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post #11 of 21 Old 04-23-2014, 01:04 PM
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I had to try on a lot of helmets to get the right fit because helmets didn't fit me right. The Tipperary Sportage works great for me at about $75, more or less. Plus it has a lot of vents so it's comparatively cool. I also tried on the the One K, it had fancy bells and whistles and it was like heaven, really cushiony and secure. But it's about three times the money. So that'll happen one of these days...maybe.

I think the advice about trying on is real important and you should take the time to go to a store and do it..because for example - for me, the troxels, etc do not fit right. They feel awful on my head. Every head has it's own different shape and some, like mine are very oval if you look at it from overhead. And comfort is so important - comfort means fit and you want one that's going to sit properly if you should take a spill.

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post #12 of 21 Old 04-23-2014, 04:13 PM
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Try them on is my advice. As long as it is certified you are good
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-22-2014, 12:19 AM
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I had been wearing a Troxel Spirit and even though the dimensions were correct, it was terribly uncomfortable. It also looked ridiculous on, but my primary concern was fit (as it should be). I only needed a helmet for lessons, so I thought I'd just bear the vise for an hour or so.
I finally tried on a CO GR8 and it was almost perfect. It felt great, although you could barely feel it. I thought the price was obscene, but I figure if it lasts me 4 years then that's about $70 a year or $6 a month. I'm worth it and I look like a serious rider until I get in the ring. :)
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-22-2014, 05:24 PM
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In my opinion, the BEST helmet is the safest one. Other countries are miles ahead of the US when it comes to safety. As far as I know, there is only one helmet available in this country with the new, safer technology: Devon Aire Matrix.

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post #15 of 21 Old 05-22-2014, 05:46 PM
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Best helmet?

Admittedly, I didn't read the whole thread... I'm not sure whether you mean "best looking" or "safest" or "most in style" or "best bang for your buck" etcetera... when you say best. I'm not even sure what discipline we're talking about xD

All that said... I love my Charles Owen. They're a fabulous make, in my opinion. Stylish and they get the job done. :>
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-24-2014, 07:21 PM
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I personally like CO. Partly the look (because I do hunters), and also it's just what fits my head the best.

Depends what sort of riding you are doing IMO, and trial and error. Some brands don't fit certain head types like others. Try a bunch on and get what works best for your discipline/yourself.
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post #17 of 21 Old 05-29-2014, 07:20 PM
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I am buying a ovation protégé (I think that is what it is called)
but when I try it out I will let you know:)

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post #18 of 21 Old 05-29-2014, 07:35 PM
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The best helmet is the one you are willing to wear. Look for one with dial adjust. I hated the first helmets with the little pads and was most pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the dial type was and promptly ordered one. Helmets must have the ASTM FEI label affixed to the inside so look for that when shopping. PS, when deciding how much to spend, keep in mind that if you fall and the helmet hits the ground, you are to throw it away.
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post #19 of 21 Old 06-05-2014, 12:40 AM
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The thing is that if you're planning to show, you can use the One K, Charles Owen, IRH,etc for schooling and showing. Personally I am planning on buying a One K because I have a larger head and it fits very nicely, it looks as classy as a CO or a GPA and it's almost $100 less. I would rather pay for one helmet that's a little more expensive, than buy two separate helmets which would be pretty costly. Just my opinion(:
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-10-2014, 05:16 PM
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First, congrats on decided to get a new helmet. Too many people today still do not ride with helmets.

Wow, helmets have come a long way haven't they? 20 years ago all you could get was a big uncomfortable styrofoam bucket covered in black velvet with a bow on the back and a button on top.

Yar, try lots of certified helmets at your local tack shop. I bought a tan Troxel Sierra Western. Most comfy helmet I have owned.
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