular ... just sorta snug everywhere .... and painful after an hour or so ... AT FIRST. Now ... after 2000 miles we are both TOTALLY comfortable with the new helmets.
A new helmet should be SLIGHTLY snug and SLIGHTLY less than totally comfortable IMHO ... so that after a few miles the fit is just perfect. My main problem was with the helmet on my ears while wearing my glasses. I now use my contacts almost always when riding. Works better anyway. :thumbup:
:thumbup: I normally stay away from the big names as your paying for the name not the styrofoam or plastic covering. I have 5 fill face helmets and they all fit from day one. I don't think I spent over $70 for any of them.