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        09-11-2008, 10:20 PM
      #11
    Showing
    You mainly want one that you will wear. I've never been much of a helmet person either till I fell off last fall. I wear one all the time now.
    I have a Troxel I think its a cheyenne. I wanted one that was cool enough in the summer since I knew if it was hot I wouldn't wear it. This on fit the bill, with a nice sweat band in the front of the removable liner (it came with an extra liner) and lots of vent holes. I think it was around $60 I was going for easy to clean but with a little western flair, I guess the leather band in the front is what makes it western
    Heres me, see I have it westernized more with a wild turkey feather

         
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        09-12-2008, 06:53 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Get the cool one, that's the most important. You can always make it warmer later. Before I started lessons, I'd ridden in February on an estuary in biting wind and drizzle. Nothing like what you experience, I imagine, but tough enough for us Brits! To keep my head warm, I used a couple of what my family call neck-scarves. They're those tubes of fabric you pull over your head and leave round your neck as a scarf. We have very thin ones, so I pulled one up until the end was vertically around my head, under my chin, and covered my ears, and then I put the hat on. The other one I was wearing, I pulled up to my chin. It worked wonders.

    You can tell how safe a hat is by what safety standards it meets. In America you'll be looking at ASTM F1163; here in the UK you want a hat kite-marked to BS EN 1384 or PAS 015:1998. Above and beyond that, you pay extra for things like it being lightweight or having fancy features or looking good.

    The most important thing for hat safety, though, is that it fits properly. There should be no areas of greater pressure or you'll get headaches, and it should be snug enough that when you move the hat, the skin of your forehead moves with it. I was always trying hats that were too big until I got properly fitted. Get yours properly fitted if you can. If you want to buy online cos it's cheaper, go into a tack shop first, find the model that fits and find out what size you need, and then go home and order it.
         
        09-12-2008, 07:42 AM
      #13
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    I put my little 2 cents in (although you got the same advice)... I have guess what? Troxel! :) I bought Troxel Orion ($90). Never thought any helmet may fit my head, but that particular one feels comfortable.
         
        09-12-2008, 01:22 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Thanks, "Claire". Your post was very helpful.

    Guess I'm going shopping tonight or next week.
         
        09-12-2008, 11:15 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Thanks, all. I bought a helmet. Hmmm... now I have to get used to wearing it. So far, it feels like I'm choking... Oh well, I just will keep telling myself I'm doing it because I love my kids... I love my kids... I love my kids...
         
        09-12-2008, 11:47 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
    You mainly want one that you will wear. I've never been much of a helmet person either till I fell off last fall. I wear one all the time now.
    I have a Troxel I think its a cheyenne. I wanted one that was cool enough in the summer since I knew if it was hot I wouldn't wear it. This on fit the bill, with a nice sweat band in the front of the removable liner (it came with an extra liner) and lots of vent holes. I think it was around $60 I was going for easy to clean but with a little western flair, I guess the leather band in the front is what makes it western
    Heres me, see I have it westernized more with a wild turkey feather

    Good for you Vida. I loved that little added touch on the side with the feather I wish more people would realise of the danger of riding without a helmet before they get hurt. I am really glad nothing serious happened with the fall.

    Good on yea for wearing the gear.
         
        09-13-2008, 12:11 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Does it feel like the strap's cutting in under your chin? Try fiddling around to see if you can change it. To be honest, you're supposed to have it snug, but I tend to loosen mine up just a little so that I can move my head without cutting it off :)
         
        09-13-2008, 03:44 PM
      #18
    Started
    About the cold issue, I ride in simular weather and I have something kinda like this made out of fleece ! When I get really cold I drag it up a little so it also covers the lower part of the face ! :)
    Sure, you donīt look really cool, but its really good for riding in the winter with a helmet
         
        09-13-2008, 05:05 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Ooh, yes! Buy a super-big and stretchy balaclava, or a really thin one that you can safely fit underneath. Or, as I said, the tube scarves, which are apparently known as 'neck gaiters'. Don't go for the short fleecy kind, go for the thin stretchy kind. Layering is good.

    If you get a vented skullcap, you can get a vented silk for in the summer and a closed one for the winter ...
         
        09-13-2008, 10:31 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga
    Does it feel like the strap's cutting in under your chin?
    Ya, I feel like I'm choking with it on, but I suppose I'll get used to it. Funny thing is, when I'm riding it doesn't seem to bother me as much as when I'm on the ground. Guess there are more important things to think about when I'm up there.

    Vidaloco, I think my helmet is the same as yours, minus the leather strap and mine is black. I ended up getting it on sale. It was only $30. I didn't get an adjustable one, since almost everyone seems to agree that the hat / scarf / toque goes OVER the helmet in the winter. However, now I'm thinking I should have gone with the adjustable one, because this one fits when my hair is loose or in a pony-tail, but not when it's french braided! Oh well.

    I think I'm starting a trend here locally too. One of my friends is going out next week to get her very first helmet too! :)
         

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