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01-11-2012, 03:07 PM
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Comfortable helmet suggestions for wide head?

I am currently using a small Easton S7 (I think)and by the end of a game/practice I have such excruciating headaches and pain around my temples... obviously it's too small. However, length-wise it's too big already and if I go a size up it might accomodate my temples but it will be so long that it will flop back and forth and slide down/cover my eyes.
I've actually carved out some of the foam near my temples (voiding many warranties, I'm sure) and it helped a little bit but the pain is definitely still there- I think part of the problem is that the foam is so rigid.
Any suggestions for a more accomodating helmet/helmets with softer foam? Anyone ever have the same problem?

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01-11-2012, 03:11 PM
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I don't know if they're still making them like this, but I have a Jofa 390 I bought in the 80's. It was the only one that fit my head without squeezing and which also allowed me to wear my eyeglasses. All the others would push the glasses out of position because they were so tight at the temples.

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01-11-2012, 03:26 PM
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Try the M11. Doesn't just go front to back but all around the head.

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the rbk 6k is dam comfortable

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Since the S7 is the older more low end foam, much like the S9 I'm sporting I would suggest that you try on one of the newer more high end helmets that has the softer foam that molds more to your head. Helmets are one of the most accessible things to try at your LHS, so I would go to your LHS and try on all of them to see how they feel. There has to be a helmet that fits you.

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Try the M11. Doesn't just go front to back but all around the head.
I'll second this.

I have a fat head and the M11 finally gave me the fit I needed. In fairness, the RBK 8K fit pretty good too but I decided to go with the whole concussion angle promoted by Cascade. The little lever in the back works great when you want to adjust the pressure sitting on the bench.

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I use the M11 as well but I don't know if my head is wide or fat. The best suggestion is to try on all the brands available, there should be 1 brand that fits better and you'll be able to notice the difference. Our heads are very different from each other.

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Im wide at the temples and reebok is the only brand that fit me well.

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I currently wear a RBK8K and love it. I've worn Mission Intake,Bauer 4000 and CCM in the past few years and like RBK the most. I tried on an M11 last week and thought it was VERY comfortable, however I'm not in the marketing to spend $150 right now.

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Just got a RBK 7K and it's very comfortable. Try a bauer 8500 because they are extremely adjustable. more so than the 9900.

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Most of you will be disgusted with my actions, but just sand down the EPP foam around the pressure area. In recreational hockey (which most of you play), your dome isn't taking as much abuse as say Junior hockey or something of that nature. That will void the warranty and insurance!!!! Don't ask, don't tell.

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I wore a reebok helmet before but now a Bauer 9900. My head was hurting after and during practices in the beginning. But now it rarely happens anymore. Didn't have a single problem with the reebok one

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The M11 is really nice since it fits pretty much everyone. Lots of people on my team use it, from scrawny women to guys with giant heads.

Other than the M11, the only helmet that fit really well was the Mission Intake. The Bauer 5500, 8500, and I'm guessing the 9900 would be close.

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the rbk 11k is the best helemt i have ever worn i will not wear anything else now

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Most of you will be disgusted with my actions, but just sand down the EPP foam around the pressure area. In recreational hockey (which most of you play), your dome isn't taking as much abuse as say Junior hockey or something of that nature. That will void the warranty and insurance!!!! Don't ask, don't tell.


There's always that one clown who thinks their playing in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals..

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There's always that one clown who thinks their playing in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals..
I've played contact hockey for years with this technique and never even came close to a conky. I might just have a solid head but I suggest it.

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Can't complain as I ripped my M11 apart and removed the vents, then started tinkering with it to try and make it smaller.

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I've played contact hockey for years with this technique and never even came close to a conky. I might just have a solid head but I suggest it.
I've had a couple, 2 concussions in 3 years to be exact. The first one I was battling for a puck along the wall and some jack rabbit cross checked me across the shoulders and my head hit the glass and the lip of the dasher on the way down. The second one was a solid hit on a suicide pass from my defender, I never saw the guy and teammates said he got my with an elbow.

My RBK is the most comfortable I have worn.

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Anyone try on the M11 pro, is it even available yet? I'm interested in seeing how much less you like Marvin the Martian in it.

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Thanks for the input, looks like i'll be trying on some reebok and an m11 in the near future.

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Might have got a concussion this week from a guy cross checking my head into the glass. Had the M11. Would have lost a lot of teeth if I hadn't had a cage.

No clue if it's a concussion, aggravated old whiplash, or maybe just sick. We'll see.

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Might have got a concussion this week from a guy cross checking my head into the glass. Had the M11. Would have lost a lot of teeth if I hadn't had a cage.

No clue if it's a concussion, aggravated old whiplash, or maybe just sick. We'll see.
Sorry to hear that Jarick. Concussion symptoms are miserable.

This just proves that even the best helmets for concussions are not concussion proof.

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I had a Nike/Bauer 8500 and it was super snug. Decided to invest in an Easton S19 and it is light as heck... and fits very well. super comfortable. I'm a 7 3/4 in. head size. big brain.. I know.

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