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    I need a new helmet!

    I wear a large Giro Animas currently. It looks funny and sits kind of high. I guess I must have a long face or something. So what mountain bike helmet would look and function better?

    I've considered the Giro E2, Giro Hex, and the Giro Zen. Would any of these be a good choice?

    Any other helmets you might recommend?

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    Bell Slant; universal fit. Nice looks. Works well. Mine's been through 2 crashes. Last one broke my collarbone, but the helmet didn't split.
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    Really liked my E2.... Love my Xen.

    You really should try them on first though.

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    go try on as many lids as you can... different companies build for different shaped heads... i went to REI and my LBS and tried on all the different ones they had... GIRO fits me well and i love the roc-loc... BELL did't fit me at all... then again neither do their motorcycle helmets...

    i went with the havoc due to the price and fit... finally ordered it this week... can't wait to use it... it'll be a big step up from my older early 2k helmet i've been using
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    I have a Met Predatore XL. Like it very much..


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    I have a 7 5/8 hat size so it is difficult for me to find helmets that fit, I found the Bell Triton has room to spare. It has taken a couple of falls and is always taken scrapes with low tree branches with no damage. Price is good also.

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    I have the Fox Flux. I like it very much. Only issue I have with it is sometimes, since it covers the back of my head, it catches the loop on my Camelback and freaks me out for a second until it releases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496
    I have the Fox Flux. I like it very much. Only issue I have with it is sometimes, since it covers the back of my head, it catches the loop on my Camelback and freaks me out for a second until it releases.
    +1 on the Flux. I just switched to it as it has more coverage than the average helmet and I am digging in.
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    Another vote for the Bell Triton. My Giro Atlas seemed to set a little high on my head but I had to deal with it. Found a Giant helmet a couple of years ago that surprisingly fit perfectly. When new helmet time comes around, I'll be getting a Triton though.
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    Get Giro Ionos. They are made for taller riders with larger heads, but not cheap. Never scrimp on what protects your brain bucket. If you need a visor- get the Giro Pneumo, basically a visored version of the Giro's top-of-the line Ionos helmet. eBay has deals on them all the time.
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    I have a big head and have never had any luck with the racer-style helmets. I find I get a better fit and protection with the skate-style helmets. I am currently using a Bell Faction. Try a few of those lids on, you might like them better.


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    +1 on the Giro Xen. It's a blend of a traditional minimalist helmet with lots of vents, and a fuller coverage freeride brainbucket. Good mix. I dig mine, and both of my brothers ride with the same helmet, assuming we're not downhilling... Go get one in a Large, it'll fit. My brothers and I have 7 3/4 in. heads, and we've got room to spare until we cinch down the rocloc, which is awesome. I won't ride anything but Giro, Skiing or Biking...

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    My ONLY problem with the Fox Flux is that I went on a ride with eight guys last weekend and four of them had the same helmet as me and they were all Urban Camo. I may have to bust out my old Giro screamin' skull helmet next week.
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    I have the Giro Havoc and I really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    I have a big head and have never had any luck with the racer-style helmets. I find I get a better fit and protection with the skate-style helmets. I am currently using a Bell Faction. Try a few of those lids on, you might like them better.

    +1 on the skate-style helmets. I have a 7 7/8's head and when I put on a racer helmet it leaves everything below the top 1/5th of my head feeling exposed, like the thing protecting my head is just casually resting on the top of it......doesn't feel me safe (as my 2 year old would say). I have a Bern helmet made for snowboarding that has a removable winter lining with ear covers and all...it's been a great helmet and they make large sizes, too.

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    I have a Giro E2 and I really like it. I wear a 7 5/8 baseball cap and this helmet fits great. I can even where a beanie under it comfortably. I highly recomend it.

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    Good job!

    The Animas and E2 (20+) have way more vents than the Zen (17).
    The animas sits higher than the E2.

    I had a zen but had "vent envy" in the summer heat here in Austin.
    I now have the E2 and noticed the difference immediately.

    FYI, Giro and Bell are the same company.
    Giro is made for more of an oblong head, whereas Bell is made for a rounder head.

    Apples to Apples (Just Gala or Fuji vs Red Delicious).

    Just try on a bunch and go with whichever feels better.
    Vents are your friend for summer riding. Not so for wintery cold riding.

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