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post #1 of 12 Old 05-10-2011, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Helmets: higher price, extra protection?

Hey everyone!
I'm looking to buy a new helmet since the one I have now has been with me for quite a few years and is now too small. I was just wondering what you think about helmet prices.
Should I stick with the standard velveteen (like $75) or go for a more expensive one (like a Charles Owen, about $175)?? Are they really that much better??
Any imput would be great!!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-10-2011, 03:47 PM
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It's their safety rating, not their price, that determines how good they are.

If you go with a Charles Owen you're paying for the name, not more in the way of head protection.

Look for the safety rating first and foremost, not how 'stylish' or popular a helmet is at the moment.

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I've used Troxels, and they're great cheap helmets that get the job done. I invested in a good IRH helmet this year, though, and would have a very hard time going back to a Troxel after that! The safety standards are not that much different, as long as they're certified, it's the style and comfort that jacks the price up. I've also heard great things about Tipperarys, they're very inexpensive, too.
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I did a lot of research on helmets before buying one this winter. I ended up with the Tipperary since it had the best of price, style, and ratings to suit my needs. Keep in mind that I am using it for trail riding not showing.

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Yep, agreed with what people have said. Safety is safety and if it's approved there's a good chance that it'll be pretty safe no matter how much it costs. However, I've noticed that a lot of the cheaper plasticky helmets (like the cheaper troxels or plastic IRHs) do chip and fall apart a little easier then something a little pricier. The Charles Owens is a good quality helmet that is safe but it's also the "in" helmet at shows right now. You're paying not only safety but also for style and trend at the moment. If that's not important to you paying the extra isn't really worth it. I use a Tipperary to school in and I love it. Excellent quality, comfortable, and excellent safety reviews. I do call it my "alien helmet" but when it comes to schooling I picked comfort over style. :)
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Thanks for all the replies guys.
I personally don't like the look of the plastic helmets, so I think I'll end up going for something slightly cheaper than the CO but still nice looking. Does anyone have any specific suggestions, or ones to stay away from?
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Yep, agreed with what people have said. Safety is safety and if it's approved there's a good chance that it'll be pretty safe no matter how much it costs. However, I've noticed that a lot of the cheaper plasticky helmets (like the cheaper troxels or plastic IRHs) do chip and fall apart a little easier then something a little pricier. The Charles Owens is a good quality helmet that is safe but it's also the "in" helmet at shows right now. You're paying not only safety but also for style and trend at the moment. If that's not important to you paying the extra isn't really worth it. I use a Tipperary to school in and I love it. Excellent quality, comfortable, and excellent safety reviews. I do call it my "alien helmet" but when it comes to schooling I picked comfort over style. :)
Agreed :)

It's the name you're buying, not the safety levels. Just as stated, ASTM approved is ASTM approved.

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The higher-end helmets can be made out of Carbon Fiber, which has been shown to absorb more impact than the styrofoam base that is the base of most other helmets.


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I have a $189 International Riding Helmet. I took a pretty nasty fall a few months ago and it saved my life.

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-13-2011, 11:22 AM
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The higher-end helmets can be made out of Carbon Fiber, which has been shown to absorb more impact than the styrofoam base that is the base of most other helmets.
That's true. I have heard that carbon fiber is a good material. They usually come with a higher price tag though! Although, I think Ovation's new schooling helmet is carbon fiber and not too expensive.
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