LOL yea I hate the head itch! I've gotten good at going zen mode when that happens and it eventually goes away. Or I'll shift my helmet around a bit in a lame attempt to rub the itchy spot.My only worry when using my helmet is not being able to scratch certain parts of my head... itchiness + not being able to scratch really gets on my nerves!!!
OP, have you tried using the helmet while being a passenger on a bike?
It's a good idea to see how you react in a more "real" situation.
The reality still remains that he's gonna need to just deal with it/get used to it, but I'm just curious.
Yep I do this too. Just for air purposes though. Hell for probably my first 4-5 months of ownership I never even put my visor down and relied on my sunglasses for protection. Then I took a dragonfly to the face. Visor down now.
I am very claustrophobic myself.. helmets don't' bother me but entering tight spots give me the same symptoms. For me as long as I can see my way out of something I'm fine. I think saying "Man Up" is not a answer. I wouldn't say that to someone with a peanut allergy( sure take some nuts..Man up) My best answer is buy a open face helmet.. and you can always try to wear you full face one for really short periods at a time and work up to it (if you can).
Hope this helps
Good thoughts right here.Control your breathing. Slow it down. Be normal about it. Having the helmet on does not hinder your breathing. You're probably accelerating your heart rate by assuming you can't breathe and so you're fighting harder and thinking about your breathing don't do that.. you're pretty much forcing yourself into a panic. Just slow it down, don't think about it. Put it on and it should feel normal. We have guys that get this feeling when they put on a respirator for painting or gas mask on for CBRNE. You just gotta realize you don't need to breath any harder.