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  • Eventing Helmets

    What kind of helmets do eventers wear? Can you wear the same helmet for dressage, stadium and xc? I will just be doing BN or Novice. Can you post some links for fairly cheap good helmet suggestions.

    Thank you!
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  • #2
    yes, you can wear the same helmet for all three, provided it is certified (anything you wear jumping must be certified).

    Generally, eventers are not fashion conscious and will not care WHAT you wear, so you should pick what works for you, as long as it is within the rules.

    If you are concerned about "fitting in," most folks do wear a velvet-ish traditional type helmet for dressage. ANY brand that is certified and fits well will do. I have an international ATH that fits me well but you will see all sorts of brands.

    Depending on schedule, folks either wear that same helmet for SJ, or wear their XC helmet for SJ (and of course you can wear one for all phases).

    Typically for XC folks either go with something like skull cap or a vented helmet like a Tipperary. But some folks wear GPAs etc.

    It really doesn't matter, as long as it fits well and is comfy and certified.

    I'm sure one of our rules gurus will chime in about the specific dress rules, but I have done SJ in my Tipp through preliminary and had no issues.

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      perfect thank you!
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      • #4
        I have 2 GPA helmets that I wear. For dressage I wear the velvet and for stadium I wear the suede one and for x-country I wear the suede with a helmet cover!!!
        No Worries!

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        • #5
          I am just starting to get into eventing with my new mare and am going to purchase the Ovation Protege. It is super lightweight and has a neat removable mesh liner, which is fantastic for how I sweat in the summer! I had it on at the AETA tradeshow.

          The retail on it is around $40, which makes it a great choice for me, coming over from hunter-land. I didn't want to spend a ton on a skull cap or Tipp until I was sure if I liked eventing, and I didn't want to wear my velvet CO for fear it would get ruined. But for how nice it is, I might never "upgrade" to a more expensive model!

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          • #6
            I ride Novice and am starting to dabble in Training and I have a CO GR8 that I wear for all three phases.

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            • #7
              When I evented I had a basic velvet for Dressage and SJ, and a CO J3 for XC. I did that through Training level.

              You'll see people wear the same one for all three, though, or one different for all three-- eventing is pretty lax on what is "acceptable", more than likely no one will judge you for whatever you choose.

              If you can only buy one helmet, go with something traditional that is ok for dressage-- I think I had an international velvet helmet-- not too spendy.

              Now if I were to go back to eventing after my H/J world I would have three different helmets-- but that's just me! I have a helmet fetish and own four haha.

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              • #8
                I do all three phases in my CO GR8, though will probably get a fancier velvetish one if I am ever doing prelim or above again
                OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                • #9
                  I agree, go with what you like that fits. A lot of people seem to prefer brimless helmets for XC, but as others have said, a skull cap is not required, just a certified helmet.

                  I am not even sure a certified helmet is required in D, the last time I looked, it was allowable to have no harness.

                  I love my J3 for xc, and my CO John Whittaker velvet for the other two phases. I am going to need to pick a new velvet one though (fell on my head yesterday -- shopping time!!!). The Wellington looks nice:

                  http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=4809

                  But the Hampton seems very similar, and is less expensive:

                  http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=4809

                  Anyone know the difference offhand?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sch1star View Post
                    I agree, go with what you like that fits. A lot of people seem to prefer brimless helmets for XC, but as others have said, a skull cap is not required, just a certified helmet.

                    I am not even sure a certified helmet is required in D, the last time I looked, it was allowable to have no harness.

                    I love my J3 for xc, and my CO John Whittaker velvet for the other two phases. I am going to need to pick a new velvet one though (fell on my head yesterday -- shopping time!!!). The Wellington looks nice:

                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=4809

                    But the Hampton seems very similar, and is less expensive:

                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=4809

                    Anyone know the difference offhand?

                    Dumping documented in the blog for anyone who wants a giggle, misery loving company, etc!
                    I found that the Wellington and Hampton fit totally differently. I have a tall oval head, and only the Wellington fit. Figures, eh, the most expensive one out there.

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                    • #11
                      Wear what fits your head. We do not care what brand it is. Ok, I do still giggle at the skunk stripers, but it's not personal, LOL. I ride all three phases in the Tipperary and see many doing the same.
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                      • #12
                        Anything as long as it's ASTM/SEI certified

                        I usually ride dressage in a hunt cap... but I'm now feeling a little insecure in it lately... so I'll most likely be competing all three phases in a Charles Owens J3.

                        I'm even going to wear it this weekend to a hunter show!
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                        • #13
                          I usually wear my Lamicell for all phases, because it fits the best. There are differences in the shapes of the various brands, so try a bunch and go with whatever is comfortable.

                          Some people don't want a hard brim for jumping because it can (theoretically) come down and break the bridge of your nose. I guess that's possible if it isn't sized correctly, secured well, or you have bad luck, but it hasn't (yet) happened to me.

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                          • #14
                            Sorry to hijack, but can anyone tell me if a CO J3 is worth it/as comfy as it looks? I've heard rave reviews.. Also, what other CO helmet does it fit like? My local (hj only) tack shop only carries the pro II's and the more HJ styled CO's, but I'd like to try on the most similar fitting one before I shell out the $$ and order one
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                            • #15
                              I have a J3 and a GR8 from Co.. and i LOVE them both. great fit, and for me they have both been worth the investment

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                              • #16
                                Eventing Helmets

                                Pick a helmet that fits your head shape

                                Wear it EVERY RIDE EVERY TIME!

                                A CO or GP can look pricy--but a lot less spendy than a trip to the ER or a Tramatic Brain Injury

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                                • #17
                                  I wear a CO JR8 for all 3 phases. For dressage, I take off the black nylon cover that I keep on it full-time (for my everyday riding). For x-c and stadium, the black cover goes back on. I tried on a bunch of helmets when I bought my CO. If I remember correctly, CO's fit "oval" heads better. The CO GR8 and JR8 are identical except for the harness (GR8's harness is admittedly, nicer). But I think it also costs about $100 more than the JR8. I like the IRH helmets (I think that's right) but they fit round heads better (and did not work for me).

                                  My only complaint with my CO is that it is not at all ventilated. I am thinking about buying another, cheaper helmet for schooling that has more airflow.

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                                  • #18
                                    Are you going to Rolex, OP? Charles Owen have a tent there with plenty of competent staff who will help you find the perfect helmet FOR FREE.

                                    Then you just head around the tack stores to find the best deal on the hat and size that works best. Many of them offered fairly decent incentives and promotions, too, I noticed.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by sarah88 View Post
                                      I have a J3 and a GR8 from Co.. and i LOVE them both. great fit, and for me they have both been worth the investment
                                      So those two fit the same then? Sweet, I can try on a GR8 at the tack shop then, since they don't carry the J3 and that just looks amazingly comfy. I obviously don't want to order a hat off the internet and have it not fit >.<
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                                      • #20
                                        I ride lower levels, and I wear a velvet Troxel (Grand Prix Gold) for dressage and stadium, and a Troxel Dakota with a lycra cover (though that part is hardly necessary!) for xc. I school in the Dakota, because it's nice and cool and comfy.
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