When practicing a risk sport such as horse riding, safety and protection are very important. We will only achieve this with good equipment that protects us with total security.
The helmet is the first thing to consider when riding. It is an essential and mandatory element, since the head is very sensitive and has to be protected against all possible blows. In this blog we will help you to know what things to take into account when choosing a helmet.
Tips to know how to choose the ideal riding helmet
The size of the helmet
A helmet, to do its job, must be perfectly adjusted to our head. So the first thing we will take into account when choosing our ideal helmet will be the size. The way to measure the head is a bit complex so you have to read carefully. It’s one of the things where people often get it wrong a lot!
The way to correctly measure the contour of the head is:
1- Take a tape measure.
2- Measure the contour of the skull, following the line just above the eyebrows and ears, back between the neck and the skull. That is, it is not measured in a straight line but from the forehead down to the back.
Measure the circumference of the head to know the size of the helmet
Once this is done, we will know our helmet size. Normally the sizes range from 50 for boy and girl heads, up to 62 for larger heads. They almost always go 2 by 2 centimeters when changing size, that is, the sizes go: 52-54, 55-57, 58-60… (this depends on the brand).
Many of the helmets like Charles Owen Riding Hat products have an adjustable device that allows them to widen or narrow, so you can play with a few centimeters of margin if you are a boy or a girl who still has to grow or you do not know your size very well. Apart from the mobile device, there are some helmets that have different types of padding also to play with the size, you can change the padding cover inside the helmet to go up or down sizes.
3- Consider ventilation
Ventilation is also important in helmets. We recommend models of helmets with sufficient and efficient ventilation systems, which with air inlets guarantee this aeration. In very hot weather this is greatly appreciated. For the sweat produced by the helmet that can end up making a bad smell, it is good to have a helmet deodorant. And it never hurts to wash the helmet padding in the washing machine if it allows you to remove it. There are many helmet models where the part of the inner lining can be removed and put on and it works very well to maintain good hygiene.
Choose the helmet to your liking
Once you take into account all the aspects mentioned above, the only thing left to you will be your personal criteria and your tastes. You will choose, in the end, the model that best suits your eyes and the one that makes you feel good with it on.