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        05-27-2012, 10:47 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    As long as the hat has the right safety certificates- like in britain there is BS EN1384 as an example- and fits you properly, its fine!

    The most important thing to do is make sure it fits properly. It is a good idea to go into a shop for the first helmet you buy because the people in there will make sure you have a correctly fitting hat that is suitable for your needs.

    Tha newly bought hat should feel tight at first because the lining will compress slightly with use. I just got a hat that was a size smaller than my head measurement said it should be and it fits perfectly!
         
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        05-27-2012, 12:12 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I have a Tipperary Sportage Its reasonable and comfortable
         
        06-07-2012, 02:16 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I agree with everyone who says you have to try them on. Is there a Dover store near you? They'll help you with fitting. You can check out their helmet fitting guide for starters, but it's still best to try it on.
         
        06-07-2012, 03:41 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I have a Tipperary Sportage and I love it
    Very comfortable
         
        06-07-2012, 06:44 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I would definitely recommend trying on a few helmets at a local store if you can before ordering online. As mentioned earlier, different brands fit different shaped heads, and it sucks having to pay shipping two ways just to try on a helmet that doesn't actually fit you!

    With helmets, they usually offer approximately the same protection (as long as they are certified). The more expensive ones just come with more frills- nicer materials, larger ventilation holes, easier to adjust harness systems, removable sweat liners, etc.

    I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder with expensive riding helmets, because I also do a fair amount of road biking, and with bicycle helmets, the more expensive helmets are also FAR less bulky (while still offering the same protection). That doesn't seem to carry over into equestrian helmets and I just can't seem to convince myself that it's worth paying $400 for a helmet that makes my head look just as dumb as a $50 helmet
         

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