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post #11 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 11:55 AM
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First off....know your budget and what you can afford to spend!
When you go to a tack shop tell the sales staff your budget and not to show you what you can not afford, period!
Second, you really need to try on several helmets even if they are made by the same manufacturer as they all fit differently.
Only buy a helmet that is comfortable immediately....you should not even realize it is on your head,...yes, that comfortable.
Every helmet has a date tag in it...get as recent a manufacturing date as possible. Whether worn or not, a helmet ages. Most all companies recommend replacing helmets after any fall, dropping it on the ground or when it is in the 5 years old range.
ALL helmets meed the exact same testing requirements to be "certified"... that means the $600 helmet did the same testing as the $39.99 and all passed. Riding can and is a "fad" sport....changes occur often but don't mean that out of fashion is wrong or unsafe, just not "fad".
As a adult, fads don't really mean so much unless you are in the show ring....
Fads to me just mean another way of taking $$ from my pocket....no thanks!!

Remember that having a helmet does you no good unless you wear it!
Sitting pretty in a box offers no protection to your skull....
So please wear that helmet every-time you ride.....
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 12:01 PM
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For myself, I love the Tippery Sportage. Super light, low profile, and very reasonable on price too. I've got a black one and a tan one.

I have more of an oval-shaped head. Troxel does not work for me. They are not comfortable. It seems to be that Troxel (typically) does better for someone with more of a round head.

So try on as many brands as you can get your hands on!

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post #13 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 04:45 PM
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For myself, I love the Tippery Sportage. Super light, low profile, and very reasonable on price too. I've got a black one and a tan one.

I have more of an oval-shaped head. Troxel does not work for me. They are not comfortable. It seems to be that Troxel (typically) does better for someone with more of a round head.

So try on as many brands as you can get your hands on!
That's what worked on my head too.

I also want to put in a plug for Da Brim visors. I would not wear a helmet unless it had a big visor, I would miss my cowboy hat too much.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-19-2016, 09:29 AM
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For myself, I love the Tippery Sportage. Super light, low profile, and very reasonable on price too. I've got a black one and a tan one.

I have more of an oval-shaped head. Troxel does not work for me. They are not comfortable. It seems to be that Troxel (typically) does better for someone with more of a round head.

So try on as many brands as you can get your hands on!
Yep, made the same observation. Only that in my case the Tipperary was a no-go too tight already front and back and more than my thumbs fit on the sides...

Yes, try as many brands/models you can get your hands on. The same brand can feel a little different in different models. Choose what feels comfortable from the beginning.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-21-2016, 11:33 AM
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Troxel helmets are what we use in my house. They have different colors if that appeals to you at all. I am 17 and use a light blue one when I do wear it (I know,I know). They are comfortable and have a small sun visor to keep the sun out of your eyes while trail riding or training. Relatively cost efficient too
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-21-2016, 02:32 PM
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Try on helmets before you buy.

Even if one measures their head and orders the size accordingly.....

I went through 2 Troxels and IMO their sizes are just off. The one Troxel that did fot my head was $100. Um no.

I went with Ovation.


So try before you buy.
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-21-2016, 03:10 PM
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I echo the "try before you buy" advice.

I bought a Troxel because I loved the look of it, but it gave me headaches, bought a velvet IRH and LOVED it, that is the only brand I buy now, I'm on my third one, the second one got replaced after a hard fall, and the first responders say it probably saved my life. I have this one now http://irhhelmets.com/-IRH-Riding-Helmet-ID-201264.html fits me well, comfortable to wear, nice helmet.
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post #18 of 21 Old 04-13-2016, 11:51 AM
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I love my Tipperary Sportage as well! I live in FL and it is so important to have a vented helmet and my Tipperary is so well ventilated. It is also low-profile and was a great price. I bought mine for $64.00 on Amazon. Another thing I noticed that was different than some of the other helmets I had and/or tried on, was that the Tipperary has an arch where your ears go and my other helmet would push down the top of my ears and make me look like Dumbo. I already have ears that stick out enough!
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post #19 of 21 Old 04-13-2016, 03:03 PM
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Another vote for the Tipperary, and as Brittany says, it fits my oval shaped head. I can wear it for hours at a time with no discomfort. It is well ventilated and no warmer than wearing a ball cap in the heat. In the depth of Minnesota winter I wear a Carhatt helmet liner under it (fancy name for their balaclava.)




One little advantage of the Tipperary is it reaches around the back of your head and offers some protection to the occipital bone in your skull. That is a potential injury that is over-represented in horse accidents.
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post #20 of 21 Old 04-18-2016, 10:03 AM
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And hey, congrats on starting (coming back to?) riding! I'm in my mid-40s and while I did have horses in my youth, a few decades went by before I had the time and luxury to get back into it. Not sure what your situation is, but there are lots of us adult "beginners" or "born-again" riders on here! I think you'll find this forum is very welcoming and knowledgeable about everything!
This is me as well. I had horses as a teen and just now was able to have horses again. I love how willing you all are to share your knowledge and support us on the forum. Thank you!
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