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When it comes to riding helmets, what is more important to you?

The helmet design/look
8%
95
The helmet fit/comfort
92%
1133

Total votes cast: 1228

Comments & Write-in Answers

Best helmet I ever owned is a Charles Owen

3/9/2009 9:47:47 PM

Protection is most important, then comfort

3/9/2009 6:24:41 PM

Design/look is important when showing and I never have a problem finding one to fit.

3/9/2009 3:26:38 PM

Christopher Reeves makes me put my helmet on EVERY time. Carolyn Moran

3/9/2009 3:19:19 PM

The safety standards!!

3/9/2009 3:17:18 PM

why can't we have both?

3/9/2009 3:09:39 PM

if the helmet does not fit correctly, you are comprimising the safety and protection

3/9/2009 2:21:23 PM

i dont war one

3/9/2009 1:51:10 PM

if it doesn't fit it isn't safe and if it isn't comfortable it's hard to wear.

3/9/2009 1:27:55 PM

Not worried about looks, just protection and comfort

3/9/2009 12:49:12 PM

I don't wear a helmet

3/9/2009 9:28:51 AM

don't use a helmet, so I don't care either way.

3/9/2009 9:17:27 AM

I also look for the safety rating...To make sure that it is ASTM/SEI

3/9/2009 8:35:28 AM

They all look stupid to me...

3/9/2009 12:55:58 AM

if it doesn't fit properly, it may not be safe

3/8/2009 3:36:03 PM

Why cant helmet companies make something more fashionable as well as safe?!More folks wouldwearthem!

3/8/2009 2:59:33 PM

A helmet's a helmet - no matter what it looks like. People have issues with vanity nowadays.

3/8/2009 2:50:51 PM

helmet must be comfortable, but still look good and not too funny looking

3/8/2009 12:07:37 PM

looks are also important but fit/comfort comes first

3/8/2009 11:59:39 AM

I don't wear a helmet as a fashion statement , but I ALWAYS wear a helmet.

3/7/2009 10:01:24 PM

Fit and comfort is the most important thing and they usually go together with design and lok. So, I

3/7/2009 7:56:41 PM

actually both

3/7/2009 7:35:41 PM

safery --/I do not ride without one. Already cracked 2 through felling against tree & rock

3/7/2009 11:49:18 AM

the fit ans safety should always be most important, otherwise what is the point of wearing one?

3/7/2009 11:45:37 AM

Both are important - no fit/comfort - no wear, looks goofy - no wear

3/6/2009 10:05:41 PM

no helmuts

3/6/2009 7:18:26 PM

The thing I care about the most with a helmet is the safety. It could save your like!

3/6/2009 6:44:54 PM

safety and protection

3/6/2009 6:06:57 PM

If it's not comfortable, who wants to wear it all day?

3/6/2009 5:45:17 PM

In TX we need cooler helmets that let our head breathe and not sweat so much, like a western hat.

3/6/2009 2:47:00 PM

Never worn a helmet on horses, but do on motorcycles!

3/6/2009 1:55:26 PM

The absense of a helmet

3/6/2009 1:53:58 PM

it has to be comfy! Looking good is nice too

3/6/2009 1:39:22 PM

first the look, but it has to fit properly also!

3/6/2009 8:52:58 AM

most important of all: will it take a hit to save my life?

3/6/2009 2:14:32 AM

Both

3/6/2009 2:05:55 AM

and function!!!

3/5/2009 10:39:53 PM

If the helmet's not comfortable, it's just going to look nice handing on a hook!

3/5/2009 10:25:11 PM

The price!

3/5/2009 10:20:28 PM

and that it protects my brain!

3/5/2009 9:59:59 PM

low profile helmet best for me but MUST fit properly & be comfortable! no headache after 1hr of use!

3/5/2009 9:43:35 PM

and safety/protection most of all

3/5/2009 9:19:59 PM

I am a dressage rider and I always wear a safety helmet

3/5/2009 8:59:07 PM

safety

3/5/2009 8:00:37 PM

light weight, good air flow, and comfortable fit is what I look for in a helment.

3/5/2009 6:24:29 PM

I wear one EVERY time I get on a horse

3/5/2009 6:00:55 PM

Don't forget function!

3/5/2009 5:02:01 PM

but most of all the SAFETY

3/5/2009 4:44:53 PM

safety is THE most important but that was not an option

3/5/2009 4:26:57 PM

safety comes from proper fit

3/5/2009 3:23:44 PM

When you are wearing it, yu can't see what it looks like - comfort is paramount!

3/5/2009 2:39:11 PM

Would like more Choices in styles, too!

3/5/2009 2:33:54 PM

It is more important that it does what it was designed to do.

3/5/2009 2:18:40 PM

I never wear one...

3/5/2009 12:39:45 PM

Although looks do count

3/5/2009 12:32:02 PM

Ability to adjust helmet fit (to accommodate a hat in winter, for example) is also important

3/5/2009 10:56:08 AM

but looks are a bonus

3/5/2009 7:11:33 AM

Hard to pull off looking cool in a helmet.More concerned about it working to keep my head safe.

3/5/2009 5:40:18 AM

Not a well-worded survey question!

3/5/2009 4:44:10 AM

That it protects my head if my head needs protecting!

3/5/2009 1:24:38 AM

But the MOST impotant facto is that it is actually worn every time you ride.

3/4/2009 10:21:21 PM

It must fit right to protect & if it looks cool, too, then great!!

3/4/2009 9:57:28 PM

Actual head sizes instead of ranges are essential

3/4/2009 9:38:55 PM

Neither, I didn't grow up riding with a helmet

3/4/2009 9:33:31 PM

and make darn sure it works

3/4/2009 9:28:14 PM

saftey first!

3/4/2009 9:24:55 PM

I want it to look very nice, but also it has to fit well and be confortable.

3/4/2009 9:22:42 PM

just WEAR one!

3/4/2009 8:03:12 PM

more than design or fit, PROTECTION!!

3/4/2009 6:18:49 PM

My helmet saved my life when I was kicked in the head. Fit is everything.

3/4/2009 6:00:15 PM

I don't care what it looks like. I want my brain protected. I don't want to sweat too much.

3/4/2009 4:48:11 PM

First, it must meet ASTM standards, then fit

3/4/2009 3:50:29 PM

If it is not comfortable, it won't get worn.

3/4/2009 2:58:51 PM

safety safety safety!

3/4/2009 2:41:28 PM

Cost also plays a role, and look becomes more important when it is a show helmet

3/4/2009 2:36:28 PM

the cominess of the hat is a lot more important. also so is the fit because otherwise it won't be as

3/4/2009 2:14:52 PM

I have the old fashioned velvert type very comfortable and still good protection

3/4/2009 2:02:37 PM

safety is more important to me than looks

3/4/2009 1:11:01 PM

EVERYONE should wear one!

3/4/2009 12:33:14 PM

The most important thing is that you wear it! Even professionals should wear their helmets as a goo

3/4/2009 11:28:36 AM

safety record of the company's product is number 1

3/4/2009 11:07:34 AM

Wearing helmets while riding is absolutely essential. Fit and comfort promots regular usage.

3/4/2009 10:51:55 AM

Troxel Sierra- very lightweight, cool and comfortable. Not bad looking either!

3/4/2009 10:38:45 AM

Tipperary has the best fit of any

3/4/2009 10:36:41 AM

protection

3/4/2009 10:20:48 AM

ALWAYS wear a helment when riding!

3/4/2009 10:18:25 AM

Price is important too.

3/4/2009 10:11:07 AM

SAFETY features of the helmet are most important to me. My helmet saved me from a very bad head inj

3/4/2009 9:45:39 AM

obviously safety matters, but once i have narrowed the group down, looks play a big part.

3/4/2009 9:43:15 AM

I wear a helmet whenever I ride, so comfort and durability outrank style.

3/4/2009 9:35:59 AM

I like the tan/sandstone more western look too

3/4/2009 9:28:48 AM

would want a combination of the two options

3/4/2009 9:22:24 AM

It could look like a green mushroom for all I care as long as it protects the brains of my kids

3/4/2009 9:18:31 AM

If I wore one, it would have to be comfortable

3/4/2009 9:15:36 AM

Its Quality and safety rating. Function over Form vs. Form over Function!

3/4/2009 8:58:30 AM

Chronic migraines make helmet weight/fit vital for me, never ride without one.

3/4/2009 8:50:55 AM

Been riding in skull caps since the 80's, they all the only ones I ride in.

3/4/2009 8:34:41 AM

Good helmet fit absolutely necessary to ensure the helmet will protect head if a fall takes place.

3/4/2009 8:23:30 AM

helmets protection

3/4/2009 8:18:55 AM

With all the products on today's market, you can have both.

3/4/2009 8:13:31 AM

none of the above, Safety first

3/4/2009 7:48:59 AM

I find many helmets require padding in the sides, or the front, etc to properly fit my head.

3/4/2009 7:34:59 AM

The Troxel Sierra has a great look, but the Cheyenne provided a more secure fit

3/4/2009 7:18:22 AM

fit/comfort AND safety ratings

3/4/2009 7:18:18 AM

no helmet

3/4/2009 6:43:29 AM

having said that if it doesn't look good as well I wouldn't buy it

3/4/2009 5:21:46 AM

If it isn't comfortable, people won't wear it when it is needed most.

3/4/2009 2:40:42 AM

Make a more wind-resistant sun visor - like the Cashel but with a little more rigidity!!!

3/4/2009 2:27:09 AM

quality construction. Troxel quality has dropped significantly. m

3/4/2009 2:26:02 AM

But even more important is keeping your skull safe!

3/4/2009 2:23:24 AM

if it could be breathable, that'd be great too.

3/4/2009 2:16:22 AM

Wearing a helmet has saved me from serious injury three times. Looks aren't important.

3/4/2009 1:57:31 AM

I always ride with a certified helmet, so comfort is important, but if it doesn't fit, it's useless.

3/4/2009 1:22:41 AM

Both are important, If it doesn't fit or you feel like a dork...you won't wear it.

3/4/2009 12:41:44 AM

Iuse a very light helmet as I get migraines it is also approved by Australian standards

3/3/2009 11:58:29 PM

The real thing that should be important is how the helmet will protect your skull

3/3/2009 11:47:15 PM

It has to be very comfortable or I won't wear it!

3/3/2009 11:39:54 PM

i want the one that offers the most protection that doesn't hurt to wear

3/3/2009 11:38:08 PM

actually both matter about the same

3/3/2009 11:29:08 PM

After an accident last summer and 30 staples in my head fit & comfort would come first.

3/3/2009 11:26:19 PM

The better it fits, the better it works! My head's more important that fashion.

3/3/2009 11:10:21 PM

If it fits well, you won't know it's there...until it saves your head!

3/3/2009 10:59:26 PM

The helmet must be light, comfortable, and ventilated.

3/3/2009 10:35:29 PM

A helmet saved me from a more serious injury. I go for a snug fit.

3/3/2009 10:31:57 PM

Dont use them

3/3/2009 10:26:48 PM

Should cover back of the head. Liner should conform to round/oval heads. Chinstrap shouldn't choke

3/3/2009 10:03:44 PM

Something that doesn't make my head sweat in the summer.

3/3/2009 10:00:47 PM

I can't see it once it's on, but I can sure FEEL it!

3/3/2009 10:00:47 PM

Combined with all the safety standards. Design does factor in with this as well.

3/3/2009 9:56:33 PM

fit is more important but it has to look decent as well

3/3/2009 9:49:39 PM

Safety First!

3/3/2009 9:44:39 PM

can helmets go back to having the "pony tail" port? I found this MOST comfortable!

3/3/2009 9:42:17 PM

comfort is most important, but if I look like a dork I probably won't buy it!

3/3/2009 9:36:45 PM

comfort since there are no pretty helmets...

3/3/2009 9:35:58 PM

I never ride without a helmet even if it's ugly!

3/3/2009 9:00:08 PM

I love my ugly helmet but occasionally pop on my daughter's stylish one - it hurts!

3/3/2009 8:53:42 PM

If safety is a given, then I want both!!

3/3/2009 8:49:16 PM

I actually appreciate both, it has to look good and be comfortable...

3/3/2009 8:42:24 PM

Obviously, if the helm doesn't fit, it isn't safe.

3/3/2009 8:37:17 PM

Both, design/look and fit/comfort

3/3/2009 8:33:35 PM

Protection is the most important thing, not design or looks.

3/3/2009 8:28:22 PM

Definitely fit/comfort but also price as must be ASTM approved.

3/3/2009 8:24:19 PM

It's hot in the summer and the helmet must be open to let the heat out

3/3/2009 8:14:48 PM

But I'd like both!!!!

3/3/2009 8:13:57 PM

the fit and comfort is important because I'll wear it when I am supposed to

3/3/2009 8:07:10 PM

neither don't wear one

3/3/2009 8:01:05 PM

Plese make a top hat style for FEI.

3/3/2009 7:54:57 PM

even more - SAFETY!

3/3/2009 7:49:11 PM

fit and comfort are number 1, but looks are important too

3/3/2009 7:49:02 PM

of course its best when you can have comfort and look cute too.

3/3/2009 7:48:05 PM

safety is first, then comfort!

3/3/2009 7:43:26 PM

If it doesn't fit, I won't wear it, no matter how cute it is!

3/3/2009 7:40:14 PM

I'll save my brain and look like a dork every time!

3/3/2009 7:38:31 PM

Safety above all else.

3/3/2009 7:37:18 PM

I've found a racing helmet works best for me on all fronts.

3/3/2009 7:35:51 PM

I can't see the helmet when I wear it but if it rubs I feel it

3/3/2009 7:33:03 PM

safety and protection

3/3/2009 7:26:47 PM

coverage of the base of the skull is very important to me

3/3/2009 7:03:59 PM

If it's not comfortable, the ride's no fun

3/3/2009 7:03:11 PM

the abiity to prevent brain injury is a plus too!!!

3/3/2009 6:53:02 PM

Protection is the most important factor; without a good helmet I would have died.

3/3/2009 6:39:54 PM

It must fit and be comfortable too

3/3/2009 6:38:21 PM

The look is also important as I really don't like looking like a pumkin head.

3/3/2009 6:21:31 PM

Comfort Is KING DICK In My Book!!!!!!!!!

3/3/2009 6:20:05 PM

I never, never get on a horse until I've got my helmet on. Never.

3/3/2009 6:16:55 PM

VENTILATION!!!!!

3/3/2009 6:14:37 PM

check out what they are doing with cycle helmet design - forget how they used to look

3/3/2009 6:12:42 PM

If it is not comfortable, I am not wearing it!

3/3/2009 6:09:26 PM

SAFETY. Thanks to a $40 Troxel, I am still lhere and walking. It saved my life.

3/3/2009 6:08:16 PM

always a helmet!

3/3/2009 6:04:20 PM

It needs to fit well, honestly I don't wear a helmet to look cute, I wear one so I don't get hurt.

3/3/2009 6:01:10 PM

A proper fit is what is going to keep your head safe! Not if it looks good!

3/3/2009 6:01:09 PM

safety first, then fit and comfort

3/3/2009 5:56:42 PM

All feel awful. I hate the large roll/protective area on the back of the head.

3/3/2009 5:44:33 PM

Improper fit nullifies or reduces protection

3/3/2009 5:41:36 PM

Ventilation-cool is most important after safety.

3/3/2009 5:39:46 PM

There are so many colors available may as well be comfy

3/3/2009 5:38:57 PM

safety for my skull!!!

3/3/2009 5:38:00 PM

look is important, but not if it hurts!

3/3/2009 5:37:09 PM

While design and look are nice, fit and comfort is more important. You have to WEAR it to benefit.

3/3/2009 5:34:35 PM

Sadly people are vain and so am I

3/3/2009 5:34:34 PM

Actually, neither of these. I want the safest helmet I can afford

3/3/2009 5:28:03 PM

As a person who has had horse related head injuries, the fit/comfort is more important.

3/3/2009 5:27:53 PM

We wear helmets every time, every ride. They have to fit and they have to look nice too.

3/3/2009 5:22:17 PM

for shows i have a nice looking but for every day we cant afford that

3/3/2009 5:20:08 PM

Iam an adult with a very small head and The shape of some helmets do not fit comfortalbley I own two

3/3/2009 5:20:05 PM

Safety too! A comfortable chinstrap that's easy to do, but won't come undone in a fall.

3/3/2009 5:12:29 PM

No one is allowed to ride on my farm without a helmet.

3/3/2009 5:10:34 PM

I don't wear a helmet

3/3/2009 5:08:23 PM

You can't beat a Troxel for safety as well as looks.

3/3/2009 5:07:42 PM

If several fit, then look at design.

3/3/2009 5:06:34 PM

SAFETY -- FIRST & FOREMOST IMPORTANCE

3/3/2009 4:58:08 PM

Meeting safety standards is most important

3/3/2009 4:54:38 PM

I try to find a helmet that is comfortable, vented, AND stylish

3/3/2009 4:51:39 PM

better fit, safer head

3/3/2009 4:47:57 PM

A good helmet should be designed for safety as well as fit/comfort

3/3/2009 4:42:14 PM

It's gotta fit to be effective; it's gotta be comfortable for me to wear it

3/3/2009 4:40:20 PM

Design is important, but comfort and fit are more important.

3/3/2009 4:40:10 PM

Had I been wearing a helmet in a fall a few years ago, I would have suffered a severe neck injury!

3/3/2009 4:39:56 PM

To ride 100 mi. must be comfortable, but won't wear one that looks like ET!

3/3/2009 4:36:38 PM

safety

3/3/2009 4:35:13 PM

But the look is also important.

3/3/2009 4:29:20 PM

Both are very important, I can't enjoy riding if my helmet isn't comfy but style is a plus!

3/3/2009 4:29:14 PM

the design should be what you want, but when it comes to saftey you shouldnt comprimise

3/3/2009 4:28:45 PM

SAFETY is the MOST IMPORTANT factor! Make sure yours is certified!

3/3/2009 4:25:43 PM

It must be light and have lots of vents.

3/3/2009 4:22:37 PM

If it didn't fit, it wouldn't be safe, so what is the point?

3/3/2009 4:16:12 PM

i dont wear one

3/3/2009 4:14:59 PM

something that FITS, is lightweight & ventilated

3/3/2009 4:10:22 PM

I've never worn a helmet in 30 yrs

3/3/2009 4:06:29 PM

usually don't wear one

3/3/2009 4:06:04 PM

Looks and fit. I hate helmets and only use them IF I have to. So it better look good and fit well.

3/3/2009 4:03:27 PM

Actually, fit and safety are my chief concerns.

3/3/2009 4:02:42 PM

It has to keep my brains inside the brain pan.

3/3/2009 4:02:42 PM

It is really both of them, but fit is first by a tiny bit

3/3/2009 3:57:57 PM

BUT i HAVE NEVER WORE ONE AND DON'T PLAN ON IT UNLESS i'M SHOWING THAN FIT IS MOST IMPORTANT& 50 +YO

3/3/2009 3:56:15 PM

I don't wear a helmet.

3/3/2009 3:54:42 PM

Both

3/3/2009 3:53:18 PM

actually it's its protectiveness (if that is even a word)!

3/3/2009 3:52:01 PM

Affordability is also a HUGE factor!!!

3/3/2009 3:50:57 PM

Light weight, good ventilation & reasonable pricing win my vote.

3/3/2009 3:47:17 PM

Fit & comfort will make me happy!

3/3/2009 3:46:39 PM

price, color and a good fit matter to me

3/3/2009 3:42:56 PM

I can't see it when it's on my head, so looks don't matter to me!

3/3/2009 3:42:13 PM

Fit and comfort definitely

3/3/2009 3:41:51 PM

as long as it does its job!

3/3/2009 3:41:41 PM

I really would like to select both!

3/3/2009 3:40:56 PM

The most important thing is safety.

3/3/2009 3:39:36 PM

None of the above are as important as the rating for protection.

3/3/2009 3:39:07 PM

although I have selected fit and comfort, the most important thing to me is safety and protection!

3/3/2009 3:38:28 PM

safety

3/3/2009 3:37:44 PM

The lighter/more comfy the better!!!

3/3/2009 3:36:51 PM

ventilation

3/3/2009 3:36:29 PM

Having fallen, my helmet is the most important "garment" in my riding wardrobe.

3/3/2009 3:35:23 PM

I dont care how it looks as long as it fits, is comfy and protects my head!

3/3/2009 3:34:58 PM

I have purchased two expensive helmets and neither is worn-not comfortable period.

3/3/2009 3:33:52 PM

But I still want a western style helmet not one that looks so close to an English helmet.

3/3/2009 3:33:07 PM

BOTH

3/3/2009 3:29:49 PM

low cost doesn't hurt either - I go through a lot of helmets!

3/3/2009 3:29:19 PM

Duh! Fit/Comfort

3/3/2009 3:27:16 PM

Whatever works safest.

3/3/2009 3:25:11 PM

I don't compete, so I don't care how it looks. How well it works it the important part.

3/3/2009 3:25:11 PM

I like Troxel - saving for a new Sierra model

3/3/2009 3:23:47 PM

I get so hot in a helmet. So glad they have put more air holes in them

3/3/2009 3:22:08 PM

Efficacy is actually more important

3/3/2009 3:19:27 PM

Really both are important

3/3/2009 3:19:08 PM

venting must be good

3/3/2009 3:18:09 PM

The most important thing is wearing it every time you ride.

3/3/2009 3:16:53 PM

secondary is the look

3/3/2009 3:15:16 PM

Safety is #1, but if it d/n fit and/or is not comfortable, it won't be worn.

3/3/2009 3:12:09 PM

both really

3/3/2009 3:10:57 PM

But mostly the safety level...

3/3/2009 3:06:39 PM

I'd be lying if I didn't say the look matters -- but if it's uncomfortable, I'm not going to wear it

3/3/2009 2:50:16 PM

I always wear my helmet; I'm too old to become a vegetable

3/3/2009 2:27:48 PM

This should be a no brainer. Safety is why we wear helmets!

3/3/2009 2:25:55 PM

I wear a helmet for hours at a time on the trail so must be comfortable!

3/3/2009 2:12:23 PM

they all look the same from the inside

3/3/2009 11:55:00 AM

Fit and comfort. It's no good if I fall out of the saddle with a migrarine b/c of pressure points.

3/3/2009 11:51:22 AM

I'm definitely more comfortable with my brains inside my head than out!

3/3/2009 10:43:01 AM

Proper fit means better protection.

3/3/2009 10:23:04 AM

like harness to cup back of head so doesn't slide fwd

3/3/2009 8:40:25 AM