Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Bavaria, Germany
Fully agree, and it's a major PITA for me. I have a large, rather long head.
Most XL helmets used to fit a decade ago, some of them being tight on the forehead, but no big issues.
When I tried to get a new helmet last year, I had to try about 40 different helmets at a handful of shops and a few online returns until I found one that fit! I was told that this is due to new safety regulations and tighter fit. Could not get into Shoei, not even XXL. Tried a few more exotic ones, even up to 3XL - I could either not get in, or the helmets were just too large.
Finally found that the Bell Star Carbon in XXL fit perfectly, and it's pretty light (about 1400g) because of carbon. Great helmet, but windy and noisy as ****. I would not want to ride this in winter and I started using earplugs for longer rides now, which I never considered before.
I was looking at the Schuberth C4, too. Tried it in the shop (they had it in 60-62) and it almost fit. Just a bit tight, but not bad otherwise. Ordered it online, one size larger.
Turned out totally different. This one was too tight at the forehead and neck, while too loose at the top.
Then tried the next gen Bell Star to see if it less noisy, and found that Bell slighty changed the shape, it is tighter around the neck and while the rest fits perfect, the neck strap hurts after a short time.
So I ordered another Bell Star Carbon which was on sale now (old model) and am keeping it as future replacement for my current helmet, since I don't know if I will find another fitting one.
I fully agree with what you say. The shapes changed a lot, but I found out that shapes even fundamentally change between sizes. Finding a matching helmet is like playing the lottery today, and my personal problem is that most shops only stock S/M/L sizes, very little XL, and typically no XXL at all.