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post #1 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet

My daughter and I are new riders. Not knowing any better, I purchased helmets for us that were in the $50-60 range- I think one is "TuffRider" and one is "Troxel." I didn't think anything of it until I saw a website that was selling helmets for close to $300! YIKES! Can you tell me if it is important to get these higher-end types of helmets or are the ones we have okay for now? Are the more expensive ones for showing? Of course, I want the safest helmets possible, but the large price tag blew me away. Thanks for any guidance here.
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 05:54 PM
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No. The only things that count are age, fit, comfort and certification. There are great helmets in every price range.

Don't leave them in the heat. They do expire so check the date on them. I think 5 years? So you don't want something that has sat on a shelf forever.

I found my son and I new helmets as it is time on sale and had a redeemable gift cert from his new jump vest so got 2 for about the price of one.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 05:54 PM
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I've ridden in a Troxel and I'm still alive.

All horse riding helmets must pass the ASTM/SEI test. Although I have heard that some helmets have a higher/better score than others...? Don't be fooled that higher price equates to better helmet. I've borrowed $200 helmets before but they didn't fit my... I guess, weird shaped head.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 05:57 PM
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If it fits your head it's a good helmet. Price is irrelevant.

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post #5 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 10:09 PM
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Newsflash, lots of helmets are in the 500-600$ price range too! They are not necessarily safer, just fancier. As long as your helmets are certified, they're fine. We use Troxels for everyday helmets and my daughter has a nicer one for shows. One thing that IS important is proper fit. There are good videos about this online if you want to double check.
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-08-2020, 10:26 PM
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All certified riding helmets go through the exact same testing and must pass that testing to be certified, period.
What makes a helmet more expensive is often the marketing, the sponsoring of popular professional riders and fad with fashion.
Yes, helmets can and do start at inexpensive prices and can easily go to near $1,000 dollars for a helmet off the shelf forget what a custom made costs.

From the Troxel brand "Sport" helmet starting at $29.74 to off the charts in expensive... https://www.statelinetack.com/Search...ding%20helmets
What is most important is a proper and comfortable fit so best protection is achieved as was mentioned.
A budget to about $75.00 will give you around 20 choices to try on and find one that fits and is liked.

There are many places to purchase a helmet from, but you truly need to go to a store and try on the make and model for the comfort factor and proper coverage with sizing.
Many stores will meet or beat a competitors price if given the chance...
The other added tidbit is every certified helmet inside has a date stamp...
That stamp is when the helmet was made, the closer the date to today's current date the best in technology and helmet manufacturers suggest replacing of helmets every 5 - 7 years from manufacturing date so you want a newer date not a helmet that has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust for 4 years.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-11-2020, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the great advice! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer.
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post #8 of 20 Old 07-13-2020, 12:43 PM
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Most of the time, higher end helmets are for showing, but since your new to riding I think frozen is good. My first helmet was a frozen as well, and they are a good brand! Sometimes the cheaper ones are nicer too! Have fun riding
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-13-2020, 04:03 PM
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I meant troxel not frozen sorry it autocorrected
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-13-2020, 04:50 PM
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I paid 60 for mine, it's HKM brand. I could have gone cheaper but I wanted a specific look. I already fell with it on my head and it is still good (I kinda fell on my face so the helmet didn't take a big impact) I would rather spend your cash on riding boots or on saddle equipment or lessons... :)
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