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post #1 of 16 Old 07-06-2014, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 16 Old 07-06-2014, 06:13 AM
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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.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-06-2014, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I could swear the helmet fits, but the pressure on my head makes me think otherwise.

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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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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.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-08-2014, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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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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