IRH Elite Ultra Helmet
I love how this helmet looks and it is also quite comfortable. I would recommend ordering true to size even though it was suggested to order up a size.
February 27, 2013
Comfortable schooling helmet
I got this helmet to replace my Charles Owen AYR8, which I love, but which--after only 9 months--is now too big! I got this helmet one size smaller than my AYR8 in the long oval size and it fits really well. Just tight enough and very comfortable. I'm not even really aware of it when it's on. I've only been riding in it in the winter so far (it's 20 degrees today) so I haven't been able to take advantage of its cooling properties yet, but if it can help my head not sweat so much in the summer, I will be a happy girl! My only two quibbles are the price and the look. Having only had the Charles Owen helmets, I like that look better and probably would rather have this as my comfortable and cool schooling helmet and get something else for shows. It also seems expensive to me. I got a great deal, so was happy, but I wouldn't have paid full price.
January 18, 2013
Nice helmet - not shaped for my head
The IRH Elite Ultra is a really nice helmet and seems like it would be really cool. I held it in front of a fan and could feel a decent amount of air going through it. It was also fairly light weight and seemed well made. Unfortunately it isn't shaped for my head. I could get a good fit front to back but it had gaps at the sides (even in the long oval size, the regular was even worse). Rating would have been 5 stars had it fit my head. Went back to a Charles Owen instead since they fit my head shape (ended up having to spend more too for it).
August 29, 2012
Worth the Money
This helmet is extremely comfortable, it looks great(it doesn't make your head look like a mushroom when you wear it), and the quality is high. I had no problems with this helmet, just a tip to give to buyers, when you are choosing a size for your helmet they will tell you to get a size larger, but don't because when I did this it ended up to be slightly loose, so just get your exact size, other wise great helmet, you wont be sorry.
June 21, 2012
Excellent helmet for long oval head
Tried multiple helmets but none fit comfortably. The long Oval fits perfectly and comfortably. SmartPak equine was incredibly helpful to get the correct fit by allowing us to purchase two sizes and return the one that did not fit as well for a full refund. Great helmet and above all great service from SmartPak.
May 25, 2012
My old GPA helmet has passed the 5 year mark and though it's never been in a fall, it has served it's time well and been ridden through blazing sun, freezing cold, pouring rain and spent many hours in a stuffy, dark tack trunk in between. All these things add up to a helmet needing to be replaced and though I would have liked to buy another GPA, the price has moved out of my headgear budget. So after much consideration I chose the IRH Elite Ultra Helmet. What a great helmet! I ordered the same size as my old helmet and it fit right out of the box. The leather harness will need to break-in and soften but with all the riding I do that shouldn't take long. I like that it has removable sweat pads (something I wished my old GPA had) and lots of ventilation. This is a good looking helmet and worth the money!
November 3, 2011