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  • Helmet choices

    First off, I'm new to the forums. If I make some big faux pas, please excuse me. :] I'm not 100% sure this is in the correct forum, either.
    Secondly, I'm in need of a new schooling helmet. Mine was recently ruined in a fall. My price range is very, very, limited so please bear with me. I'm looking at these right now, and will be making a trip to the tack shop soon to try them on.

    ^Cheaper version of the IRH ATH. Anyone have any experience with these? Opinions?

    Tipperary. Still in my options, I do like it, just not sure.

    I like the looks in this(although I'd probably put the black stripe in, I'm not one for lots of color).

    These are pretty much my only options right now, unless I were to go with a troxel, which I'm really not inclined to do.
    Any replies welcome.

  • #2
    I have the first IRH you posted and it's very comfortable.
    To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe-
    for we have not deserved it.
    Marion Garretty


    • #3
      I had the 2nd IRH without the interchangeable bit for 3? 4? years and I loved it. Turns out it didn't actually fit that well... but I still really liked it. Broke it in a fall, but it was good quality for the price and was nice for showing too.
      Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



      • #4
        Go on facebook and see what people are saying.


        • #5
          Welcome! I hope you stick around... there is a lot to be gained from COTH.

          When I worked at a tack shop and costumers asked which helmet was best, I always told them that as long as it meets the ASTM standards, go with the best fit. With three options you may well find that there is one easy answer once you head to the tack store.


          • Original Poster

            RoyalTRider-- I have lurked and read some interesting threads on here before, LOL, and decided it was finally time to join. I do believe I will enjoy the forums immensely.

            Thank you for the replies, everyone. I do believe it is down to fit at this point. I need to get out to the tack store soon. I think I'm leaning towards the IRHs right now...
            Again, thanks very much for the replies.


            • #7
              please don't go with a dial fit system. in my experience, even though its kind of "customized" to your head, it's really not. and while yes, they do meet the ASTM standards and are approved, that doesnt mean much to me. the problem i have with them is that it can never REALLY fit you properly. please just buy a regular helmet that is your size, so you know it will fit.

              so, i suggest the tipperary. i have the regular IRH ATH for my schooling helmet, and i really like them. its comfortable and easy to clean off, and if something happens to my show helmet, i am not going to be embarrassed or silly looking if i pull out the IRH instead. its a clean, conservative helmet, and while i dont love the stripe, it's perfectly common.

              Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3


              • #8
                Go with the tipperary. The dials on the helmet, although they do make a more "custom fit" for the moment, but it is cheaply made of thin plastic, and it breaks very, very easily. As in, sitting in your trunk and you throw something in and then it breaks. (And then, as is the case with many of my friends who have had the helmet, then it does not fit.. AT ALL!)

                Yes, the helmet may look more stylish, but if you're just looking for a schooling helmet, go the tipperary way.


                • #9
                  I second the tipperary. I am not a fan of the dial helmets.


                  • #10
                    Another head-shake against the dial-fits... You can get a properly-sized helmet in that same price range and ditch the dial.

                    I don't have any of the helmets you listed, but I DO have a traditional style IRH (faux velvet, leather harness, no skunk-stripe) and it was a little over $100. Very comfortable... first helmet I've ever had that I don't mind keeping on when I'm NOT mounted-- usually as soon as I get off, the helmet is the first thing to go, but this IRH, I forget I'm even wearing it.
                    *friend of bar.ka

                    "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"


                    • #11
                      I wouldn't touch a helmet with a dial. When I fall I always seem to hit the back of my head... I do not need a big hard round plastic knob over my brain stem thank you very much. I can't believe those things passed ASTM standards. Troxel's cheapest model is about 30 bucks and has no dial.


                      • #12
                        Skip ANYTHING with a dial. Dials are the worst thing ever.
                        friend of bar.ka


                        • #13
                          I have the original Tipp and tried on this version, found the fit very similar. I love my Tipp for schooling during the summer, great fit, lots of airflow, and light weight. My recommendation is, obviously, for the Tipperary!
                          "Beware the hobby that eats."
                          Benjamin Franklin


                          • #14
                            Does the Tilpparry dial to fit have protective padding under the dial mechanism or does it just rub up against your head ?


                            • #15
                              Can you go for $140.00? Why not the Jr8? Or the ATH junior one?

                              I do have an old 2000 model of at ATH and I have to admit I love it more then my GPA but a bit less then my Gr8

                              I don't know if you show or not but if you do I would not get a tipparry or anything plastic.


                              • #16
                                The dial ones do come in different sizes. I know plenty of people with them. All the dial does is close the back of the helmet against the head. Back in the day, helmets had laces there for the same purpose.
                                Eight Fences Farm. Mansfield, MA


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by LARGEBORE View Post
                                  Does the Tilpparry dial to fit have protective padding under the dial mechanism or does it just rub up against your head ?
                                  The Tipperary helmet does not have a dial.


                                  • #18
                                    Any opinions on the IRH XR9?

                                    I, too, am shopping for a new schooling helmet and want one that does not get too hot. The new Tipps don't fit my head, sadly.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by cnvh View Post
                                      Another head-shake against the dial-fits... You can get a properly-sized helmet in that same price range and ditch the dial.

                                      I don't have any of the helmets you listed, but I DO have a traditional style IRH (faux velvet, leather harness, no skunk-stripe) and it was a little over $100. Very comfortable... first helmet I've ever had that I don't mind keeping on when I'm NOT mounted-- usually as soon as I get off, the helmet is the first thing to go, but this IRH, I forget I'm even wearing it.
                                      Would that be one of these?


                                      I've thought about those, but I'm not sure... I've heard bad things about the IRH Olympian, and I don't particularly like the looks of it so I don't think I'll be going there.
                                      My last helmet had a dial fit, and although I wasn't particularly a fan, I wasn't 200% set against it. I do like the looks of the tipperary, but if I do any shows at all, that's not going to be good. Ugh, choices like these are so frustrating.
                                      I really can't go for the JR8, XR9, or original IRH ATH. Sadly enough...


                                      • #20
                                        I finally decided to go ahead and order this one, still not sure about it but figure I can return it if it doesn't fit or I don't like it. I've been eyeing it for a few days and decided to get it because it is so cheap I couldn't resist trying it.


                                        The only drawback is you have to get either the pink or lavender stripe, but for the price ($66) you could put a solid black helmet cover on it if you wanted to show.