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  • Helmet/Heat Question

    As we are experiencing a Spring heat wave in Virginia, I am finding myself dreading the summer weather. I have always had issues dealing with heat (I would enjoy sun bathing in 50-60 degree weather). I currently ride in a GR8 or Hampton CO. Do you guys think that a better ventilated helmet would provide any heat relief? What are your experiences with the AYR8, KEP, and/or Speed Air helmets? Is the larger price tag 'worth it' for the speed air? Which helmet would you choose based on "coolness" and safety?

    Thanks for your input!

  • #2
    Tipperary. Relatively inexpensive, big air vents. You would probably choose to show in something else, but they are extremely comfortable and the coolest helmets I've ever tried.
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    • #3
      Look at the Ovation Helmets. They give a more "traditional" profile than the Tipps so you could still use it for show, and they are super-affordable. I'm wearing the Deluxe Schooler in black in my profile picture. Even in black, they are nicely vented.

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      • #4
        I show in a CO GR8, but I find it so hot I went and bought myself an Ovation (not sure about the model) because it's sooo much cooler. Greatly decreases the sweat output.

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        • #5
          the helmet can only do so much. try getting one of the chill vests to put under your clothes. My sister has MS and has to keep her body temp regulated. The chill vest works the best to keep temps comfortable and still ride. they make them very thin these days.

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          • #6
            Ovation. It even has a liner you can take out and wash.
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            • #7
              My SpeedAir is by far the coolest helmet I've ridden in; but I also show in it, so it was worth the money. I also use one of those ridiculous visors to keep the sun off my face (I like to say that the visor looks less stupid than skin cancer!) which actually makes a big difference with the heat as well.

              I'm facing due west at about 6:00 in the evening in this picture and my face is still completely in shadows! No sun = less heat!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Punkie View Post
                My SpeedAir is by far the coolest helmet I've ridden in; but I also show in it, so it was worth the money. I also use one of those ridiculous visors to keep the sun off my face (I like to say that the visor looks less stupid than skin cancer!) which actually makes a big difference with the heat as well.

                I'm facing due west at about 6:00 in the evening in this picture and my face is still completely in shadows! No sun = less heat!

                http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...96590219_n.jpg

                I LOVE the look of those ridiculous visors!

                I'm thinking of getting one. I need one this summer in Florida. I'm just nervous I won't be able to 'pull it off'.. eh, who cares right!?

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                • #9
                  Ovation helmet...I just ordered my second one for this summer (also in VA) and you can actually feel the breeze through it. I had the extreme, but just went with the deluxe schooler. I would totally show in it...Who cares as long as it is approved and keeps me from heat stroke? The only reason I had to replace the first one is because of an iffy fall. But they are well worth the 60 bucks!

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                  • #10
                    I also was looking for a cheaper alternative for a cooling helmet.

                    Not to hijack but has anyone seen the Tipperary T2 Helmet in person?
                    Asterix- is this the helmet you were referring to? or a different model?

                    I am not a Tipperary fan but this helmet looks intriguing. http://www.doversaddlery.com/tippera...et/p/X1-36306/

                    I know it probably wouldn't be acceptable (looks-wise) in the hunters but maybe the jumpers? I am concerned because they list the brim is made of a different material (plastic/rubber?) than the actual helmet. I didn't know how bad that may look up close. Anyone??

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                    • #11
                      Last summer after my JR8 (which I love) nearly gave me heat stroke, I picked up a Tipp Sportage and the difference was AMAZING. Yeah, I still get a sweaty head when it's hot out, but no longer is the sweat pouring down my face while I get ready to pass out!

                      So, yes, vents DO make a difference!

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                      • #12
                        Try one of these:

                        http://www.smartipony.com/cool-medics-cooling-cap

                        I live in the deep South, and I bought one for myself. I haven't tried it yet, but I am looking forward to a cooler head this summer.
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                        • #13
                          Still in love with my GPA Titium Professional. After almost having heat strokes from my baking head in the old velvet helmets, I could tell a HUGE difference. I know they are pricey, but if you show they still look good in the ring (even though the trend is the CO's, I like the GPA look better).

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                          • #14
                            Another vote for Ovation. I had a nasty fall in mine, split it wide open but walked away without a consussion. Went right out and bought another. I also don't feel like i'm about to die in the heat. For show, I got an IRH SSV helmet, which is also quite cool.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GoGrnRideIrish View Post
                              I also was looking for a cheaper alternative for a cooling helmet.

                              Not to hijack but has anyone seen the Tipperary T2 Helmet in person?
                              Asterix- is this the helmet you were referring to? or a different model?

                              I am not a Tipperary fan but this helmet looks intriguing. http://www.doversaddlery.com/tippera...et/p/X1-36306/

                              I know it probably wouldn't be acceptable (looks-wise) in the hunters but maybe the jumpers? I am concerned because they list the brim is made of a different material (plastic/rubber?) than the actual helmet. I didn't know how bad that may look up close. Anyone??
                              I am also wondering about this helmet. Anyone have one? I would *love* to see pictures! The stock photos always look so different than real life.

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                              • #16
                                I upgraded from a jr8 and Wellington pro to an AYR8. The fit is way better for me than the other helmets and while it is a lot cooler, I do still sweat a lot in it, (though that could be because I ride with my hair up in my helmet). My friend loves her SpeedAir but I just couldn't justify the price tag, (I bought my AYR8 on deep discount).

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                                • #17
                                  The kid I had riding one of my sales horses last year bought a CO AYR8 and said it felt the same as my SpeedAir (which she tried on but didn't fit her head shape). I love that I can feel a breeze on my scalp when I ride in hot weather. Huge difference over my old GPAs (titium or whatever they were).
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                                  • #18
                                    I'm very sensitive to the heat (it's a migraine trigger), and I'm happy with the IRH Elite Extreme.
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                                    • #19
                                      The OneK helmet is relatively new to the market but is definitely a "cool vented and cool to show in" helmet. It can also be had with a sunshield that dissappears into the helmet for super sunny or glarey days. It has a removeable, washable liner too! It is by far the most comfortable and cool helmet I've ever had! www.onekhelmets.com

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                                      • #20
                                        I have a First Lady GPA. Here in FL it's been in the 80s consistently for awhile and no sweating at all! The ventilation in this helmet is much like the SpeedAir. It's pretty amazing! My head used to be dripping wet in the old GPA Titium, now nothing! Worth every penny and that nice wide brim keeps the sun damage to a minimum!!

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