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        07-06-2014, 05:51 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    Time for a new helmet?

    Well today I went for a trail ride, which was great. It was wet so we did minimal cantering, but I got a good gallop anyway. Riding up and down mountains when it's raining is not easy :P

    Anyway, onto my question. I've had my helmet for 1 and a half years. I've always loved it, it was cheap (only $100) and fits well, or so I thought. For my lessons I have to wear it for 2 hours straight and genrally feel comfortable. But today I went on a 3 hour trail ride, about 2/3 through My head was aching. It aches on my forehead as though the helmet is pressing down, if I move it the feeling briefly goes away but comes back. This only happens if I have it on for long periods of time. If my lesson runs overtime my head may start aching a little. The helmet moves slightly up and down if I try to move it, so its not so tight that its stuck on my head. I don't know if its normal that it gets uncomfortable after a few hours or if its too small. I would rather not have to buy a new helmet, but I'm not sure if it wouldn't be better to get a bigger one for when I go on these longer rides.

    So what do you reckon, new helmet or not?
         
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        07-06-2014, 06:13 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    It is best to replace a helmet every couple of years because of a breakdown in the protective qualities of the materials due to ultraviolet rays of the sun.

    When selecting a helmet, try many different helmets. The shape of peoples' heads vary. Some are more round while others are more oval. This is true of helmets as well. Try to find a helmet that best fits the shape of your head. A helmet should fit snugly so that it does not shift position when you swing your head side to side but should not be so tight as to cause unnecessary pressure.
         
        07-06-2014, 08:42 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    I could swear the helmet fits, but the pressure on my head makes me think otherwise.
         
        07-06-2014, 10:02 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Some people do get headaches from helmets, but like TX said, a lot of the time you have to go into a store to try a bunch on and see what you like. Personally, I used the cheapest ones I could find until I decided my head was worth more than that, and I got the Ovation Extreme. I absolutely love it! So comfortable I could sleep in it. There is a dial so you can adjust it, too.
         
        07-06-2014, 11:20 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I have a problem wearing any type of headwear for extended periods of time. I think it's because the heat is building up between my head and the gear plus general circulation is compromised because of the pressure from hat/helmet and in turn gives me a headache - don't know how you'd prove it scientifically. Like me, OP, you may have hit the metaphorical wall when you keep any helmet on for longer than two hours.
         
        07-07-2014, 01:23 AM
      #6
    Super Moderator
    For a three hour ride, I'd stop at least once, get off, give the horse 10 minutes of time without a rider on his back, and take your helmet off.

    I find my helmet so comfy I could wear it all day, but my prior helmets were not like that. I wear a Tipperary now, but used to wear a Troxel.
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        07-07-2014, 03:07 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Hairstyle and change in hair length can change how your helmet fits if you've gotten a new style recently. When I started growing my hair out I was shocked how much extra space I needed for it. Also, you may want to look into getting a model of helmet that has a dial so you can loosen it a smidge when you start to get sore.
         
        07-07-2014, 03:23 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    Well, the helmet fitted well in store, and I still find it very comfortable. Maybe it was just because I was wearing it for a long period of time. We did get off halfway through (after 1 and a half hours) and took a 20 minute break, I did take my helmet off, but it didnt seem to help.
         
        07-07-2014, 09:27 AM
      #9
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    for a three hour ride, I'd stop at least once, get off, give the horse 10 minutes of time without a rider on his back, and take your helmet off.

    I find my helmet so comfy I could wear it all day, but my prior helmets were not like that. I wear a Tipperary now, but used to wear a Troxel.
    This!!! I had a Troxel I only ever wore for maybe 2 hours, and hated it 30 minutes in, the way it felt.
    Now I have a Tipperary, and wear it for 5+ hours, and don't even realize it is there!! Plus the venting is excellent.

    OP, I have no ideas on your head shape, but that seems to make a huge difference! So trying different brands is great advice.
         
        07-08-2014, 06:26 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    I do need to buy a dressage whip so when I go to get one Ill try on the helmets there and see if theres any I like enough to buy.
         

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