Manufacturer: International (View all products by International Riding Helmets (IRH))
Model: International IRH Helmet (View all International IRH Helmet reviews)
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I bought this helmet because I had only two choices at Hall Saddlery when I went in to buy a helmet. I needed a new helmet asap for a show. I paid $159.95. I wanted a light and cool, ventilated helmet, since I hate baking my brains all summer long at shows. It's impossible to think when your head feels like it's on fire!
Likes: What I liked the most is that I could get a "long oval" shaped helmet. It fits my head better than all the other helmets. They are so round, I look like there is a giant mushroom on my head. The long oval shape is narrower width with more length. I tried the IRH regular shape, correct measurement in inches, but it stuck out on the sides so much I was in shade! The saleswoman suggested trying the long oval and voila, magic, it fit perfectly. I like the coloring as well. I got the black helmet with the clear stripe. The clear strip looks like carbon fiber. It's lets the air in when you ride and although it still is black your head doesn't cook! The harness is really comfy as well and fits neatly and cleanly.
Dislikes: There isn't anything that don't like. This is the first time I have a helmet that I don't mind wearing. Well, I kind of miss the traditional button on the top of the helmet and the ribbon in back! I guess I am old school that way!
Quality: The helmet is made very well. I have had it for a year and it still looks great. I don't cover it and use it everyday. It cleans up for shows and for the rest of the time it gets thrown around. The plastic clip buckle is comfortable and always works, it's easy to close. The outside is great. The harness is secure and there isn't a loose stitch anywhere. I can't find fault in the construction.
Summary: If you have a narrow head or if other helmets look huge on you, try an IRH in the long oval. I am so happy I did. I have a great helmet that looks great on! I love wearing it, and would buy another. It's light, comfy, and it fits! I really want to buy a 2nd one to keep clean for shows. I've had a few different brand helmets over the years but this is the first one that I feel comfortable wearing...comfortable in both it's look and function. Usually my helmets were functional, and that was great, but I wanted to look nice too and not like a giant bubble head, this helmet does that!
Author: Trish Y.
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
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