Originally Posted by Bluezepher94
I went to the tack store last weekend to purchase my first show helmet since I'm planning to start showing in Spring. I had been looking into them online and asking around, so I was looking to get the Charles Owens GR8. I had no idea what helmet size I was though, so we tried a few different helmets on first. When we saw the IRH XR9, we saw that it looked pretty much like the GR8, but was $170.00 instead of $275.00 so we ended up buying the XR9. It seemed to fit fine in the store (with my hair in it), but when we got home, we didn't really like the way it looked as much. It seemed to come out around the sides of my head and look round/bulky. I've heard that IRHs are more circular/round while Charles Owens are more oval-shaped. If that's true, do you think it would be worth it for me to go back and purchase the GR8 instead? (Of course I'll try it on first.)Thank you. (:
The most important thing is to make sure that the helmet is certified AND fits your head properly. You are right about the fitting. I wanted one particular brand because it was the "in" thing, but as it turned out the Charles Owen fit me like a glove so off I went with that.
The cost to me didn't matter as much as the fitting. You really can't put a price on helpign prevent a head injury. For the price in cost, if you like the look of the other, and it happens to also fit better, go get that one instead, just make sure you are doing this with proper fitting in mind.