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post #1 of 19 Old 07-30-2011, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have this helmet?

My schooling helmet is still cosmetically sound, but it's pretty old. So, I purchased this IRH helmet, for a nice price. I'm concerned, as according to the reviews, the fit can be strange, but if the fit is off at all, I'll just simply send it back, and try something else.

There aren't any good english tack stores near me, so I have to resort to ordering. I'll see for myself if I like it, but I still would like some other opinions on it.

IRH ATH Switch Helmet - ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets from SmartPak Equine

If it ends up not fitting properly, and I have to send it back, any other suggestions for a nice schooling helmet?

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-30-2011, 02:32 PM
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-30-2011, 05:18 PM
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As long as the helmet has the ASTM certification it's up to standard. I dislike the old helmets with the little fit pads that made one's head hurt. I was delightfully surprised at how comfortable the dial-adjusts are and wear one all the time now.

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I have different IRH and it's OK for the price (I only use it at the shows). Not the best fit for my head, but I couldn't find anything else velvet unfortunately. My personal preference is Troxel (partially because you have adjustment system there), but it all depends on shape of your head. You won't know till you try anyway.

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post #5 of 19 Old 07-30-2011, 05:54 PM
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I had one of these type helmets when I was younger. Fine Helmet. Fit well.

Now I have GPA helmets, a big difference with the IRH helmets. GPA is much more comfortable. But they are also more expensive.

Compared with the prize, it are fine helmets!
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 11:01 AM
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I have that helmet! i find it fits perfectly! and is really comfy, though the material part on the front inside of the helmet rubs and gives me a slight burn after riding when it gets sweaty.

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 11:24 AM
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I have that helmet for when I'm schooling my jumpers around the farm and it fits lovely. And I have a Troxel for when I'm riding my western horses.
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 12:05 PM
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I was just looking at the IRH versus Charles Owens. I didn't want to spend too much, but my current IRH moved side to side on my head a lot. Turns out they are more of a round shape while CO's are more oval. My head happens to be oval shaped, so the CO's just simply fit me better!

So if your head is more round than it is oval, you'd actually be better off with the fit of the IRH

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post #9 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 01:17 PM
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I have this exact model and I've had for about 2 years now. It is very durable and fits more of a round shaped head. I love this helmet but if you sweat in it, it can be very hot. That is really the only downfall and it is very durable as it had survived many of my falls. I personally love this helmet and would recommend it for daily riding/showing. Good luck!

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post #10 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm. It should be shipped to me pretty soon, so I guess I'll just find out.

My CO fits beautifully and I adore it, but my schooling helmet is more of a roundish shape, and it fits me fine too. Moves a tad, but once I start sweating, it sticks down pretty well.

But good to know it seems to hold up well.... Another thing I was curious to find out.

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