I have a $40 Troxel helmet and i'm thinking of getting a velvet helmet cover for about $20. Do you think this is worth it or would it be better to just get a velvet helmet for about $200? If you have any helmet cover recommendations that would be great as well. Thanks in advance!
Below is a pic of the velvet helmit cover that I would probably get.
I like the versatility silks can bring :) I don't know about what would be required in shows, but I have a vented skull with a plain black silk that has mesh across the vent so my head is still cooled. It looks really sleek and smart and I like it - but if I wanted to brighten it up or stick a velvet silk on it, I could.
I have a black velvet cover and I think it looks good. I can't afford even the cheapest flocked helmet, and knowing my luck the first time I wear it will be the first time I take a fall that hits my head, and it'll be destroyed.
Also our pony club rules say that you have to have a white one, so I can just pull the cover off instead of owning two helmets.
I would buy one of the International velvet helmets for $79. A lot of people can always tell when someone has a helmet cover on. I think it's because the plastic schooling helmets are shaped differently from the show helmets.
Here's the link: International Show Helmet - Dover Saddlery
I have one of these and I always use it when I need a nice, classic look.
In my honest opinion, get a new helmet. I don't like the Troxel Sport helmets at all. They're just (not-so-dense) styrofoam covered in a bit of plastic. I wouldn't feel comfortable riding in one unless I was on a very very broke horse. That's just my own personal thoughts on the subject.
I really like the other Troxel helmets, and you don't have to break the bank to get a really good helmet. For example, Troxel Legacy helmets go for $90 in my area, and Tipperary Sportage Plus helmets go for $80. In my opinion, spending money on a good helmet can make all the difference.
Check the helmet's safety standard. American ASTM F1163 standard is even safer than the UK's PAS 015 and BS EN 1384. Whatever the construction is like, if it has passed that standard and, crucially, is fitted properly, the helmet is 'safe'. Even the ones that look like bike helmets, which I agree can feel very weird while on your head!