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IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet

International Riding Helmets
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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 5 out of 5 by from No more hot helmet head! I chose the IRH Xtreme Helmet because of its durable finish and venting. I couldn't ride another summer with a non-breathable velvet helmet! Now, all of the excess heat from my head is just released through the vents and replaced by fresh, cool air. It almost feels like you're not wearing a helmet at all!
    Date published: 2012-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! The SmartPak rep was so knowledgable, she helped me find just the right helmet and the perfect size! It is so comfortable and looks fantastic, like it is still brand new. We are already in the 90's here in Houston, so the vents are a must. My hair is still wet at the end of my ride, but my head is cool instead of steaming!
    Date published: 2012-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINALLY!!!!!!!! It took months and months to find a helmet that fit my oval head with masses of curly, thick hair. THANK GOODNESS I finally found something that's breathable and looks good (meaning: no mushroom head or space-alien look!).
    Date published: 2012-05-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fit was bigger than expected I normally take a 6 7/8 in the IRH older plain model and when I tried this newer model it was probably one size too big. I was hoping it would be smaller than my original and perhaps it is low profile but it still seems as big as all helmets are. The straps are good quality and well placed. I am going to try some helmets from my local tack store before reordering again. Smartpak is very easy to return to and hopefully my return will complete easily.
    Date published: 2012-03-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great helment Very nicely made helment. Love the look. Did not fit my head to I sadly had to return it.
    Date published: 2012-02-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for rounder heads I think I have a rounder head, and this did not fit very well. I also didn't like the look/finish of the product, as I was hoping to get a more traditional-looking show helmet, but I was attracted by the price compared to the GPA helmets (which do fit me well, sadly enough, LOL). Thankfully the awesome SmartPak return policy let me try this helmet with no risk! Thank you, SmartPak!!
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scratches Easy, but looks great on my noggin! I would recommend a helmet cover for schooling, because the surface scratches very easily! Fits great, I no longer look like a bobble head :)
    Date published: 2012-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and Great look I love the trim neat look of this helmet. No "bubble head" The vents keep me cool and comfortable.
    Date published: 2012-01-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Close, but no cigar for round heads I gave this helmet a try in my futile effort to find a helmet to fit my large round head that doesn't cost $500. This helmet fit OK, but not perfectly. It rocked side to side a little, but it passed the "hang upside down and see if it comes off" test. However, after the second time wearing it, I took it off to reveal a horrifying rash on my forehead. So that was that, and a-returning-it-a-went! While it's a stylish design for an awesome price, it's a pass for those of us with round heads.
    Date published: 2012-01-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value I love IRHs and I love this helmet. The only complaint I have is that despite how careful I have been with it, the paint over the side vents has chipped off in a few places. Doesn't look bad from a distance, and I still show in it, but it is a downfall. Love the way the helmet looks and fits and overall I am still happy with this product. For the price (as compared to a Charles Owen or GPA) this is a very good product.
    Date published: 2011-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful helmet! This helmet is extremely conmfortable and stylish. I tried a Charles Owen JR8, but it was too narrow for my head. This helmet is light, comfortable, and very, very well ventilated. The harness feels very secure and holds my hair very well. The external vents are much more subtle than one might think. It has a very low-profile look. Overall, this is a helmet that looks much pricier than it actually is. A fantastic buy.
    Date published: 2011-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent costumer service/Not so great fit for me I purchased the helmet (online obviously). I have had IRH's in the past and they were good reliable helmets. My most recent helmet is a Charles Own GR8 in 7 3/8th... I used it for showing for about four years and had one too many falls on it for me to still feel it was sound to ride with/protect my head. So I looked into buying another IRH since I didn't want to spend all the money for another CO. Also, since I cut my hair and no longer HAVE HAIR to tuck under my Charles Owen, it's not snug enough and wobbles.My friend has this helmet (IRH Elite Xtreme), I like the smooth design and low profile.Sadly, it was not meant to be. My head just doesn't fit with these helmets.I ordered a 7 1/4 Long Oval first. There was too much room in the front and was tight on the sides.Then I returned that (with help of SmartPak's excellent customer service team) and got a REGULAR/non long oval 7 1/4th and that was too tight on the sides as well.I went through this "too big" "too small" process until I received the 4th or 5th helmet and finally decided this brand/model simply does not fit me.I finally decided to just get a refund. AND GUESS WHAT! Their refund process, unlike Ebay or other stores, DID NOT require any arguments or legal threats! HAHA.Despite the natural frustration with receiving a non-fitting helmet after a week of looking forward to it, SmartPak's easy return process make this less stressful.Also, their over the phone service is fantastic. There is always a fluent English speaking person and they are always so polite, which may sound like a minor detail but it made me less worrisome when I wondered "Is this going to be a pain in the butt to return?" I was put at ease and I know that I can trust this company. I will most likely never shop at Dover again, SmartPak beats their prices and customer service.
    Date published: 2011-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this helmet After trying a few out, I have to admit for the price this helmet is fabulous! I love it -- perfect for schooling!
    Date published: 2011-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Helmet Nice helmet, it looks great and is comfortable to wear. The only thing that I don't like is that the black helmet shows scratches....the gray may be a better color to camouflage scratches. The helmet comes with a nice bag to protect it when not in use.
    Date published: 2011-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this helmet I have a long oval head and was despairing of finding a helmet that would fit. I love this helmet so much that I had three of them (one for shows, one for home, one for when I go elsewhere.) The "at home" one recently had a meeting with the dirt and I can say it definitely did its job. I'll be replacing it with the same.My only negative is that the finish scuffs easily, but it covered up easily with a sharpie.
    Date published: 2011-09-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helmet size I but this helmet 2 days ago.I took the size on the chart and when arrive the helmet was to big, so I don't know good is to buy any helmet online. the chart size is not precise it all.
    Date published: 2011-09-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from hard to fit ordered a few size....either too lose or gave me a headache. seems to have great venting for hot summer rides.Was very glad that I could order several sizes, try them on and return for the ATH style which I kept .....the ATH is very comfortable and easy to fit
    Date published: 2011-09-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the money! Got this for my daughter and she loves it! She says it doesn't give her a "mushroom head" like the CO's did that she tried on did. The only thing she said was that the paint or whatever used on it chips easy. She's never sweat once and she usually has a heat problem while riding! Will buy again if we need too.
    Date published: 2011-09-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool helmet, fitting is a PAIN! The helmet is comfy...once you get the right fit! I read that fitting was an issue in reviews before deciding to buy this helmet and I thought "No way, I am a 7 1/4-ALWAYS!" So, I ordered the 7 1/4 long, because I needed to make life difficult and because I have a big head and helmets tend to be a little tight, and it was ginormous. It's like, a 9 1/4. I sent it back and got the regular 7 1/4, and THAT was still a little too big. (Mind you, I am ALWAYS in a large helmet, and have bigger hat size than boyfriends, etc.) I had fitting pads from another IRH helmet, 5/8" all around, and with those in the helmet, it now fits perfectly. So now I love it. I am SO worried though that the brim is going to fall off if I drop it...we shall see!
    Date published: 2011-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second time is a charm Based on others reviews, after I purchased it, I discovered it is better to be safe and order up one size if you have a truly oval head. Well after confusion and returns, and another one sent that is one size up, it fits perfect. Even have room for ear warmers. Less of a bubble head!Seems durable. Comes with a great helmet bag. Every aspect that you could want in a helmet seems to be thought of and made with the highest attention to detail and quality. Only positive things to say about the helmet! And smartpak!Don't walk away from this deal - best bang for your buck- especially with free ground shipping that is now offered!!
    Date published: 2011-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long Oval fit offers a good choice I need a long oval and had a Troxel that was as round as could be and really made me look like a mushroom head. This helmet is lighter, not shiny (which helps) and much sleeker that the other one I had. It is well ventilated and comfortable. I had a concussion (no helmet) and so I wear one EVERY time I ride. This is comfortable and looks fine.
    Date published: 2011-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Helmet! I just got this helmet, and I love it! The vents work very well, and keep me a lot less sweaty before, during, and after riding! The quality, value, and durability are amazing. The size of the helmet is right on. The only thing I don't like about it, is that the chin strap is very long. I tightened it all the way, and it fits, but the end sticks out! Overall I love this helmet, and would highly recommend!
    Date published: 2011-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very happy with this helmet I've worn this about 5 times in my lessons, and so far have found it meets my needs well. It fit me true to the measurements, was easy to adjust the harness to fit, and even in the hot weather we've been having here, comfortable to wear for an hour lesson in a ring with no shade. I really like the finish--easy to keep clean. I also have another IRH, the model with the suede finish, and it seems everything sticks to that one, so I save it for competition. I would buy this helmet again, definitely.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK but Air 10 was better I was looking for a vented helmet for the FL heat. I liked the lightness and venting but the harness was cumbersome and ill fitting. there was no way to adjust the fit of the harness.I purchased the IRH air 10 with some adjustment in the harness which helped. unfortunately there is not as much venting as the elite extreme but definitely a good buy since the other option for me would have been the Charles Owen AYR8.
    Date published: 2011-07-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Returned The helmet came with no padding at all, and didn't come down around my head far enough. It felt like it could pop off. The vents were very nice, you can feel the breeze just standing in it! Just didn't suit me personally so I returned it.
    Date published: 2011-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this helmet I bought this helmet 4 months ago, and have been so happy with my choice. I have an oval shaped head, and ordered the "oval" size, and it fits perfectly. Love the way the helmet looks, as I'm not fond of the "bubble head" appearance. This has a nice, low, profile, and great ventilation.It would be nice if more tack stores carried this helmet so that people could try them on. I was concerned that I would have to return if the "oval" did not fit properly.
    Date published: 2011-06-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing When I first purchased the helmet, it fit me well--it was comfortable and stylish, and I was confident about it's safety ratings. A friend of mine had ordered the same helmet, only for it to arrive with the visor broken off. There is a clear warning on the packaging that the visor on the helmet is made to break for safety reasons, and to not drop or carry the helmet by the visor.I had been wearning the helmet for around a month, when I found the visor cracked off when removing it from my hat box. I had not fallen off my horse, nor dropped the helmet---my only solution is that someone may have accidently kicked our dropped something on my hatbox, causing the visor to crack. Needless to say, I was not pleased. I understand that the visor cracking is a "safety" precaution in the event of a fall, but if it is that delicate, it is not very practical. Think how many times equestrians bap their heads on things when not even the saddle--stall doors, saddle racks, their itchy horse's giant head---for the money, this helmet is simply too flimsy. I was able to return it, and have purchased a Charles Owen instead.
    Date published: 2011-05-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from a bit frustrating I love the look and material of this helmet. However, I've tried three different sizes and none of them fit me! (And, yes, I know how to measure my head.) I order them and then send them back because there's no tack store anywhere in my area. This has been extremely frustrating, which is perhaps the Xtreme part of the helmet! The Elite part is that it's a beautiful helmet that looks great on my head if only I could get it to fit me, drat! The only additional observation worth noting is that there is no real padding inside the helmet. Surprising, although, I can't say if this affects how comfortable the helmet is because I haven't ridden in one nor had it on for extended periods of time. If you have an opportunity to try the helmet before buying it and can find a good fit this attractive, light weight, show ready helmet may be the one for you.
    Date published: 2011-05-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Happy with Purchase Although the quality and value of the helmet was good, I found it hard to fit. The first time I ordered the helmet I ordered the size based on my head measurements. That size was too big so I ordered next size smaller. That size was way too tight. Another person at our stables had the same problem with the fit of this helmet. I thought if I wore the helmet a few times it would losen a little, but it has not so I am not wearing it at this time.
    Date published: 2011-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase Great helmet, fit perfectly and got free shipping too:)
    Date published: 2011-04-01
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