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Need help selecting helmet.

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I know my heads circumfrence is a tiny bit under 62cm (XLarge helmet).
Today I went to a local bike shop to try on some helmets to see which ones I liked. I tried on a KBC XLarge helmet, it was very tight and too wide. It pused on my forehead and the back of my head, there is no way that helmet will fit me. I tried an XXLarge, thinking that will do, wrong. Same problem. So I go to a different brand (Gmax) and try on an XLarge, it firts perfectly. To make sure its not just that helmet by chance that fits me, I tried an other brand (Cyber). Their XLarge helmet also fit me perfectly, although I wouldn't buy one because its too short, just wearing it for a few seconds fogged it up. At least it fit right.

My question. Why do some brands of helmets fit me (in the same size) and others don't? What are some brands of helmet that are shaped on the inside like the Cyber and Gmax XLarge helmets? Are some models of the same brand shaped differently on the inside?

On a side note, "Hi everybody" this is my first post :grin:. I found this forum a few days ago, I like it.
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Hi and welcome to the forum :) There is a very good writeup on helmets and how to select one in this thread http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2175. Trying on the helmets is always best, though. What you're probably encountering is manufacturer size variations. My husband found those too when trying on helmets. An XL in one manufacturer is not always an XL in another. A few manufacturers have taken to making different shapes of helmet as well, since not everyone's head is the stereotypical "round" shape. Another thing that might help is to see if the particular manufacturer of the helmet you like has replaceable padding for the helmet. I know with mine, I can order new interior padding in different thicknesses.

I can't help with the Gmax type helmets (I have a streetbike, so I'm not to up on dirt bike helmets.) I have an Arai helmet, so you may want to look at their VX and MXC series helmets to see if they are to your liking.

Hope this helps!

Happy and safe riding!

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