When I was sized for my helmet (Tipperary Sportage) they advised me to get a small at the saddlery and said the padding would loosen up after I'd worn it for a while.
I have been riding once a week for three months and unfortunately I can only wear it for about an hour before it starts to bother me on the sides of my head. I have removed the top and back padding but the side padding is attached which is the whole problem. Yesterday I tolerated it for two hours but had to get off the horse and take my helmet off because it felt like a vice grip on the sides of my head. I'm sure everyone hated having to get off the horse before you are done riding!
I am 5'4", 110 lbs with a small frame but I think I must have a large head. I checked the Tipperary size guide and at 22 1/4" it says I should take a large helmet. Am I reading it wrong? This is my first foray into head sizing. I imagine a large helmet would be worn by a much larger framed person, not by someone my size.
I have access to a size medium helmet, but I am concerned with safety as well as with not having a vice grip around the sides of my head.
Does anyone have insight into this issue? Thanks!