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The ASTM-SEI certified New Sportage 8500 from Tipperary includes all of the features that the original Tipperary helmet is most famous for. Listening to riders' feedback they have integrated the original style, fit and ventilation that made it the most comfortable and one of the lightest helmets on the market.


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  • Lightweight, high density ABS material provides superior resistance to high impact
  • Functional low profile
  • Drop back shell for increased protection and a secure fit reducing helmet rotation 
  • Reflective band for safer rides in low light conditions
  • Ventilation system provides increased airflow for a cooler, more comfortable ride
  • Soft touch leather with reinforced nylon harness
  • Soft, rubberized, low profile flexible visor
  • ASTM-SEI F1163-15 certified
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    Tipperary Sportage Helmet is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 448.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality, Comfort & Price I am a English trail rider and can often be in the saddle for several hours at a time. I am also a "hard fit" (size XL) when it comes to any kind of head gear, so when I find a helmet that is so comfortable that I can forget I have it on, I am very happy. This is my 2nd Tipperary helmet, it replaces one that was damaged in a fall caused by 2 very inconsiderate dirt bikers. Thanks to my 1st helmet, I was not seriously injured (at age 60) and was able to ride back and for the rest of the weekend (also thanks to my awesome horse, Mr.Chip, who after running away from being chased by the dirt bikers, came all the way back to get me). I am definitely a horsewoman on a budget, so it took a while for me to be able to get this new helmet. I have been using my spare; a good quality helmet, but is not a Tipperary. It is not nearly as comfortable, does not provide as much coverage, and would periodically give me a headache at the end of the longer rides. This newer model also appears to be lighter in weight and even cooler than my 1st one. In addition to the wide range of sizes, it also comes with all kinds of velcro pads that can be placed inside so it can be custom fitted to almost any shape head. A great versatile helmet, especially for the price.
    Date published: 2017-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great helmet for schooling. Good price.
    Date published: 2017-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forgot I had it on! I know its the smart thing to do and after a recent fall, I decided it was time to get a helmet. My friend recommended a Tipperary.I used to hate riding helmets. None that I ever tried ever fit well. Always made me feel off balance. However, I really like this new Tipperary Sportage Helmet. It was nice looking in the Electric Blue and after wearing it a while, I forgot I had a helmet on. My first ride was great! Looking forward to wearing it more. I just wish it had some sort of sun shade on it. We are in high altitude and I'm concerned about protecting the skin on my face too. I have a sun shade hat that I may wear underneath it or buy a Da Brim to put on it. I would appreciate any other suggestions, too. I would give it a five star if it had a removable brim.
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to forget it's a helmet I bought this helmet to replace the exact one I'd had for years. It was time to replace it because of age and then my puppy helped me out by eating the inside liner and foam. The new one is just as good as the old, I love that this is not the "mushroom head" helmets from my youth. I've accidentally worn this into the store, thinking I had put my ball cap back on. Great schooling helmet!
    Date published: 2016-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable Helmet I really like this helmet. Very comfortable, forget that I have it on..
    Date published: 2016-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good helmet for the price. I like the lower profile. It's not as comfortable as my previous helmet, but fits well.
    Date published: 2016-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet Bought this for my boyfriend and he loves it. Definitely needed a low profile as it looks much better than the schooling helmet I bought.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and comfortable Fits well, light and cool to wear, easy to adjust. I'm very satisfied with the price.
    Date published: 2016-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet I bought this helmet about a month ago and was very happy when it arrived. I have not worn it while riding yet, but just by trying it on I am very pleased with how comfortable it fit. As far as sizing, I tried to follow the size chart and I was in the upper end of the head circumference for a Medium, but my western hat size put me in the large. I went with the medium and it fits perfectly. I would recommend choosing your size based on your actual measurement and not hat size. Overall, I am very pleased with this product
    Date published: 2016-10-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit! Purchased this helmet for my husband and the fit is great. He says it is very comfortable and does not make his head hot. We have only had it for a month, so durability remains to be seen.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this helmet. This is a great helmet for a great price. It has all the same safety features as the really pricey ones, and it looks just as good.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Low profile, very comfortable Tipperary is a great helmet at a great price. It has several different padding options that are sent along to customize the fit. Very low profile and lightweight. On my 2nd Tipperary and will buy again!
    Date published: 2016-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool light weight and comfortable I have had several helmets. this is by far my favorite. So much so that I purchased two of them to have on hand for my grandchildren to use when they visit. It is cool in the summer heat, light weight and there is no whining when I ask them to helmet up!
    Date published: 2016-10-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from looks great only worn once but so far I think I'll really like it! looks great!
    Date published: 2016-10-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super comfy This is the most comfortable helmet I have every worn. I thought the AYR8 was comfy, until I tried this on. Wow. Lightweight, lots of airflow, and just fits great. Have been able to keep it clean and not stinky by wiping down the liner and rinsing the foam pads.Downsides? It's ugly as sin. I can overlook that for the comfort. The other downside is thin fabric on the foam fitting pads comes off. The fabric is meant to hold the pads in place to the helmet with Velcro.
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safety, comfort, $ Comfortable for all season wear and easy care. This is my third one!
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooo Comfortable! The fit and profile of this helmet is much better for me than my previous brand. It is very light and doesn't press down onto my glasses, which was a big problem with my old helmet. It is priced comparably to my old one, but I'm not one to say anything bas about brands that might be perfect for others. I don't think I have a big head, but the XL fit me great.
    Date published: 2016-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Tipperary After 15 years with my first Tipperary helmet and a major fall last October I thought it was long over due for a new helmet. This helmet runs small compared to my first helmet, my fault for not measuring. I like all the open vents for the hot climate I live in. I haven't worn it yet but expect it to last just like the first helmet. Great design and quality.
    Date published: 2016-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable I may forget to take it off! This is the best helmet I've ever had -looks great also
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit Fits well and comfortable. Like the coverage on back of the head for safety
    Date published: 2016-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my Life I have been riding/training for over 50 years. I always wear a helmet. The Sportage is lightweight, well-ventilated, and the most comfortable helmet I've found. I took a horrible fall at full speed a few days ago - the first unplanned dismount in many, many years - and landed against a tree on my head, shoulder, and hip. I'm am positive that without this helmet, I could still be lying there in the wilderness. The helmet stayed in place, even with a Da Brim. I highly recommend this helmet, and encourage all riders to wear whatever helmet fits you best.
    Date published: 2016-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stays cooler than my last helmet! This is a great schooling helmet. It's lightweight, fits my big head, and the vents keep my head a lot cooler than my heavier, non-vented helmet.
    Date published: 2016-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit, lightweight and as attractive as helmets can be. I believe saving brain cells (those still functioning,) is more important than appearance. I don't find helmets to be beauty aides.
    Date published: 2016-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit This helmet is so comfortable. The ventilation is great---finally I am not hot! Honestly, I forget I am even wearing a helmet! Worth the extra money!
    Date published: 2016-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and light weight. When I first got the helmet, it was a little big, but it comes with plenty of foam "shims" to help with sizing. I also felt like it was a bit mushroom heady when I first put it on, but I quickly got over that and realized that it is actually quite sleek. So far haven't gotten too hot in it, either. I would definitely recommend this helmet as an excellent lower price point schooling helmet.
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking helmet! This is an excellent helmet; has a nice low profile; the vents are nice and offer a bit of cooling in the summer, and during the winter do not noticeably let in more cold. I especially like the foam inserts that come with the helmet; I can quickly snug up the helmet when needed by adding one. I also like the bag that comes with it; I keep my helmet in the bag and it helps keep it cleaner. This is my second purchase of this helmet - I love it. and last week in my riding class, I looked around and nearly everyone riding wore this helmet!
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and great fit This is the second Tipperary Sportage helmet I've purchased. I love this helmet, so lightweight I wear even when I'm off my horse. I live in Texas and it's a cool helmet even in summer. Best fit for me too!
    Date published: 2016-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Helmet on the Market I absolutely love the Tipperary Sportage helmets. Great coverage and very lightweight. I get hot very easily in the summer and this is the only helmet that doesn't make me overheat.
    Date published: 2016-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good fit, cool in the summer I purchased this for my husband who is just learning to ride. We had a hard time finding a helmet to fit him that wasn't super pricey. This fit the bill. Fits well and keeps his head cool. I like it so much I may have to get one too!
    Date published: 2016-04-13
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