Helmet recommendation?

GSAstuto

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I finally had to retire my Limar 'Worlds Lightest Helmet'. It was aging and developed a couple of bounce induced cracks. I have a couple other brain buckets to tide me until I find another. I was given a new Redimos but returned it as one of the most ill fitting helmets I've ever worn. My head tends to be more oval than round. If you could get the best helmet ever - light, crash resistance and cooling, what would it be? And, yeah, fits oval heads.
 

leicaman

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Most comfortable helmet I've ever tried was the Kask vertigo. Was over double the price of the Kask K50 though (which Is almost as comfortable) so I settled for the K50. Not sure what shape my head is but most helmets hurt me about one or two inches above my forehead.
 

joewein

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I think it's really hard to get a good recommendation for helmet fit. Other parameters, like weight, cooling and protection are more generically valid, but with fit it's like with shoes: there's no real substitute for walking into a shop and trying on lots of them.
 

FarEast

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For me Giro helmets - I was a private user that paid full price for them even before they sponsored me, I have the same sort of shaped head so they should fit.

Also LAS fit oval shaped heads as well.
 

GSAstuto

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Both KASK and GIRO are on my 'inspect' list. I'm a bit drawn to the new KASK TRI/TT semi-closed helmet as well. Winter will soon be upon us and I've never had too many issues with overheating. I'm still looking at the LIMAR - but this year in France I felt almost 'naked' wearing it - I'd really prefer something a little more substantial especially at higher potential contact speeds - even if I know it doesn't make that much difference..
 

stanc

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Bell dont fit my head at all. I'm currently using a Carerra Radius which I have found very good. Before this year I had a Rudy Project Sterling which was the best insect catcher I have ever had. Also the pads fell apart very quickly and I couldnt source replacements.
 

FarEast

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LAS Victory was the most comfortable helmet for my oval noggin as well. Actually think it's the same helmet James has.
Yes the LAS Victory is a stella helmet I ended up giving mine away due to not being able to use it anymore.
 

GSAstuto

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I tried on the Bell, thanks Mike, actually it felt geat. But does it have enough ka-shay? And still eyeing the Kask semi-closed design. Maybe pining a bit for my old Brancale.

 
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Oval head and giro user here as well. if you go Giro, they now build for a few headshapes. Their Atmos line is more for rounder heads, and Ionos is for more of their traditional oval heads. Not knowing this, I bought Atmos.
 

stanc

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. . . . Maybe pining a bit for my old Brancale.
Brancale, thats a name I havent heard for a while. My first helmet was one of theirs.

The ventilation didnt work at all but it saved me when my from wheel got caught & I ended up with severe concussion. Lord knows what would have happened if I hadnt been wearing it.
 
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Most comfortable helmet I've ever tried was the Kask vertigo. Was over double the price of the Kask K50 though (which Is almost as comfortable) so I settled for the K50. Not sure what shape my head is but most helmets hurt me about one or two inches above my forehead.
+1 Kask Vertigo
Light/Good Adjustment/Decent Ventilation/Nice Quality/Good Range Colours
 

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I've got the Giro Atmos. The rotary control on the back makes adjustment a breeze. Took a while to get the straps in a comfortable position, but since then it's been great.
 

GSAstuto

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I'm leaning heavily towards either the Bell or Kask at the moment - but will definitely check these all out!