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post #1 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendation for helmet shopping

I promised my husband and daughter that I would start wearing a helmet when I started cantering consistently on my horse. Well, that time is fast approaching.

The last time I wore a helmet was on a trail ride with friends and it was a Troxel - not comfortable at all - that I borrowed from someone at that barn. The only helmet I own is a hunt cap for showing. The only tack shop in the area with riding helmets doesn't have much selection for trying on.

What do you all recommend for finding a way to try on different helmets and finding one that's comfortable and fits in my budget?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:03 PM
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If you are on a tight budget I highly recommend the Ovation. I love my Ovation helmet, it is super light and comfortable. Plus my head doesn't over heat in it. I paid $120 for mine but I went with one that would look good in the show ring as well.

But you can get nice schooling ones in the $60 range.

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:15 PM
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I love the look of the Troxel, but they are so uncomfortable to wear. I find that IRH helmets fit me really well, and are comfortable enough to wear all day

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it depends on your head shape, you need a helmet that that is snug but not tight, can't move around or have tons of extra apace. If you're like me and have a weirdly shaped head, Tipperary is a great way to go, I love my mine. I had a troxel first, I hated that thing, it gave me a headache if I wore it for too long and a big red mark in the middle of my forehead I can honestly say there is nothing I like about troxel, I think the're helmets are ugly and cheap looking (sorry Golden)

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post #5 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:18 PM
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You may want to consider Tipperary. Their helmets are light and airy, and look a lot better in recent years than they did before - think alien war helmet! I found them to be quite comfortable and with all the holes, well ventilated. In my area they sell for around $80.
I found most Troxels I tried on to be quite oval shaped and really uncomfortable with the adjustable back piece digging in.
ETA - thanks for the reminder.. My helmet is getting up there in the years and I should probably replace it soon..
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:19 PM
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I am holding back from my rant about Troxel. It is a well known fact on this forum that I hate them with a passion

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I ride in a Tipperary Sportage and find it to be very comfortable. I also found Troxel helmets to be uncomfortable- they tend to fit "rounder" heads better, while Tipperary is more of a oval shape.

If your local tack store doesn't have a lot of options, you can try an online store like SmartPak, which offers free shipping both ways. Measure your head, compare it to the manufacturer's sizing chart, and order a few helmets that you think might work for you and are in your price range. Hopefully one of them will work well for you, and you just send back the ones that don't.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:31 PM
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I love Ovation helmets as well, they are very light and comfortable. IRH makes some nice ones as well. This is my helmet, only $50
Ovation™ Deluxe Schooler Helmet | Dover Saddlery

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post #9 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:38 PM
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Ovations are amazing! They're extremely comfortable and they don't give you egg head like Troxels are prone to do.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 01:42 PM
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Yay for Ovation love! I love the fact I can remove the liner to wash it when its been a hot stinky day. I love that its so light and well ventilated. Easily most comfortable helmet I have ever owned. Can't say enough good things about them. A lot of our clients are buying them now as well because they are so affordable and still look really nice for showing.

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