I would never
buy a used helmet, or even from a private person claiming it was never used.
I use to show Hunters and wore a velvet covered helmet.
Black in color...classic lines of full coverage of the skull.
I am not a kid so although my helmet was approved it didn't have the fish-bowl look that so many still now do.
Today many of the expensive "names" that are used for show are not velvet covered I see from pictures.
You can buy those velvet helmets, but add a lot more money to the cost. Nature of the beast I guess.
I use to have and still also have good fit with IRH helmets, but when trying on since my one helmet is "old" I found the Tipperary and was pleased with the comfort to buy it, enjoy it and wear it everytime I am astride...
a firm believer in wearing helmets as I have firsthand experience of how much they do
protect the noggin!!
I do not
like Troxel helmets of any style, look or kind.
My head is I guess oval not round in shape.
I had near instant bad headaches and helmet rocking along with a uncomfortable harness fit when I tried on friends helmets when looking for what I would use as a replacement...
As for saving your money for something special...sure save.
But what is important is that "NOW" you have protection and proper fit... some helmets you can get a stretchy for that will soften and dress up the appearance if you really are searching for velvet coverings.
I am not sure the styles of today would mark you down since so many of the helmets worn in competition are no longer velvet...
I truly am beyond the point of needing to follow the crowd and do what is right for me and my horse.
Judge me on my appearance if you need to. I no longer ride for ribbons but only show to have independent observations on my riding skills... like I said I am older and not
out to impress nor am I impressed by what others have.
I did try on some of those $500 dollar helmets to see what I was missing...absolutely nothing is what I found. They fit no better, or anything else, nor did they super impress me that I had to have it...so for me... I put my money on a helmet I will wear everyday and be safer and not keep it in the box because it was so expensive... it does no good looking pretty in the box if I take a fall without it on and that would be where that $$$$ helmet would be... sitting pretty on a shelf, useless.
That is just me... and my opinion.
Remember, for you to get a helmet that is very comfortable from the very moment you put it on or you won't wear it and then...what is the point.
Good luck in your search.