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BayDancer 06-24-2013 08:20 PM

Helmet recommendations?
 
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?

GamingGrrl 06-24-2013 08:29 PM

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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countercanter 06-24-2013 10:12 PM

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

BayDancer 06-25-2013 06:20 PM

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?

Zeke 06-25-2013 06:29 PM

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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amberly 06-25-2013 06:33 PM

Any brand is good - just make sure it has not been used!

BayDancer 06-25-2013 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 2892178)
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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Thanks :D That may be what I go with then.

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:

Zeke 06-25-2013 06:54 PM

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.

imacooltater 06-27-2013 03:48 PM

I have an Ovation Deluxe and I love it -comfy, no mushroom head, very sleek!


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