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    12-03-2013, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by NBEventer    
And will fall off your head as you fall before you hit the ground. The harnesses are not secure on them.
I got dumped wearing a Troxel, didn't come off my head at all. Cracked open but the Dr said it's why I only had a mild concussion and not permanent brain damage.

Fell on my head and right leg... head was fine after a day or so, leg needed major surgery with a bone graft, plates and screws.

I'd say my Troxel did exactly what it was supposed to.
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    12-03-2013, 09:51 PM
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My troxel split when I got dumped. Sent it in for a liner replacement at $25.

But, I much prefer my Tipperary. I used to always feel the helmet, and got headaches, and it would shift around. Now, I don't even know that I have my Tip on .
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    12-04-2013, 05:27 AM
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Im glad your helmet did its job! After seeing more then one troxel fly off a kids head though I will never trust them... And a few other coaches I've talked to have seen the same thing. They scare the beejesus out of me now.

Glad you are ok! When a helmet cracks after a fall its scary to think what would happen if we didn't have one on.
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    12-05-2013, 03:25 PM
I have been trying to find a new helmet for myself. My old helmet has cracked and is worn down. I have tried other ones at my local tack shop. Until I came across the Horze Baltimore helmet. It is lightweight and fits comfortably. Here is the link:

Horze Baltimore Helmet | Horze Riding Helmets
    12-05-2013, 03:42 PM
I actually ended up buying the Ovation Schooler Deluxe several weeks ago, and have worn it every ride since. It was a perfect fit on my head - tried on several at my local Dover Saddlery :)
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    12-05-2013, 03:51 PM
Troxel is the best economy priced brand, IMHO. I bought my last Troxel at a local farm supple store, on sale for $23.00 (+tax)
Remember, if you have a bad fall and crack the helmet you should toss it and buy a new one, so for everyday I'd recommend it.
Btw, I was at a ReFi mortgage closing this morning and the borrower, at the Chiropractic office where we did the signing, told me of someone recently who was barrel racing without a helmet. The horse slipped and went down and the rider hit the barrel, suffered a severe concussion and DIED. If she had been wearing a helmet, her 5yo daughter would still have a mother.
    12-09-2013, 03:35 AM
Originally Posted by NBEventer    
And will fall off your head as you fall before you hit the ground. The harnesses are not secure on them.
This is not true. I have owned (still do), ridden in, fallen in, sold and recomend Troxel helmets. I ride in a Troxel Sport. I have NEVER had an issue with them or thier harnesses. 1 bad experience (which I assume you may have had) does not = bad product. Even your best products can suffer a manufactoring error (creating a defective item that got through the crack). It happens, I mean after all they are still created by human beings.
I even recommend them to my students because they don't cost and arm and a leg to purchase. Various styles to choose from. I am over due for a new one but since i'm not riding much these days I am not in a hurry.

Many ppl do not know how to adjust the harnesses correctly or even wear the harnesses correctly fitted on the head (esp when fitting them to children). Most I have found esp in the sales of such items don't know how to correctly fit the helmets. Usualy its rider/user error that causes the problems not the product themselves.

Helmet fit and harness adjustment regardless of brand are VERY important in the efficiency of the item. Also if you keep it in the vehicle when not in use the heat of the vehicle will degrade helmet material including nylon over time make the helmet (of any brand) break down and lose its effectivness. Don't store them in your car.
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    12-09-2013, 03:42 AM
Oh forgot to metion the IRH helmets are decently priced also. MOst have a dial fit in the back of the helmet for a more custom fit. I like that feature alot. Esp with my fat head. TO me you don't have to spend more than 50 dollars on a decent servicalbe helmet as long as they are ASTM /SEI approved.
    12-09-2013, 09:18 AM
I love my ovation schooler. I have a black one and I even use it for local shows. I've owned Troxels in the past and besides the fact that I don't think that they look as nice I also find the harnesses are much more uncomfortable. The ovations also seem to be lighter IMO and extremely breathable!
    12-09-2013, 12:35 PM
I posted that last week I heard about another fatal accident where a barrel racer DIDN'T wear a helmet and hit her head on the barrel when her horse slipped.
I don't care WHAT brand you wear, just wear one.
Btw, my last Troxel helmet was $23.00, on sale and LOTS cheaper than brain surgery.
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