Bigger has had a string of ill-fitting helmets this year. First there was a little Giro helmet, which fit him for quite awhile. He was starting to outgrow it, so we measured Bigger's head and cashed in a gift certificate to order this Nutcase helmet in size S/M. This was Nutcase helmet #1.
|Bigger and his 8 ball helmet with Auntie R, who gave this bike its wild custom paint job|
Enter Nutcase helmet #2. Just before we figured out that the first helmet was never going to cut it, we entered in a drawing to win a Nutcase Helmet from Arriving by Bike at the Blackberry Jamboree Ride. Guess what? We won.
Bigger chose this gray model in the next size down, XS. This is the model they call the Little Nutty, and it has a dial at the back for adjusting the size of the helmet to fit smaller noggins. According to the size charts, the Little Nutty also should have fit Bigger. We worked with a very kind woman at the shop to adjust the fit of the helmet until it was almost right. We had foolishly set out a little too close to Little's naptime for this errand, and had included the purchase and installation of a new rear rack on our to do list at the shop. It was a long morning at the shop, and we finished with the helmet sizing (boring to the point of tantrum-induction for a sleepy toddler) and moved to bell ringing as quickly as possible. When we left, crying toddler in my arms, I thought to myself that the new helmet would fit better with just a little bit more adjustment to the straps. Adjustable dial = better fit, right?
Wrong. In fact, Nutcase #2 would go on to win the Wost Possible Helmet for Bigger award. Nutcase #2, adjustable dial and all, would slide sideways towards his left ear, leaving half of his head completely uncovered. (I can't find a photo of this stunning helmet malfunction now, but will search for one to include here.) While the smaller helmet size fit his head better, the straps on the left side were too short, and seemed to yank the helmet off the right side of his head while we were in transit.
Now, I'm sure that the good people at Arriving by Bike would have been glad to take Nutcase #2 off our hands and exchange it for a properly fitting helmet. We have never had anything but positive experiences with them (they sold us our Bobike Mini and windscreen), and I love the mission of their shop: cycling for transportation, as opposed to cycling for sport. But they cannot re-sell a helmet that has been returned, and the idea of this helmet going into the landfill when others could make use of it just doesn't feel right to me. Also, Arriving by Bike does not carry Bern, the brand of helmet that we discovered fits Bigger's head perfectly. (We read Julian's review of the Bern helmets on Totcycle, and tried one out. It was like we had met Bigger's soul mate. Perfect fit, good coverage, and it comes with a cold weather liner or visor. What's not to love?)
|Bigger, delighted with his new helmet|
We're going to hang on to Nutcase #1 (we have a friend in need of a new helmet that we suspect it may fit), but we're looking for a new home for Nutcase #2. Are you interested? Check back next week (or spread the word to folks who might be looking for a kid-sized helmet that they may want to check in next week), when I'll be giving this helmet away. We'd prefer a local kid (Eugene, OR), but if there isn't one, we'd consider shipping it to someone whose child has tried on an XS Nutcase and is sure one would fit its new recipient.
Now I'd better get going. We have a big day of bike errands and swinging at the park planned. I love my job.