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post #1 of 15 Old 07-05-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Western helmets?

I just saw some really cool western helmets from Troxel and I was wondering if anyone had tried them out. It hit me that I should wear a helmet the other day when I watched a video of a woman (who wasn't wearing a helmet) hit her head from a bad horse fall. It got me thinking about my safety..before I never really thought about it. I really only do trail riding, so would these be could for that?

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You can absolutely wear a helmet for trail riding! I think it's a very good idea, actually. The Troxel Sierra has that "rugged" kind of look, if that's the model you're talking about. I haven't tried that particular style, although I have another Troxel that I'm pretty happy with. But anything that's lightweight and well-vented would probably be a good choice. I'd just suggest reading some online reviews first. Happy shopping!
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They even make a "cowboy hat" helmet.

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I use one of Troxel's western helmets, don't remember which one, but bought it last year. Only wear it when riding a new horse I don't know or on the trail. I'm usually the only one with a helmet on, but I feel so much safer. I hate the strap under the chin, but it is better than cracking my head open if I fall on a rock. They are well ventilated.
Farmpony, one of the cowboy hat helmets was discontinued in the past few years because of its huge size. Maybe they came out with a better one.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-05-2011, 09:28 PM
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I saw it in the tack store yesterday. It looks nice. I'm assuming it fits like the english troxel helmates, it looked very similar in shape. I've been riding in an english troxel helmate for 6 yrs now and I've got nothing to complain about. It works great and I forget it's there when I ride. It also keeps the sun off and has saved me so many times from sunburns, as well as branches on trails =P I would suggest getting a helmate, you never know if you horse will decide to spook next to some rocks or other unfriendly surface. Hope this helps =)
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I actually was searching for a western helmet so I have some opinions.

I tried on the Cheyenne Rowdy (my original choice off the internet), which is VERY Western looking, but my only comment would be it looks sort of basketball-ish. Really didn't like how it looked on, but it might look great on other people. I chose to pass on it.



Then I tried on a couple other helmets, including the Dakota. The Dakota's quality reflects its cheap price. It was just your basic helmet and you could do as well with a bicycle helmet to be honest.



Finally I tried on the Sierra, and guess what, I LOVE this helmet! It's very cushiony inside while it still has breathable mesh openings etc. I would really recommend any helmet with those mesh openings... it is a lot cooler while still not looking like a cycling helmet. It's also a lot more durable then the Dakota.:P



(I didn't buy it in pink, though the pink is cute, I got the Sand colour.)
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I actually was searching for a western helmet so I have some opinions.

I tried on the Cheyenne Rowdy (my original choice off the internet), which is VERY Western looking, but my only comment would be it looks sort of basketball-ish. Really didn't like how it looked on, but it might look great on other people. I chose to pass on it.



Then I tried on a couple other helmets, including the Dakota. The Dakota's quality reflects its cheap price. It was just your basic helmet and you could do as well with a bicycle helmet to be honest.



Finally I tried on the Sierra, and guess what, I LOVE this helmet! It's very cushiony inside while it still has breathable mesh openings etc. I would really recommend any helmet with those mesh openings... it is a lot cooler while still not looking like a cycling helmet. It's also a lot more durable then the Dakota.:P



(I didn't buy it in pink, though the pink is cute, I got the Sand colour.)
I have the last one too
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I had a sierra for a few years, but decided to retire it. We used to tack our horses before loading them up in my friend's stock trailer for the 5 mile trip to the trail head and I'd forgotten it had been clipped to the saddle when I loaded my horse and heard a loud crack as my boy banged it against the side of the opening of the trailer. I still haven't gotten a new one yet...but I haven't done much riding lately anyway. I'm really thinking I may try the IRH All Terrain helmet...but only because it's cheaper than the sierra. I'm not sure though. I REALLY REALLY loved my sierra...and they've come out with new colors since I bought my first one.

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Those are surprisingly good looking helmets!

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My friend had that leather covered Troxel Cheyeanne one. It is HEAVY!! All that leather makes it heavy . I will take comfort over style, every time.
AND, her helmet caught on something and literally ripped the leather partway off. Now it's hanging off the side. The less there is on your helmet to catch on tree branches and such the better. Get a well fitting, lightweigth NO foo-foo helmet.

Troxel workes well for folks with generally round heads, Tipperary for folks with more oblong heads . IRH? Others? Not sure.
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