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Charles Owen JS1 Pro Jockey Skull Charles Owen JS1 Pro Jockey Skull
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Charles Owen JS1 Pro Jockey Skull The JS1 Pro jockey skull is lightweight, deep-fitting and features an impact-resistant ABS outer shell with ten ventilation slots. Upgraded leather harness with reinforced nylon webbing and suede padding under the chin provides greater rider security and comfort than the JS1. 10 ventilation slots Leather harness Meets multiple safety standards Like the JS1, the JS…
Charles Owen Young Riders Riding Hat Charles Owen Young Riders Riding Hat
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Charles Owen Young Riders Riding Hat A true classic with triple standard protection. Traditionally styled and covered with easy-care, short-pile velvet. Easy-care velvet cover Adjustable nylon harness Comes in a fun Charles & Owen lorry box Meets multiple safety standards Choice of colours VAT exempt Designed to appeal to the younger rider, this deep-fitting helmet offers the same protection as th…
Champion Junior X-Air Plus Skull Helmet Champion Junior X-Air Plus Skull Helmet
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Champion Junior X-Air Plus Helmet By popular demand we are pleased to launch the new Junior X-Air Plus. The UK made X-Air Plus is built on a lightweight moulded ABS shell, and incorporates a ventilation system to help keep the head cool. A 4 point padded nubuck harness offers supreme comfort and security to the young rider. Sizes: 00 – 5* (50 – 63cm) * VAT exempt Standard: PAS 015 2011; VG01 01 20…
Champion Ventair Cover Champion Ventair Cover
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Champion Ventair Cover Lycra cover with mesh insert. Sizes: One Size
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Champion Ventair Deluxe Lightweight, low profile, glass fibre shell incorporating ventilated airflow system. Leather harness with lace adjustment. Optional padded ear protectors available. Sizes: 6¼ – 6¾* (51 – 55cm) – £104.25 6⅞ – 7¾ (56 – 63cm) – £125.00 Colours: Black, Navy, Pink, Silver, Black/Black * VAT exempt Standard: PAS 015 2011; VG01 01 2012. British Kitemarked to PAS 015 2011
Champion Ventair Riding Hat Champion Ventair Riding Hat
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Champion Ventair Riding Hat Low profile, modern and lightweight hat with a Glass Fibre shell covered in soft and durable synthetic nubuck and incorporating a ventilated airflow system. The harness is made from soft padded synthetic suede with a rear drawstring and incorporating a quick release buckle for ease of use. Harness Pads available. Sizes: 6¼ – 6¾* (51 – 55cm) – £116.50 6⅞ – 7¾ (56 – 63cm)…
Charles Owen Yr8 Riding Hat Charles Owen Yr8 Riding Hat
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Charles Owen Yr8 Riding Hat Fully trimmed in microfibre suede, the children’s YR8 features four discreet ventilation holes for added coolness and comfort during extended periods of use. Perfect everyday riding helmet Front and rear ventilation Adjustable nylon harness Comes in a fun Charles & Owen lorry box Meets multiple safety standards Choice of colours Available as YR8 Sparkly VAT exempt Fully…
Charles Owen Hat Deodorizer 150ml Charles Owen Hat Deodorizer 150ml
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£4.75
Charles Owen Hat Deodorizer 150ml Defend your helmet against smells with Charles Owen Helmet Deodoriser! This specially formulated spray kills both bacteria and odours and leaves a light citrus fragrance behind. Just spray into the lining and allow to dry.
Charles Owen J3 Jockey Skull Helmet Charles Owen J3 Jockey Skull Helmet
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Charles Owen J3 Jockey Skull Helmet With its unsurpassed design and function, the J3 is one of Charles Owen’s most popular jockey skulls. 4 ventilation holes Adjustable rear padding Secure comfortable fit Free Charles Owen silk cover Meets multiple safety standards This low-profile helmet comes with a matte silk cover embroidered with the Charles Owen logo. View J3 silks Safety standards PAS015:20…
My LeMieux Pom Pom Hat Silk My LeMieux Pom Pom Hat Silk
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My LeMieux Hat Silk Match your LeMieux look with a smart Hat Silk from the Le Collection range. There are many different colour combinations to choose from that co-ordinate with the new My LeMieux Base Layers and your favourite saddle pads. Made from silky smooth 4-way stretch fabric designed to fit over most helmet sizes for a snug & secure crease free fit. All the Hat Silks are finished with a l…
Uvex Exxential Riding Helmet Uvex Exxential Riding Helmet new
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Uvex Exxential Riding Helmet The uvex exxential II sets new standards in safety and comfort. Available in five matt color combinations it offers uncompromising safety and an unbeatable price-performance ratio. The product developers and designers at uvex put their entire know-how into the further development of this riding helmet. The result is the uvex exxential II: an ultra-light riding helmet w…
Champion Cpx 3000 Hat Champion Cpx 3000 Hat
£62.75
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Champion CPX3000 – PAS 015: 2011; VG1. Velvet covered riding hat with a lightweight injection molded ABS shell with three point webbing harness. Specially designed lining to appeal to children. Shock absorbing peak. Specially designed cartoon character lining. Sizes: 6¼ – 7¾* (51 – 63cm) Colours: Black and Navy * VAT exempt Standard: PAS 015 2011. VG01 01 2012. British Kitemarked to PAS 015 2011 B…
Champion Evolution Puissance Riding Hat Champion Evolution Puissance Riding Hat
£156.50
£139.99
Champion Evolution Puissance Low profile lightweight fibre glass shell Highly ventilated airflow system Synthetic suede finish with high tech spacer and synthetic leather strips Four point padded synthetic suede harness with rear drawstring Quick release buckle Colours: Black, Navy * VAT exempt Standard: PAS 015 2011. VG01 01 2012. British Kitemarked to PAS 015 2011
Champion Junior Plus Skull Champion Junior Plus Skull
£57.50
£49.50
Junior Plus Helmet – PAS 015: 2011; VG1. Lightweight injection molded ABS shell with specially designed lining to appeal to children. With a 3 point webbing harness. Sizes: 00-5* (50 – 63cm) Colours: Black * VAT exempt Standard: PAS 015 2011; VG01 01 2012. British Kitemarked to PAS 015 2011
Champion Junior X-Air Riding Hat Champion Junior X-Air Riding Hat
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Champion Junior X-Air Plus Hat – PAS 015: 2011; VG1. By popular demand we are pleased to launch the new Junior X-Air Plus, The UK made X-Air Plus is built on a lightweight moulded ABS shell, and incorporates a ventilation system to help keep the head cool. A 4 point padded nubuck harness offers supreme comfort and security to the young rider. Specially designed cartoon character lining. Sizes: 6¼…
Charles Owen Hat Cleaner 200ml Charles Owen Hat Cleaner 200ml
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Charles Owen Helmet Cleaner 200ml Keep your helmet in top shape using Charles Owen Helmet Cleaner. This specially formulated sprays breaks up dirt and grease, ensuring your helmet remains clean and fresh during the course of its lifetime.
Charles Owen Helmet Bag Charles Owen Helmet Bag
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Charles Owen Hat Bag You’ve invested in the best equestrian safety headwear; why not protect it with the Charles Owen helmet bag? Ventilation holes allow your helmet to breathe while satin quilted padding ensures against scuffing or other unsightly marks. Removable panels fit into zippered pockets, protecting your helmet during transport or storage, while additional outer pockets are perfect for s…
Ariat Core Hat Bag Navy Ariat Core Hat Bag Navy
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Ariat Core Hat Bag Navy A durable, attractive bag for your helmet and accessories. Constructed of durable nylon with premium leather trims and zipper puller. The Hard Hat Bag features multiple exterior and interior pockets with magnetic closures or zips for securing your personal belongings and a large compartment with a firm flat bottom to house your helmet. The Ariat branded lining adds a touch…
Ariat Team Hat Bag Navy Ariat Team Hat Bag Navy
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Ariat Team Hat Bag Navy A durable, attractive tote for your helmet and accessories. Constructed of durable poly canvas with webbed handles, the Team Helmet Bag features two exterior pockets with magnetic closures for securing your personal belongings and a large compartment with a firm flat bottom to house your helmet.
Charles Owen Ayr 8 Plus Charles Owen Ayr 8 Plus
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Chrles Owen Ayr8 Plus Unrivalled safety, style and comfort with removable headband makes the Ayr8® Plus a favourite choice for riders. Elegant low profile Front and rear ventilation Microfibre suede side panels Heat reflective centre panel (option) Soft GRpx® technology harness Anti-microbial lining reduces odour Washable removable headband Meets multiple safety standards Choice of colours for cen…
Charles Owen Ayr 8 Plus Leather Look Charles Owen Ayr 8 Plus Leather Look
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Charles Owen Ayr 8 Plus Leather Look All of the same features of the Ayr8® Plus, with the added elegance of the exclusive leather-look side panels. Easy care Elegant low profile Front and rear ventilation Leather-look (vegan) side panels Heat reflective centre panel (option) Soft GRpx® technology harness Anti-microbial lining reduces odour Washable removable headband Meets multiple safety standard…
Charles Owen eLumen8 with Navy Sparkly centre Charles Owen eLumen8 with Navy Sparkly centre
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Charles Owen eLumen8 with Navy Sparkly centre Charles Owen’s eLumen8 blends tradition with a modern flair that introduces new shine to high technology safety. With four ventilation holes and a gently sloping, tapered peak, the eLumen8 has a sporty profile. The helmet’s black leather look six-point GRpx® technology harness offers unsurpassed stability and is combined with an easy snap helmet buckle…
Charles Owen Pro II Plus Round Skull Charles Owen Pro II Plus Round Skull
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Charles Owen Pro II Plus Round Skull The groundbreaking Pro II Plus is the only triple-standard, precision-fitting cross-country skull cap with a removable cup headband. Front and rear ventilation Soft GRpx® technology harness Sized anti-microbial lining Washable and replaceable headband Meets multiple safety standards Heat reflective colour options (gold, rose gold, silver) Ventilated helmet cove…
Charles Owen Pro II Plus Skull Charles Owen Pro II Plus Skull
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Riding Hats & Horse Riding Helmets: safety is paramount!

Your horse riding hat is vital for your safety and you should never consider riding without it. No safety wear or equipment can protect you completely but you must do everything you can to protect yourself. Even the most accomplished riders can meet with an accident and you never know when that might happen. Your hat (or helmet) could save you from a serious head injury in the event of a fall. It also provides valuable protection if you are kicked by your horse. However, all hats are not born equal!

Horse Riding Hat safety standards

Your riding hat must conform to the latest safety standards. This will mean that is has been extensively tested to ensure that it provides the appropriate levels of protection. Shock absorption, penetration, harness strength and stability are all tested. It is also crucial that your riding hat fits correctly. If it doesn’t then then the protection it provides will be seriously diminished. A hat which is too large will be easily dislodged during a fall. A hat which is too small will be uncomfortable and so quickly discarded.

It is never a good idea to purchase a second hand riding hat. The structural integrity could have been compromised as the result of an impact. It is entirely possible that a helmet which looks perfect on the outside has actually sustained serious damage. Indeed serious issues are rarely visible and so the previous owner may not have been aware of them. Any helmet which has been involved in an accident should be replaced immediately.

Riding hats can also be damaged by excessive exposure to sunlight and from knocks in transit. Your riding hat should be stored carefully at all times and especially when you are on the move.

Horse Riding Hats Size Guide

Buying a riding hat is one of the first things you'll need to do when taking on horse riding as a hobby. Even if you are taking regular lessons at a riding school it is better to have your own hat for comfort and convenience. So we have put together some points in this horse riding hats size guide to help you get the right fit.

It is a crucial and necessary aspect of every equestrian's safety to wear a riding hat when in order to protect your head should an accident occur. Horse riding can be especially dangerous on roads, but a hat should be worn for other horse riding activities too, including show jumping, schooling and even loading horses into a vehicle.

Safety Standards

It's important to ensure that the hat you choose is secure and is comfortable for you to wear. It must also meet current safety standards. The use of hats bearing EN1384 or BSEN1384 is being phased out during 2016. Therefore, the hat you choose should carry another standard such as:

  • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
  • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
  • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on those riding hats already on the market.

Fitting a Horse Riding Hat

When fitting a horse riding hat you should check that the buckles are secure without being too tight. The hat should be secure enough to enable you to glance up, down and sideways without movement, yet it shouldn't restrict you either. A snug fit must not rely on the use of a chin strap and should be focused on the forehead.

The hat's chin strap and back straps should provide a small amount of grip. The bulk of the fit should be provided by the hat itself. Hats tend to be quite firm, so it's important to allow for this when you try them on.

If you find yourself torn between two fits, it's a good idea to choose a closer fit rather than a loose fit.

  1. Take a tape measure and measure your head in cm's. Place 2cms above the eyebrows, skimming the tops of your ears and taking it round the fullest part of your head. You may need to smooth your hand over thicker hair in order to find the fullest part.
  1. Choose the helmet in this size range.
  1. If you're fitting a style which has a great amount of padding and less vents, you may require a bigger size than that measured.
  1. Position the helmet approximately 13mm above your eyebrows. Press it down until it's in the correct position on your head. It might feel snug, particularly if your old hat had worn in and loosened.
  1. You should be able to feel the hat on top of your head. If you can't, the hat may be too small. In this case, you'll need to repeat the previous steps with a hat in the next size up.
  1. Rock the hat gently. There should be a vacuum at the front, so that you feel suction as you lift it off, or that your eyebrows move when the hat is rocked back and forth. This is vital to ensuring a correct fit.
  1. Make sure that there is space at the front of your temples (this can help prevent a headache from occurring).
  1. Check the space at the back of the hat. A little space here is fine, as it's not as important as the front area. There shouldn't be too much room either.
  1. Adjust the hat's harness. Start with the front strap, making sure that there's a snug fit under the chin (rather than on the chin). Next, adjust the back strap.
  1. These fastenings ensure that the hat you have fitted doesn't not fall off and remains in the correct position whilst riding.

Horse Riding Hats Size Guide Chart

Measurement

Riding Hat Size

Skull Cap Size

49cm

6

000

50cm

6 ⅛

000 ½

51cm

6 ¼

00

52cm

6 ⅜

00 ½

53cm

6 ½

0

54cm

6 ⅝

0 ½

55cm

6 ¾

1

56cm

6 ⅞

1 ½

57cm

7

2

58cm

7 ⅛

2 ½

59cm

7 ¼

3

60cm

7 ⅜

3 ½

61cm

7 ½

4

62cm

7 ⅝

4 ½

63cm

7 ¾

5

Remember...

Replace your hat right away after the event that you fall off and hit your head. Looking at your hat, might not appear broken, but it could be damaged inside and therefore not provide adequate protection.

You should look to replace your hat every three years. This is because the padding can compress, reducing the level of protection it provides. Sunlight can also cause damage to the plastic and reduce strength.

Horse Riding Hat Bags & Other Hat Care Tips

Your riding hat is possibly the most important piece of riding gear that you own. It could save your life if you are kicked or fall from your horse. Good riding hats provide an excellent level of protection. But they are not indestructible and must be looked after carefully if they are to continue to provide the protection that you need. There are a number of things that you can do to help keep your hat in good condition including using horse riding hat bags and regular cleaning.

Cleaning Your Riding Hat

Your helmet is going to get dirty and a little smelly no matter how hard you try to keep it pristine. A hat cover is a good investment and will keep the exterior clean but the inside of the helmet will require attention from time to time.

Simply wipe over plastic hats with a damp cloth on the outside. Brush velvet hats to remove dust and dirt but only when they are completely dry. You can also use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to draw out the dirt. Wipe over that hat using soapy water. Don’t completely immerse your helmet in water and don’t put it in the dishwasher, regardless of what it is made of. Some owners of plastic hats claim that dishwashers work wonders but the hot environment could affect the structural integrity of the helmet.

Don’t use any solvents on your Riding Hat. This is because they could break down the protective foam, the adhesives and any plastics in the shell. You can use soap and water to wipe the inside of your helmet. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before you do this. If you find that unfortunate odours persist, don’t spray chemicals of any kind on the hat as you don’t know what effect they will have on the structure. You can invest in deodorising rock called zeolite instead. The rock can be left in your helmet when it is stored to draw out the nasty niffs.

Wet Helmets

If you have ridden in the rain and your hat is wet, then allow it to dry naturally. Don’t leave it too close to a heat source and never hang it on a radiator to dry. If your hat is velvet then, once it is dry, brush it over to liven up the pile of the fabric.

Storing Your Helmet: The Advantages of Horse Riding Hat Bags

Store your helmets in horse riding hat bags. This will protect the hats from dust and will shield them from impacts in transit. A horse riding hat bag will also protect your hat from accidental spills. However you should allow your helmet to air after use and before you put it in the bag. Keep your helmet in a cool place if possible and never leave it lying around in direct sunlight. This means that the back shelf of your car or a gate post is not a good place to keep it!

Safety is essential!

It is best to replace your helmet immediately if it is involved in an impact. It might look undamaged but structural issues will not necessarily be visible. The protective materials in helmets will start to break down eventually. Replace your helmet every five years to ensure that it offers the maximum protection.

Customise Your Look with Horse Riding Hat Silks

Horse riding can be dangerous, particularly if the rider isn't dressed in suitable riding gear. Whilst riders may fall and suffer various injuries such as broken bones, these may be considered minor in comparison to serious head injuries. The dangers make wearing proper headgear essential. It could be what stands between a minor fall and severe brain damage. riding hats aren't particularly flattering, however, they are invaluable for safety. What's more, there are a number of ways in which you can customise your hat in order to make it more attractive and comfortable including the use of horse riding hat silks.

Horse riding hat covers

Riding hats are essentially practical items and so can fall short when it comes to style and individuality. That's why designers have created various types of riding hat covers to allow riders to add flair whilst still maintaining a high level of safety. Hat covers are usually similar in appearance to a coloured skull cap which has a short peak. Often, they feature an umbrella pattern with colour variations to suit different teams or colour preferences. Some are made from velvet whilst others include silk along with Lycra or Spandex.

Horse riding hat silks

Horse riding hat silks are essentially riding hat covers made from a silk and Lycra. Some riders use these names interchangeably, however, it's important to recognise that not all hat covers are hat silks. Hat silks are also sometimes called jockey silks. They have a sheen and are available to buy in a range of colours. Black silks are particularly popular as they are very versatile and can be teamed with any riding attire in any given situation. Pink tends to be a popular colour for riding hat silks too, however, it's often combined with another colour in order to complete the umbrella design.

More and more riders are choosing to cover their hats with silks. Once placed on top of the riding hat, the silk gives the impression of a more classically styled velvet hat. The main advantage is that you can change the colours of the hat silk to suit a particular discipline. For example, for dressage and show jumping, you may want to wear a black or blue silk, but then choose different coloured silk for the cross-country phase, in order to match your cross country colours.

Fabric riding hat customisation

The fabric from which a riding hat is made and the safety features are vitally important. Therefore, as long as the hat is manufactured to the required standard, you can personally change the outer design. Adding your own fabric allows you to determine which parts of the hat are covered and which stay open. If your riding hat is vented, for example, you may not want to cover these vents with a total hat silk. You have the option of using your own fabric to cover the sides whilst leaving the vents open. You can easily create your own silk version with your own colours and materials.

Riding Hats at Equi Supermarket - Only the best

At Equi Supermarket we have chosen an outstanding collection of horse riding hats from Champion and Charles Owen. These are the most highly regarded helmets and conform to the highest safety standards. Both ranges are also distinguished by the comfort of their styles. These are riding hats for adults and juniors that you can trust to offer the maximum protection and to be comfortable enough to wear all day. There are some things in life where compromise is not an option and your riding hat is one of them. With Charles Owen and Champion riding hats from Equi Supermarket you are investing in the very best.

Should you invest in a helmet cam for riding?

With more accidents on the road involving riders being reported than ever before, our highways are clearly not getting any safer. Motorists continue to drive irresponsibly around horses and the results can be devastating. If you are injured in a road accident while riding, it can be a complete nightmare to prove who caused the incident. Drivers often leave the scene without stopping and you are never in the best position to note their number plate when you are lying on the road with a broken leg or are trying to catch your fleeing mount.

Bad drivers escaping justice

Every day, riders are injured as the result of bad driving and yet few gain the compensation they deserve. It’s too easy for drivers to deny involvement or blame the rider for the accident. Clearly you should do everything you can to prevent an incident. This will include investing in a for yourself and for your horse. But what if your horse still gets spooked or hit by a motor vehicle? A helmet cam could secure a successful prosecution of the driver and gain you the compensation you are entitled to.

Shocked and incapacitated

If you are involved in a hit and run, you may be too shocked or incapacitated to even register who has hit you. In such an incident, your helmet cam footage will record the vehicle and enable you to identify it. Better still, that footage will represent powerful evidence in court and will save you from having to search for witnesses to the accident.

Is it legal to film?

Filming in public areas is perfectly legal, so you are not breaking any laws by using a helmet camera. The footage from these cameras is increasingly being provided as evidence in both civil and criminal courts in the same way as CCTV footage. To admit a recording from your helmet camera into evidence, you should simply download the footage onto a CD and submit a signed statement that the film has not been altered in any way. This should be countersigned by a solicitor.

What about filming on private property?

It is important to note that if you are riding on private property, the landowner is entitled to forbid or restrict any filming on their land and you are obliged to abide by any rules that they set.

Could a helmet cam cause an injury?

It has been suggested that hat cams could worsen head injuries in an accident. This argument was made by an expert during the enquiry into the skiing accident which left racing driver Michael Schumacher with serious head injuries. However, this was just an opinion and the argument has never been proven.

Head cams are very unlikely to cause or worsen injuries which occur while riding but are highly likely to help you identify the motorist at fault and secure a successful prosecution. Better still, you can use your head cam to film all of your sporting activities and you may capture memorable footage as you ride.

Naturally you will be hoping that you never need to call on your footage to help you, but it is nice to know that you have this extra help at your disposal, just in case. Drivers may be less inclined to act recklessly if they see your camera and may behave less aggressively if they do stop to discuss an incident.

Legislation and important info relating to riding hats...

You can find some excellent information by clicking on the links below...

BHS guide
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