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Help me pick out a Helmet!

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  • Help me pick out a Helmet!

    So now that we have to wear helmets below 4th level...how about we make a thread for the "not used to wearing a helmet at shows" people. Although I have not worn a helmet since I was 18 (yea, probably not the smartest thing), I support this new rule! And in a couple years I will be starting my boy under saddle, and will wear a helmet everyday with him!

    I would love a helmet that doesn't make me look like an alien, or have a huge head. So please list the good and the bad/ugly so all of us not used to this know which ones to buy

    *Also- What looks better...I have a navy coat, do I get a navy helmet? Or do I just stick to black to match my boots?

    Thanks in advance!
    Samantha Werner

    There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers

  • #2
    I love my CO GR8!!! Everything else looked like a salad bowl on my head I must have tried at least 10 different helmets before finding my true love lol.
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    • #3
      I also LOVE my CO GR8! I got a blue one to match my navy coat. I liked the helmet so much, I couldn't wear my old black velvet one any more, it just didn't feel as good, so I bought a black CO JR8 for schooling, and I LOVE that one as well! They are so comfortable, I forget I'm even wearing a helmet, and they do not look huge on my head like the old velvet ones.

      IRH also makes a model that is very very similar in looks to the CO helmets, but the fit is a little different. I thought it squeezed my head funny, but my friend loved the way it felt and thought the CO didn't sit right on her head... so if the CO is uncomfortable for your head shape, try the IRH.

      If you hurry, all Charles Owen stuff has been on sale, but I think it's only until the end of the month? It is never on sale any other time.
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      • #4
        I have a Charles Owen JR8 for shows (which is the GR8 with a nylon harness intead of the fancy leather one). The all velvet Charles Owens are nice also, and I see quite a few of the GPA Titium/Textium styles.

        I have all black because my show coat is black. My shad is midnight blue and I'd really like a blue helmet for it- but every one I've found is too light. For now, I'll be wearing my all black JR8 with the shad too.

        I've seen helmets in black, navy, charcoal grey and brown all look really good depending on the horse/coat.


        • #5
          I love my Charles Owen JR8. I am very petite and don't look good in big helmets unless you like the lollipop look. I have all black.
          It is so comfortable, I don't even think about wearing it, even in the hottest of hot weather.
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          • #6
            You know what I'd like to see - photos - good photos of people wearing the different COs and IRHs and other helmets - because some of these suckers look really nice on the shelf and then you put them on your 52 year old self and you gotta go, hey, oh, wow, now that just ain't right, I mean, what the dickens! Dang, that's a sad looking woman, nope, nosireebob, not what I envisioned myself looking like in the show ring at.all. Wowser.

            For what its worth, the only pictures I see of people with helmets on are 16 year old girls in the Dover catalogue wearing watermelons with winning smiles. Just haven't seen a nice looking photo like over fences identifying the helmet.

            I've seen some nice jumper pics with good looking helmets, but I'll be darned if I know what helmet they are!

            I mean, if they show photos of the helmets with no heads in them, is that a clue?
            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


            • #7
              I recently tried on the JR8 at Dover and I thought it was quite mushroomy. The lowest profile ones I tried were IRH. Elite maybe? They were nice, but didn't fit me well. I have learned not to order helmets online because you really need to try them on.


              • #8
                I would definitely worry less about how it looks than how it fits - you can find some which look nicer than others, but ultimately a poor fitting helmet is both unsafe and distracting. I'd definitely go try some on in person, as they come in various oval/round types of shapes.
                Originally posted by Silverbridge
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                • #9
                  Another one that loves the CO JR8! I don't have any pictures unfortunately, but I wear a 7 and it does not look terribly mushroomy. After years and years of skull caps, I love how lightweight and comfy it is.


                  • #10
                    The Charles Owen Hampton Hat is a beautiful helmet (depending on your head shape!) and I loved it while I was competing dressage. Its much more classically styled, very pretty. the leather harness on the COs is great too.

                    I compete in eventing in my IRH ATH. They used to look like salad bowls, but the new ones are restyled to a lower profile, and I LOVE it....

                    pictures of both

                    sorry they're a little blurry...

                    link to dover:


                    I have it in black


                    Mine is in black/gunmetal
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                    • #11
                      I have a CO Wellington Pro. I liked the look of the GR8, but it looked absolutely stupid/ridiculous on my head. I have it in all black and I think it looks very nice. It's a little bigger than my GPA, but I don't think it looks ridiculous. I also like the padded harness at the back of the neck. I'm assuming the regular CO Wellington would fit similarly.

                      Pictures of it "on model" I'm tiny and have a large head (sz 58), so if it looks weird to you, it *could* just be me!

                      "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                      • #12
                        I have the IRH Air 10 and love it! Its styled like the CO AYR8. Dover is the only place I've seen it so far.

                        The IRH version of the CO GR8 is the XR9. The CO fits oval heads better and the IRH fits rounder heads.

                        The GPA's also fit rounder heads.

                        The most popular helmet for the jumper crowd right now is the GPA Speed Air
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by netg View Post
                          I would definitely worry less about how it looks than how it fits - you can find some which look nicer than others, but ultimately a poor fitting helmet is both unsafe and distracting. I'd definitely go try some on in person, as they come in various oval/round types of shapes.
                          I agree. I have a long oval head, and there are a lot of helmets that will never fit me properly in any size, no matter how lovely they are.
                          "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                          -Edward Hoagland


                          • #14
                            I love my Troxel Grand Prix- it's lightweight, comfortable, affordable, and durable. I also think it looks nice. I'm wearing it in my profile pic if you want to see it on, though that's not a closeup headshot....


                            • #15
                              I prefer the IRH

                              The IRH seems to look and fits the best on my head, long oval. I have the black IRH XR9 in the black suede and I also have the IRH Elite in the silver/ grey. The elite is extremely well ventilated, it is great for riding in Texas when it is warm or hot most of the time. Since the Elite has a hard outer shell it has become my everyday helmet and I gues I will save the XR9 for shows.
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                              • #16
                                I have the IRH All Terrain and love it! But I don't show though I will likely wear it for showing as well. I wanted low profile and vents since I wear it 6-8 hours a day. My only complaint is it's not a dial system and instead has pads to conform to your head. I fitted it to my head BEFORE I left the shop and 6 months later it still fits the same.
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                                What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                                • #17
                                  I agree that the CO line in general seems to be universally flattering & comfy as far as helmets go (there are of course the exceptions). But as one who has owned troxel, tipperary, interntaional, ovation, CO and others, my CO was my favorite.

                                  And I like big helmets - they can help balance your proportions as well or better than the the dreaded 80s shoulder pads! Anything that draws the eye up from my wide white breeches is OK!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thank you guys so much!! I really appreciate all the suggestions...now I just need to make it to a tack shop to try on
                                    Samantha Werner

                                    There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers


                                    • #19
                                      Difference b/t the JR8 and GR8?

                                      what is the difference between the JR8 and GR8 models by CO (besides price)? They both are described as low profile and one has a nylon harness while the other is nylon/leather.

                                      Is there really a difference in the way it looks on the head?

                                      I'm kinda in the same boat. I haven't really ridden in anything but a hunt cap during dressage at horse trials and don't want to wear my GPA (think bright silver and black) or skull cap in the dressage arena. But I also don't want to spend the money on a helmet at $270+ for a helmet that is the same thing at $140+ helmet.



                                      • #20
                                        The only difference I've truly noticed is the harness. I've never had the JR8 on but it looks very similar. It could fit differently and I just don't know so perhaps someone else will chime in
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