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Do shoei and arai helmets fit the same size?

i wear a large in a shoei x-11, just wondering if a large would be good in a aria helmet also?
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I heard the arais are good for oval heads... the shoei round heads

for some reason I've always felt better in arais...I'm Chinese...oval head maybe?
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my old shoei x-11 bostorm fit so well but i need a new lid now and looking at arais off the net. anyone had both helmets before? would large be the same in both?
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I'm not going to give you a 100% factual answer but more my opinion. I have an Arai, and it is a size large. I tried on the new x-11 at a shop, size large and it felt a little smaller but not very much if any at all, probably just my head shape. Like I said, I have a large Arai and if I got the Shoei I would get the same size. I think it may be a little smaller, but very little and was probably just the shape of my head that made it feel that way. Arai's site says large is for 59-60cm, and Shoei's says large is for 59-60. So they are supposed to be the same size.

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Nononono!! Arai has what like 7 different head shapes. You should be able to find an arai that fits. The rx-7 wasnt even close to my headshape but the signet(I think it was, outa stock in my size @ the store I went too or I would of bought it) fit sooo well when I tried it previously.
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Here's a chart, and the answer is apparently, No. They don't use the same sizing structure:

http://www.brocktoncycle.com/images/...ize_chart.html

Here's another chart that has Shoei and others to compare:

http://www.helmetharbor.com/sizing/sizing_chart.htm

They both have mmodels that fit better for specific headshapes:

Arai--Quantum=Round, Astral=Round, Profile=Oval, Corsair=Intermediate

Shoei differnces are perhaps less pronounced, but--

RF1000=round, X-11=intermeidate/oval, TZR=intermediate/oval

Here's some shape and sizing info from Arai:

http://www.araiamericas.com/shell-shape.html

http://www.araiamericas.com/size_sel.html

http://www.araiamericas.com/comparison.html

http://www.araiamericas.com/int_pads.html


All of that is just a guide, and not set in stone as your facial structure can change the feel, and you can have a more egg-shaped or earth-shaped cranium, and swapping cheek pads can have an affect on proper fit. The store that sells Arai should be trainied in proper fit and be able to tell you what to look for in that regard. If not, go somewhere else, and try on as many options as possible.

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my old shoei x-11 bostorm fit so well but i need a new lid now and looking at arais off the net. anyone had both helmets before? would large be the same in both?
Where are you looking at them on the internet? I'm trying to find a good deal a Astral X blue/black in XL.
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Where are you looking at them on the internet? I'm trying to find a good deal a Astral X blue/black in XL.
You're not going to find an advertized deal on them or the Shoeis anywhere on the net through an authorzied dealer. Arai currently won't allow internet sales, and they both won't allow anything less than minimum adevertized pricing. The only place you may find a "deal" is on Ebay. You have to be very careful with Ebay sales, there has reprotedly been fakes a while back as well as the helmets may not be DOT or Snell spec, if they are an asian market model. The headshapes change for the market region as well. The headshapes listed for the American models on the Arai Amercias site may not coincide with other market versions. Arai contends that headshape is of enough importance that you should be properly fitted for one which also considers the thickness of the cheekpads along with proper positioning on the head.
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i was just going to buy one off ebay.
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i was just going to buy one off ebay.
I did. It was fine. But there are a lot of sketchy helmets there. Be careful and don't take anything for granted.

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I did. It was fine. But there are a lot of sketchy helmets there. Be careful and don't take anything for granted.
If you're not sure of the sizing or shape consdierations, or the market it was intended for sale in, or of the authenticity, it's probably not a good idea, but you certainly want to be sure all of that is specified in the auction or verified at some point and sure of proper fit. It's pretty much like buying a pair of shoes or jeans, only typically more expensive.
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forget what I said earlier... I know nothing
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forget what I said earlier... I know nothing
From what I understand, the Asian market headshape is actually round, vs the North American which are more oval.
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