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Bought for our 4 yr old for his first ski helmet. He loved it (design, color, comfort) & so did we for the safety. He's been using it since for his scooter since the ear pads are removeable. I'm sure he'll need a new one next year, but I'll be happy to buy the next size up!
My mom bought one of these for my son,...
My mom bought one of these for my son, just turned 7 -- the youth M sat very high on his head, though, and we sent her back for a L. She ended up with an adult size M from Giro per the sales staff... which seems much better, although I've had to tighten the chin strap as much as possible which makes me think we're in the wrong size. Help! Perhaps he's protecting lots of brains, but it seems like there should be a youth size that fits him. He's only 7!
The best thing to do would be to measure the circumference of his head and see what size he fits into per the sizing chart. Then you should get the correct size.
I will measure his head -- but the size charts don't seem to indicate kid vs adult sizing and I was under the impression that it's different. Is that not the case? Are there kids' size charts I've missed somewhere?
I work at a ski shop and we carry this helmet. The small and medium don't seem to fit a lot of kids, but the large fits many and it is a very popular helmet.
The large seems to fit kids of all ages and when the large is too big the medium is often too small. I recommend an adjustable helmet for when the large is too big. Although your son is 7, it is not uncommon for young children to have big heads. I would think that an adult medium would be too big for a 7 year old. The helmet should fit well and snug with the chin strap open, but of course closed when using it.
Could your mother have returned with The Giro G9 Junior? The Giro G9 junior in a small or medium might fit, but unless he has a huge head, the adult medium would be too big, especially if you have to adjust the chin strap to make it stay on. If you think that the helmet is too big, then it probably is. Measuring his head isn't very accurate because head shapes are different and helmets in the same brand (and other brands) often have different head shapes. ex: the Red Avid fits entirely different than the Red Theory as well as the Giro Fuse as compared to the Giro G10.
When a helmets fits properly it will feel snug all around. The helmet will sit between above his eyebrows and the middle of his forehead. When you move the helmet back and forward it will grab the skin on his head you will see it moving his eyebrows up and down. This should be done with the helmet unbuckled.
Giro and Red do their kids sizing differently. The Giro Junior G9 is available in small and medium and it is adjustable. The small is about the size of the Red Trace Grom L but adjusts to be slightly smaller and slightly bigger, and the medium is even bigger than that but they are shaped differently. The small fits me and the Adult G9 small also fits me.
I have a small head and I am a 22 year old female and I usually wear an adult small or adult x-small. I have this helmet in a large and it fits me great. I actually got it for my mom who has a slightly smaller head than I do.
Red Trace helmets
Real nice quality helmets for a mid price point.. looked at several others..... we bought 2 from Backcountry.com for our kids ages 7 and 10.. arrived quickly and well packaged..
Glad we bought them
We bought 3 helmets for all 3 of our kids (8, 10, 14). This was their first time skiing and you KNOW how they looked was the most important thing. The helmets looked good, the google clips are a lifesaver and with the winds up here (we're on vacation in Canada) they were pretty warm too. Good looking. Glad we bought them.
Is this particular helmet ANSI approved?...
Is this particular helmet ANSI approved? Thanks!
It is ASTM approved as this is the protection standard test.
bought two kids large helmets, not sure...
bought two kids large helmets, not sure of the size. Are the Kids large the same as youth large? I have two boys ages five and seven will they fit properly or will they be too small?
yes, kids and youth large are the same size. A large men's is a different size. The best bet it to follow the sizing chart above and measure your kids head with a flexible tape.
Its hard to say if large will fit both kids as all kids have different size melons :)