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    02-09-2009, 11:22 PM
I have an older IRH velvet helmet.
My mom (who got it for me at the time) just got me whatever, as long as it didn't cost an arm and a leg.
This past summer, I bought a schooling IRH (the one with all the vents) and its quite comfortable and very light and breathable.

I've never tried on any other brands, so I can't comment on the comfort, but I like my helmets and will have them until they break or need to be replaced.
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    02-10-2009, 11:59 AM
I have a nice IRH and I love it. I believe Charles Owen and the other more expensive helmets also offer a free or half priced replacement, should you fall off your horse and the helmet crack. My aunt was in a terrible accident a while back in which her helmet saved her life, but was cracked in the process. Once she was well again she took the helmet to her tack store and it was replaced either free or half priced. I can't remember.
    02-10-2009, 01:23 PM
It's the stuff inside that counts.
Most helmets are a styrofoam compression of some sort to absorb impact.
The expensive helmets like Charles Owen GR8 and GPA are carbon fiber. They can withstand much more impact and are overall a better helmet.
    02-10-2009, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
And to think I bought my velvet helmet at a garage sale for $5 !
    02-10-2009, 06:51 PM
Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr    
and to think I bought my velvet helmet at a garage sale for $5 !
    02-10-2009, 08:04 PM
Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr    
and to think I bought my velvet helmet at a garage sale for $5 !
I'd be scared that it is cracked or dented on the inside where you can't see it!
    02-10-2009, 08:40 PM
Green Broke
Its acctually not in bad condition at all...i ride with it all the time.
    02-11-2009, 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by jchunterjumper    
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 don't 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.
Exactly. Those helmets are brand names and just like with everything else, the price is attached to the brand. There shouldn't really be any differences in safety as they are all tested the same way, tho anyone is more than welcome to correct me if I'm wrong.

I also got sucked into the GR8. I LOVE that helmet, the best fitting and most comfortable helmet I have ever owned. The velvet helmets are classics and will never run out of style. As long as you make sure your helmet is certified, you will be just fine. The ones who own the more expensive ones, are not any better than you are (cough and I own one).
    02-11-2009, 10:15 PM
Kelly, I have to agree with you about the fit - I have never worn a more comfortable helmet!!
However, there is a difference between your normal velveteen IRH's and the Charles Owen GR8's - the CO has carbon fiber, it absorbs more impact.
At least that is how I understand it... please feel free to correct me!
    02-12-2009, 12:02 AM
Interesting so maybe there are reasons why those helmets are in fact more expensive. Also come to think of it, just as with clothes, brand names use better quality materials as well even if they go thru the same safety testing.

A generally better quality helmet probably still over priced but with better materials.

At the end of the day it's helping protect the most important part of my body, not something I would ever ride without so I have no issues spending that kind of money on a helmet.

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