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    Question Hey You With the "Long Oval" Head!

    Why is it that other industries, like the motorcycle industry, have figured-out that not everyone's head is the same shape, but the bicycling industry hasn't?

    Apparently my 60cm-ish melon is more of an oval shape than round and as a result, every helmet I've ever owned has a tendency to irritate me at the front and back of my head and be loose on the sides. I've owned several Giro helmets and I currently own a LAS and Lazer helmet, but they all have the same problem in that they seem to be designed a different shaped head than I have.

    I'm getting rather tired of ordering new helmets ($$$) only to find-out they're all designed for rounder heads than I have and then dealing with the mild headaches caused by the helmet shape. Am I the only one on the planet that experiences this issue? Are any cycling helmets specifically designed for "long / oval" heads? (I searched for other posts on this issue but the ones I've found are all quite old and out-of-date.)

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    I know what you're talking about as I'm in a similar boat...It's been a while but Bell and Bontrager IIRC make more of a long oval. I've used both and compared to a Giro I had less pressure up front. I'm currently running a Kask Protone with good results. I have the luxury of many good LBS to try on numerous helmets if I need to.

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    When I saw your thread title, I thought you were talking directly to me.

    Anyway, after having a bunch of Bell and Giro helmets, the only helmet brand I've found that sits correctly and comfortably on my long oval head is Limar.

    Limar helmets - Specialist in high performance bike helmets and eyewear, snow helmets and goggles.

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    Thanks for your responses so far. About all I have in my area are Trek dealers (i.e., Bontrager), so I don't have many helmet brands to choose from. If I was ambitious enough, I could start working on my own brand of cycling helmets just for people like us I could market the helmets as being more aerodynamic than regular helmets because they're not as wide, hence everyone would be jealous of us oval/long head people

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    Mine is more 'bean' shaped, ergo 'bean brain'. Anyway, that is what everyone tells me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    Mine is more 'bean' shaped, ergo 'bean brain'. Anyway, that is what everyone tells me!
    Hey now... this is a discussion on the shape of your noggin', not the shape or size of your brain inside your noggin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Hey now... this is a discussion on the shape of your noggin', not the shape or size of your brain inside your noggin'.
    my helmet is pea shaped.....
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    I have the same issue. I have to use XL helmets to get most to fit and they look freakishly large on me. I've been on a L Louis Garneau Course helmet for about 3 years now and I can't complain about fit or looks.

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    Arai long oval have worked well for me on motos. On bicycles, it's been hit or miss. Some models within a brand might fit OK and others not with no indication in product info that they might have different shapes.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    I, too, have a long oval head. It's frustrating trying to find helmets that fit. I have two helmets... a Giro Bishop for mountain biking and a Bontrager Starvos MIPS for road biking. Both are XL size. I had to order both of these online, because local bike shops do not stock XL helmets. Color options are usually limited too with XL helmets. Either black or white.
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    Lazers work for me (better than anything else I've tried),but clearly ymmv.
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    I've also had those irritating spots from rubbing by the front and top of the helmet.

    Some small strips of this 1/2 inch wide Frost King rubber foam weatherstrip work very well. It sticks to the helmet, compresses as needed, and stays on for years. (The Lowes link says "vinyl foam", but it's "rubber foam", much better.)

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    Repeating my previous post: Try Limar helmets. It's the only one that works with my oblong head. I've gone through various Bell and Giro helmets, futzing around with moving pads, etc. I'm on my 3rd Limar and I love it. No modifications necessary.

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    I also ride motorcycles. Arai XD3 and Arai Signet Q are the only helmets that fit my long oval head. Bicycle wise, Specialized Propero or Prevail fit great for road, commuting and gravel. I also found the perfect mtb helmet this summer...POC Tectal (not the Trabec). The POC is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn. Too bad the POC Octal road helmet is an awful fit for me.

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    I have the oval head and find the POC Octal to be the best fitting helmet ever. It is the only one that I literally forget is on my head.

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    Yeah oval head and longer rather than wide. I too have trouble finding a nice fitting bucket. I haven't tried the POC line. Might have to check them out.
    Thanks for post

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    Long oval sizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Repeating my previous post: Try Limar helmets. It's the only one that works with my oblong head. I've gone through various Bell and Giro helmets, futzing around with moving pads, etc. I'm on my 3rd Limar and I love it. No modifications necessary.
    I liked your post, haven't seen these around in Southern California. I have a 60.5 cm long oval head. How do you chose sizes?

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    I'm in the longer than a Giro-bracket myself. Kask seems to fit me better, and also Specialized. Now I wear a Norwegian Etto Scalpel like in the pic. It is long enough and low profile, but I think it's only made the the European EN1078 standard.

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    I have a long oval head. Specialized Prevail and Airnet fit me the brst

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippedcam View Post
    Yeah oval head and longer rather than wide. I too have trouble finding a nice fitting bucket. I haven't tried the POC line. Might have to check them out.
    Thanks for post
    I too have small oval head and found the Specialize ECHELON helmet fits far better than "Bell" "L/G" and "Giro's" all helmets I've owed over the years... my most recent purchase "POC" even fits better than the Echelon
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    When I saw your thread title, I thought you were talking directly to me.

    Anyway, after having a bunch of Bell and Giro helmets, the only helmet brand I've found that sits correctly and comfortably on my long oval head is Limar.

    Limar helmets - Specialist in high performance bike helmets and eyewear, snow helmets and goggles.
    Hi Spike - can you tell me which Limar helmet works best for you? I have the same issue narrow head. I have a Limar from 7 years ago that fits perfect. Not sure which I should get today? 777 or 555 or ultralight? Thanks for your help - Arty

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    Quote Originally Posted by arty View Post
    Hi Spike - can you tell me which Limar helmet works best for you? I have the same issue narrow head. I have a Limar from 7 years ago that fits perfect. Not sure which I should get today? 777 or 555 or ultralight? Thanks for your help - Arty
    Mine's pretty old. I'll check it and get back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToiletSiphon View Post
    I have a long oval head. Specialized Prevail and Airnet fit me the brst

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    I'm also using the Prevail, as the front/rear do not sit on the head itself, but rather the internal straps/harnes. However I bought for better air flow rather than my "long oval". Now looking into picking up the "Prevail 2" as it has a lower profile, and is less "pumpkin-looking".

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    Quote Originally Posted by arty View Post
    Hi Spike - can you tell me which Limar helmet works best for you? I have the same issue narrow head. I have a Limar from 7 years ago that fits perfect. Not sure which I should get today? 777 or 555 or ultralight? Thanks for your help - Arty
    Here's a picture of the tag inside the helmet.


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    Limar Helmets, Size

    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    When I saw your thread title, I thought you were talking directly to me.

    Anyway, after having a bunch of Bell and Giro helmets, the only helmet brand I've found that sits correctly and comfortably on my long oval head is Limar.

    Limar helmets - Specialist in high performance bike helmets and eyewear, snow helmets and goggles.
    I think I might buy one on Amazon. Just wondering if you have any info on fit? I'm a 60.5 long oval head. I see this one Limar 777 is LG. (57-61cm) or XL 59-64cm) is this just get the biggest one. Just don't want to to be to wobbly side to side.
    Thanks for the tip!

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