I need a new helmet. I still have the dinky Troxel schooling helmet that I bought when I first started riding. It's slightly too tight, and since I hate it so much, my solution tends to be to just not wear it.
I'm looking for something I can wear in the jumper ring that's not too expensive; anything under $150 would be okay. I'd like it to be sleek so that I don't get that "mushroom head" look, and have great vents because it gets as hot as hades' sauna here.
What helmets do you recommend?
I just switched from a bulky troxel to an Ovation deluxe schooler and I'm in love! It fits way better than my Troxel ever did, it's super sleek and low profile, and it doesn't have a big bulky visor to block your field of vision.
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If you are serious about showing, I would recommend looking into these two helmets. Both are the affordable versions of popular helmets in the show rings these days, but are a fraction of the price. You still might even be able to score some International Helmet Awareness Day deals.
IRH Air 10 Helmet - ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets from SmartPak Equine
IRH 4G Helmet - ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets from SmartPak Equine
Thanks for the comments! I had definitely looked at the Ovation before, but couldn't find enough reviews to feel confident about it.
I'll look into those two as well, countercanter. :) My plan is to get a lower-end helmet now, then save up for one I really want--then my lower end one can become a student helmet.
Has anyone had good luck with the Tipperary helmets?
I second the Ovation for comfortability and looks. It's one of the sleeker affordable helmets out there. I love mine.
Tipperarys are pretty comfortable too but I just can't see them fitting in very well in a show arena. Theyre boxy look isnt my favorite. Jumpers is less about looks though so if the Tipperary fits you best it may be the one to go with.
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Any brand is good - just make sure it has not been used!
As far as looks, well... I've never really cared what other people thought of how I dressed, lol. If I want to show hunters, then I just borrow the crap that I need. I prefer the flashier stuff, and I get to wear it in jumpers :wink:
You just mentioned needing something for shows, which tends to mean something that looks nice. If you don't care, then I absolutely suggest trying things on if you can. Ovations fit small heads really well like mine where I've seen Tipperarys fit much larger heads that don't fit in much else.
I have an Ovation Deluxe and I love it -comfy, no mushroom head, very sleek!
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