I have been putting it off and putting it off as far as getting a new helmet. Yesterday I pulled the lining out of my current helmet and found some cracks in the structure. Riding a rather hot/sensitive horse makes me not want to put this off any longer.
I need something under or around $100 that will look good at shows but also will be comfortable and ventilate well for schooling. I currently have an IRH ATH, but it is kind of bulky.
I am a recent convert from Tipperary to Ovation. I have the Deluxe Schooler. It is lightweight and comfortable, and the liner can be removed and washed. It is low profile and doesn't look mushroomy in pictures . My head is oval, not sure how good it would be a for a round head shape. Also, I don't know if all Ovations are created equal as far as shape, weight and underlying features.
Does anybody have the Tipperary Sportage? I have it in my shopping cart but am having second thoughts as no one has recommended it.
I was a Sportage wearer for years. Comfy and lightweight but I wasn't crazy about how they look on me. The Ovation is just a comfy, and the Deluxe Schooler comes in a light color, which I really appreciate in the summer! The washable liner is a big plus (for me) compared to the Tipp.
I do not buy a helmet based on brand, I have to go to the store and try them on as even within a brand the fit can vary widely. In addition some of the dial adjustments hit in a spot that is VERY uncomfortable for me and will give me a headache in <1 min. They are also changing them all the time so the helmet that worked 2 or 3 years ago can no longer be found and I have to figure out which new model will be comfortable.
So my suggestion is, if possible, go someplace with a large selection and keep trying until you find one that works FOR YOU.