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Buying a new helmet, does more money = safer?

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  • Buying a new helmet, does more money = safer?

    Having trashed my last helmet in a fall, my head is fine, other parts of body not so good, THANK GOODNESS I was wearing it, I need to buy another. I know I want another IRH, love the way they fit me, but I'm dithering about which one, and wondering if you get what you pay for in terms of safety?

    I saw this one first and went "OOh purty" http://www.doversaddlery.com/irh%C2%...et/p/X1-36288/ but the price made we wince a bit, even though my head is worth it.

    Then I saw this one http://www.sstack.com/product/irh-all-terrain-helmets/ I like it, like the price, but don't want to save money at the expense of my head!

    So are you paying extra for safety, or for looks?
    I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

    Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique

  • #2
    No, more money does not = safer. They all pass the same safety regulations/tests.

    More money pays for looks, ventilation, brand names, etc.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Lilypad View Post
      No, more money does not = safer. They all pass the same safety regulations/tests.

      More money pays for looks, ventilation, brand names, etc.
      And don't forget "feel". I am personally uncomfortable in any helmet that makes my head feel like it's in a beer cooler. A nice lining is, well, nice.
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      • #4
        Agree. Money pays for looks (and brand names).

        I have a Samshield I love, but just ordered my daughter an Ovation. I like it so much that I just ordered myself one to use as a schooling helmet. Amazing how little difference there really is between a $600 helmet and a $70 one!
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        • #5
          Charles Owen is a little expensive but they will give you a % off new one if you break yours. It goes by when you purchase it. To me, well worth it, since I have used their service twice now.


          • #6
            When I decided to upgrade from my bottom of line, $30 Troxel, I went to a large tack shop with a lot of helmets in stock, and tried on every model in the store. I ended up with an IRH elite that I *lurve*- fits beautifully, comfy and cool. It was ~ $170.00. After my conferring with tack shop ladies, I verified that all the helmets met the same safety standard, and that the difference was what was trendy in the show ring, personal preference and fit. Since I no longer show, all I cared about was comfort and fit.
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            • #7
              The best helmet is the one that fits you, and that you can afford to replace the first time you fall/drop it/leave it in a hot car all day.

              If you prefer the style/fit/color/decorations on a more expensive helmet, by all means go for it, but its not more safe. If you delay in replacing it after a fall because of the money, then the more expensive helmet is actually less safe.


              • #8
                Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                The best helmet is the one that fits you,
                To me this is the most important element. Even within the same brand, the different models fit differently. I've had a Charles Owen skull cap for years, but just tried on their AYR8 and it fits a lot better. Of course it's almost twice the price
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                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                  If you prefer the style/fit/color/decorations on a more expensive helmet, by all means go for it, but its not more safe. If you delay in replacing it after a fall because of the money, then the more expensive helmet is actually less safe.
                  NEVER, getting on a horse without one, so will have it bought and ready before I even try and get on a horse again.
                  I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                  Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                  • #10
                    I bought the Charles Owen Junior R8 for $150.00 it is wonderful. I could not see any difference in the $350.00 Charles Owens in terms of safety.


                    • #11
                      I love my Charles Owen helmet. I have a friend who is a 4****level eventer and has competed internationally and she will never put anything but a Charles Owens on her head. It has saved her from having serious head injuries from 2 falls.


                      • #12
                        I have a Tipperary Sportage that I LOVE in the summer time, and for schooling. It was about $70 and fits my head like a glove. I like how it doesn't give me that 'mushroom headed' look, since I have a peanut head. It's bright blue, so that's fun too.

                        I also have a CO JR8 that I love just as much, but it's not quite as cool in the summer. It was supposed to be my show helmet, but since it's so comfy I usually switch back and for between the two. If I'm teaching or sitting on a client horse, I like the more professional look of the CO, since it's all black and a CO. I can also fit my hair up under it a little bit neater, because of the way the back is cut. It was around $180.

                        I have fallen off in both, still feel the same amount of security, and my head came out unscathed.

                        That being said, when we were fitting my husband for a helmet, his favorite was the $30 Troxel, and he tried on even the really high end ones. It's all
                        about fit and preferences. The woman at the tack store said that they ALL have to meet the same guidelines, and when push comes to shove it's all about the look/brand when you start talking about the reason behind the price differences.

                        I will never buy a helmet without trying it on first, regardless of price, unless it's an exact replacement of one that I've managed to destroy.

                        Jingles that you get to feeling better soon!


                        • #13
                          Money doesn't buy safety. I have a Charles Owens, not because I wanted to spend $300 on a helmet, but because it fit my head (I have a big, apparently oval head and lots of hair).

                          He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                          • Original Poster

                            I have had two different styles of IRH so far, and loved them both, so I'm happy to try another. I really really loved the look of the Troxel helmets but they are so uncomfortable to wear!
                            I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                            Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                            • #15
                              My favorite helmet is a $60 Tipperary helmet. Fits my head really well, I can wear it all day.
                              come what may

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                              • #16
                                Check with IRH. Many years ago, when I didn't have a seat to go with my horse's spookiness, I had to replace 2 of them. I called them and they advised to send the helmet with a check for $25, I received a new helmet, along with an "Autopsy" on the damaged ones. Both had significant internal damage that definitely was not visible, and one had a cracked liner.

                                I'm now a big fan of the Tipperary Sportage. They have a couple of new styles out, but they are too expensive for me. All helmets do have to pass the same standards regardless of price, and I doubt any manufacturer would stick their neck out and claim that their helmet exceeded the standards.
                                Providence sometimes takes care of idiots. Agnes Morley Cleaveland in No Life for a Lady.


                                • #17
                                  Money pays for looks. The only thing that matters is does it fit your head-the $40 Troxel that fits correctly will protect your head better than a $500 GPA that doesn't. I like Troxel and certain styles fit me (I have the Sierra right now). My brother USED to school in a Troxel Sport, but (no matter what they say) they changed the fit and none of their styles fit him any more. He found an IRH that fit comfortably and bought that. Fit, fit, fit.
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                                  • #18
                                    IMHO anyone who spends $500+ for a helmet needs to have their head examined without having a fall riding.

                                    I had a Lexington Lidlocker that replaced my ancient velvet huntcap - it hurt to wear and was sweaty in Summer.
                                    I finally replaced it with a $70 Troxel.
                                    If I ever need to replace that you can bet I won't be spending much more!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Lilypad View Post
                                      No, more money does not = safer. They all pass the same safety regulations/tests.

                                      More money pays for looks, ventilation, brand names, etc.
                                      Price, by itself is no guarantee of quality in anything.

                                      A good helmet will be well designed and well constructed of quality materials. Good design and construction costs money. Better design and construction costs more money. Etc., etc., etc.

                                      As to certification, that means the helmet is, at a minimum, a "D" level product. It passes. Is that enough? The answer to that is a personal decision.

                                      Of course the best made helmet in the world is of no use if it doesn't fit or is so ugly that nobody wears it. But these are very personal points, also.

                                      So, cost alone is not a yardstick. Quality is. Good quality will often cost more than lesser quality.

                                      Simple, yes?

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                                      • #20
                                        Personally I am all for fit and comfort. My ovation schooler and my CO J3 fit my head like a charm and neither are super expensive. My GPA speed air gave me the worst headaches of my life.
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