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post #1 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Helmet Question

I've only been riding for a few weeks. I'm ready to buy a helmet because as much as I appreciate the usage of a helmet at my stable, but I would like to have one of my own. I'm between the Troxel Liberty Schooling Helmet and the Troxel Intrepid Performance Helmet. Does anyone have a favorite? Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 02:18 AM
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If you have more of a round head, Troxels are good. My head shape is more oval, so I got a headache for years in Troxels until I figured this out and bought an Ovation. No more headaches, and since then I've read that Ovations are better for more oval shaped heads. I'm not sure how you can know the shape of your head very well unless you try on both types, but hopefully this info might help you.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 02:26 AM
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Ovations are excellent. I loved mine, had it for many years. It saved me from a severe concussion when fell off a galloping horse.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 04:05 AM
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I have a Troxel Spirit and I LOVE it. No headaches, no sweaty head, and it is VERY breathable. I've ridden in it in 90 F temps and it doesn't even feel like it's there. It's also inexpensive, and has the DFS (Dial Fit System) and multiple points of adjustment so it can be fit very well. My last helmet was an Ovation and it cracked in half after a fall...nice that my head was protected (although I still got a concussion) but I was a little surprised at such extreme damage to the helmet. Also gave me frequent headaches, and the dreaded "sweaty head". My instructors also have Ovation helmets and they are switching to the Troxel Spirit after seeing how comfortable I am in mine.

It does seem to be of a rounder shape so if you do have a different head shape it may not work as well for you. I would suggest going to a local tack store that sells helmets and speak to them about possibly trying some on. Different stores (both offline and online) have varying return policies for helmets, but generally they are not returnable unless there is a defect due to the safety-minded nature of them (you are supposed to replace your helmet after a fall where the helmet was known to have impacted something, even if there is no visible damage to the helmet and stores probably can't guarantee that a used helmet was in a fall or not) and the hygiene aspect. So definitely measure your head before you buy or you may be stuck with an uncomfortable helmet!
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 07:15 AM
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Before you settle on any one helmet you should if at all possible go to a tack shop and try on several helmets by different manufacturers and in different styles...
Amazing how many choices all slightly different you will find.
Set a $ amount and look at nothing not in that price range.
All helmets must meet the exact same testing standards to be certified.
Makes no difference if a $40 or a $400...all must pass the same test, under the same conditions for that stamp of certification to be placed on it.
Now, all helmets also have a production date... Find a helmet that you like and make sure the production date is as close to todays date as is on the shelf.
Manufacturers suggest strongly helmets be replaced after any impact.
Whether from dropping it to falling off a horse to anything suddenly hard & jarring...replacement is suggested or send for testing to assure no hairline cracks to the helmet occurred.

I have had Ovation, IRH {International} and now Tipperary most recently.
They were no more expensive than a Troxel but for me much more comfortable and just as cool.
The Troxel was borrowed and I happened to really dislike the fit...it gave me a blistering headache.
I had the Spirit I think it was and it was like putting a oval peg in a round hole...not a good fit.
Troxel seems to model many of their helmets on a more round design when more people it seems have "ovaling" to their skull shape....

Just go to a store and try on several different styles and brands in your budget range to make sure you are getting the very best fit, comfort level for the $ you will spend.
Enjoy shopping and don't forget to check that manufacturing date for most recent made.
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 08:30 AM
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I'm agreeing with those that say go try them on. You aren't obligated to buy but I have found that if I price shop once I know what fits that I can usually get a small discount locally. Look at shipping too as even the best discount online may be eaten up by shipping.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 10:53 AM
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I've always worn a Troxel. They last forever! :) Very good & comfortable.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 11:14 AM
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Go and try them on in a store or at least order a couple and send the one's back that don't feel right.
Troxel don't suit my head shape at all but Ovation do fit OK however the Charles Owen helmets I've got that come in a lot more size options fit me much better
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 11:17 AM
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Yes you have to try them on. I can't wear Tipperary, used Troxel for years but now wear Ovation Sync. It's not just the brand, it's also the model that makes the fit. Whatever I buy must be so comfortable that it doesn't even occur to me to take it off until I have untacked and cared for my horse. I replace every couple of years, and models change.
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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Rule of helmets: try before you buy. Different brands and models fit differently and you need to find the one for your shape of head. A helmet that fits is one that you forget you are wearing. And, it's one that you are much more liable to not make excuses for not wearing, so it's a safety issue too.

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