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IRH XR9 Helmet

International Riding Helmets
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Why We Love This

The IRH XR9 Helmet is a high performance helmet that looks great in the schooling or show ring!  This extremely lightweight and comfortable helmet is covered in Amara suede that is both soft to the touch and water-resistant so you can be sure you look your best no matter the weather.

Favorite Features

  • Low profile, attractive shape
  • Lightweight
  • Airmax interior lining wicks away moisture helping to keep you cool in warm weather
  • Sueded comfort harness
  • ASTM F-1163-15 /SEI Certified

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    IRH XR9 Helmet is rated 4.4878 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Nice Hlemet I bought this helmet to replace the schooling helmet after a fall. I did not expect it to be this nice. The fit is fabulous and the helmet itself looks great! This is a great helmet. If you do have a fall please replace your helmet.
    Date published: 2013-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my head! I've had this helmet for a little under a year and love it - it's durable, fits great, and is very attractive. But the most important thing is I'm pretty sure it saved my life last weekend when I took a fall cross county and fell directly on my head. I still had a concussion and some chipped teeth, but I was able to get up and walk away. For that, it is priceless. I will definitely buy a new one to replace it.
    Date published: 2013-06-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So comfortable! I've only had this helmet for a few weeks and I've been super careful with it so I can't speak to the durability. But It's a very comfortable helmet that looks similar to the much more expensive CO's. I wish it didn't have the silver metal IRH logo on the front, maybe if it were black or less obvious, but otherwise, I'm pleased with it.
    Date published: 2013-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Helmet I have had this helmet for two years and recently ordered a replacement. This helmet held up beautifully for schooling and showing and I was so sad when I noticed the back of the helmet made a cracking noise when I pressed on it. I would have been happy to keep the new XR9 I ordered but the sizing has changed and the helmet no longer fits me. The helmet is lightweight and looks great. I think it's a better helmet than the Charles Owen helmets in this price range - I ordered the JR8 as well and had a really hard time getting my hair to look nice from the back in the JR8 as the harness doesn't provide as much covereage as the XR9.
    Date published: 2013-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet for the price I really love this helmet. It does not have as much padding as the Charles Owen but its a really nice helmet for the price that you pay. The sizing is a little off. I am a 6 7/8 in CO and a 6 3/4 on this helmet. Its very comfy though and did fit me really well. Looking forward to doing my IHSA competition with this and using it for a long time!
    Date published: 2012-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! I recently purchased this helmet as a new show helmet. I love it! It looks very similar to the Charles Owen GR8 but at half the price. It is comfortable and runs a tiny bit large but came with inserts so it's fixable. Overall it's a great helmet and I would definitely recommend it!
    Date published: 2012-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! I got this helmet about a month ago to use as my show helmet. So far I love it! It looks great and fits nice too, except for the fact that it's a tiny bit big, although I have foam inserts that came with it so I think putting on of them in will solve that issue. I also loved the fact that it was so similar to the Charles Owens GR8 helmet... at half the price! Overall it's a very nice helmet and I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
    Date published: 2012-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Price vs. quality= good deal I have only wore this a handful a times, but it seems relatively comfortable. It fits alright, but it's hard to find a perfect fit. I would recommend that you watch the "how to properly fit a helmet" first (measure in cms) purchase the size above and below the measurement. I had a hard time getting the right fit, but I did not agree with the other reviews about these helmets running small.
    Date published: 2012-06-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from may be the sizing changed? I'd owned one of these good looking, tough helmets before and so was willing to wait until it was back in stock. However, this time around it seems loose and ended up sitting down on my head so that the top of my head was touching. Not sure if a 7 instead of my old faithful 7 1/8 size would do, but I am returning it.
    Date published: 2012-04-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sizing off I really liked this helmet when I pulled it out of the box. Unfortunately the helmet ran small and I had to send it back. Also, the helmet has a snap closure not the one pictured.
    Date published: 2012-03-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Helmet I like this helmet alot. It fits well, has a nice slimming effect and looks great! The only thing I do not like is my heads get hot in it fast, but every protective and good looking.
    Date published: 2012-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent helmet This helmet is an excellent helmet!!it has a very comfortable fi.very light and very durable!well worth the price!!Ibeould recommend this helmet to anyone!!
    Date published: 2012-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the look of the CO GR8, but didn't love the price tag. I got this helmet a couple of Christmas's ago from SmartPak. This helmet fits great, and is really comfortable. It looks good too.My only complaint is that the chin strap buckle is not as pictured. It's a black plastic snap type buckle. I was disappointed when I saw this, but kept the helmet anyways because it fit well & other than the cheap-looking buckle, looked good.Great helmet for the price!
    Date published: 2012-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lightweight This helmet looks like it's more expensive counterparts, is lightweight and comfortable, and helps you avoid the dreaded bobblehead look. So far I'm very happy with it.
    Date published: 2011-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For Hot Weather! I purchased this helmet for the HOT HUMID VIRGINIA weather! I love it. Its classy enough for circut showing, and flashy enough to add the last bit of polish to a riders outfit!
    Date published: 2011-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet ever the helmet fit was very nice and snug, comfortable. I fell in love when i put it on, it's has a professional look. The bag that comes with the helmet was very helpful to keep clean. I would prefer this helmet over a Charles Owen. The price is great for this kind of helmet and very durabil.
    Date published: 2011-06-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fit I order a 7 1/8 and the helmet was too big, although it's the exact same size as my previous IRH helmet and it is what the sizing chart recommended. I returned it and ordered a size 7 and it feels exactly the same is still too large. I will be returning the second helmet
    Date published: 2011-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing helmet! I bought this helmet out of the blue. I am very glad I did! It is an amazing helmet; super easy to clean, light weight and comfortable. I would definitely get this helmet again! It was my first helmet ever that wasn't a Troxel, and I definitely am starting to like IRH!
    Date published: 2011-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from so cute, maybe a touch large I love the look and the feel of this helmet--really light-weight! I wonder if I should have tried a 6 7/8 instead of a 7 (7, long oval is my usual size)? Perhaps I didn't take into account my (very fine) hair being in a ponytail for schooling, instead of under my hat? I would think that if you are sort of in between sizes, you may want to consider going down a size.
    Date published: 2011-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Husband approves Husband approves of his new helmet.He likes the very low profile (no bubble head) and says it is comfortable. It is a very attractive helmet and a good buy.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice helmet but not for round head I own the same helmet for over a year and like it a lot so I ordered one for my husband, with the biggest size since he has big head. But he still can not insert his head into it, coz the helmet is narrower than the distance between his ears. His LAS tierra 7 1/2 helmet fits him ok though. Didn't expect IRH 7 1/2 runs narrower. Now I want to give IRH ATH a try coz it has long oval option which might mean the non long oval option is rounder than XR9. I hope so...
    Date published: 2010-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great helmet This helmet does not have the chin strap pictured - it is actually a different buckle. I was a little disappointed but decided it is still a great looking helmet and comfy.
    Date published: 2010-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This helmet fit when the CO didn't, Read the other reviews before buying, they were right! This helmet fits round heads when the CO does not. Stylish, comfortable, and best of all, the fit!
    Date published: 2010-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing helmet!! I love the look of the GR8 but it doesn't fit my more round-shaped head and I simply cannot afford it. I expected this helmet to look like a "cheap knock-off" and just be semi-nice. WAS I EVER WRONG! This helmet is nicer than the GR8, SO comfy and looks great!! It is unbelievable value (SmartPak is the cheapest I've found it), especially when compared to the GR8 for $280+. The helmet itself is the nice microsuede that looks like velvet but is as durable as plastic!I do not have enough good to say about it, other than if I ever need a new helmet I will be sure to get this one again!NOTE: It comes in Black/Charcoal and Black/Silver..the one that looks most like the GR8 is the BLACK/CHARCOAL.. be sure to specify ;)
    Date published: 2010-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great buy Was nervous purchasing a helmet without ever trying on to check the fit, but the sizing was right on. Very nicely made, good quality materials. Well worth it for the price, and looks good enough to show in. Isn't a "bubble" helmet, and is very light.
    Date published: 2010-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Second Look I don't think I would have given this helmet a "second look" look had it not been on sale at the time. However, since I was looking for a schooling helmet and also was discouraged that my GPA Helmet was giving me headaches, I gave this one a shot, am I ever glad I did! This is one of the most comfortable helmets I've ever worn, right out of the box, it fits comfortably and securely and the big plus is that it looks great too! It is definitely low profile and does not give one a "mushroom head", a phrase that's often heard when describing today's helmets. I was also very impressed with the luxurious touches, such as the satin lining but more than that, IRH makes a quality helmet and stands behind their product with a very generous replacement policy, all of which is completely described in the enclosed documentation. I now feel that spending large sums of money on high priced helmets is no longer the way to go as this helmet is "high quality with a low price tag"!
    Date published: 2010-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not as slim fitting as I expected I went out of the country for the holidays and needed to start riding lessons the day after I got back, so I didn't have any time to go out and find riding equiptment. Therefore, I had to order everything online, which was totally fine, but sometimes things aren't exactly how you expected. I read a lot of reviews on this helmet, and a lot of people said that it was very slim fitting and looked smaller than a lot of other riding helmets. I think this helmet is great, it is very warm for the winter, has a lot of padding and fits true to size, however I do not think it achieves a "slim" fitting look. It is fairly big and bulky like some other helmets I have tried. However, the important thing is that it protects the head, and I feel confident this helmet will do that.
    Date published: 2010-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet A great buy, have had it almost a year now...almost bought the Charles Owen GR8 helmet, but made me look like a mushroom head. This helmet seems to be a bit more low profile, at least for my tastes and fits better, not to mention it is almost $100 less than the CO GR8, can ride for hours and fits great. Well worth it!
    Date published: 2009-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love The XR9! This helmet is extremely comfortable and looks great. I am extremely happy with it and I would definitely recommend it to friends as well as buy another one!
    Date published: 2009-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Helmet! I've had the XR9 Helmet for a month or more and it's great! It's very light weight and the lining and padding makes it very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Also, you may not believe this, but the XR9 has better ventilation than my other helmet that has 3 huge front vents! All in all it's a great helmet that's worth the cost.
    Date published: 2008-07-16
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