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Helmet Size Question

I am going to order a racing helm from a web store. How do I determine the proper size for a racing helmet? ie s/m/L?

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If you google around, or look on the site, you'll find a guide for the circumference of your head and how that matches up to the helmet size. A fabric / crafts store will have a fabric tape measure so you can get a half way accurate measurement. Better to error on the side of more firm than loose.
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I've never ordered online and it's not something I'd recommend.
However I know needs must sometimes so as above - err slightly smaller than too big. The interior padding will give but as long as you can't pull the helmet off from the back of your head then it'll be fine.
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If you are serious about it then you will go to a store that sells the brand of helmet you are looking for and try them on until you find one that fits correctly.
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If you are serious about it then you will go to a store that sells the brand of helmet you are looking for and try them on until you find one that fits correctly.
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I know at least with motorcycle helmets, each brand is different, and will fit different people better than others. It's far better to try them on until you find the one that fits you best. If you're opposed to paying more to buy in store, then just go to try them on, then order from an online retailer.
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better off to try them on.... helmets are made to fit different heads

When I went helmet searching for my buell I tried on Bieffe, Bell & several other ones. A HJC helmet fit me the best, the more expensive helmets ($600-800) simply didn't work for me. My HJC was $450

My head is more round or something like that which is why several of the other helmets didn't work.

I don't like the idea of wasting people's time at a store then ordering elsewhere. IF you are going to go to a store & have a employee take their time to help you, buy from them since they are usually on comission.
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I don't like the idea of wasting people's time at a store then ordering elsewhere. IF you are going to go to a store & have a employee take their time to help you, buy from them since they are usually on comission.
I actually agree with this. In my case though, i went to three places, and none of them gave me the time of day. So i tried on a whole bunch, found the one that fit me best, and ordered online. If someone had bothered to help me out i would have bought it on the spot.
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If you are serious about it then you will go to a store that sells the brand of helmet you are looking for and try them on until you find one that fits correctly.
exactly.
also use your headsock if you wear one so everything is as it will be at the track.
helmets will also lossen slightly after you wear them a bit, so make sure its snug when you try it on.

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For car helmets it's even more difficult. I checked a few local motorcycle shops & they only had cheap stuff that didn't fit so I drove 45min away for my helmet.

I have no clue if you try on helmets at a motorcycle dealership if they would fit the same if it was a car version. Seems like most tracks do not accept M helmets, only SA or whatever the car version is.
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And if you wait a couple weeks to order your helmet, the new SA2010 certifications should be available around October 1.

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Cheek pads also vary quite a bit, so that is another factor independent of head size that you should take into consideration.

Just another reason to try them on first.
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