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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking in a new helmet

What can be done about a new helmet that is just a little too tight? When we bought my wife a new helmet, it fit snugly, but it begins to hurt after wearing it for a while.
Can something be done to reduce the tightness?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 04:31 PM
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What the store where I bought mine from this summer suggested was to take out the liner/padding and place a weight on it for a day or two to compress it. I've also heard of people inflating a soccer ball or soccer ball bladder inside and leaving that for a couple days. Some helmets you can also buy thinner padding for, but that would be an expensive option I would think.

If compressing the padding doesn't work, and if the offending area is the forehead region, some have had success in using thumbs or a tablespoon to slightly compress the styrofoam in that area, but I sure wouldn't overdo that.

Good luck - hopefully you're able to do something to get your wife some relief.

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Where is it hurting her?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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In front of her head, just above her forehead. Ive got her helmet laying upside down in the garage, with a 25lb kettle bell laying on top of the place that hurts. Well be going for a ride later. Well see if that has helped.

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Some lids (Shoei, Arai, Nolan etc) have options for custom fitting at their selling dealerships. If you bought it online that isn't an option though.

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Most helmets have different shapes for the shape of your head (round, oval) so your helmet may be a round one and your wife's head is oval. I discovered this problem with my helmet so a temporary fix was a vise grip for wood and I squeezed the front of the helmet center and off to each side overnight and it helped. Lid picker has a website and can correctly match a helmet to your head, I have used them and will be buying a new helmet this winter. Can you not exchange for another helmet?

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Weve had her helmet for months, in hopes that it would become more comfortable for her. I got mine at the same time, and mine became more comfortable over time, but I ride a lot more than she does.
Were probably going helmet shopping tomorrow.

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She has the same problem that I had when I tried a Shoei helmet. They are more for people with round heads. No matter how much I compressed the front foam, I still had pain after an hour or so.

I went with an Arai long oval and have never looked back. I can wear my helmet all day long without any pain or problems right out of the box. I do have to get thinner check pads though.

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Look online a lot of stores tell you the basic shape of the helmet. Also might want to look at lidpicker.com to help you, after finding the shape of my head and them picking the brands and size that would work best.

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Before shopping, definitely do check out lidpicker.com's free data page.

Unfortunately helmet shape isn't consistent even within a brand although some brands do have more models on one side of the shape spectrum than the other. Case in point, Shoei does have more round models than oval models, but my Neotec II is very much on the oval side.

Hope your wife finds something that suits her.

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