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Skunk vs Velvet for Eventing Dressage Helmet

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  • Skunk vs Velvet for Eventing Dressage Helmet

    I feel antique but am replacing old velvet helmet (well past its five year dump-by date) and am debating CO velvet vs CO vented. Thoughts? Tradition vs hipness? I have a CO skull for XC that I've been using with the black cover for S, so looking cool going S is less important to me - particularly with a long dressage coat on I certainly would never be confused with a h/j rider. Seems like the new helmet wearing types in big time Dressage and eventing are preferring vented helmets but I do like the traditional look of velvet. Apologies if this has been beaten to death elsewhere, I searched but did not find. What do others think?

  • #2
    Personally, I like velvet for shows, so I wear a velvet helmet. A troxel Grand Prix, which is a low profile helmet and I find it comfortable.


    • #3
      Why can't you wear the same helmet you wear for jumping? Really the judge doesn't give a darn what shape your helmet is.

      If you buy I new one, I'd say no to looking like a skunk though. It just looks, well, like a skunk!
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      • #4
        The Charles Owens Hampton is a lovely helmet - usually what I wear in dressage, and I see a number of them in the warm up rings. Velvet and very classic looking. Allison Springer wore a Charles Owen helmet (though all navy, without the stripe) in the dressage at Rolex - it's a gorgeous helmet that looks traditional but is very comfortable.


        • #5
          I wear the all black JR8 for all phases (with a cover for xc). I am incapable of dealing with extra gear (wear same Pikeur for dressage and SJ if coats not waived). I like it as it is easier upkeep than velvet.
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            Originally posted by GotSpots View Post
            The Charles Owens Hampton is a lovely helmet - usually what I wear in dressage, and I see a number of them in the warm up rings. Velvet and very classic looking. Allison Springer wore a Charles Owen helmet (though all navy, without the stripe) in the dressage at Rolex - it's a gorgeous helmet that looks traditional but is very comfortable.
            I prefer the new CO Rider. It's more low-profile than the Hampton and a bit cheaper


            • #7
              Wear whatever fits well, is comfortable, and is within the USEF rules.


              • #8
                Agree with Saje, but I personally love the look of the Gr8 and own one myself. Although, mine is all black as well so the skunk look is quite minimized.

                "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."-Aristotle


                • Original Poster

                  Are the vented CO's actually cooler?

                  Any comfort advantage to the vented helmets over velvet?


                  • #10
                    I don't have a CO, but a GPA, and I bought it because it had the venting. My head sweats like crazy and there is a dramatic difference in sweaty head between my velvet and the GPA, the GPA definately breaths more.
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