Need help with Trials Helmets

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Charla, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    I wish I could just walk into a store and try on a bunch of different models but since that's not going to happen I'm turning to you guys for help.

    I normally wear an XL Shoei, dirt or dual sport helmet and sometimes an XXL in other brands and I ordered a Shiro Trials helmet in XL. This particular helmet seems to be extremely round, and while there is space over my ears it is way too tight front to back.

    I'm willing to spend the extra money on a helmet that is comfortable but I don't want to order a different helmet and have the same problem.

    I've found Shoei helmets to be very comfortable for me but I'm not sure if they use the same shaping in their trials line. Are there any "Shoei Heads" out there that have tried them?

    Anyone else know of a brand that is more oval than round?

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.














    You shush Gordy.
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  2. leanin

    leanin Been here awhile

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    Call Mandy at Lewisport. She is good about telling you how the different helmets fit.

    Also, if the Shiro is just off a little, you can remove a little of the styrofoam lining to get it to fit better.
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  3. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Try looking at the XCiting helmet line. They don't have that bulbous "round" look you are referring to. You can find them here-

    https://secure.rypusa.com/catpage.cfm?cat_selected=77

    NAU helmets look similar. Check them out, see what you think.






    You shush Gordy.............. :jack
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  4. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    I had a Shoei street helmet years ago. Fit pretty good.
    My melon is more squished then round. Lucky enough there is a shop in Phoenix that has a large selection of trials helmets (and another shop that has a great selection of other bike helmets, but that is for another time). I tried a bunch and they were all for bowling ball heads. The only one that was a good fit is the Hebo. Dang that thing is comfy. I could wear it all day. Come to think of it, I have.
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  5. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Wow! I was expecting more from you than that! You feeling friendly tonight or what?!? :lol3
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    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    I owe him beer........ :freaky
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  8. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Thank you for that info! :thumb

    Bill at Balance Trials called over to Lewisport for me to ask about the Shoei helmet and apparently they are no longer dealing with Shoei or Arai on their trials lines, so I'll put the Hebo on my list to try.

    We went ahead and reordered the Shiro in an XXL but I'm not convinced that it will be much better.

    What a pain in the butt this is turning out to be.
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  9. kennyh

    kennyh Been here awhile

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    Had the same experience Charla. I wear an xl arai xd3 and have tried everything they had at the trials training center. Nothing has fit yet, so I'm still looking too. Hope to hear that you have success.
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  10. cojoel

    cojoel Been here awhile

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    Hello everyone...My name is Joel and I too have a XL Shoei head.

























    :hide
    I'm looking at trials helmets as well.
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  11. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Shouldn't you be shopping for a bike first Joel? :lol3
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    cojoel Been here awhile

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    This is research. Safety first or third which ever one you chose.
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  13. xrmattaz

    xrmattaz sputum is my bread/butter

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    I have a long oval XL Shoei hed.

    Mandy sent me an XXL Shiro, which was MUCH too "round" for me nugget at first.

    Five minutes with the round handle-end of a screwdriver fixt that, I just smunched up the styrofoam in the forehead part of the Shiro, and it fit perfectly. I've had to do this on many helmets in the past, with no ill-effect, as far as I can tell......hell, I've been having to do it for 35 years or so.

    (no comment needed from the safety police, I do what I have to do)
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  14. Charla

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    I've used that trick on my Scorpion street helmet and it greatly improved the comfort. Thanks for the reminder.

    Did the fabric of the liner eventually wear in and get softer? I'm not too impressed with the course fabric that they've used but Ben swears it will soften up.
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  15. ridenm

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    Nothing else fits except the old Bieffe trials helmet, and they're made from unobtanium. For the last several years I've been using an Arai dirt helmet with the removable chin bar removed. Don't know if you can still get them. Arai does make a trials helmet, the Penta, that Lewisport carried briefly. I don't know if they can get them or if anybody stateside can, but that'll be the first place I'll look when I start searching for a replacement.
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  16. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    I've seen a few people who just wear regular bicycle helmets but the lack of protection for the back of the head concerns me.

    Has anyone tried a Snowboard or Skateboard helmet? Ever crashed and hit your head in one?

    I originally thought a Snowboard helmet would be too hot but it looks like venting is an important feature for them too. Something like this might be the answer. :dunno

    http://www.abc-of-skiing.com/shopitems/helmets/g10mx-2006-helmets.asp
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  17. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Why not just wear a dirtbike helmet?
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  18. ridenm

    ridenm Long timer

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    Some clubs require a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet. I believe it is a requirement for an AMA-sanctioned event. Dirt bike helmets in 3/4 design (without chin bar) are getting harder to find, and many trials riders prefer the open-face design for improved ventilation and vision.

    Having said that, I currently have my daughter in a full-face BMX helmet for trials. I like the added protection compared to a trials helmet, and she likes the lighter weight of the bicycle design. At the speeds she rides the potential impacts she faces are comparable to BMX crashes so I'm not too concerned for any additional risk.

    Our club events are AMA-sanctioned, but we do not check for helmet stickers. Most trials helmets are not DOT-approved; they usually carry an EU certification of some sort.
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  19. roadholder

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    Or even a full face helmet! :huh
    OK, it was a long time ago and I got a proper one eventually!

    You don't want the weight, constriction and warmth of either type in trials.

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  20. Charla

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    I do currently but I'm struggling with the limited visibility. I don't like having to move my head to change my line of sight.

    The RMTA does not require a DOT approved helmet and I've seen several members wearing bicycle helmets so that is not an issue.

    I just got back from shopping for snowboard helmets. The major sporting goods chains around here only had low end models and I wasn't pleased with those at all so I wound up at a dedicated ski shop.

    I tried on the Giro G10MX that I linked previously and believe it or not the size Large fit me quite well. The construction was much better than the lower end models, it had decent (not plush) padding and offered good coverage for the back of the head. It is very lightweight which can be a plus or minus depending on your POV.

    I'd probably still order an XL though since it has a fit adjuster which is also a nice feature.

    I have to wait for the XXL Shiro to come in before I make a decision.
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