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  • Helmet recommendations

    I have a LAS helmet that I like, but it is hot and it seems to be *slightly* long in the back for me. I used to ride in one of the $60 Tipperary helmets that I liked SO MUCH better than my cheap Troxel, but when we were forced to buy a pricey CO for my DH because it was the only thing that came in the size that fit his head I realized what a really good helmet felt like, and ended up buying the LAS a couple years later for $250.....

    Wondering what people have found that they really like that are not to hot in this blasted heat in what most of you would consider a mid price range of around $250?? I can't do the $5-600 that I have seen. Anyone have one of the new Tipperary's that are in that price range?

  • #2
    LAS hi tek anvil

    Which LAS do you have?

    You might want to try this one. It is the helmet the endurance team uses. We have 3 in use, and they are much cooler than any other helmet we have.

    Intermediate Riding Skills


    • #3
      Yes, and I love it. I have the new Tipperary for my show helmet. It has a low profile and works well with my oval-, pin-shaped head. The IRHs fit me well, too, but this one looks actually decent on me. And it has lots of ventilation.

      My schooling helmet is the "regular" Tipperary.
      Last edited by Vesper Sparrow; Jul. 8, 2012, 05:24 PM.


      • #4
        I love the fit of Charles Owen


        • Original Poster

          the link posted doesn't work. I really appreciate the feedback. I'll check my helmet and see which LAS it is.


          • #6
            I'm a fan of the IRH Elite if you're looking for something more show helmet looking with some ventilation. However, it is nowhere near as cool as my Tipperary.
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            • Original Poster

              My helmet is a Lyra


              • Original Poster

                I am a combined driver so don't care to much what it looks like. I don't wear it in competition except on marathon, but I do wear it EVERYDAY, EVERY TIME at home.......kind of a helmet fanatic LOL.


                • #9
                  I have a CO J3 Skull Cap that I wear every day and for XC and love! Super comfortable and I don't find it terribly hot. And for Dressage and SJ I have a CO JR8 (it was way cheaper then the GR8 and they had my size) and I love that as well. So I'm a huge CO fan.


                  • #10
                    I find that it is so bizarre how we all love different helmets, even though one brand works for one person yet the other doesn't. For example, I have a roundroundROUND head. I have trouble finding helmets that don't pinch me in the temples - I have trouble finding SUNGLASSES that don't pinch me in the temples! The helmets that work for me are the CO J3 skull (fits me like a glove but is HOT in the summer, or any old time of year, for that matter) and my trusty IRH - the more expensive one. I have a GPA Titium (the older model before they changed it to the Titium Pro) that also fits like a glove. So, one would think that people with round heads would love those brands, yet ZackAttack loves the CO J3 (which fits my round head) and loves the CO JR8, which totally does NOT fit my round head and pinches horribly, if I can even manage to wedge it on. Desert Topaz loves the IRH Elite, which I also do, but then loves the Tippery, which I can't wear for the same reasons I can't wear most of the COs.

                    I guess the point of this post is that you really have to try them on. Or, find someone who likes at least TWO of the same helmets you do, so you can narrow down your choices. JMHO.
                    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                    So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


                    • #11
                      OOps! LAS hi Tek anvil helmet

                      action rider tack


                      It is on sale, too!

                      It is very adjustable, lots of colors
                      Intermediate Riding Skills


                      • #12
                        I just got a One K Defender Pro helmet and love it. It is light, looks good (on and off my head), well vented, and has awesome built-in sunglasses (these are optional) and it is in the price range you mention (I got mine on sale for $215). My head is on the rounder side, and it fits me very well and is super comfortable. The liner is washable too, which is a nice touch.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by leheath View Post
                          I just got a One K Defender Pro helmet and love it. It is light, looks good (on and off my head), well vented, and has awesome built-in sunglasses (these are optional) and it is in the price range you mention (I got mine on sale for $215). My head is on the rounder side, and it fits me very well and is super comfortable. The liner is washable too, which is a nice touch.
                          I tried on a One K the other day and really liked it! I ride in a CO AYR8 right now, but just retired my CO Wellington and CO J3 (I think?) skull cap to give you an idea for helmets that have fit me
                          Another thing that's neat about the One K is that you can change the liner size around, eg have a small liner in a medium helmet, or large liner in medium helmet, which makes it much more adjustable and negates the problem of padding compressing. If I hadn't just bought my AYR8, I would definitely have considered the One K.

                          Plus, the don't have the buggy look that the GPA Speed Air has
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by eventer_mi View Post
                            Desert Topaz loves the IRH Elite, which I also do, but then loves the Tippery, which I can't wear for the same reasons I can't wear most of the COs.
                            FYI, the IRH Elite is available in long oval, so that probably explains this one. I have 2 IRH Elites in long oval, bought the second one since the first one was the coolest helmet I'd ever worn (never worn a Tipp.) BTW, the leather harness on the Elite Extreme was scratchy to me, so I lined it with smooth leather in the problem areas. Then bought an Elite EQ with the soft fabric harness for my second Elite.
                            That's fine, many of us have slid down this slippery slope and became very happy (and broke) doing it. We may not have a retirement, but we have memories ...