Sport Horse Spotlight

Flamenco head 2 (web)_300DH

Real Estate Spotlight


Sale Spotlight

COTH_without Subscribe
  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You�re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the Forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it�details of personal disputes may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums� policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it�s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users� profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses � Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it�s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who�s selling it, it doesn�t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions � Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services � Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products � While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements � Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be �bumped� excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues � Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators� discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the �alert� button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your �Ignore� list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you�d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user�s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Helmet Search 2019

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Helmet Search 2019


    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

  • #2
    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.


    • #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!


      • #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.


        • #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.


          • #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).


            Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
            EquestrianHow2 - Operating instructions for your horse.


            • #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).


              • #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


                • Original Poster

                  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.


                  • #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


                    • #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)


                      • #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.


                        • #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.


                          • #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.


                            • #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.


                              • #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.


                                • #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.


                                  • #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.


                                    • #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.



                                      • Original Poster

                                        Hey everyone! Thank you for all the great insight and comments!

                                        I went with the onek and love it!