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    helmet help!!

    i must have the giro zen helmet but it turns out i'm right between sizes small and medium with my head measuring 55cm. end point of small, beginning of medium. tried both on, could probably go either way, any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishercat
    i must have the giro zen helmet but it turns out i'm right between sizes small and medium with my head measuring 55cm. end point of small, beginning of medium. tried both on, could probably go either way, any suggestions?
    If you ever ride when it's cold and want to put a headband or skull cap on, you may want the extra room in the medium.

    Just a thought from someone who rides in chilly weather quite a bit.

    Kathy :^)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishercat
    i must have the giro zen helmet but it turns out i'm right between sizes small and medium with my head measuring 55cm. end point of small, beginning of medium. tried both on, could probably go either way, any suggestions?
    try some different brands, they all fit differently. Iwas using Giro , now I have a specialized , much better fit

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    Personally, I'd go with the smaller size. I had a E2 and unfortunately had my first OTB experience on Christmas Eve. My first 'real' fall and I cracked the interior foam completely through in a few places. The outside shell was fine, just slightly dented an scratched. My landing was on a sandy hill, the ground was not hard.

    My husband has the Xen and felt that it's a better helmet. He is a much more aggressive rider doing XC, freeride and DH. Has yet to damage his helmet after numberous crashes.

    Do try on different helmets. I will say, I did go with the Xen, as it wasn't that important to me to have the E2. Even though it's from the same manufacturer, the sizing is a bit different. The Xen actually fitls me a little better, too.

    Just my 2 cents
    Kerry
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerrybelle
    My husband has the Xen and felt that it's a better helmet. He is a much more aggressive rider doing XC, freeride and DH. Has yet to damage his helmet after numberous crashes.
    If any of those numerous crashes involved a hard impact of helmet to the ground, a rock or a tree, he should replace the helmet even if it doesn't look damaged. They're not really designed for multiple big hits, and may have cracks where they are not visible. If he hasn't really clobbered his head in any of his crashes, that could explain why his helmet is ok. It's not uncommon for a helmet to crack up the way yours did after a hard hit to the head. It depends a lot on the nature of the impact, so it's hard to say one is better than another in a single comparison.

    I don't mean to be hard-nosed, but I'm an engineer, and I've been burnt enough times in my career to know that a single success or failure does not neccessarily indicate a trend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky
    If you ever ride when it's cold and want to put a headband or skull cap on, you may want the extra room in the medium.

    Just a thought from someone who rides in chilly weather quite a bit.

    Kathy :^)
    Likewise, if its really hot a bandanna or a headwrap is good to absorb that sweat dripping into your eyes as well. Not to mention it helps prevent helmet-stripe-tan on your forehead!

    I wear bell xray helmet which I love because it has a dial adjustment thing in the back and I can adjust my helmet straps very quickly, depending on whether I have bare head or bandanna etc.

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    Thanks Lucky, I was wondering if anyone was going to say something about wearing a helmet that has been crashed more than once. It sounds like her BF needs a new helmet, but how do you decide? I have hit my helmet on the side about 3 times. Always involving slo-mo falling over onto my left side, so the worst result was a stiff neck. Not even a scuff on the shell. How do you decide to retire a helmet that doesn't look damaged?
    Which brings me to another point. Should you ever buy a used helmet? My last one was a gift bought at a used equipment sale. It looked fine, seemed to protect my head when I hit it. With rock climbing gear, it's practically illegal to sell used gear, and it's not smart to use it for lead climbing ever again.
    I guess if I smack my head hard enough to put an indentation in the shell, I'll get a new one.

    Catherine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine
    Thanks Lucky, I was wondering if anyone was going to say something about wearing a helmet that has been crashed more than once. It sounds like her BF needs a new helmet, but how do you decide? I have hit my helmet on the side about 3 times. Always involving slo-mo falling over onto my left side, so the worst result was a stiff neck. Not even a scuff on the shell. How do you decide to retire a helmet that doesn't look damaged?
    Which brings me to another point. Should you ever buy a used helmet? My last one was a gift bought at a used equipment sale. It looked fine, seemed to protect my head when I hit it. With rock climbing gear, it's practically illegal to sell used gear, and it's not smart to use it for lead climbing ever again.
    I guess if I smack my head hard enough to put an indentation in the shell, I'll get a new one.

    Catherine
    I don't think I'd ever buy a used helmet. Not just from the safety factor, but from the "icky poo" factor of wearing someting on my head that someone else had sweated in. Ditto used shorts. :^) Maybe I'm a priss, but that's my humble opinion.

    In the absence of obvious damage, it's a judgement call. If that fall that gave you a stiff neck was more from an awkward landing than impact with the ground, the helmet may indeed be ok. I tend to err on the side of caution since head injuries can have such severe consequences. I usually replace my helmets every few years because they get skanky in spite of washings, and they get banged up in transport and the occasional minor fall. I shop for helmets on closeouts and sales. My best score was a 3-year old leftover from RIE Outlet. I got an $80 MSRP former top-of-the-line helmet (before helmets started costing more than $100) for $14. Since it was a duplicate of a helmet I already had, I knew it would fit. It helps if you're a S, XS, or XL, since these are usually the leftover sizes. Some places to shop for cheap lids are REI-outlet.com, sierratradingpost.com, ediscountbikes.com, and specialized.com.

    Kathy :^)
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    Luckily (?) for me (and the husband who bought it for me), I'm pretty oblivious to the germ thing. Being a Dr., I'm sure you are a "little" more conscious of their danger. .
    I will keep your advice in mind, though, espeically now that I'm riding/crashing more.
    Thanks!

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