Manufacturer: International (View all products by International Riding Helmets (IRH))
Model: Olympian Lightweight (View all Olympian Lightweight reviews)
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I bought this helmet from Apple Saddlery in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for around $90 on sale. I needed a new helmet and had my eyes on the Olympian Lightweight as it's a classy looking black velveteen helmet, but not nearly as expensive as the latest fad - ATH, or IRH, helmets.
Likes: The comfort... This helmet fits properly and provides ample protection, without feeling bulky or restrictive. The black nylon 3-point harness keeps the helmet secure and has plenty of room for adjustments to snug things up. There are 2 different adjustment areas.
Dislikes: I wish International would offer an option with this helmet: either a black nylon harness, or a leather harness, but it's no big deal. It's just an "It'd be cool if...."
Quality: International is an excellent company - they've been in the business for a long time, for good reason. Their products are quality-made and they've got an excellent guarantee / warranty program, should you need it. This helmet is worn during each ride I go on, from schooling in the field to riding in the show ring. It's held up beautifully considering the 'punishment' it's endured. Just a tip though -- to prolong the life of any helmet, use a helmet cover. They come in plain black for traditionalists, or a wide range of cool colours and patterns. I use a cover on my Olympian and it's kept it looking like new, despite all of its use!
Summary: Great helmet.. good price... worth every penny! If I need to replace the helmet within the warranty period, I can do it through International, for a discounted price. Once the warranty period expires, I'd definately buy another helmet from International.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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