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    02-10-2012, 02:28 PM
Green Broke
Those brims to go on the helmets are neat! Thanks for the links.
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    02-11-2012, 01:44 PM
We finally broke down and ordered helmets. Last Saturday I had a close call with getting dumped, and it got me to thinking.

Troxel Dakota Helmet - Maximum Vented All-Trails

I got black and Clay got the grizzly brown. Should be here soon.
It is too dang cold and windy to ride today anyway.
    02-11-2012, 06:28 PM
For my money nothing beats a Tipperary Sportage as an all around helmet where the formal look is not needed.

Super light, super ventilated, very low profile, and covers the back of the head down to the base of the neck (something no other helmet does)

Front view

Back view

From the side

For shows and clinics and when it's colder I wear a Charles Owen JR8

    02-11-2012, 06:46 PM
I was wearing an older kid's helmet that someone gave me for a couple of years and it was really comfortable but beginning to fall apart. After not liking the look of the duct tape to keep it together, I bought a Troxel Sport in periwinkle (bluish-purple). Love the color and it looks nice but it's not nearly as comfortable. It has the neat adjustable band but still makes me feel like my head is too long, front to back. It puts pressure on my forehead and in the back. I thought maybe I bought the wrong size but the larger one wobbled around too much and the shopkeeper told me to make sure it's snug.

During a ride, I don't notice the discomfort too much, but am really glad to get it off at the end of the ride (only an hour or so later). I'm sure there's a more comfortable one out there but I didn't want to pay over $100. I bought this one for about $50.

Maybe I have a funny shaped head.
    02-11-2012, 06:55 PM
The Tipperary Sportage is $60.

Every single online tack retailer I know of will let you return a helmet if it doesn't fit. Don't limit yourself to what you can find at the stores.

I have the same head shape it seems (longer than it is wider) and that is why I wear Tipperary and Charles Owen helmets. Because they fit me.
    02-11-2012, 08:22 PM
Green Broke
Tippery has decided that only midgets ride horses. The bigest they make is a 7 1/8th which they call large.
    02-11-2012, 09:27 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Tippery has decided that only midgets ride horses. The bigest they make is a 7 1/8th which they call large.
Yeah I don't understand that. However, I wear a size 7 hat since I joined the Navy in 1984 so I am GTG.
    02-15-2012, 12:32 PM
I'm on my second IRH ATH SSV (that's some alphabet soup for you!)

IRH ATH SSV Helmet - ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets from SmartPak Equine

I use it for everything, it's very flattering, cool and comfortable. I didn't expect it to be as light and comfy as it is, but I absolutely love it and rarely even take it off between horses :)
    02-15-2012, 03:57 PM
Tipperary Sportage Helmet - Equestrian Riding Helmets from SmartPak ...

This is the riding helmet I would like

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