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  • Need new helmet for under $100

    I have been putting it off and putting it off as far as getting a new helmet. Yesterday I pulled the lining out of my current helmet and found some cracks in the structure. Riding a rather hot/sensitive horse makes me not want to put this off any longer.

    I need something under or around $100 that will look good at shows but also will be comfortable and ventilate well for schooling. I currently have an IRH ATH, but it is kind of bulky.

    I was looking at the Troxel Liberty, Ovation Zephyr, or Troxel Intrepid, as well as potentially just getting another IRH. Anybody have any experience with the Ovation or Troxel helmets?
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  • #2
    I am a recent convert from Tipperary to Ovation. I have the Deluxe Schooler. It is lightweight and comfortable, and the liner can be removed and washed. It is low profile and doesn't look mushroomy in pictures . My head is oval, not sure how good it would be a for a round head shape. Also, I don't know if all Ovations are created equal as far as shape, weight and underlying features.


    • #3
      Another vote for Ovation over here.
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      • #4
        Third, I love my Ovation helmet (I have the tipperary knock off).
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        • #5
          I have the Ovation deluxe schooler and love it. It fits me so much better than the Troxel I had to replace.
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          • #6
            I really like my Ovation with the dial in the back and the washable liner.
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            • #7
              I like my Ovation schooling helmet as well. I think the Ovation model you selected would be fine. The IRH helmets that would be an improvement on the one you have are going to be way over your budget.
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              • #8
                Troxel helmets have always served me well, but enough people have recommended Ovation that I will definitely check them out when I replace my helmet next time.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                  Third, I love my Ovation helmet (I have the tipperary knock off).
                  Have the same knock-off, and have been very pleased with it as well.


                  • #10
                    (honest, I don't work for them, I just want them to stay in business for the next time I need a helmet!)


                    • #11
                      I also have the Ovation schooler helmet, and LOVE it! I bought it to be just a schooling helmet, but I've ended up wearing it every time I ride.


                      • #12
                        Troxel= round head
                        Ovation= long oval head

                        I can't wear a Troxel.


                        • #13
                          My ovation protege is quite comfy; have no idea how it looks for showing tho.
                          Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                          • #14
                            See, simple.


                            • #15
                              I have a lami-cell that I love. It is much lighter & cooler than the IRH it replaced.


                              • #16
                                Does anybody have the Tipperary Sportage? I have it in my shopping cart but am having second thoughts as no one has recommended it.



                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by onyx98 View Post
                                  I have a lami-cell that I love. It is much lighter & cooler than the IRH it replaced.
                                  Giant ditto. In over 25 years of helmet use, the Lami-Cell is the most comfortable I've ever put on my cranium.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Macimage View Post
                                    Does anybody have the Tipperary Sportage? I have it in my shopping cart but am having second thoughts as no one has recommended it.

                                    I was a Sportage wearer for years. Comfy and lightweight but I wasn't crazy about how they look on me. The Ovation is just a comfy, and the Deluxe Schooler comes in a light color, which I really appreciate in the summer! The washable liner is a big plus (for me) compared to the Tipp.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Macimage View Post
                                      Does anybody have the Tipperary Sportage? I have it in my shopping cart but am having second thoughts as no one has recommended it.

                                      I have it and LOVE it. I'm not sure I'd wear it for shows - I have a JR8 for that - but it's wonderful otherwise.


                                      • #20
                                        I do not buy a helmet based on brand, I have to go to the store and try them on as even within a brand the fit can vary widely. In addition some of the dial adjustments hit in a spot that is VERY uncomfortable for me and will give me a headache in <1 min. They are also changing them all the time so the helmet that worked 2 or 3 years ago can no longer be found and I have to figure out which new model will be comfortable.

                                        So my suggestion is, if possible, go someplace with a large selection and keep trying until you find one that works FOR YOU.