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Carol O
Mar. 6, 2010, 10:39 AM
Sorry if this information I am asking for has already been discussed in the helmet thread.

As I watched the Winter Olympics, I admired some of the helmets being worn in the events for their low profile. I am considering looking at other sports for a low profile helmet for riding, as I think the low profile is simply more attractive. Are there any available for us that are super close to the head and still safe? I have helmets, and use them, but they are frequently just too damned huge!

Carli
Mar. 6, 2010, 12:07 PM
I really like my Charles Owen Hamptons. I've got one in brown and black. I'm planning to get one in navy this spring. They are super low profile in my opinion and don't make my roundish face look painfully fatter with a wide profile.

citydog
Mar. 6, 2010, 12:23 PM
Helmets are designed and tested to protect for the accidents incurred in particular sports.

A bike helmet, for example, is not designed for the type of impacts sustained from skiing or riding. Bike helmets are drop tested against a flat surface to simulate pavement. Riding helmets are drop tested against a sharper metal anvil thing to simulate a shod hoof or edge of a jump standard, and from a higher height.

Stick with sport-specific gear.

horsepoor
Mar. 6, 2010, 01:31 PM
Have you seen the new helmets that Ovation has just started producing? I saw one at the tack store the other day and found it really attractive, plus it seems lightweight and well ventilated. Kind of reminded me of some of the helmets I saw the aerial skiers wearing at the Olympics!

TheHorseProblem
Mar. 6, 2010, 01:48 PM
Right now, I think all helmets are beautiful.

happyhorsegirl
Mar. 6, 2010, 04:10 PM
I used to have a charles owen hampton. I assumed i'd buy another but tried on a bunch just to see how they looked/fit. I ended up with a velvet troxel--the grand prix?....very low profile. does not look mushroomy like the charles owen. fits wonderfully.

i school in a tipperary. ugly but way comfy and light, ventilated.

hluing
Mar. 6, 2010, 05:23 PM
I bought one in Germany, blanking on the brand right now but it is sooooo comfortable I no longer hate wearing a helmet (which I do religiously!). It is fairly attractiove as well and was affordable. Now if I could just figure out a way to get another one without going back to Germany, lol.

Cielo Azure
Mar. 6, 2010, 08:32 PM
I foolishly went to Dover and tried on helmets recently (foolish because my current helmet is still perfectly fine).

I love the Charles Owen GR8 Helmet in blue and gray.
http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-36075&ids=300425331

But I am also strangely drawn to the very low profile skull caps. First i was looking at them for driving horses and then...well, I can see myself really liking them to ride. I always wear sun glasses when I ride and I don't like a visor. I think they are comfi, cool looking and very low profile. I like this one, because the straps are lined with leather:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-3676&ids=300425331
Here it is in black:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-3676&ids=300425331

There are lots cheaper skull caps but for some reason, the more expensive ones speak to me (sigh).

mswillie
Mar. 6, 2010, 10:19 PM
Right now, I think all helmets are beautiful.

I'm with you. I never did quite understand the "they're unattractive" argument. I can understand the "they're uncomfortable, hot, they fit poorly arguments" I don't agree but I get it.

Personally I don't think there is a helmet out there that could be uglier than someone else having to feed me, wash me, or wipe my butt for me.

TrueGrit
Mar. 6, 2010, 10:25 PM
On a budget, I like Troxel helmets - lots of styles, colors, and adjustable fit.
http://www.troxelhelmets.com/

If money were no object, I'd go with a custom Luxury Antares.
http://www.antares-sellier.com/en/casque/helmets-2.html

suzier444
Mar. 6, 2010, 10:36 PM
I really like my Charles Owen Hamptons. I've got one in brown and black. I'm planning to get one in navy this spring. They are super low profile in my opinion and don't make my roundish face look painfully fatter with a wide profile.

I bought one of these in black today and am really happy with it too. It is comfortable, fit well, didn't obscure my vision while riding like some of the really huge helmets, and I thought it looked pretty cute as well. It has a traditional look to it that I like and is fairly flattering. Didn't know it comes in *colors*!!

Hampton Bay
Mar. 6, 2010, 11:43 PM
I have an IRH ATH SSV in black. I love it. It fits well and is very comfy. It also doesn't fall down over my eyes like my CO skull did. It's not hot either, as the vent in the top releases a lot of heat.

It's really very becoming, and it comes in round and oval.

rideforthelaurels16
Mar. 7, 2010, 04:01 AM
I love my Hampton! :) I always look silly in helmets, except GPAs which are waaaaay too expensive, but the Hampton looks really good IMO!

thatmoody
Mar. 7, 2010, 07:02 AM
I have both the CO GR8 (actually the JR8 - lucky I have a small head) in the black/blue style, and the IRH elite for schooling and I love both of them. They are both VERY comfortable (except that the CO is HOT - I wear that one for shows and in the winter). I wore my friend's tipperary the other day and LOVED LOVED LOVED it for schooling - it was the lightest, most comfortable helmet I'd ever worn! I'm sure it looked a little weird, but then so does my bike helmet and I don't look in the mirror anyway! Now if I can just get my daughter to get one - she has a troxel but I like the back of the head protection and the lightness of the Tipperary.

I love the way the Hampton looks - I think it's the most classic, attractive helmet out there, but it's too hot for Florida.

It's funny - I don't have a lot of money but that's something I've obviously budgeted for!

Enderle
Mar. 7, 2010, 07:30 AM
I'm not sure if they are available in the US, but I like the Casco helmets (http://www.casco-helme.de/en/produkte.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=32).
At the moment I have the Casco Mistrall - nice and small (my head is not very round), very comfortable, fits perfect and not too expensive.

Looking good might not be a "must have", but if there's a choice between two good fitting and safe helmets, I surely take the one looking better. After all, I'm a woman. :yes:

CTM
Mar. 7, 2010, 07:39 AM
I really like my GPA but I've been wearing one for years having been in hunterland most of my life. ;-) The GPA's and the Charles Owens seem to be the most substantial and attractive.

caddym
Mar. 7, 2010, 07:48 AM
https://www4042.ssldomain.com/equusnow/prodview.asp?idProduct=3028

I just order this in navy - I guess I wouldn't necessarily so "attractive". To be honest, I am not a helmet wearer. I have recently sold my farm and moved and am boarding at a stable where helmets are required. I have a GPA in Navy - which I really do think is a great looking helmet, but it is a tad too big (fine for the winter as I wear a head band with it) but would be too hot in the summer.

So I sprung for the evolution - at least - after spending that amount of $$$$ I'll wear it. Its as ventilated as it can be and the lining is removable and washable and replacable

Maude
Mar. 7, 2010, 08:32 AM
Courtney King-Dye's accident really got me thinking... I am an FEI dressage rider who never wears a helmet unless I get on a horse that I think may dump me. Then, I put on this flimsy turtleshell cheapo helmet that feels like a bicycle helmet. I never wear a helmet on my own FEI horse. Well, I bought a new helmet yesterday and plan to wear it everytime I get on a horse for schooling and competing. I do reserve the right to wear my top hat in the arena whe appropriate though.
I have a young horse that will be started this year also. I wanted something that was well made, and attractive. I also can afford only one helmet so wanted something to school in that is nice enough to wear when I show my young horse in recognized dressage shows. I bought a Charles Owens Wellington Classic and it actually looks good on me. (I know, I'm not a particularly vain person, but have a hat-hair thing, and look good in a top hat, but not a helmet).

I love this helmet. It is safe, fits like a glove and will look great schooling or in the competition arena. It is velvet with a flesh colored leather harness. I went to Bit of Britain as they are local. They cater to eventers, so I knew that I would get expert help from a qualified person. BOB also has a special where you get a free $39.95 hat case with the purchase of any Charles Owens helmet. The helmet was $239.99, but well worth the price and certainly not the most expensive helmet out there!

If there is anything positive that comes of Courtney's accident (and I know and pray that she will make a full recovery!) it is that her accident made me think long and hard and go buy a good helmet and WEAR it. I hope that there are others out there who, like me, may be spared a head injury because they too were moved to buy/wear a helmet now. That said, I in no way judge someone who doesn't choose to wear one.

Carol O
Mar. 7, 2010, 10:05 AM
I'm with you. I never did quite understand the "they're unattractive" argument. I can understand the "they're uncomfortable, hot, they fit poorly arguments" I don't agree but I get it.

Personally I don't think there is a helmet out there that could be uglier than someone else having to feed me, wash me, or wipe my butt for me.

My schooling helmet makes me look like a mushroom, but your point is well taken.

The choice is helmet or ICU?

Still if I do not have to look like a mushroom....

Brooke
Mar. 7, 2010, 10:11 AM
Since I don't look at myself in a mirror when I ride, I really don't care so much what I look like. I want it to be safe, to fit, and to be comfortable. And the brand really depends on the shape of your head - some are made to fit oval shaped heads, others to fit rounder heads. I went with the Troxel Sierra. It's very comfortable on my oval shaped head, lightweight, cool, and not very expensive ($100). And I've actually had complements on the 'look'.

Lieselotte
Mar. 7, 2010, 01:19 PM
I ride in a Uvex Uvision helmet which I love. I do endurance so it's on my head for a long long time and I don't even notice it (unless the occasional branch scratches it ;))

People ask me about it all the time. It is super lightweight with excellent ventilation (for all the people on other threads who say they can't possibly wear helmets because it's too hot where they live and they have to ride too many horses a day...) and you can take out the little forehead cushion and wash it. It comes with dial system and fits me really well.

I got mine in Germany for 99 Euros and am not sure if they have an American distributor yet. Uvex is known for their line of wintersport and bike helmets and obviously all products are tested and comply with European standards.
http://www.uvex-sports.de/index.php?id=172&L=0

Carol O
Mar. 8, 2010, 08:41 PM
I'm not sure if they are available in the US, but I like the Casco helmets (http://www.casco-helme.de/en/produkte.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=32).
At the moment I have the Casco Mistrall - nice and small (my head is not very round), very comfortable, fits perfect and not too expensive.

Looking good might not be a "must have", but if there's a choice between two good fitting and safe helmets, I surely take the one looking better. After all, I'm a woman. :yes:

Thanks, Enderle! I remembered, after reading your post, that I have one of these. I have a Casco I kept put away for showing. I bought it in Prague. I do love it! I am not sure of the model, but it is covered with a nice synthetic black velvet. Thanks for reminding me about it!

SBrentnall
Mar. 8, 2010, 09:06 PM
I just bought a Charles Owen AYR8 and not only is it the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn, it's also very low profile.
http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?ProductClassid=6857

SerenaGinger
Mar. 11, 2010, 04:33 PM
I just bought a Charles Owen AYR8 and not only is it the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn,

I love this helmet too!

If money were no object and my head wasn't so huge and so oval, I would love this helmet:

Chanel GPA helmet! (http://www.chanel.com/fashion/8-fall-winter-2010-11-ready-to-wear-show-chanel-fashion-show-17,0?WT.mc_id=03102010FALLWINTERSHOW&WT.mc_t=email#8-sport-horse-riding-helmet-of-aluminum-and-composite-for-any-additional-information-please-contact-your-chanel-boutique-23,5)

nomeolvides
Mar. 11, 2010, 05:58 PM
I have the CO Pro II and I honestly think it looks great. So comfortable, and the lining stays nice and fresh. CComfortable, safe, and (in my opinion) nice to look at.

atouchofclass
Mar. 23, 2010, 12:02 PM
Here is the site for Ovation helmets
http://www.ovationriding.com/

CR Gorge Girl
Mar. 23, 2010, 12:13 PM
I just bought a Charles Owen AYR8 and not only is it the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn, it's also very low profile.
http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?ProductClassid=6857

I love my AYR8! It is a little hot though..but whatever, it's so comfortable that that's a non issue. lol. I recently put my troxel back on, and WOW it felt SO weird!

mg
Mar. 23, 2010, 01:13 PM
I love my GPA. It fits me really well, looks good, and is comfortable. You can get it in black on black to reduce the "skunk stripe" effect if you'd like. I also really like the CO Wellington Pro. Very attractive, comfortable, and low-profile.

esdressage
Mar. 23, 2010, 01:20 PM
I have the Troxel Grand Prix Classic for shows and I think it looks classic and lovely, it fits my head perfectly with a slim fit to avoid that "mushroom" look and I find it very, very comfortable. Grand Prix Classic (http://www.troxelhelmets.com/products/features.php?ProductID=7)

For schooling I also have a Troxel, the Sierra in the lightest tan color they have. I chose it because I ride in intense heat and sun a lot (Southern Arizona). The light color doesn't get hot, and the vents are really nice to add a lot of airflow without compromisig safety. Sierra (http://www.troxelhelmets.com/products/features.php?ProductID=31)

I didn't choose Troxels just because they're less expensive. I actually really like them, they wear well, they're comfortable and they're functional.

Baroquecoco
Mar. 30, 2010, 09:09 AM
I ride daily in a Tipperary (love it!). And have a Wembley I bought in the UK for competition. This thread got me thinking what I would do if my Wembley took a bounce off the back of my truck or similar.

Has anyone used the Ovation in hot weather? They sure are nice looking.

Neither the Charles Owens or GPAs seem to fit me.

Stratosphere
Mar. 31, 2010, 09:37 PM
I LOVE my IRH Elite for schooling--it is the lowest profile helmet I've ever seen on any rider, by far. It makes my Charles Owen Hampton look positively "mushroomy" in comparison. If you have an oval head and the GPAs just do not fit you (like me) try the IRH Elite.

This is the one: http://www.smartpakequine.com/productclass.aspx?productClassid=6898

Lots of dressage riders at my barn now school in this helmet because it is so light, ventilated and low-profile you actually forget you have it on. Plus, I think it has a nice sporty look for schooling.

However, I'm stuck on what to wear for showing, as the vents in the IRH Elite just aren't a show-worthy look to me. I really prefer a classic velvet-covered helmet for show, but now I'm addicted to the seriously flattering low-profile look of my schooling helmet.

Has anyone tried the IRH velvet helmets? Like the Olympian or the Windsor?
http://www.doversaddlery.com/irh-windsor-show-helmet/p/X1-3627/cn/39/

If they are built on the same low-profile mold that the IRH Elite is (but they might not be...), we would be on to a definite winner for showing.

As it is, I have my black velvet CO Hampton, but it sure does look bulbous in comparison to my IRH Elite.

Dramapony_misty
Apr. 1, 2010, 12:12 PM
Has anyone used the Ovation in hot weather? They sure are nice looking.

Not terribly hot weather as warmth is just starting to come to PA, but I will be out in the sun all weekend (nearing 80s YES!!!) with my Ovation Deluxe Schooler. I'll let you know and maybe have some pics. :) It certainly seems to have good ventilation, though.

Painted Wonder
Apr. 1, 2010, 12:20 PM
I just bought a IRH...not sure of the model. Fit me better than any other I tried on. Wish it was WHITE. Summer is on the way.