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post #1 of 10 Old 01-23-2015, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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advice on a helmet

I am planning to take riding lessons sometime in the spring or summer. What helmet would any of you recommend that I get?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-23-2015, 12:40 PM
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One that fits your head!
Seriously, different brands fit differently. Go try on several different ones and buy the one that is the best fit. A brand that fits someone else's head might not fit yours.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-23-2015, 01:34 PM
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We love our Troxel Rebel series helmets, but they are not comfortable to everyone. The PP was correct, you really need to try a few on and figure out what fits and is comfortable for you.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-23-2015, 04:11 PM
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Troxel is good for beginners. I say this all the time, but I love my Tipperary.

about the same price. troxels tend to be rounder, tipperarys more onblong.

a helmet with an adjustable fit in back will be a best guess if you must buy online.
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-24-2015, 10:15 PM
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You definitely have to try them on to see which feel comfy to you. A couple of things to consider:
1. The weight. Some are heavier and I find, since I already have an issue with not sitting back enough (I ride dressage) that heavier helmets actually make it harder for me to keep my proper seat. The helmets only weight slightly different but, I notice I ride much better in a lighter helmet.
2. How much do you sweat? Some helmets have way more airflow than others. For those who sweat a lot, you want more airflow - not to be soaking wet under a hot helmet.

And make sure you buy a new helmet every 5 years (the materials degrade) or, if you have fallen off your horse and hit the ground with the helmet - even if you think you just "sort of " hit it.....don't take a chance as a good hit could compromise the integrity of the helmet and leave you less protected.

It adds insult to injury when you have to buy a new helmet after a fall......but some helmet companies will help with the replacement cost if you happen to have an accident.
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-26-2015, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the advice.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 04:14 AM
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Troxel is the favorite around here in the western world, I find that the brown leather one is the most slimming haha.
Good luck darlin!
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 10:21 AM
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Hi Ump!

As others have said, try on as many as you can before making a decision.
I will add: Find a large tack store that carries as many different brands as possible. A Dover Saddlery or the like; most farm stores and smaller tack stores only carry a limited selection. Also, _don't_ shop by price tag; don't even look at it until after you've tried the helmet on. Your cabeza is way more valuable than any helmet on the market, and a comfortable well-fitting hat is far more likely to be worn consistently than a funky "down on your nose" one. And a helmet just doesn't do any good at all hanging on a peg in the tackroom.
Also (and I preach this line whenever I get the opportunity), look into a riding vest. I really _really_ like my inflatable vest. Expensive, yes, but if it saves just one trip to the ER, it has paid for it's self (actually, the same goes for the helmet). I'm OLD, and I figure if the vest/helmet save me the pain associated with just one landing in The Dirt, that's enough in it's self :-)
And I can personally testify that the inflatable vest works, and works well. Ask, and I'll tell you all about it.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 10:42 AM
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If possible I'd try and find a place to try on a wide variety of helmets. Unfortunately, if you live in a place like I do with zero tack stores then you're out of luck unless you drive! In that case I'd recommend ordering from a place like Smartpak equine online as they offer free return shipping on sized items. This way if it doesn't fit you don't have to pay to ship it back!

I used to ride in Troxels back in the day, and I thought they were decent. I now ride in an Ovation schooling helmet and I love it. Lightweight, low profile, comfortable, and the price is right.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 10:43 AM
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At the same time, you don't have to pay a fortune to own a good helmet. All my children ride in the IRH Equi Lite which set me back a whopping $27 a piece at Stateline Tack. They have been great for them and their customer service is wonderful. One of my girls broke her visor recently and they had a replacement in my mailbox for free 3 days after I called. My own most recent helmets are an Ovation Schooler which cost me $49 and an IRH All Terrain at $59. Great prices for very decent helmets. It really does come down to what fits best. There is a definite difference in fit between rounder and more oval head shapes so that is something you'll need to figure out. Happy shopping. So many choices! :)
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