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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 471.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this helmet! This is the second one of these helmets that I've bought, my first having gone through 7 years of riding, plus several international flights and two moves. This helmet is fantastic! First, if you have a more oval-shaped head like I do, this will fit great. It's actually one of very few schooling helmets that does fit! I especially like the shaping for the ears and how it cups the back of my head. The vents are also wonderful if you're like me and tend to get heat stroke in the summer. All in all, a wonderful schooling helmet for a decent price.
    Date published: 2017-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great This is my second Tipperary Sportage. I bought it to keep in my horse trailer and my other one in my barn. Fits great, comfortable and well vented. Just wish it had a larger visor
    Date published: 2017-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet I've found Really happy I found this helmet. I haven't been able to find something comfortable enough to actually wear.
    Date published: 2017-10-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! This is the second Tipperary Sportage helmet I have puchased. The fit is the best of any helmet I have owned . No more sore red forheads! So comfortable I forget I'm wearing it. Love all the colors, too. Very durable.
    Date published: 2017-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and comfortable This is the second Tipperary Sportage I have owned. It's a great helmet - attractive, comfortable, light, and meets all safety requirements.
    Date published: 2017-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what my grandson ordered for his birthday! I originally ordered this riding helmut but it was the wrong size. Silly me! SmartPac was so understanding and easy to deal with although it was my mistake. They refunded my money and reordered the correct size and shipped it ASAP for my grandson's birthday. Thank you SmartPac and the new helmut fits perfectly!
    Date published: 2017-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect customizable fit This is my 3rd Sportage Helmet. Cool, lightweight, low-profile, economical.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from helmet Very good helmet. Fit is great for me. This is my 5th one.
    Date published: 2017-09-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Weird sizing I had an old Tipperary that I love, love, loved. Lightweight, cool, safe. So now that it's time to replace it I was determined to get a new one. My head is a 7-1/4 size. In my old helmet, a Medium fit. So I ordered a medium without even thinking to check the size chart for the newer ones: way too tight. Even the large was too tight. 3rd try (thanks Smartpak, you are the best) the XL was too big and, although I could have made it work with the included padding for a custom fit, it literally looked like I was wearing a lampshade on my head! I looked ridiculous. So disappointed. The quality and the safety are what I wanted but I do not understand what they did with the sizing since last time I bought this brand.
    Date published: 2017-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far its the best helmet I have worn I had a riding accident which made getting a new helmet necessary. I looked at all of them in this price point and decided I liked the style and the positive reviews. I took the sizing chart seriously and ordered a M when I am usually a S or XS. It fits me like a glove and is very comfortable. Unfortunately, I have not been able to return to riding yet. But I am sure it is very well ventilated for our hot humid FL climate.
    Date published: 2017-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my life The 3rd time I wore my new helmet my horse stumbled and fell at a fast trot. I went over him and hit directly on my head. While I was injured (broken nose and wrist), I suffered only a mild concussion from a very bad fall. They replaced it and I'll never wear a different brand of helmet. It did its job perfectly and the service was great.
    Date published: 2017-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and good airflow I bought this to replace my very pretty embossed leather popular brand helmet - pretty but HOT and heavy. The Tipperary is quite a bit lighter, easy to adjust for fit, and has much better airflow.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought a Tipperary Helmet last year. A few weeks ago my mare tripped and I went off and hit the back of my head on a tubular steel gate. The dropped back shell kept me from having a head injury. I bought this helmet for my son who recently took on two horses from a friend that had passed away from cancer. Neither horse had been ridden much since her diagnosis and I wanted him to have good protection.
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tipperary Sportage Helmet I haven't used this yet. But my friends who have been using helmets for years, recommended THIS one as the most comfortable!
    Date published: 2017-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Helmet I have purchased many of these over the years and have never been disappointed. Always good, consistent quality.
    Date published: 2017-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet, Great Price This is my 3rd Tipperary to buy... they are lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear! SP had it to me quickly and I LOVE the option for free returns! I couldn't remember what size I wear. I guessed correctly but it was nice to know that it would be hassle-free to exchange if I was wrong.
    Date published: 2017-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable. I sent back two other helmets. This one was roomy, nice!
    Date published: 2017-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Price, High Quality, Fast Ship I am so happy with my purchase of this high quality, lightweight, snug fit, very comfortable riding helmet. I'm training an 8 year old green broke Leopard Appaloosa Gelding, and we do a lot of trail riding on rugged terrain. I feel very safe with my awesome new helmet. I would recommend this helmet to everyone.
    Date published: 2017-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great! And it's the perfect helmet for those warm days.
    Date published: 2017-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet I had this helmet for about a year before i fell off and landed on my head. It served its purpose and protected my head very well. I am reordering the same color, size and helmet after falling. I love the way it fits. It is very comfortable and has a pretty color.
    Date published: 2017-04-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sadly sending it back. This is a lovely helmet that came highly recommend to me. It's well constructed, light weight with great color and finish so I'm giving it four stars. However the fit is not good for my head size and shape. It fits side to side well but is far too large front to back even with the extra padding. It is also very deep. It covers my eyebrows completely. I don't believe a smaller size would solve these problems. I think it would be too tight right to left. So, minus one star for fit. This would be wonderful for someone who has a much more oval head.
    Date published: 2017-04-22
    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 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
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