Helmets over Bose or Lightspeed


I was wondering if anyone can share any experience with fitting either a Bose of Lightspeed headset under a helmet like the Comtronics or Microavionics helmets? Are there other helmet choices to slip over one of these headsets? I'm looking for something removable and not a one piece design. I've also looked into the Microavionics combo version but someone said their headsets have a tight clamping force that can be uncomfortable so I'm just trying to use what I have and find something I can slip over if possible. Has anyone found a motorcycle helmet and adapted it? FWIW, I'm using the MGL v16 radio.
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I can’t speak directly to its use over the Bose or Lightspeeds but my Comtronics Pro Com fits pretty well over both my David Clark and a Headsets Inc 6001 (I picked up the 6001 used on eBay for about $160, I think). Both of those headsets work well in my Magni with a Trig radio. I retrofitted my David Clark, a 25-year-old H10-40, I think, with the Headsets Inc ANR kit about 10 years ago and that works surprisingly well in the gyro. I picked up some rechargeable 9v batteries to keep the operating costs down.

Hope that helps.



Thanks Ed, using the Pro Com may be the way to go. I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has any reviews of the Microavionics headset/helmet combination with ANR that they would be willing to share?


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I have a Pro-Com and have worn it over Bose and a couple of other brands of headsets. No issues at all.

Joe Pires

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Spank, I want to point out something. Just in case you are wanting to know the best helmet for open cockpit loud aircraft, you would not ask it in that way. What I mean is that in my experience a helmet that goes over a headset does not provide the best clearest communication. I have worn a helmet over headset, several Comtronics headsets and now wear the best one I have ever used the Flycom. There may be reasons why you asked your question the way you did, but I wanted to throw in an alternative.
Thanks Joe, we have a convertable AR-1 on order and in the winter we plan to fly with just headsets then when spring comes and we remove the canopy I will have the clearance for the helmet. I currently own 2 lightspeeds and with my son headed to the regionals down the road I thought of buying a Bose and getting back my other lightspeed from him.


I thought I would post that I ended up purchasing a set of Microavionics ANR Headsets and helmets that fit over them. Once I fly with them I'll try to remember and follow up with my impressions. I can say right off the bat that the headsets don't look to be built with the same quality as a Lightspeed, etc. (and they are no where near as expensive either) but the helmet fits my head shape much better than all the Flycoms I have tried on in the past which was a major reason to buy these. In addition, the US rep Tony Castillo who sells these was great to deal with and they arrived super fast.