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Am I the only one left who prefers the look of a velvet helmet?

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  • Am I the only one left who prefers the look of a velvet helmet?

    Whenever I come across helmet threads in dressage or hunters, it seems like the consensus is for Charles Owen or GPA or fancy technical helmets with stripes and bubbles and vents all over.

    Personally, I just love the classy, traditional look of a plain black velvet helmet! Mine is an IRH Olympian. I even wear it for schooling just because I like it.

    Am I in the minority??

  • #2
    I love the traditional look of the velvet helmet, but right now have an IRH with the skunk stripe. When it comes time to replace it I'll be back in velvet, it never goes out of style!


    • #3
      Mine is velvet - the stripes and such are just a trend.


      • #4
        I don't prefer velvet over suede just because the suede is easier to care for, and it wears longer. But the stripes and contrasting vents and such, no thanks. If the vets match the rest of the helmet, that's fine, but I don't like drawing attention away from the horse with flashy helmets, coats, etc.


        • #5
          I do prefer the classic velvet look, too... But I wear a navy coat, so I'm saving up for a plain, velvet helmet that matches.
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          • #6
            I just like plain black helmets. The texture doesn't really bother me either way appearance-wise, though velvet is harder to keep looking clean and fresh, imo.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by NowThatsATrot View Post
              I do prefer the classic velvet look, too... But I wear a navy coat, so I'm saving up for a plain, velvet helmet that matches.
              Me too! Navy coat, pretty navy velvet helmet to match!


              • #8
                Love my velvet Charles Owen Hamptons. I feel the same way!
                dressage. n, the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect.


                • #9
                  You are not alone, I love velvet helmets! So classic!!


                  • #10
                    So sad too bad. I appreciate the vents of the newer models. I DO NOT appreciate the heat that builds up in the 'traditional' velvet helmets. I DO NOT appreciate the maintenance of traditional velvet helmets.


                    • #11
                      I too love the look of the velvet helmets and thats what I show in.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Carli View Post
                        Love my velvet Charles Owen Hamptons. I feel the same way!

                        Me too - I have one in black and one in navy!
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                        • #13
                          I show in an approved velvet helmet for dressage and jump in a GPA. I actually owned the GPA first, and bought velvet for a dressage show I went to, specifically because I like the look of velvet in the dressage arena.


                          • #14
                            I love the look of the traditional velvet, but sadly every time I showed in one as a kid I got heat stroke to some degree so there aren't many happy memories associated with it.
                            chaque pas est fait ensemble


                            • #15
                              I love my Troxel low profile velvet helmet for shows. I have been wearing a velvet helmet for over 20 years and do not like the look of the new show helmets with the vents and stripes.


                              • #16
                                I like a helmet that fits. And the one that fits me best is the IRH Equivent. I do like the look of the velvet for showing, but it's not worth it to me to compromise fit or if it is so expensive that it's the equivalent of a couple months of board costs.
                                "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht


                                • #17
                                  I like them and have one too, but I have found myself lately looking at the plastic vented bicyle looking type for summer schooling.
                                  "Success comes in cans, not in cannots!"


                                  • #18
                                    Question to those who love velvet.

                                    How do you deal with schooling in your velvet helmets every day.

                                    How do you clean them on the inside. And on the outside?


                                    • #19
                                      Velvet is for shows only... everyday I'm in a Tipperary!


                                      • #20
                                        I had a 'low profile' velvet helmet...I hated it. It made my head look HUGE. The new, low profile IRH, GR8s look so much better on my head.
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