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  • Helmet Search 2019

    Hello!

    I am fresh off a nasty fall that resulted in a fairly serious concussion - thank goodness I was wearing a helmet! I did have an Ovation - though, after recent research, it was not nearly snug enough. With the Ovation in the trash... I've jumped into a search for the perfect helmet.

    I come from the western riding world where helmets are worn by a small population - I'd like a nice looking helmet that provides great protection. I understand that all helmets on the market meet basic safety standards. Charles Owen seems to have the most safety certifications.

    I'm looking for advice on brands/types that work well with larger heads. I measure at 58 cm or 7 1/4... I tell myself large head=lots of brains . To all the riders with a larger dome... what helmets do you like? Are there any that you feel safe in that do not look like a mushroom? Yes, I understand, that fit is what matters... but I'd like to be ok with the look of it too.

    I've tried on Tipperary, Lynx (Back on Track), Charles Owen, Samshield, OneK, Kask, GPA. CO fit well, as did Tipperary and Samshield. Do you feel that there is a difference (besides vanity/style) between the 'schooling' helmets like Tipperary and CO? The CO looks very large and the Tipperary looks/feels good - but I worry about it not being as effective as the CO.

    What are your experiences? Opinions? Especially those with larger noggins

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    No - there is no difference in effectiveness between the schooling style helmets and the show style helmets. Pick one that fits you best and that is comfortable. I hate scratchy chin straps, so I look for things with a comfortable harness. I personally have a model Charles Owen size head - tending towards oval, but not long oval. I've had their JR8 (more shallow) and AYR8 (perfect depth for me). I also love the Tipperary original style, Uvex Perfexxion, and OneK.

    Now I'm schooling in the Back on Track Lynx (the Eq3 model doesn't fit me at all). I still show in the AYR8 or OneK.

    With the exception of the Back on Track helmets, the technology in everything else is the same.

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    • #3
      If you're looking for a schooling helmet and are from the western world, I like Troxel's line of schooling helmets with designs. Great if you have a round head. I, too, have a big noggin and I don't think it makes me look like a bucket head!

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      • #4
        Make sure you try UVEX. Made in Germany with excellent engineering. They are well know and respected for ski and bike helmets.

        Most importantly, they come with a fantastic dial fit system. Super comfortable and adjustable.

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        • #5
          I wear that size! I went with the Samshield several years back because it fit well and I really liked the removable liner.
          I had a Troxel and an IRH before that. I found the foam/padding broke down in them around the forehead due to sweat and dirt, and then they weren’t as snug as they should have been. I like that the Samshield liner can be washed and/or replaced as needed to adjust the fit. The removable liner was innovative at the time, but I think other less expensive brands now offer it too.

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          • #6
            There are differences between the safety of helmets, the data just doesn't get published in the US. Here's some data the was published in a Swedish study last year. Obviously, the brands don't always correspond with what we can purchase here. I bought new helmet last year and for me the choice was between a Charles Owen and one of the Trauma Void helmets with MIPS. I chose the latter and have been very happy with it, although CO helmets fit me very well and they usually rank well when you can find independent safety testing (there was a study done about a decade ago in the UK, unfortunately, helmet manufacturers objected to it and it was pulled down).

            https://equineink.com/2018/08/26/ind...-among-models/

            https://equineink.com/2018/08/27/my-new-helmet/
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            • #7
              Another vote for UVEX I have had Tipperaries but find the "leather" on the chin harness deteriorated much too fast - and my friends have the same problem. I love my UVEX helmets, I have a sand colored one for schooling (hot Florida sun) and a brown one for showing (my coat and boots are also brown).

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              • #8
                Charles Owen recently released helmets with MIPS technology--there are three styles. I've seen them on SmartPak. The skull cap with MIPS will certainly be my next helmet purchase.
                When you have a Thoroughbred and a mare and shes got big ears and big eyes, youre set and thats sealed. Jimmy Wofford

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                  #9
                  Thank you all for the replies! I plan on ordering several through SmarkPak and pick the best fit. Uvex was definitely added to the list.

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                  • #10
                    I'm so happy to hear that you were wearing a helmet, because things likely would have been MUCH worse without one. Two years ago I sustained a TBI with a helmet, and the doctors all said my life (if I was still alive) would have been much different if I wasn't wearing one.

                    I have a large and oval head (I'm your size!), and don't fit most helmets. What helped me the most was going to stores and trying them on. One local tack store put around 10 helmets on my head and said "damn, you're hard to fit!". I personally ended up with an Ovation schooling helmet (which fits my head) and I show in a Charles Owen). My horse fell with me in that Ovation, the barn owners bought me a new one. I tried Samshields, Troxels, other Charles Owens and they just don't fit my head. I used to ride in Troxels 20 years ago, but I think they changed their design and they no longer fit me. Sometimes, companies change their design.

                    If you aren't near stores, search online with your head shape (large and ovel? Large and round? Large and...?) and comments can help narrow things down for you.

                    Good luck!
                    Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

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                    • #11
                      I have a tiny head. I bought the Trauma Void Lynx but on my tiny face it was just too much. However since I had never worn it I sold it to somebody local with a larger face/head and she loves it. I will be buying the EQ3 during helmet awareness days.
                      For daily riding I use the Ovation schooling helmet. I have 2 of them that I love. They are relatively cool and very comfortable. They are the dial fit so have some flexibility in fit.
                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                      • #12
                        IIRC, some football research has indicated that more severe concussions come from the kind of impact that the Trauma Void decreases. If at all possible, I would try to find a helmet with the MIPS technology as long as it fits you. Cost be damned.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pierogi View Post
                          Charles Owen recently released helmets with MIPS technology--there are three styles. I've seen them on SmartPak. The skull cap with MIPS will certainly be my next helmet purchase.
                          I saw and tried this helmet on at AECs last week. The skull cap fit me in my usual size very similarly to my Pro Skull II and is under $200. The rep told me that they will be coming out with some colors in October (red, blue, and a purplish fuscia) on a trial run.

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                          • #14
                            Slightly off topic - I’m surprised the CO and the samshield both fit you well. I fit perfectly into a CO AYR8, and the sammy pretty much crushed my head! Sizing up did nothing to help. Extremely eye opening as to how important it is to try on different brands.

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                            • #15
                              I went to a tack store years ago and tried on helmets and the best fit was the ovation. So I wore those for years. Until I recently tried a one k. So much more comfortable.

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                              • #16
                                Personally, I never liked the ovation schooling helmets - they never felt like they covered the base of my skull very well. One thing I adore about CO skull helmets and the ayr8 is that the harness comes low and has a plastic "shield" inside that part of the harness. One K also has that extra protection feel from the harness, but even their ovals did not fit this egg head. I also have a weird fear of the plastic visors cracking and shattering into my eyes in a fall.

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                                • #17
                                  I have been ordering helmets from the UK, and the prices are so good, quick shipping too. I ended up with CO 4Star. The newest CO MIPS wasn't available for my peanut size. I really like how this helmet is low profile. I am a big skull cap fan, and prefer those to any bill type helmet. I don't like dial sizing either, I guess because my head is so small.

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                                  • #18
                                    I always hated my Troxels. They seemed to bobble on my head. I tried a Tipperary and i LOVE them. They are lighter, and vented. Much more comfortable for me.

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                                    • #19
                                      Just FYI, the International Helmet Awareness Day event is this weekend, and many retailers will have discounts on a lot of their helmets on Saturday and Sunday. So if you’re on the fence, now is the time to get a new one.

                                      https://m.facebook.com/riders4helmet...pe=3&source=48

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