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Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby ffoil » Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:19 pm

Hi,

I'd like to purchase a water helmet for kiteboarding. I have an XL size head (~62cm) but it's long front to back and not round (think Alien!) I don't have any stores close to me so can't try different brands/models/sizes easily.

Has anyone had success finding a comfortable water helmet to fit someone with a long/oval/oblong shaped head.

Thanks.

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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby Jyoder » Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:24 pm

I have the same problem. I currently use a cheap Pro-Tec Ace water helmet that fits ok but is a bit loose on sides of my head. It’s worn in now for better fit than when I started.

My friend took a mold of his head and made a carbon fiber helmet that’s pretty sweet.
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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby droffats » Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:05 am

My experience is that the NP is the most alien like, the ProTec in the middle and Mystic is most round (think Charlie Brown). I can't tell if NP even exists anymore. Nothing from them has been imported to the USA in over a year. Can't speak to the Gaath and other brands. There just aren't that many choices out there.
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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby cglazier » Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:04 am

Many helmets like the Protec Ace fit tight on the front and back and loose on the sides. The fix is easy.
Tie a strap or rope around the helmet very tightly and make it very compressed side to side. Then take a heat source like a hair dryer to it for a while. You will permanently deform it. :-)
I have done this to several helmets and it works.
CG
(I have an XL size head)
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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby Matteo V » Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:05 am

cglazier wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:04 am
Many helmets like the Protec Ace fit tight on the front and back and loose on the sides. The fix is easy.
Tie a strap or rope around the helmet very tightly and make it very compressed side to side. Then take a heat source like a hair dryer to it for a while. You will permanently deform it. :-)
I have done this to several helmets and it works.
CG
(I have an XL size head)
Yup, that's what I do.
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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby Matteo V » Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:18 pm

This is a pretty essential tool.

https://www.harborfreight.com/power-too ... 56434.html

But use the low setting and go slow.

And it also doubles as a snowboard waxing device that will work with an 800w inverter run off your car. Plus by coloring on the wax, then corking with a wax dipped wine cork, you save tons of wax by not scraping.
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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby ffoil » Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:29 pm

Excellent information, everyone. Appreciate the input. Seems NP may be the way to start.

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Re: Kiteboard helmet for long head

Postby HugoMC » Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:26 pm

I use a cycling helmet 👍 like a Skateboard style one.

Might be a good idea to have a look at some cycling ones. You might find a better range as it's a bigger sport👍
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