Attended the Toronto International Motorcycle show and had the opportunity to try on many brands of ADV helmets, pricing ranging from $150.00 to $700.00 Cdn.
What I was looking for in a helmet was
- light weight
- drop down sun shield
- modular----nice to have but not high priority
I have a moderate to long oval style head, many of the helmets I tried just didn't have a good fit.
The Scorpion EXO950 was my top pick as it hit most of the marks, but comfort wasn't there and they have a reputation of loosening visor screws that fall out.
The Klim Krious was nice, but you can't close the chin vent which would be a problem in cold weather up here. Also I found it gave me a pressure point at the front of the head. Otherwise a very nice, light helmet.
Shoei X2 Hornet, my Shoei Platinum RJ is a size medium and fits light a glove, but I had to go up to a XL in the Hornet, don't understand that one. Nice helmet, but there was something about it that I couldn't put my finger on that made me walk away from it.
Bell, LS2, Gmax and a few others I can't remember just didn't feel comfortable
Voss D2, wow, very impressed, my buddy bought one, inexpensive, $150.00 taxes in, with 2 visors and drop down sunshield. Voss even through in a 2 piece rain suit for $50.00 and a free backpack along with stickers......who doesn't like stickers. I didn't buy one as it was very difficult to insert the arms of my eyeglasses. I could see me breaking my eyeglasses using the little patience I have for such things. And it had no room for headset speakers.
Ended up with the Arai XD4. It along with the Shoei offered the most comfortable fit. I'm a little disappointed in not having a drop down sunshield as I had been riding the KLR with my Nolan N44E, it's a handy feature. I have a bit of a gap at both my temples, otherwise the fit feels good. The Arai rep was there and had fitting me in a large after measure my head and trying the medium first.
Never thought to ask if there is padding that could be added, as the Arai's have 5.0mm layered padding that can be removed to improve fit I'm also aware you can purchase thicker cheek pads and liner to improve the fit, but I feel good everywhere except the looseness at the temples, which neither of these items address.