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post #1 of 8 Old Dec 24th, 2010, 11:59 am Thread Starter
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When I starting to ride again (2004), I think I tried every helmet model available in the shop, until we were behind the counter and pulling down Arai helmets. If the helmets were behind the counter, I knew I was in trouble with regards to cost!

In the end, we found a perfect fit, an XXXL Signet. Head circumference indicated an XXL in most other models would have been fine, but I needed the longer front to back dimension.

Almost 7 years later, I need a replacement. Okay, so I'm probably overdue! The Signet has been replaced by the Profile, unfortunately the Profile is not quite as extreme in the longer front to back dimension and even the XXXL Profile puts too much pressure on my forehead.

Anyone else with similar challenges? Any other brands to consider?

Thanks in advance.

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Try a Shoie, they makem big. I've had the same problem with new Arai. I'm very happy with switch

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I have been fighting this exact battle myself; I too can only wear the XXL Arai. When Schuberth left the US, I had exactly one choice in helmets. I did find a replacement though;
I found the AFX Magnus in XXXXL. Paid $110 on eBay. At 20% of the cost, I thought it was a good bet.

I have not had it out for a ride yet.

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When I starting to ride again (2004), I think I tried every helmet model available in the shop, until we were behind the counter and pulling down Arai helmets. If the helmets were behind the counter, I knew I was in trouble with regards to cost!

In the end, we found a perfect fit, an XXXL Signet. Head circumference indicated an XXL in most other models would have been fine, but I needed the longer front to back dimension.

Almost 7 years later, I need a replacement. Okay, so I'm probably overdue! The Signet has been replaced by the Profile, unfortunately the Profile is not quite as extreme in the longer front to back dimension and even the XXXL Profile puts too much pressure on my forehead.

Anyone else with similar challenges? Any other brands to consider?

Thanks in advance.

If you want open face, here's the best long oval Ihave found:

http://www.superseer.com/


If you want full face, your options are few my friend. I currently wear an Icon Varient in XXXL. It fits nicely, but still a bit of forehead burn for me.

Try the Shoei RF1100 in XXXL. They make it, most people don't carry it.
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HJC FS Max (Flip Front) available in the UK isn't bad for fit.
Quality and noise levels aren't brilliant though.

Why not import a Schuberth? I know the UK helmet law says something like "must be approved to current British Standards <u> or similar standards</u>"


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I appreciate everyone's responses. I'll be on the phone to Arai and Shoei today and if necessary, the larger motorcycle dealers in the greater Austin area.

Thanks again.

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HJC FS Max (Flip Front) available in the UK isn't bad for fit.
Quality and noise levels aren't brilliant though.

Why not import a Schuberth? I know the UK helmet law says something like "must be approved to current British Standards <u> or similar standards</u>"
Schuberth is now available in the U.S. again. Our local dealer, Ride West BMW is carrying them.

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Try a Shoie, they makem big. I've had the same problem with new Arai. I'm very happy with switch

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Dennis, to you and 'Scottly' I wanted to close the loop. I appreciate the recommendation to check out the Schoei, in particular the RF1000. Today I had the chance to try on an XXL and found it to be just about a perfect fit. Just a touch snug all the way around, but the sort of fit that will likely become perfect over time.

For what its worth, Arai's old Signet XXXL seems very similar to Shoei's RF-1100 in an XXL.

Thanks again. Be safe out there, especially tonight. Happy New Year!

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