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post #11 of 48 Old 09-25-2009, 06:42 PM
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'scuse me but from someone who wears a Charles Owen Pro II Skull Cap, I can attest to the fact that they are NOT ugly when you have the cover on. I use that for the XC and schooling at home and use my old IRH for dressage and stadium. Yeah, the IRH looks better but the skull cap is much safer. 100's of upper level riders can't be wrong!

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I can't remember where, but I read a study on helmets and their ability to withstand impact and International and Charles Owen helmets came up as two of the best.

One important thing to remember too is, no matter how good of a helmet you buy, if it doesn't fit your particular head well, it won't do you any good. It should be snug, but comportable. When you put it firmly on your head and it isn't buckled under your chin, you should be able to bend forward, looking at your knees and it won't fly off your head. When buckled up and properly adjusted, when you rock it from front to back, it should be snug enough that your eyebrows move. You should not be able to rock it much from side to side. Some helmets are very round and some are more oblong. Try some on before you buy.

Don't buy used, you never know if someone fell on their head or dropped it on a hard surface which destroys the integrity of a helmet.

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I can't remember where, but I read a study on helmets and their ability to withstand impact and International and Charles Owen helmets came up as two of the best.

One important thing to remember too is, no matter how good of a helmet you buy, if it doesn't fit your particular head well, it won't do you any good. It should be snug, but comportable. When you put it firmly on your head and it isn't buckled under your chin, you should be able to bend forward, looking at your knees and it won't fly off your head. When buckled up and properly adjusted, when you rock it from front to back, it should be snug enough that your eyebrows move. You should not be able to rock it much from side to side. Some helmets are very round and some are more oblong. Try some on before you buy.

Don't buy used, you never know if someone fell on their head or dropped it on a hard surface which destroys the integrity of a helmet.
Thank you!!

All helmets are NOT created equal... some ARE better than others, even if they ALL are ASTM approved. Ever seen the Troxel Sport? It's approved... I wouldn't trust that thing as far as I could throw it.

Anyways, good information here - take note.


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post #14 of 48 Old 09-25-2009, 11:08 PM
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I have personally never seen anyone wear one of those Skull Caps (and I think they're so UGLY!) Has anyone actually seen someone wearing one?? Maybe it's just because I event at the low levels
Pretty much EVERYONE in my area has one, even in the low levels. I love them, and I'll tell you why - when you get to mid and upper levels, you want to beable to see what you are approaching and you want to beable to see the terrain - that is why the helmet was desiend with no visor, gives the rider that much more of a perspective on what they are riding.

I love Skull Caps.

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'scuse me but from someone who wears a Charles Owen Pro II Skull Cap, I can attest to the fact that they are NOT ugly when you have the cover on. I use that for the XC and schooling at home and use my old IRH for dressage and stadium. Yeah, the IRH looks better but the skull cap is much safer. 100's of upper level riders can't be wrong!
Well I must say the only ones I've seen are in the store which I'm guessing is WITHOUT the cover so maybe that's why they looked so ugly!

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Pretty much EVERYONE in my area has one, even in the low levels. I love them, and I'll tell you why - when you get to mid and upper levels, you want to beable to see what you are approaching and you want to beable to see the terrain - that is why the helmet was desiend with no visor, gives the rider that much more of a perspective on what they are riding.

I love Skull Caps.
Really?? I have yet to see one in my area...but again like I said, could just be because I'm only doing schooling shows/low levels...

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haha maybe HITS. They definitely look odd without the covers but they are great. They fit really well and it's the safest I've ever felt in a helmet.

A bunch of people in my area use them; including my trainer. Many people have the skull cap for XC and the GR8 for dressage/stadium. I haven't done a recognized event in mine yet but at the schooling events I just use it in all 3 phases. I will use my IRH for dressage/stadium and my skull cap for XC when I do a recognized

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I adore my Troxel. Just used it on xc A few hours ago actually. I do plan on getting a skull cap soon. They will provide the most protection to your head in a falling situation.

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Hey Drew - many here actually use their Skull for all 3 phases. I'll even go to a dressage comp *Glass-Ed* and I can pin point the eventers, because they are using their skull caps.

It is perfectly acceptable at lower levels.

Just slide your colors on your skull for CC, and then slide a black cover for dressage and stadium. Very normal here.

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I have in unrecognized events, but my trainer will not allow me to use it for dressage and stadium in USEA events. She says it is unprofessional and doesn't belong there. :/

STORMY!!!! CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN!!!!!! Hehe I've been stalking livescores.
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Sorry, that was OT.

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