So far, I have been striking out actually getting an SA2015 helmet that I want.
For the SA2015 helmets, Arai and Bell are ORDERABLE now, but they are not actually going to be IN STOCK for a while.
I've had conversations with both Saferacer and Wine Country Motorsports, and basically:
Arai - No XL sized SA2015 helmets until April 2016 (I think smaller sizes may be available)
Bell - Some of the existing styles are available, but for new models (which includes all the carbon fiber helmets), they aren't expected until January (Wine Country) or mid-late February (Saferacer) but neither seemed particularly confident about their dates
From what I have been told, the fit of the helmet depends on the shape of one's head as viewed from the top. According to Wine Country:
Arai and Stilo - tend to fit people with more oval head shapes
Bell - tend to fit people with more round head shapes
HJC - kind of in between oval and round
Sounds very much like my experience. I went into Wine Country at Sonoma. My SA2005 is an XL Bell M4. But now, the Bells (as of the SA2010's) just don't fit me - they are too round. I've got an oval head - an "Arai head." I was told that Arai XLs are not available - I'm on list to call when they come in. Arai L is simply too small and there weren't any Arai XL SA2010's to even try on. Arai and the other helmet makers are focusing making the sizes they sell a lot of and that isn't XL.
Any ideas out there, oval headed brothers?
FYI - Both Audi Club North America and Hooked On Driving have announced they will allow SA2005 helmets during 2016, reason not stated but it clearly got to be because of helmet availability problems. Both are organizations that are very tight assed on safety. Didn't this same helmet availability hoo-hah happen in 2011 with the SA2010's?
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