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The wife needs a helmet. she wants a flif-face helmet, so we ordered the Nolan N102 N-Com helmet. after a month f waiting for it, it finally came. she tried it on, and it was way too big!!! it fit her head well, but the outer shell of the helmet was friggin' HUGE!!! she doesn't want a "Big ol' Alien Head" as she put it.

Anyone know of a modular helmet with a smaller outer shell? she wears a size small.

we were loking at the Zox Nevado and the HJC Symax. anyone familiar with these helmets?
 
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I'd probably check out the dealer or a gear shop in person. Helmets are so personal, with different head shapes and sizes and weird bumps etc, that I'd never buy one without trying it on. Of course, nothing says you can't try them on, find one you like, then go buy the same one online for less!
 

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one problem we have is, we live in norther Michigan. the closest shop with a decent selection to try on is about 3 or 4 hours south of us. of course, after the hassle of ordering online, and waiting for a month to finally get it, the trip south may certainly be worthwhile.

Still, any feedback on sizes would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

-the nut
 

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I know this isnt what you want to hear, but I have given up ordering helmets online! so many helmets have different amount of padding inside and some are just thicker than others and no matter how well you measure your head to try and get the right size you cant tell how big the helmet is online. I am normally a medium size but I was in the store the other day and ended up buying a size small 3/4 helmet b/c it had less padding inside then other 3/4 helmets. and it is DOT approved. some helmets are just thicker than others and you simply CANT tell online. take a nice 4 hour drive on the bike or car and find that perfect helmet.


I have a medium full face and a medium 1/2 helmet but a small 3/4 helmet
 

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I would have to agree with BigD1300.......

I have 2 - HJC 3/4 helmets both are size large. Was at the American Dream Dealership and tried on a 1/2 helmet and it was a small. It fit great. The saleslady told me I needed an XS. I bought a small because it was more comfortable.

The bad thing is they had to order it and it costed $79.00. Then I get an email with the same helmet for $49.00....Even with the shipping it would have costed less...... :cry:

So to get a good fitting helmet you really need to tried on.
 

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ok. My catalogs have a sizing guide for each brand. Measure her head 1/2" over her eyebrow and around the biggest part of her head and then ask the dealers to look in their book.

Or Pm and I'll check the catalogs Thrusday to at least give you size guides per each brand.
 

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My wife and I just bought the HJC Sy-max helmets. We tried on many helmets in the store, they didn't have an X-small for my wife to try. The small wobbled on her head so they suggest to order the next size down. Before I had a large and the wife had a small, I got another large and she got an extra small. When our helmets came in, we went for a ride with them and both are too tight. We wanted the modular helmets too, but they are not nearly as comfortable as our original KBC full face helmets we had before our crash. We were told to get them a little snug because they will loosten up, but not in a single 3 hour ride yet. We were also told you can compress the styrofoam in side a little to customize the fit, but I am not strong enough to get it to compress. There is a HUGE difference in helmet brands in the way they fit, I would never buy one again without trying one on. In your case where the stores are so far away, just make sure the online place you buy from has a very easy return policy!
 

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i have the hjc and i like it my dad has run one for a couple years now and my bro just had a wreck with one we are all happy with them. I would not recommend compressing the styro foam inside that is the only thing that absorbs the force of your noggin hitting the pavement and if it is partially compressed already thats less energy it will absorb if need thus transferring it to your brain-- not good ant ways thats my 2 cents
 

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i have the hjc and i like it my dad has run one for a couple years now and my bro just had a wreck with one we are all happy with them. I would not recommend compressing the styro foam inside that is the only thing that absorbs the force of your noggin hitting the pavement and if it is partially compressed already thats less energy it will absorb if need thus transferring it to your brain-- not good ant ways thats my 2 cents
That was MY thought when the store told me that too. I don't know if the modular helmet is worth the comfort loss we experienced with ours. We may go back to full face KBC's because of comfort and fit with our noggins. They were a hundred bucks less apeice too.
 

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My wife is farily petite. As such we ordered an extra small helmet and it was still way too big and the outside looked rediculous. We then went with a youth size and not only did it fit but it was smaller and size appropriate on the outside. I higly recomend this solution if you wife is small.

The helmet is lighter while still retaining DOT approval standards.

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My wife is 5'4", 130 lbs, and wears the Arai XL
 

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Two things I've had zero luck ordering on line are helmets and chaps. Despite what they tell you about how to measure, etc., you almost have to try them on. I second what somebody else said about trying them on in store, get the correct size, and then check on-line where you can usually save a few bucks. Of course, once I've driven to the store, tried it on, etc., if I like it, I usually just buy it there. :?
 

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Always remember that many companies use the SAME MOLD for the shell of the helmet REGARDLESS of the "size" (head size). There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is that molds are expensive, and there is no need to have 6 or 7 different molds PER helmet size, and style. The higher end companies sometimes have smaller shells on smaller helmets, but you are going to PAY for it. I assume that one of the reasons that you ordered online was to save $$$$$. So running down to Bob's Stealership is probably not your idea of fun. I suggest 2 things:
Try on one at the stealer that is acceptable and THEN find it online, OR
get a youth helmet, they usually DO have a smaller outer shell.
But remember this, a large shell with a small head size means LOTS of polystyrene foam and other padding, which means that the helmet is actually a little safer than a "thinner" helmet. JUST HUGE! :D :D
 
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