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My head is NOT round!! Helmet help please!

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  • My head is NOT round!! Helmet help please!

    I am looking for a helmet that comes in an OVAL shape.
    I know the IRH Elite Extreme (about $155) offers this fit but
    are there any others lower in price?

    Thanks for the help!

  • #2
    My IRH Air Lite Dura Soft fits my oval head just fine. About $60, unless you find it on sale.


    • #3
      I just got one of the new Ovation Sync helmets, and I have a pretty oval head shape. Helmet is very comfy and inexpensive to boot. The old Troxel I just retired used to squeeze my head in front and back. Tipperarys fit me well too.


      • #4
        I think I have a oval head (Troxels give me a horrible head ache with a big dent in my forehead) and like the way the Aegis fit. Dover has them for $40.


        • #5
          I believe that most of the sized (not S,M,L) IRH helmets come in a Long Oval. I have the IRH SSV in the long oval. Charles Owen also fits long oval heads - the JR8 runs about $135. Check VTO Saddlery - they are having a 20% off sale that ends today (coupon code 2DAY).


          • #6
            I have found that some of the Charles Owens (although not cheap) do fit my oval head, used to buy Lexington (don't know if they are still making helmets?). I have a vented Tipperary that I use in the summer. The hardest part was finding a top hat for an oval head! (I thought I was the only one that got "squished" head, headaches from Troxels)!


            • #7
              Try the Charles Owens. They are not cheap, but any helmet that fits you well is worth quite a bit. Buying a helmet that doesn't fit is a false economy.


              • #8
                For schooling? I'll only wear a Tipperary. They're around $65 and fit oval shaped heads really well. Might not be the prettiest, but I go for comfort and solid protection when schooling.
                "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                • #9
                  Tipperary here. Use it for schooling, including lessons with a BNT. For showing (I event, so I don't tend to do recog dressage shows), I use an IRH ATH, which was not that expensive. It's not as comfy as the Tipp but I don't wear it for very long, in the grand scheme of things.
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                  The little brother, now my main man


                  • #10
                    I just bought a Charles Owen AYR8 and it fits my oval head better than anything I've ever had. I ordered it from the UK and it was about $190 including shipping to the US.


                    • #11
                      Second the Aegis....only thing I found in a relatively large tack store that fit....


                      • #12
                        I have a pretty extreme long oval head (especially if my hair is up under the helmet) and the only thing I've found to fit is the Tipperary. I have no idea what I'm going to show in (if I get to this year), but I'm comfy for my lessons!
                        When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


                        • #13
                          I school in a Tipp, and just bought an AYR8 for showing...
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                          • #14
                            I school in a Tipperary, and show in a Troxel Grand Prix- I really dont like Troxels they dont fit my head very well. I do love the Charles Owens, they fit very nicely.


                            • #15

                              An oval head I have. Tipperary is what I ride in daily. For showing a Charles Owen GR8 fits me well.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by SBrentnall View Post
                                I just bought a Charles Owen AYR8 and it fits my oval head better than anything I've ever had. I ordered it from the UK and it was about $190 including shipping to the US.
                                Where did you get an AYR8 for $190???? They are over $300 every place I have found them online.


                                • #17
                                  How about this one?

                                  I think this is the one I have...I am not sure, I wish I could read the tag... it is most certainly a IRH Long-Oval and fits my head well, and I have really thick curly hair to boot!
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                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thanks for all the suggestions!

                                    Lindasp62 your helmet is an IRH and more than $150. And lovely! I really need something cheaper...under $100 which may not be possible.

                                    All the recommended models that I have looked at so far have
                                    come in S/M/L and use a "dial a fit" system. I had a dial a fit
                                    Troxel which always seemed to 'float' over my head instead of sitting
                                    on it. It never felt like it really FIT me.


                                    • #19
                                      The troxels' w/ the dial fit never fit over my temples. The aegis did for some reason.

                                      You just gotta go try a bunch on...sort of like saddles.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by tollertwins View Post
                                        The troxels' w/ the dial fit never fit over my temples. The aegis did for some reason.

                                        You just gotta go try a bunch on...sort of like saddles.
                                        I was just about to write that!

                                        Go to a Dover Saddlery or some other really large tack shop and they will have them all out to try on.
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