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post #1 of 11 Old 06-18-2010, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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New Helmet Advice

So I need a new helmet. Dressage is my main focus and I'm looking to do a few local dressage shows this summer.

Right now I have a Troxel that is to big, to shiny, and a little dented.

I'd like to get something new, that will fit well, be well ventilated, look good-ish and of course be safe, and for under $200 Canadian. My head is a little on the large side... probably a 7 1/4 to a 7 3/8

I reeeeally like the look of this one but I'm concerned that the modern styling might not fit in the dressage ring:
Tipperary Sportage II Helmet [DRC2063]

I also like this one, but am concerned about ventilation:
Charles Owen JR8 Helmet-On Sale until Aug 31 2010 [DRC3438]

So any advice on these two helmets or on any alternatives?
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2010, 07:00 PM
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I recently got the tipperary & although I've not tested it ahorseback, I love how it feels & looks. Like you, I wanted to avoid the shiny mushroom-head look, & this works.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-18-2010, 07:10 PM
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Go and try them out at a tack store before you buy anything so you can focus on comfort in person
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-18-2010, 10:44 PM
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^^ !! Exactly. Some brands fit you, some don't. Helmet is like underwear - you want a comfortable one to fit you.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Of course I'm not going to buy one without trying it on, but I would like to know about some other peoples experience with helmets, in particular the two I posted links to.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 10:14 AM
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If both fit you well the decision comes down to what your plans are. I have the Tipperary and absolutely LOVE IT... as as schooling helmet. It's not quite as "space alien" looking as some of their past models, but still pretty modern looking and I don't show in mine. (I also show quite a bit, largely on the rated circuit) The ventilation is wonderful (better then any other helmets I've ridden in), it's very lightweight, but feels much more sturdy then any Troxel I've picked up. I love it. Again, for schooling. If your troxel is too shiny, you may not be happy with this one. -it's not shiny, but it's not a traditional helmet.

The CO IMO is more of a show helmet. They're classic, look wonderful, and very in style in the show ring right now. They're very comfortable (great padding) but there is no ventilation.

So the question is, would you rather have something that's got air flow and comfortable for schooling and just deal with it at shows? Or have a more professional looking helmet for the shows and just deal with the heat when you're schooling?
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 12:33 PM
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I love my CO Hampton Hat for shows. It's not to bad in the heat. I also have the skull cap and it's really nice. I would get the helmet you can show in. I wouldn't show in the Tipp, they arn't very "showy" helmets.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for the input. I'm going to Greenhawk either today or on Monday and I'll try them both on (and any others they have in the store!) and consider my options.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 03:00 PM
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My only advice for you is to make sure it's an approved helmet. The style and looks can come after that, but you can get a lot of helmets around your price range that are approved.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-19-2010, 03:58 PM
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You could try an IRH helmet, too. They run a bit more expensive than the other 2 you posted, but they're show-ring worthy & have ventilation.

Advance Tech Helmet -black Stripe-On Sale until Aug 31 2010 [DRC0528]
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