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IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet

International Riding Helmets
- Item #16898

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Why We Love This

Low profile geometry and extreme ventilation make the new IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet one of the most comfortable and fashionable helmets on the market. The center front vents together with the right, left and 2 rear vent ports ensure maximum air intake and the optimal air flow needed for cooling.

Favorite Features 

  • Harness system is completely adjustable and is designed at the back to accommodate a pony tail without affecting the helmet's fit. 
  • The IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet is ASTM F-1163-15/SEI Certified.


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    IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet is rated 4.395 out of 5 by 119.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great helmet - problems with fit Ordered this helmet to give my limited edition Charles Owen ARY8 a break from everyday work. Purchased the same size as my Charles Owen, however, the IRH was too big in the sides... tried a smaller size, too small. Unfortunately had to send back.
    Date published: 2015-01-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really nice helmet Really like the fit and feel of this helmet. Styling is great. Neck and chin straps are comfortable. The one I received is solid black and does not have a gray section down the center. I do like it better than the silver (gray) one that I ordered first. The color of the helmet was good but the strap material had a greenish tint that I did not like.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit Gave as a gift to my daughter. She loves the long oval because there are no pressure points any more on her head.
    Date published: 2014-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet Really nicely made. I needed a non-skullcap helmet for hot florida days and this fit the bill. The gray on gray is soooo pretty. I read a prior review about the "paint wearing off" and that spooked me but I don't know what they're talking about. It's just a matte finish which I think is way more stylish. Really like it. Got the 7 1/8 originally, swapped to 7 1/4 long oval and should have just done 7 1/4 regular, I don't think you need the extra oval room.
    Date published: 2014-12-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not fit. It did not fit me: was too narrow and too long at the same time. I found this helmet very heavy.
    Date published: 2014-10-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great fit and comfortable, but poor quality! I bought this recently for the helmet awareness week to replace my old GPA show helmet. I got a long oval size and the fit is perfect, very comfortable and light. No forehead pressure marks :) The bummer part: I have worn this helmet only a few times since getting it, and the black paint is scratched and shows white marks. It has not been tossed around or handed rough at all. I would not mind the scotches if it didn't appear that the black matte finish was just spray painted on a white helmet. I can see the paint just peeling off more and more. Very disappointing because the fit is great, but it is going back!! I do however very much appreciate SmartPaks return policy, thank you so much for taking care of your customers!!
    Date published: 2014-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet! Comfortable and attractive I really like this helmet. I think it runs a bit small. My other two IHR helmets were both 71/8 and in this one, I needed a 71/4. Thank you SmartPak for free shipping both ways! The helmet does not make me look like I have a bubble head. It is super comfortable and the air vents make it nice and cool for the summer. No complaints!
    Date published: 2014-07-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from What's up with the ears? During helmet awareness day, I figured I'd give myself a present for being such a good girl and actually wearing my(cheap) helmet while riding. Since my 4-year-old has this model helmet and he never wants to take it off, I figured it must be comfortable. For me, however, that was not the case. It comes down so low that my (very normal) ears were squashed flat against my skull underneath. After a couple of minutes of trying it on at home this was driving me batty already. Perhaps there are people who are not sensitive to this or whose ears are somehow not in the way of the fit of this helmet, but I am returning it. On the upside, it is a very good looking helmet and very well-made.
    Date published: 2014-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Major Price increase! I love this helmet, I had 2. Crashed in both of them riding my young horse this weekend. Smartpak had the record of my purchase and I paid $139 for this helment in 2011. Just looked up the replacement info from IRH and realized I missed the 3 year crash replacement deadline by a week :( I really don't want to spend over $200 to replace this helmet, so I guess I will be looking into other options.
    Date published: 2014-06-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! This is a really great helmet! I ordered the long oval and it fit my head better than any other helmet I have tried on. The only problem is that it is cut so low that it touches my ears and folds them over. I really tried to look past this because the helmet was great in every other way, but it was too painful for my ears so I did have to send it back. 
    Date published: 2013-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this helmet and they improved it! The features that I need are the grey color(stays cooler)shape and comfort. I had an older model and loved it, now they have added a washable liner and a better quality harness. 
    Date published: 2013-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fitting helmet These helmets fit the long oval head shape ! No more pain on the forehead !
    Date published: 2013-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, good fit This helmet is lightweight, a major requirement for the heat of South Texas riding. It is also comfortable and looks pretty good. I cannot comment on durability as I have only worn it a few times.
    Date published: 2013-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update on July 15 Post I did go ahead and return the original helmet, exchanging it for the next larger size. What a difference! Definitely think about sizing up on this one, and be wary of the sizing chart. By the chart, I should wear a 7. I ordered a 7 1/8 since that is what I usually wear. I returned that for a 7 1/4 for a perfect fit.
    Date published: 2013-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cooler helmet The IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet is nicely vented. It stays a little cooler in the hot summer heat than others I've used. It also has a modern design and many safety features.
    Date published: 2013-07-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Good Helmet Purchased this as a second helmet. The fit is a little tight, but I'm afraid the next size up would be too large. My other helmet has the adjustment knob, whereas this doesn't, so "it is what it is." The helmet appears well made and I don't have the bubble-head look. The Helmet Awareness Day sale made it more affordable.
    Date published: 2013-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this helmet! I love this helmet. It's so great looking and super comfortable. Very cool in the summer. I have the grey and silver, and in the year since I bought it there are no scratches or marks.
    Date published: 2013-06-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice helmet I had received this helmet as a Christmas gift but it was from another website. It didn't fit right and after getting no help from where it was ordered, I called Smartpak. They were very helpful and I ordered a 6 7/8 long oval. Fits me very well. I have a 3 yr old tb in training so I want my head protected and to look good. This helmet doesn't give me that bubble look at all and I love that I can wipe it clean. The vents really help keep me cool. I wish it had a bit more padding inside to make it more comfy but overall I really like it.
    Date published: 2013-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable helmet I have a long oval head plus I live in Phoenix, AZ. The fit of the helmet is wonderful.I have owned it for years now. I still love it !!
    Date published: 2013-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet I've used this helmet for quite a while now and still almost looks brand new. Despite a few scratches from dropping it. I wear it all year long with no complaints. Cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter. Very comfy too, perfect fit.
    Date published: 2012-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yay - it fits! This helmet fits my insanely round head with just a teeny bit of extra room front to back. It doesn't crush my ears down or sit directly on my eyebrows. The other best fit for me was CO JR8, but the harness was too short to go below my ears. I must have giant ears. Anyway this helmet is light, comfortable and very vented. I gave it 4 stars because it is not beautiful to look at, but it looks very nice on. I love it!
    Date published: 2012-11-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish it had worked for me So glad to see a long oval option. Unfortunately the liner inside the brim was coming unglued & ultimately the hat tipped forward on my head while riding. Liked the low profile & ventilation.
    Date published: 2012-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Helmet Ordered same size as old IRH and it fit perfectly. Looks & feels awesome.
    Date published: 2012-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from smartpak was great about the returns! i ordered in a few sizes and then just sent back the other helmets free of charge
    Date published: 2012-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect non expensive helment Love this helment. When it was time to replace my GPA I decided to go with an IRH. Didn't feel the need to spend all the extra money. Helment is comfy and cleans up nicely! Living in PA, we experiance hot and humid summers so instead of having a gross and smelly helment I am able to take out the liner and wash it with normal soap. I also trust that it can really protect my head in case of a fall.
    Date published: 2012-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from stylish & safe Love how it looks & it fits like the 4 year old IRH I had
    Date published: 2012-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent helmet When my old helmet finally could not be super-glued just one more time I gave in a decided to get a new helmet. My sister recommended the IRH Elite and I couldn't be happier. It is insanely comfortable both fit-wise and with the extra ventilation. I would and have recommended this helmet to all my friends.
    Date published: 2012-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Right One for Me This long oval helmet fits perfectly and, even better, it is very well ventilated.I appreciate your help in getting me the perfect fit in a very short time.
    Date published: 2012-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality and Value Very Comfortable Fit and more attractive shape. I especially liked the chin strap pad that contains those loose ends of the harness adjustment for a clean look.
    Date published: 2012-07-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't Fit Me I ordered this helmet on Helmet Awareness Day since my current schooling helmet needs replacing. I was so excited because this helmet looks awesome, even my non-horsey boyfriend loved the way it looks. I got a 7 1/8" per measurements and it felt too tight on the sides of my head. I exchanged for a 7 1/4" and suddenly there was a huge gap in the front & back of the helmet. We tried to shim up the front & back with some extra padding but it still felt loose. I am waiting for a return shipping label right now. Wish I had a nearby tack shop so I could actually try helmets on!
    Date published: 2012-07-03
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