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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 27, 2004
    The Land of Oz

    Question expired helmets v. helmets that don't fit very well

    I cut off my thick, just past the shoulders hair in February. I hadn't ridden since January, up until about a month and a half ago. In my last jumping lesson, I had a bad distance to an oxer and my helmet slid down my forehead a bit. Not enough to cover my eyes, but still enough to irritate me.

    I have an old GPA, that is just about 6 years old. I haven't tried it on in a while, but I'm assuming it will fit better than the CO I'm currently wearing.

    So, between the two, which on would you wear?

    (If it were financially possible, I would buy a new helmet, but unfortunately it will be quite some time before I'm able to do that.)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 19, 2009


    just buy a $30 troxel until you can afford another one. They're ugly, but they work. Also, you'll have a cheap back up once you do get a nicer one. I would not recommend an expired or ill fitting helmet to ride in, why risk your noggin?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 12, 2007


    If you can pad the CO to fit, and it is still within 3-5 years from manufacture date, use the CO. Otherwise it's off to the tackstore with you to buy a cheapie schooling helmet until you can afford something show-worthy. I grumblingly went the same route after a hair-cut and honestly couldn't be happier.

    I'm a bit vain and refuse to rock a Troxel Sport, so I ended up with a Tipperary and actually really like it. It looks kinda goofy, but I'd rather have a goofy helmet to wear and horses to ride than a major head injury. It's way more comfortable than my IRH Elite. I might even wear it in the Jumpers at some local schooling shows.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 4, 2009


    Based on my most recent accident, SAFETY should ALWAYS come first, even if it's not the most attractive. I used to be horrified to think of riding in an unfashionable helmet, but once again, I learned safety is the bigger priority!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov. 15, 1999
    Middleburg VA and Southampton NY


    I second the cheap but effective interim helmet idea. There are certified helmets to fit all budgets available.

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