I love my CO GR8, but I've also been pleased with my IRH SSV or whatever the initials are. That said, I'm not a dressage rider, but I don't think anyone likes to look like they're wearing a huge mushroom on their head
Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.
I have the CO AYR8 and absolutely love it! My head is a rounder shape and its the only helmet I have found the correctly fits my head. This one also seems to have a lower profile so your head doesn't look like a bowling ball. It is a little more expensive than some other CO but its worth it especially if you have a hard time finding one that fits correctly.
I don't know if Tipperary makes a "show" helmet, but the Tipperary Sportage I have for schooling is a very low-profile helmet. No mushroom-head effect with it at all. The absence of the mushroom-head is obvious, and if I put anything else on I notice.
ETA--Yes, Tipperary has the T2 and T4 show helmets. They were reviewed on COTH.
Last edited by threemagicalmares; Jan. 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM.
I think I need to wait until I am at a decent tack shop that stocks different helmets and try some on. I am returning the one I bought, it fit like a shallow bowl on your head. Head shapes, etc can really affect how they look once they are on.