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  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this helmet for about 8 weeks and use it 6 days a weeks for work and play on the hill.
It's undeniably one of the top helmets with well thought out design and quality construction.
The only issue I have with it is the sizing. I bought a large but have found I have to dial the boa thing down to the smallest setting. This is fine and all but I feel a bit like an orange on a toothpick.(When I tried it on in the shop I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't spend as much time figuring out the best size as perhaps I should.)
To satisfy my own curiosity I went back to the shop and tried a medium. It was lower profile in look and feel but I had to dial it to the largest setting. Which is fine but doesn't allow for the hood of my base layer when it gets really cold.
The point of this boring story is that I find it odd that there is apparently no cross over in the sizing. I thought this problem was somewhat unique to someone who had the unfortunate luck of having a head shaped like mine, but the guy in the shop said he owns a small and finds it a little too tight but the medium is too big.
'sigh'.. first world problems.

Responded on

go with the one that's a little too tight. you don't want that thing bouncing around on your head and it's probably a little lighter too. You don't want to rely on the boa thing for it to fit snug.

What are you trying to do with you're base layer hood? Over the helmet? Just get a head sock, close the vents and put up you're jacket hood and you should be sealed in pretty good. If not you might need a better jacket. That being said, there are definitely warmer helmets out there that don't have any vents, but then you get hot on warmer days. i wore it with no hat for 5 days last Christmas at Breck with no problems and I only needed to put the hood up one time at the top of the lift.

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i don't think stkp235192 really read or understood your post. I know exactly what you are talking about - but with the Variant helmet - i tried on the small and i couldn't get my head in it (boa - dialed for extra large) and so i bought the medium - after 4 weeks the helmet is a fraction too large (boa dialed to small). It seems like there is no overlap in sizes - and possibly a gap between them