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  • how "cool" are gpa helmets?

    Hi im looking for a new helmet and I want one that is ventilated and doesn't look like a bike helmet. The Irh helmets do not fit my head and it doesn't seem like charles owen has any! Darn! So my question is, which gpa do u have and how well does the air flow? I really need one that will help my head and face stay cooler! Thanks!

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    I have the GPA Titium Pro and LOVE IT. Like any helmet, you are going to get the nasty sweaty helmet hair in the summer, but at the same time it will not give you heat stroke. I highly recommend it. It is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn and after three or so rides it will mold to your head. Also, it is pretty light and feels well balanced.
    And this is the story of your red right ankle.

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    • #3
      I love my Speed Air, it's nice and cool in the summer. I love how you can buy new pads for the GPA'S after they get all nasty also.

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      • #4
        I loved my Speed Air... unfortunately I fell in it and hit my head pretty hard so no more pretty GPA for me, I'm back in my tipperary
        "I'm too sexy for my blanket, too sexy for my blanket, these mares-they should take it..." (J-Lu) - Featuring The Skypizzle Pony aka Classic Skyline

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        • #5
          Charles Owen has the AYR8, but they're not as sporty looking at the GPAs XD I've heard good things about GPAs, but they don't fit me at all so not much help here :P
          Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AppyGoLucky View Post
            Charles Owen has the AYR8, but they're not as sporty looking at the GPAs XD I've heard good things about GPAs, but they don't fit me at all so not much help here :P
            They AYR8 has much better ventilation than the GPA Air S or Air Skin, and is about the same as a GPA speed air.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wanderlust View Post
              They AYR8 has much better ventilation than the GPA Air S or Air Skin, and is about the same as a GPA speed air.
              I have a GPA Speed Air that is great in the summer - much cooler than my other helmets. To be honest I don't love the look but it is certainly comfortable. I also have an AYR8 (classic, which is the velvet covered one) that I use to show in and it's also pretty nice, but the Speed Air is definitely cooler.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                I have a GPA Speed Air that is great in the summer - much cooler than my other helmets. To be honest I don't love the look but it is certainly comfortable. I also have an AYR8 (classic, which is the velvet covered one) that I use to show in and it's also pretty nice, but the Speed Air is definitely cooler.
                I just borrowed the speed air, but it wasn't baking-hot on the days I used it. I have the silver AYR8, it seemed to reflect a great deal of heat, in addition to providing good ventilation. Much, much cooler than my Air S.

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                  ohhh i didn't even know that charles owen had a ventilated helmet! I don't love the ventilated looks so this might be a good option for myself.... did anyone else find that it was cooler than a GPA that is ventilated?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wanderlust View Post
                    They AYR8 has much better ventilation than the GPA Air S or Air Skin, and is about the same as a GPA speed air.
                    I didn't find this to be remotely true. I rode in an AYR8 all last year and switched to the SpeedAir this year - my head is much cooler and less sweaty. If you hold them both up in front of a fan, you feel the wind through the SpeedAir very easily - not the case with the AYR8.

                    Yes, the AYR8 is better than the comparable CO models, but not at all more vented than the SpeedAir. I can't speak for the other GPA models, but the SpeedAir is definitely well ventilated.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Across Sicily View Post
                      I didn't find this to be remotely true. I rode in an AYR8 all last year and switched to the SpeedAir this year - my head is much cooler and less sweaty. If you hold them both up in front of a fan, you feel the wind through the SpeedAir very easily - not the case with the AYR8.

                      Yes, the AYR8 is better than the comparable CO models, but not at all more vented than the SpeedAir. I can't speak for the other GPA models, but the SpeedAir is definitely well ventilated.
                      I didn't say it was more vented than the speedair, I said it was much more vented than the Air S. Which it is. I have both. To me, the Speed Air and AYR8 felt about the same, but like I said above, it wasn't on super hot days. The SpeedAir was definitely lighter and less bulky, but the air flow felt similar to me. Who knows, maybe the one I had fit funky or something. I did feel like the silver on the AYR8 makes a big difference in the heat factor.

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                      • #12
                        I am in South Florida. I have almost fainted n an IRH. I have now a GPA Air S. I is the best most comfortable hot weather helmet I've ever had. I bought it on sale, so I'm sure the GPA Air model, which is more expensive, is even better. No contest, really.

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                          Starda01, I have almost fainted in an IRH as well! It was soooooo hot I had to get off and take my helmet off to let some air in hahaha!

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                          • #14
                            I love my Speed Air, much cooler than my previous helmets, even though it doesn't look as nice. It is also more comfortable fitting, and I swear I have better field of vision in it. I haven't tried any other ventilated helmets

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hawks Nest View Post
                              I loved my Speed Air... unfortunately I fell in it and hit my head pretty hard so no more pretty GPA for me, I'm back in my tipperary
                              Most of the helmet companies have replacement policies in cases of fall - this may be done through the sale shop or directly through the helmet manufacturer: unfortunatetly it's pro-rated over time so after the first couple of years, it's not stupendous, but always better than nothing

                              You just write up an accident report & turn over your fallen helmet

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by StrawberryFields View Post
                                Starda01, I have almost fainted in an IRH as well! It was soooooo hot I had to get off and take my helmet off to let some air in hahaha!
                                No kidding, I was pretty sure my IRH was going to be the cause of a TNI (traumatic neck injury) last summer when I passed out and fell off my horse on to my well protected head... and broke my neck.

                                So I bought an ovation sync for schooling last summer (my "helmet purchase" decision was literally made by looking at all the vents you could see from inside the helmet) and made myself a solemn vow that when the youngster was ready for his show debut, I'm getting a speed air for me. The IRH (schooling) and the GR8 (show) can be for cooler weather thank you very much!
                                Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                                • #17
                                  I have a Tipperary because of the vents in it. I sweat alot, and this helmet helps alot due to the ventilation.
                                  I also have a JR8 for shows, and it has NO ventilation...

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                                  • #18
                                    I also live in south Florida and I have just a Charles Owens gr8. It's not ventilated but my head never gets extremely hot. Just the usual sweat after riding in the 100 degree weather(: I love it, extremely comfortable and I love the looks of it.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have the GPA Speed Air and I am SO happy with it so far this summer. It's been unseasonably hot (understatement of the year) this summer. Haven't gotten over-heated while riding at all this year. I used to have the velvet Titium and it was just a heat box.

                                      The Speed Air is definitely worth the money. It runs a little large though. I got the next size down from what my Titium was and it fits perfectly.

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                                      • #20
                                        http://www.doversaddlery.com/gpaandr...1-36141/cn/39/

                                        Absolutely recommend it. The look takes some getting used to, but it's worth it.

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