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Helmet Break In
« on: April 12, 2021, 02:23:47 PM »
Buying my first helmet in a very long time. Previous helmets have been HJC fullface. This time I'm trying a Shark Ridill as I've read many positive things about Shark here. This is the smallest helmet I've ever had, XL versus multiple X's with HJC. I'd say the Shark helmet fits correctly, about as snug as can be. However the cheek pads literally squeeze my face to the point that I am biting the insides of my cheeks. I almost have duck lips. Is this something I can expect to wear in over time? I hate buying helmets. It's way too much money spent hoping something will be comfortable some time in the future.

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2021, 02:56:26 PM »
I had the same problem and it didnít get any looser.Try to trade it for a larger one.I had to quit wearing mine and give it away.I think it was a scorpion.

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2021, 04:10:48 PM »
On some helmets you can get different cheek pads to eliminate this problem. Scorpion and Nolan have them available. I would call the manufacturer for advice. I did that with my Nolan, they were very helpful.
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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2021, 05:16:41 PM »
I agree that calling the manufacturer is the first step. If that doesn't help, take a wooden mallet to them. Or a sharp knife.

The cheek pads are not brain-protecting elements, so some creative, brutal adjustment is not unreasonable, and is arguably better than buying another helmet that is too loose on your cranium just to give you more cheek room. Alternatively, shop for a different brand that is more your head shape. They do differ quite a bit.

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Re: Helmet Break In
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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 07:27:00 PM »
Thanks. I have emailed Shark. I don't see a phone number on their website. We'll see if I get a response. I'd say the fit for head shape is pretty good.

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 10:49:52 PM »
  Helmets are shaped different by each manufacturer. Our head shapes are different too.  I would suggest you find a dealership that handles many different brands of helmets and go spend some time trying them on.  You need to make sure that a new helmet doesn't fit too tight or too loose.  A new helmet will break in with usage so you would choose one that is a little firm around your forehead with a little fore and aft movement using your hands against each side of the helmet. Also, make sure the helmet straps are fastened and secured under your chin area while doing this testing. Some helmets break in more than other brands do.  The manufacturers (higher end) will offer different models to fit different shaped heads i.e. round, egg shape, oblong, etc..  Trying on and choosing a helmet can be a little work but, if done correctly will reward you with a comfortable fit and reasonably quiet helmet that will protect you properly in case.......well, you know what I mean.  And, don't forget, you should replace your helmet every five years, 2 years if you are racing.  There you go.....Selecting a proper helmet 101 !!!  The Kid

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2021, 06:12:15 AM »
I have had to mix padding sizes on several helmets when trying to find a shape that works for me. 

The Bell Star Carbon that I use with the V7 is my best fitting helmet ever.  There is no guarantee  that a replacement Bell Star Carbon will fit the same.
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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2021, 06:27:50 AM »
Yeah. so hopefully they have interchangeable cheek pads.

We use the HJC helmets - I have one in an XL and another in XXL and they both fit the same.  Different year of manufacture, maybe.  My Fulmer helmets were like that. 

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2021, 09:21:22 AM »
If you can remove the pads some SLIGHT pressure with a large spoon can compress the foam a wee bit.  helmet makers will tell you not to do this but I'd think you'll get tired of the fit quickly so what's not to lose? 
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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2021, 10:29:33 AM »
Ya call the Manufacturer ,or ,............sell it and buy something that will fit you better, otherwise, you don't want a Helmet that might 'ruin' a Ride .
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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2021, 10:55:17 AM »
I have never found a helmet in a dealership I could try on. Never ever. They just don't stock my size. I'm waiting to hear back from Shark. I guess if I don't hear back that's a sign in and of itself to send it back and try something else.

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Re: Helmet Break In
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2021, 11:04:24 AM »
I agree with others who said that is the crown of your head fits but the cheeks are too tight, just replace the cheekpads with a thinner set (next size or two up)

ASSUMING THE SHELL SIZE IS THE SAME. I'd bet they only make 2-3 shell sizes and the rest of the fit is down to what 'size' cheekpads and other pieces are in there. That seems to be the general rule.

I bought my wife a christmas helmet and she had the same issue... Loved the helmet, and the head fit was great, but the cheekpads were uncomfortably tight..  She started with the size S, but I replaced the cheek pads with Medium replacements, and now it fits perfect without modifying any of the pieces. In her case it's a Scorpion helemt, they only had two shell sizes, XS-S-M and L-XL-XXL
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