Manufacturer: International Riding Helmets (View all products by International Riding Helmets (IRH))
Model: Black Velvet Helmet (View all Black Velvet Helmet reviews)
Category: English Show Apparel
Purchase: I got this helmet from the barn where I ride. I didn't have to pay for it, it was provided when my other IRH helmet was cracked in a fall.
Likes: It is a classic black velvet helmet with a back ribbon and adjustable leather harness. It is nice looking and fits. It meets the safety standards, but I have yet to experience this first hand.
Dislikes: I don't know if I really can trust this brand. A horse I was riding fell and I suffered a pretty frightening concussion with my last IRH helmet. The thing practically fell apart. It cracked all the way through, and I don't even think I fell that hard. If the helmet wasn't held together by the outer material, I'm sure it would be in two pieces. I hope this model is safer. Also, it has the stupidest harness fastener. It is a hook with a little metal thing and a snap above it. It comes undone while I ride if not checked after fastening, and it takes FOREVER. The adjustable part of it doesn't stay tight all the time, even with that little rubber band thingy. It also doesn't have any good ventilation technology, so in summer my head sweats quite a bit during those long show days or in hot weather.
Quality: It is a velvet or velveteen covered low profile helmet with a silky gold liner and a classic ribbon back and button on top. It has a tan leather harness.
Summary: Much, much better helmets are available but I guess this one is nice. I hope it is very strong.
Author: Candy's Mom
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
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