It looks like my trusty helmet has surpassed its life expectancy, which is not entirely a good thing. While it does mean that I never bit the dirt in my buckskin-colored helmet (a very good thing!), it also means that the years of heat, sweat, and grime have taken their toll and possibly left my head not as well protected as it should have been while astride my horse. I probably bought that helmet some time during 2007, during my first year with Harley, so although it may not have survived seven years exactly on my head, it has certainly been a part of me for more than five. With this revelation, I embarked on a new helmet search.
My priorities for a schooling helmet are simple: safety, comfort, and room for my long hair. I selected my last helmet, because it had an adjustable fit and a "pony-tail port". This was a wonderful solution to the problem of having one's hair get tangled in the helmet dial. While I like the option to minutely adjust the fit of my helmet, there are some really nice helmets out there that do not have dials and I am not exactly sharing my helmet with anyone, so I branched out to some brands that I have never worn before.
|New brand, style, and color on the left! My old helmet on the right.|
I decided to give the Tipperary Sportage a whirl. I selected size medium in navy blue and waited axniously for my new helmet to arrive. In less than a week it was in my hands and on my head in the kitchen.
My first impression: I love it!
The helmet was comfortable and fit my head right out of the box. No adjustments of the padding were necessary. Although the helmet lacks a pony-tail port, my hair can be secured just below the helmet with no problem. I love how this helmet covers more of the back of my head and fits snugly, but without pressure points. It almost feels like I am wearing a pillow on my head. Seriously.
|Evidence of the test ride.|
|Harley approves of rider safety.|
With two rides under my helmet, I can honestly say that my first impression is sticking. I think this helmet is more comfortable than my last one ever was, even when new. We will see if I miss the larger visor when the sun is high, but, so far, I am really liking my new "head pillow"!
|In the new helmet!|