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    I am posting this thread because I am shopping for a leather helmet. I have read countless threads to see which one people prefer and which is most comfortable. BUT...I really want the true leather N6a/5A. THe problem is it is kind of big for a dude my size. I'm only 5' 10". I fear it will look strange. Any opinions or suggestions?

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    Man you will look fine. I am 5'10" and it does not make me look any more stupid than I already do. If you're willing to shell out the $500+ for the helmet then do it. It will also look great on your mantle or wall one day.

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    I agree, I'm right at 6' and skinny as a rail and I think mine (N6A) looks normal on me. Our engineer is about my exact build, and he has a N5A (which has a little bit more plumpness in the crown) and his looks great.

    It took me a long time (16 years in the fire service) to finally bite the bullet and buy a leather.. I REALLY wish I would have done it sooner. Get yor helmet and don't look back ... besides it's firefightin' not a fashon show.. who cares how it looks on you, just enjoy it.
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    Something that I have done, that may or may not work for you is I took out the rachet on my Sam Houston. It allows the helmet to sit lower on your head. When I rolled the ear flaps up inside of it, it fit fine, and when I pull them out it fits just right for my mask. Now by doing this, I probably voided the warranty, but thats on my shoulders. You will look fine if you choose one, because we are firemen, we don't give a f*$k what others think.

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    I have never worn anything but my N6A and unless I am forced to by the dept I never will wear anything but leather I say go for it I promise you wont regret it. Leather Forever.

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    I'm 5' 10" and look good in leather (I have both a New Yorker and a Houston)

    The N5A does have two sizes, so it depends on how big your head is.
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    I'm 5' 10" and look good in leather
    HOLY CRAP! I guess i hit the wrong link and went to dominatrix forums instead of firehouse! LOL

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    I use a Paul Conway leather Heritage and it's great... I'm 6'5" and 290 and nobody dares say anything about how i look... at least not to my face

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo
    I'm 5' 10" and look good in leather (I have both a New Yorker and a Houston)

    The N5A does have two sizes, so it depends on how big your head is.

    Apparently yours is getting quite large, "I look good in leather" Sheeezz

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    You can't EVER look anything BUT good in a leather lid!

    Go for it! You'll be glad you did!

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    I just got my sammy in the mail today from the fire store - it looks AWESOME and feels great - I don't think it is as heavy as everyone says.

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    5'10" here and have a sam houston

    Its great
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    Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo
    I'm 5' 10" and look good in leather (I have both a New Yorker and a Houston)

    The N5A does have two sizes, so it depends on how big your head is.
    Quote Originally Posted by hfd66truck
    Apparently yours is getting quite large, "I look good in leather" Sheeezz
    You should know, Dave... we share the brain, remember?
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    Red face Here are some hints for fit

    First and formost all Cairns new leather helmets have a crown pad sewn inside. Removing the crown pad will allow the helmet to sit lower on your head. Second if you can get rid of the ratchet that will also give you a better fit ( in most cases) Inside your helmet attached to the liner is a clear plastic band. This is adjustable. You can even add a few holes for a a smaller or larger fit. All new Cairns leathers also come with foam pads to help with fit. Finally removing the ratchet or making modifications to your helmet does void some of the standards to which it was tested. However so does adding additional reflector or stickers. My advice is go for comfort. In most cases a comfortable helmet is a safer helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstDueCTVol
    I don't think it is as heavy as everyone says.
    Agreed 7 8 9 10 (stupid message too short jazz)
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    6'4" with a new N6A, I love it. I agree with 33, shoulda got mine a lonnnng time ago.

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    I just pulled the pad out of my n6a and it is even more comfortable !

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstDueCTVol
    I just pulled the pad out of my n6a and it is even more comfortable !
    Same here but I left the ratchet in
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    Quote:
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    I just pulled the pad out of my n6a and it is even more comfortable !



    Same here but I left the ratchet in
    It would probably feel even more comfortable if you and your brother didnt look like Uncle Fester....LOL

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    Try E-bay, under leather fire helmets. Usually you will find some gems but be prepared to pay $250.00 plus.
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