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post #1 of 20 Old 01-24-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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what is the best riding helmet?

I'm looking to get a new helmet, my last one is dead and cracked, so what is your opinion about what is the best, and I ride hunter/jumper so must be very sturdy. Lastly, what is your opinion on the IRR Equi-vent Riding Helmet? Thanks!
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-24-2012, 06:19 AM
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When it comes to impact protection, they all meet the same standards and there is no way to prove if one provides more protection than what the CE and ASTM standards require.

So beyond getting something that is at least ASTM/SEI approved, it becomes a question of fit. And that's a question only you can answer by trying out helmets.

I have an IRH Olympian and have tried various other IRH styles and have found that all of them have been molded for more oval heads. On me, they gap along the sides of the head.

When it comes to show helmets, Charles Owens fits me much better and eventually I will get a GR8 to replace the IRH.

I also have a Tipperary Sportage for schooling and trail riding (so it gets used about 95% of the time). That helmet fits me perfectly, has awesome ventilation, and I like how it covers the back of the head better than just about any other design.

However, the Tipp Sportage is not a formal enough helmet for show hunters and show jumpers. It is plenty good for the XC phase of combined trials and 3 day events.
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Yep - fit is the main criterion - try them on and look for a snug even fit and a hat that does not wobble about when you shake or nod your head with the strap undone.

Once you have eliminated the ones that don't fit, then look at whether they have any airflow arrangement to help keep your head cool and then finally consider looks!

I have a GR8 and love it!
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I broke three troxels before I gave up on them, the harnesses are cheap, stab my head and pull hair. I'll never buy an adjustable harness helmet again.
Currently I am liking the IRH trail light. No harness, just fits your head like a normal hat, and it has a decent attached bill. If I was shopping I;d look at the models without a harness first. From that group I would choose based on fit and style.
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-24-2012, 08:09 AM
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Joe, what exactly do you mean by a helmet without a harness?

Do you mean an adjustable headband?

I ask because a helmet has to have a harness (the chin strap connecting to the helmet with a Y split) on both sides to be ASTM compliant.
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I love my Charles Owen helmets.

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Expensive, but worth it. You only have one head.
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I LOVE charles owen helmets. I have a CO hampton hat and I refuse to ride in anything else bc it fits me so well. I've had it far too long and need to replace it as the velvet has now faded.

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I have a Kep Italia, although they are not really "hunter style" - but the venting means I do not have a sweaty head when riding and they are almost as light as a baseball cap.
Samshield is what I was going to get as they are far more traditionally styled, but I wanted more venting. They are quite popular in the hunter ring.
Then there is the "usual" CO, GPA, IRH, etc.. but they are not as stylish or comfortable when compared to higher end helmets.

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post #10 of 20 Old 01-24-2012, 11:34 AM
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No still has the chinstrap and Y straps, was talking about the harness over and around your head like construction hardhats have
No harness,,
ULTRA LITE TRAIL HELMET | International Riding Helmets - IRH

As opposed to the troxels with there dials, and sliding pointing gadgets.
I see most of the tippery helmets are pretty well made without internal head band gadgets but stores only seem to stock itty bitty chick sizes.
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