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Stephen B:Correct less mm's mean more room in the helmet. All the X-12's come with the standard 35mm check pads. The X-12 helmet is true to size from the fitting chart. The X-12's don't rely on padding for the sizing. They adjust the geometry of the shell for size. However, I normally wear a small Shoei, but I'm a little between sizes too. I bought a medium, so that I could wear a balaclava under the helmet in the winter. I then change out the center pad and check pads for proper fit in the warm months. It's important to change out the center pad if you think the helmet is too large. Looking back now, it would have been better for me to buy the small size and adjust the pads, but it's much easier to put on and off the larger size. Shoei helmets taper down which makes it a little harder to put on and off then some, depending on head shape. When fitting the helmet, it should be a tight fit, with your cheeks puffed up. The top of your head needs to be in contact with the center pad. I have bald head so I fell the top easily. It should be slightly compressed. The pads will relax a little about a month or two of constant use to form to your face. You should try and get the right helmet size regardless of what I did. Enjoy your helmet.Jan 3, 2014
KEVIN K:I usually fit comfortably in Medium, having either Scorpion or Arai helmets before, but with Shoei there was too much cheek padding. The helmet overall is too tight in the cheeks, so I bought the thinner cheek pads so I can slide on/off easier. Much more noticeable space given with the slimmer pads, especially after you wash them a couple times. One simple upgrade as thinner cheek pads can make between having an uncomfortably tight helmet to a just right and comfortable helmet.Jan 2, 2014
Justin S:Correct, less MM means more space around the cheek area only. Has nothing to do with helmet sizing though. Get the helmet you think is going to work for your head size and return it if it doesn't fit correctly.Jan 2, 2014