I understand that, my J3 is padded below the bottom edge of the helmet where the straps would be, just as much as any Samshield is. I get that it’s irrelevant because you’re not interested in the COs (which is totally fine! They aren’t for everyone), but it seems misleading to say that there’s some additional safety feature to the GPA or Samshield because they pad their back straps (as the CO J3 does).
Just out of curiosity- are these brands marketing this as a true additional safety feature? Have they done any studies to show that a little strip of foam covering a strap provides any additional protection to your skull/spinal cord? To me that’s like saying those fuzzy velcro seat belt covers your grandma has in her old caddy will keep you from breaking your clavicle in a car wreck.
I’m sorry, I know I’ve completely hijacked the intent of this thread, but I’ve never heard this touted as a safety feature before and it seems like a crazy reason to spend an additional $200 on a helmet. Maybe I’m just way behind the times though :o[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=JER;8466167]You need a helmet that fits. You might find in some models that what fits is a 7 and in others a 6 7/8 or 7 1/8. Those are small differences, and there is variation from brand to brand and model to model. I might take a 6 3/4, 6 7/8 or a 7 – I’ve had all of these sizes in correctly-fitted helmets.
I have an Ovation helmet that I bought en route to a competition because the airline misplaced my equipment bag (and did agree to reimburse for replacements). I didn’t have much time so just bought whatever fit first. The Ovation has a dial mechanism for customizing fit that is really, really good. The S/M/L designations work perfectly well as you can use the dial for the fine-tuning. FWIW, my primary helmet, the MIPS-equipped Back On Track helmet (which IMO, offered superior safety), has the same mechanism for fit, although it’s in the form of a zipper rather than a dial.
I have to say that the Ovation helmet fit and comfort impressed me very much.[/QUOTE]
Right which is why I know that I need a 7. All of the helmets that I have tried on I’ve needed the 7. A size down was too small and a size up was too large. I’ve always been fitted for a 7. So I can’t do one with a range of sizes. Just like I posted earlier I can’t get a One K because they have small, medium, and large sizes that fit a range but the medium is too small even though that’s what is supposed to fit a 7. And the large it too loose.
I looked up the MIPS-equipped Back On Track helmet but the only categories are showing up are Youth, Snow, Bike, and Motorcyle?? I can’t find an equestrian category.