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post #1 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Why is this helmet $470???

I do dressage and hunter/jumpers but I'm pretty old school traditional with my velventeen helmet. I see EVERYONE wearing the "sparkle skunks" (the helmets with the stripe down the middle... usually adorned with jewels lol).

I look in my dover catalog and see the the $500 GPA's.. Why are they so expensive and what is the difference between the GPA's, IRH and Charles Owen?

And whats up with the stripe? I know they have been around for a few years now but I'm just getting around to asking. :op
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 06:58 PM
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not sure why the price is so expensive, but I believe the stripe down the center has vents in it so it keeps you cooler.
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 07:08 PM
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haha, they make your head look like a bubble! lol I want a Charels Owen Gr8 in black on black, I just like looking traditional, not sparkely! I'll leave that to the rich snobs! Sorry if offeneding anyone!

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 07:36 PM
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Well, I can tell you that every helmet must undergo the same certification to become a certified helmet. This means that no helmet is safer than another. So pretty much the GPA's and Charles Owens are a fashion statement (that I admit, I am sucked into). I can tell you that i LOVE my charles owens, and believe that they are the most comfortable and classic looking helmet. The GPA's are nice too, but I dont like the sporting look (its good for jumpers). Anyway, I believe that these helmets are expensive because they can be, and people will buy them.

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post #5 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 07:50 PM
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I would think if you paid $500 for a helment it would never break and would be reall really safe . . . but I doubt it. lol.

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post #6 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 08:18 PM
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I think it also has somewhat to do with how comfortable the helmet is. I can tell you that my friends IRH is more comfortable than my old tippary (which actually I loved that style helmet, but I either killed them, or like the last one they were too big. )

but seeing that my parents buy me helmets, and I tend to land on my head or bang my head they now by me the really ugly $30 helmets. just as safe, but a bit uncomfortable ,and make your head look like a bubble.

I also have a big old velvet helmet that I use for riding greenies or show's and that I have to say is pretty comfortable but I can't remember how much it cost or what brand (it's currently sitting at the lady who I ride for's barn...haha)
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 09:02 PM
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Hehe, my trainer insists that the charles owens are the only helmets that are "head-shaped"; that is more oval than round, so that's all she buys. Having tried hers, I agree they are very comfortable and secure-feeling (though my newest is a Tipperary, and I find it comfortable too). I do think a lot of the high prices are just about making a fashion-statement.
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 09:05 PM
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i used to have an IRH that i thought was great. i thought it was absolutely ridiculous that anyone would spend more then that on a helmet. in fact, i thought it was just plain stupid. until.... i was hanging out wtih one of my friends who runs a tack shop at shows and i jokingly tried on a gpa. i'm not huge on brand names, i don't care about designer stuff, but oh my gosh, this helmet looked absolutely incredible. :) the difference between the IRH and GPA were huge on me! the GPA is SO low profile and just fit my head so well and because it's so much lighter it was much more comfortable. plus, i show a lot on the A circuit where everyone has either a GPA or a Charles Owens and in the hunters turn out is very important. plus, riding is my job and i show a lot of people's horses for them so it's important for me to look the part. i'm not a rich snob and i don't care a lot about brand names but there are certain places that i am willing to spend a little extra. this was one of them. I did however end up getting a $50 tipperary to school in this summer and it's awesome!
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 09:06 PM
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and just to add... charles owens look silly on me. gpas fit me much much better. i hear most people fit one or the other.
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-09-2009, 10:10 PM
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I tried a GPA on in store and was suprised that it looked nice on my head. But I have a round face. I have the Charles Owen Hampton and wish I would have tried the GR8 on because it looks better on my head, not as well as the GPA but my parent's wont ever pay $500 on a helmet ha. I have noticed that the IRH fake GPA's give a more oval look compared to the GPA round look. But I believe you get what you pay for. I had a dial fit IRH and I had the worst time with that thing.
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