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Do you sweat a lot? AKA I need a cooler helmet!

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  • Do you sweat a lot? AKA I need a cooler helmet!

    Okay, this is gross, but I sweat easily and a lot. Now that the weather is warming up, I really, really find myself in need of a cooler helmet. I currently ride in a GR8, and I love the helmet, except that my head is roasting hot. I would like to keep it just for shows and find something cooler for schooling in. Does anyone have suggestions for helmets that actually keep the head cooler, rather than just being a gimick? It can be cheap, ugly, I don't care! Just looking for something that is cooler...

    On that same topic, how do you clean the inside of your helmet? Do you?
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  • #2
    Not cheap (but cheapER if you order from Amira Equine in the UK), I love love love my GPA Speed Air! I can actually feel the wind blowing through the vents onto my head as I ride. I just saw the GPAs that have the mesh in place of the metal stripe on the front and I wonder if those would do the same thing?

    Having said that, my mom swore by her (relatively) cheap Troxel (much to my teenaged embarrassment) many years ago. She and all of the other moms at the barn rode daily in their ugly plastic helmets because they swore they were the only hats that kept their heads cool.
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    • #3
      Charles Owen has just come out with a summer weight helmet. It has more vents, but is still more conservative looking the the GPA. I just bought one and I love it. Comes in a variety of colors, black on black, black on silver, navy and brown I think. I think it may be the AYR 8


      • #4
        I have a Tipperary Sportage for schooling and it's fabulous! I live in humid NC and it makes a huge difference.
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        • #5
          Another Tipp fan here... and I sweat easily. Even in the winter. And this helmet does help.


          • #6
            My daughter made me replace my GR8 because it smelled so bad. even after washing it would smell bad again after one ride. I now have a black on black speed air that I really like (bought it through Amira) and a sportage-the newer model. The speed air is much more comfortable.

            I looked at the new CO with the additional vents, but I wasn't sold on it. Still looked hot.


            • #7
              UGH, I'm in the market for one too. I'm a big-time sweater and most of it through my head. I was pouring sweat through my hair in the middle of Winter in New Hampshire (unheated indoor). Summer is going to kill me.
              -Debbie / NH

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              • #8
                As much as I hate to admit it, I love my troxel for everyday in the summer. I can hose it off when it gets rank and it will be fine.
                A proud friend of bar.ka.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
                  As much as I hate to admit it, I love my troxel for everyday in the summer. I can hose it off when it gets rank and it will be fine.
                  Why do you hate to admit it? They're excellent helmets.
                  If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                  • #10
                    I have a JR8 (hot), an original Tipperary-not the plus (which is much cooler), and a GPA Speed Air (the coolest by FAR-you can actually feel the breeze on your head).


                    • #11
                      Actually, most of us at my barn ride in schooling helmets at home for this very reason, including my trainer. There is one girl who rides in her GPA for everyday, but that is it. I have done my research, and know that they're every bit as safe as the more expensive ones - but they are kinda' ugly compared to the nicer ones. They're also a lot cheaper to replace when you humpty in them!

                      DD rides in a bright fuschia one, which looks cute on her (she's 7). I ride in a black one, which was nice when I wore it at a show where I came off in mud. It would've been ruined if it was my good helmet.
                      A proud friend of bar.ka.


                      • #12
                        My daughter's head gets very hot in warm weather and she is always on the horse. Years ago we switched her to the GPA. It has made a vast improvement. She has 2 of them, 1 for the barn (that our corgi puppy chewed the visor), and one she uses only for shows.
                        She's talked about getting the Speed Air but that's alot of money to spend unless it's something you need.


                        • #13
                          I agree the Tipperary Sportage is great (especially if you are looking in the <$100 range). Troxel is ok, but tipperary I think is cooler and more comfy.


                          • #14
                            Tipperary is a good one. my el cheapo troxel (the $30 model) has never roasted me. it's approved so it protects your noggin just as well as a charles owen etc.
                            chaque pas est fait ensemble


                            • #15
                              I used to ride in my CO Hampton all the time, but it has been roasting in Florida so I drove to Tractor Supply on my way to the barn and bought a Troxel Spirit. It has been amazing cause I can feel the air on my head.

                              AS to clean the helmets I bought Oxy clean stain remover in spray form and spray it on a paper towel and blot the inside band. It can be really gross what comes out of it though. Ewww... So do this until your paper towel starts to come away relatively clean. Then wet a paper towel and dab away the rest. This way you get all the cleaner out and it doesn't break out/ burn/ cause a rash on your forehead.
                              --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


                              • #16
                                GPA Titium Pro. Cool and comfortable.


                                • #17
                                  My Speed Air made a huge difference. Even in moderately hot weather, my hair is only damp when I get off, instead of the sweaty mess that it used to be with my other helmets.


                                  • #18
                                    Sizing for Speed Air?

                                    How does the sizing run for the GPA Speed Air? For those ordering from Amira Equi did you have any problems with the helmet not fitting then having to send it back?

                                    I know what size I wear in the Titium Pro but wouldn't want to get the wrong size in the Speed Air...
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                                    • #19
                                      Does anyone have one of these?-- I really like the look and was wondering how they are head temperature wise?
                                      I know now, the place that I was trying to reach, was you, right here in front of me


                                      • #20
                                        Charles Owen recently came out with what looks like a GR8 with vents in it...that might be worth a try and cooler than the traditional GR8.