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  1. #1
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    Default Casco helmets?

    I'm going to be in need of a new helmet soon as mine is getting toward replacement age. I saw these on Calevo and am in love with the Crocodile and the Alba... DROOL!

    http://www.calevo.com/cgi-bin/calevo...e/2100228.html

    There's nothing that I can find about safety certifications, though presumably they have different regulations in Europe? I've never seen Casco in the U.S. and couldn't find any info so far in my Google searching. I'm planning to stick to my traditional velvet helmet or my top hat in the show ring but does anyone know if these would they be legal for warm-up/schooling days? Also, any experiences with them? Are they as pretty in person as they look in the pics?



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    AP and I looked at them a lot at the BuCha. They are Euro certified but not ASTM.
    Company website
    http://www.casco-schutzhelme.de/

    They are nice - very pricey. The peacock one is a bit over the top but saw several riders wearing them.
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    All I can say is they're the most comfortable helmets I ever wore (including GPA). If you have a traditional velvet helmet, once you put a Casco on you won't trade it for anything!



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    If it is not ASTM then that means no one in the US or Canada can't used them at shows?

    ETA: Someone I know wore one at her last national show.



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    Looks like the Spirit is ASTM certified.
    http://www.seinet.org/search/search.php If you do a search they are #1 on the list for equestrian helmets.
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    SWEET! Love it, I'll be saving my pennies for the Alba... Sooooo lovely



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    I have one! Not to make anyone jealous or anything But, I'm not really in need of it, I prefer the look of my Hampton. Considering putting it on eBay but with all the recent horror stories I've heard about sellers being scammed, not sure I'll go that route!



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    I have a Casco... And today I was very thankful for it... I went down pretty hard and I really felt how the helmet protected my head!!!!
    I recommend it....
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    Hey there people with Casco helmets can you tell me if they would fit a round head. I have an old style GPA textium that fit me but it's getting old. The new ones (GPA,CO,Samshield) are way too oval so I'm hopeful that this brand might work. I'm looking at this one: http://www.calevo.com/cgi-bin/calevo/2100227.html
    It comes in S,M,L so I assume that the interior is adjustable to fit a range of sizes? Your advice needed.

    Thanks.



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    I don't know for the US, but in Canada the equine Canada rules states that the helmet must be ASTM/SEI or BSI/BS EN1384, I’m sure the US rule is similar since Canada pretty much follow the US rules. The Casco helmets are EN1384 certify so they should be accepted on the show ground even do they are not ASTM/SEI certify. There is also a distributor in the US that sell ASTM/SEI Casco helmet, they have a different model call for example Spirit US. http://www.pillasport.com/
    I bought a Casco Spirit Dressage helmet black and gold from Calevo. It is very comfortable and it looks amazing. It came with 4 small pads that you can add inside to change the shape of it. My head is oval and I did not need them, but I guess you could add the pad front and back to make the shape rounder.



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    USEF rules state that helmets must carry the SEI tag. Section 120.5
    http://www.usef.org/documents/FormsP...entBooklet.pdf


    " properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag."


    On the SEI site only the "Casco Spirit US" is SEI certified.
    Casco International GmbH
    Brand Name Model Number Size/Class/Configuration
    Casco Spirit Spirit US Sizes: Xsmall (51-63 cm), Small (54-56 cm), Medium (57-59 cm), Large (59-61 cm)


    I guess that means no Peacock helmet....
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    i saw these at the NEDA and was very impressed with the design and fit. they had the spirit in black and apparently are coming out with more styles for the US market. very well made, pricey at the moment. seem to fit a round head like mine, and come in xs...YAY. tempted to take the plunge since my samshield really doesnt fit correctly but would love to hear more opinions if anyone has one.
    do you think more vendors will start to carry these?



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    I just purchased the Passion Plus model while overseas. It fits my small round head PERFECTLY...like it was custom made. The helmet is super light, comfortable, has a winter insert that covers your ears and has these interchangeable color strips to jazz it up. This model is not approved yet for US, and maybe it won't be. For now I use it for everyday riding and will use my CO at the shows as that one is legal. I hope they get this model approved in the US so I can show in it. It is the most popular model in Germany and was quite affordable (under $200 I think).
    Read about my time at the Hannoveraner Verband Breeders Courses:
    http://blumefarm.com/hannoveranercourse2011.html
    http://blumefarm.com/hannoveranercourse2012.html



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    I saw the full stand at Equitana's fair(Germany) last March. All I can say is that Germans are way ahead of us in terms of fashion! They are very light and confortable (and way too beautiful)! I plan on buying one in January, as soon as I arrive in Germany. They are way cheaper there.
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    Forgot to say...if you buy the Passion Plus it comes with a cool case. However, there is a sticker on the case that says "Passion PLus". Remove that while traveling. Someone on my plane thought I was traveling with a case of sex toys
    Read about my time at the Hannoveraner Verband Breeders Courses:
    http://blumefarm.com/hannoveranercourse2011.html
    http://blumefarm.com/hannoveranercourse2012.html


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    I bought a Casco Spirit Dressage helmet for competition in Canada. They are accepted by the EN1384 certification as Roxanne stated in an earlier post. I love it and get lots of compliments! I bought it from Calevo out of Germany.



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    thank you for the replies. I decided to try the UVEX Perfexxion Elegance Helmet from Dressage Extensions since it was quite a bit less expensive than the Casco Spirit. Both are made in Germany and have excellent ratings for comfort and fit so we will see...



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