Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Helmet

My helmet has been due for replacement for, well, a few years.  Okay, maybe more than a few years.

Helmets are supposed to be replaced every five years, if there is no damage to them in the meantime.  I bought my last helmet before I bought Winston, so it was well over five years old.

But, if you come off your horse and your helmet gets banged, you are supposed to replace it immediately -- even if you can't see any damage.  The internal structure may be compromised, rendering the helmet less effective.  I came off of Winston a few times, and there is a big gash on the side of the helmet from one of those unplanned dismounts.  I sold Winston a few years ago.... but I kept riding in the same helmet.  I know that I'm way overdue for a new helmet.

Not that I haven't been looking.  Sort of.  The thing is, most helmets are not comfortable on my head.  This is true of bicycle helmets and motorcycle helmets too.  My head does not like helmets.  And, then, there is the whole style thing.  The helmets that were comfortable were ugly.  The cute ones weren't comfortable. And, the gorgeous ones were way out of my price range so I didn't even try them.

But I watch others at clinics and on YouTube videos and just drool.  I have particularly suffered from helmet envy with my trainer.  Sandy has a beautiful helmet.

After years of internal debate, I gave in and bought myself a drool-worthy helmet for my birthday.  It came last night.  I wore it all over the house.  Brett threatened to take a picture of me cooking dinner while wearing my new helmet.  Its super comfortable and is, I think, worthy of wearing when riding a princess mare.  I thought about getting the one with crystals, but I'm not a bling sort of girl.  I choose the classic model.

Samshield Shadowmatt 

13 comments:

  1. Nice helmet! Looks smooth, sleek & classy - and no doubt keeps your head safe!

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  2. Ohh! I saw that one in the latest dover catalog (love their new layout they have btw). Annette, you have wonderful taste in safety :) , its gorgeous! I have a GPA speed air, and the comfort level is fantastic compared to what we wore in the '90s lol sometimes I forget I have it on! ;-)

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    1. ooooh, that's another really nice helmet. I always knew you had excellent taste.

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  3. Oh good you didn't fall off. That was my first though when I saw your post title. You wore it in the house, how cute!

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  4. OMG that's expensive. I hope it came with a GoPro; )

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    1. Crazy expensive, right? Especially, when I've always bought inexpensive models. Now with top hats out in dressage, and helmets in, there are a ba-zillion beautiful helmets -- that cost a fortune. Believe it or not, this was one of the less expensive ones.

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  5. That's a very nice gel net. Looks like it might be cooler in summer heat too.

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    1. A gel net might be cool in summer... LOL. Spell check is a pain sometimes but also very amusing.

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  7. I tried to leave a comment yesterday, but it's not showing up. It was acting squirrely. I would LOVE a helmet that fit my head right, but I've never been able to find one. My head is an oval shape. How did you know this one would fit? Does the memory foam make it more comfortable. I would save my pennies to get one if I knew it would be perfect.

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  8. My head is also an oval shape, and small. I think the memory foam makes a huge difference. When I first put it on, it was okay but not WOW! I wore it around for awhile (as they recommend) and the foam adjusted to my head shape. Then, it was WOW comfortable. I haven't worn it riding yet -- I'm hoping to do that soon (rain storm on the way this weekend).

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  9. An American in TokyoApril 6, 2017 at 1:22 AM

    Looks great! I need to buy a new helmet soon, too...

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