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Troxel cowboy hat helmet
#1
I finally got a chance to use the Troxel cowboy hat helmet that I ordered from Chuck last fall. Partly, I needed someone else along to take pictures so that you all could see what it looks like. Also partly, it needed some extra padding and I finally got around to arranging that. The helmet that they put inside the cowboy hat is pretty hard stiff foam with very little padding at all, and it had a fairly flat spot at the top of the head -- whereas I, apparently, have a pointier head. With a few pieces trimmed from a new thin saddle pad (it was too long when I bought it, and I kept the trimmed-off bits "just in case"), the top was much more comfy.

The helmet comes with a note from Troxel pointing out that fitting a full certified safety helmet inside a normal-size cowboy hat is impossible, and therefore this cowboy-hat-helmet will look very large; they also state that it often doesn't look nearly as out-of-proportion when you're mounted on a horse. So we took pictures both ways so that you can judge that for yourselves.

First, on the ground:
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From the side isn't nearly as bulky-looking as from the front:
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Then on horseback:
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So, my opinions:
PROS
- has a brim to keep sun out of your eyes (didn't get to test with rain, yay)
- thanks to chin strap, it stays on your head if you happen to decide to gallop
- keeps head very warm since it is black in color and has no vents

CONS
- looks (a bit!) dorky. On the other hand, when I called back to my riding buddy to joke "does this helmet make my butt look big?", he said it makes it look positively miniscule. Benefit? Hmmm.
- shape of helmet might not fit all heads, better with extra after-market padding added
- straps not quite as adjustable as on other helmet models

Your humble product reviewer,
'plash
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#2
Please take this in the humorous spirit that it is intended. And don't quit using it because of my dopey opinions.

It kind of reminds me of the munchkin coroner.
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Yes it is too big but it might be the best possible look for one these guys.
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#3
Actually I'm thinking of flattening out one side of the brim and adding a big foofy ostrich plume or seven. Maybe the musketeer look will be more appropriate, though it might scare the bejeezus out of the horses.

'plash
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#4
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Originally posted by hoopski

Please take this in the humorous spirit that it is intended. And don't quit using it because of my dopey opinions.

It kind of reminds me of the munchkin coroner.
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Yes it is too big but it might be the best possible look for one these guys.
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OMG hoopski, I am STILL laughing!!!! [Big Grin][Big Grin]

Hoss Cartwright came to mind...but his hat wasn't black.

Seriously though, it's not too bad! [^]



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#5
At least it keeps Pepper in the shade and she won't get wet if it rains!
Karen ~ Trails  
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Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

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#6

Is that where they get the term " ten gallon hat?"[Big Grin]

Seriously, I think your idea of a muskateer hat would be good! Think of it as a desensitizing object.[Wink]
A good rider has a thinking mind, fine emotions and a sensitive hand.-Tu Yu,72 BC

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#7
I like it. If it looks a good on me as you I might just give it a try if I was sure it would fit.

The sizing seemed to be too small for my head. I need at least 7 1/4. Do you think it fits a bit tighter or a bit larger than the stated size?

Thanks for the pictures.[Big Grin]
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#8

Actually, it probably would look smaller on a mans head. You have a small, feminine face so the size is more noticable I think. Add to that a mans bigger body size, and you might not give it a second look.
A good rider has a thinking mind, fine emotions and a sensitive hand.-Tu Yu,72 BC

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#9
Hook, the size according to Troxel (7+1/8) is theoretically the same size as my regular Troxel riding helmet, but it seems to me that this one is a little roomier. That might have been the difference in shape and padding, who knows. For what it's worth, the actual brim-level measurement of the inside of this one is 8 1/2" from front to back and 6 1/8" from side to side. This is the actual opening in the hard foam helmet; padding would reduce these numbers. The padding included with the helmet wasn't very thick, so only reduces it by 1/4" or so.

I notice on the Troxel website they seem to be offering a similar sort of thing in an English Derby hat, for you dressage types.

'plash
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#10
I've been waiting for someone to post how they like the cowboy hat helmets. I think it looks pretty good.....do you think it offers the same amount of protection?

Hoopski..funny!
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