Fitting your Shred Ready Helmet
The adjustments are the same on these helmets: Shaggy, TDub, Full Cut, Sensu and Super Scrappy. A snug fit is extremely important to getting the helmet to work the way it is intended. Below is a step by step look at all the adjustments within the Shred Ready Helmet.
Step 1 Initial Fit:
Put the helmet on your head without any of the fitting foam inside. If you feel pressure points on your temples or sides of your head this helmet shell size maybe too small for you. If this is the case, your best option is to find a different helmet because the shell is too small. IF this isn’t a option, you can also remove a small amount of the outfitting foam within the helmet.. this will compromise the comfort & ideal functioning of the helmet. If helmet doesn’t give you any pressure points but feels loose. Move to step 2
STEP 2 Foaming out the fit of your helmet with the Fit Kit.
- You will need Fit Kits provided with helmet should be 3 sizes, Small, Medium, & Large all of which have a front and Back option.
- Sissors are useful
- Velcro tabs that should be included and are most likely inside your helmet. The River Store has sticky back velcro sold by the inch if you need more.
Look inside your helmet:
If you have a Full Cut, Half Cut & Full Face Helmet, then around the perimeter of the helmet is a soft mesh that can be folded outward. Beneath this is where you should find the sticky back tabs of velcro, and where you will adhere the fitting foam. See pictures below.
If you have a Shaggy, TDUB, Vixen, Sensu or Super Scrappy Helmet, then there will not be a mesh layer. Instead you should have 2 sided velcro tabs that adhere directly to the soft interior of your helmet. These are what you will attach the fit kits to.
FRONT VIEW OF HELMET
Using the provided fit kits, you can mix and match the foam to get a snugger fit around the perimeter of the helmet.
Note: these are one-size fit all Kits, you can cut down the fit kits to give a more personalized fit. Some folks have more oblong narrow
BACK VIEW OF HELMET BELOW
shaped skulls others have wider flatter ones. Your goal is to have a even fit, no added pressure points. You can also double up the foam in areas that need more padding.
Once you have a good fit on all sides of the perimeter. Move on to Step 3
Adjusting H.O.G (Hand of God) Lock Retention System – this fits behind nape of neck for secure custom fit.
Seen to the left several angles of the retention system. You want the helmet to snug up to the back of your neck so that it doesn’t slip around or roll up on your head.
To tighten spin the blue dials clock wise.
To loosen there are two black tabs that need to be pressed to release the neck piece.
I recommend you play with the adjustments prior to putting the helmet on your head so you understand how the locking mechanism works. Once you have a snug fit move on to Step 4.
STEP 4 Tightening the Chin Strap and Adjusting the tilt of your helmet.
Put the helmet on your head, clip the chin strap.
If your helmet rotates back and forth on your head or rolls back you will now need to make some final adjustments.
Remove the rubber stopper from the tightening tab on the chin strap. (Don’t loose this you will need it later… BUT it will be easier to adjust initially with out it)
- Now tighten the chin to where you can breath but it is keeping the helmet firmly down on your head.
- Once it is tight push up on the visor of the helmet from below. If the helmet rotates backwards up onto your forehead you will need to shorten the front angle strap to tilt the helmet down further onto your head. See picture above, you will need to shorten and move the excess strap through the system till it comes out past the buckle of the chin tightener. Do this on both sides of the helmet. You want the tilt enough to keep the helmet down on your head BUT not so much that you can’t see. If the helmet is too far forward lengthen the front strap and decrease the back strap following the same procedure. Once a good fit is reached don’t forget to put the Rubber Stopper back in place so that the neck adjustment stays put.
IN THEORY IF.. at all of the 4 steps above you got a secure fit then your helmet should be locked and ready for play.
IF you are still having trouble feel free to come into the shop and have the staff help you get a good fit. Some times additional foam may be required to pad out a helmet sufficently.