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        07-09-2014, 08:50 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    If its giving you headaches it's too tight. Are you in summer ATM?

    Have you ever had a bra that sort of fit. By the end of the day you were dying to take it off but for the first few hours was fine? Same deal.

    It fits pretty well but not great,

    I've found the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn on sale at my local saddlery 2 years in a row. 170 down to 49. I think it's a euro hunter ultimate.

    The helmet I hunt in has extra foam padding on the sides as it seemed really round so I stepped up a size and padded the sides.
         
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        07-09-2014, 10:53 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I'm actually in the middle of winter. I think a trip to a tach store is long overdue for me, one of my pairs of riding socks arnt very useable anymore so ill probabaly need another pair. I'll look into a new helmet :)
         
        07-10-2014, 04:44 PM
      #13
    Foal
    If you're experiencing pain after riding that long and you know it's from your helmet, I would definitely say it's time to reconsider.

    I've always wanted a Charles Owen helmet but they've always been super uncomfortable on my head... so I have to settle for the not-as-pretty Tipperary plastic helmets. But man, it's lasted me a while, it's comfortable, and ventilated in the heat. :)
         
        07-10-2014, 06:33 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    It's possible your head just doesn't approve of wearing a helmet for long periods of time, size notwithstanding. I get uncomfortable in my helmet after an hour or so and it fits me like a glove.

    That said, you might want to invest in a new helmet. I own a Tipperary and love it, but try lots of different brands and see what you find most comfortable and hopefully it'll alleviate some of the pain during long rides.
         
        07-10-2014, 11:01 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    My current one is a Dublin, I only really got it because of the price, and it fitted well in store. It fits well until I've ridden for a longer period of time. Ill look into the more pricey ones as well, because nothing horsey is ever cheap :P
         
        07-10-2014, 11:20 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Since most helmets meet stringent requirements for safety, I think you go for fit and comfort. The two qualities don't always align with one another.
    I wore a Troxel Spirit for the past year and the pressure was a real distraction although technically it was the proper size. I slowly became accustomed to I and the imprint it left on my forehead. About two months ago I went shopping to see if I could make an improvement without blowing my budget. I tried several on with the Tipperary being the best of the lot and a definite upgrade over my Troxel . On a whim I tried on a Charles Owen GR8 and it was an incredible fit. It actually felt like it was custom made for my head. My bank account let out a scream, but I bought it and never looked back. I did some quick math and assuming I had it for 4 years it would equal about $6 dollars a month. I felt like my comfort was worth the expense. I never thought I could love a helmet, but I do.
    My Troxel sits on the shelf as a back-up and I hope it gathers dust. :)
    Buy for comfort.

    All the best to you.
         

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