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Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet Adult Black Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet Adult Black
€295.00
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***FREE LINER WORTH € 25.00*** with every Samshield Helmet. Make sure you put the liner size that you require in the additional information box on the checkout page. MATERIALS FOR OPTIMAL SAFETY The outer shell of the Shadowmatt is made of polycarbonate, which is a material used, among other things, for high-end motorcycle helmets. It is covered with anti-scratch mat painting. The inner shell is m…
Shires Junior Skull Cap Shires Junior Skull Cap
€62.50
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An excellenct value lightweight skull cap, padded insdie and with a Coolmax lining for comfort.  Fitted with an adjustable nylon web three point harness and click in / out buckle textured outer ensures hat covers stay put.  Conforms to PAS015:2011 safety standards and carries the kietmark and CE standard. Sizes 53-62cm
Shires Riding Hat Shires Riding Hat
€32.40
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Velveteen covered riding hat made to the EN 1384 standard, features adjustable three point nylon harness with click-in side release buckle.
Rambo Helmet Classic Carbon (Horseware Ireland) Rambo Helmet Classic Carbon (Horseware Ireland)
€99.95
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NEW Rambo Classic EHAB60 Size: 50-61cm Black K000 • Removable interior liners • Lightweight & comfortable • Coolmax Technology to maximise airflow
Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet Adult Blue Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet Adult Blue
€295.00
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***FREE LINER WORTH € 25.00*** with every Samshield Helmet. Make sure you put the liner size that you require in the additional information box on the checkout page. MATERIALS FOR OPTIMAL SAFETY The outer shell of the Shadowmatt is made of polycarbonate, which is a material used, among other things, for high-end motorcycle helmets. It is covered with anti-scratch mat painting. The inner shell is m…
Air-Tech Deluxe - Black Silk Air-Tech Deluxe - Black Silk
€135.00
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Air-Tech Deluxe – PAS 015: 2011; VG1. • Low profile helmet with lightweight injection moulded ABS shell. • Triple mesh venting for superior airflow. • Metallic or silk paint finish options. • Removable crown comfort padded lining in heat formed hi tech moisture wicking material for superb comfort. • Four point fully adjustable synthetic leather & webbing harness for perfect stability. • Quick rele…
Air-Tech Deluxe - Metallic Black Air-Tech Deluxe - Metallic Black
€135.00
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Air-Tech Deluxe – PAS 015: 2011; VG1. • Low profile helmet with lightweight injection moulded ABS shell. • Triple mesh venting for superior airflow. • Metallic or silk paint finish options. • Removable crown comfort padded lining in heat formed hi tech moisture wicking material for superb comfort. • Four point fully adjustable synthetic leather & webbing harness for perfect stability. • Quick rele…
APM Jockey Skull APM Jockey Skull
€195.00
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A specialist product whose design has been led by the legendary Champion jockey AP McCoy. Manufactured and kitemarked to BSEN 1384 and PAS015. Incorporates ventilation and extra wide soft padded protective harness.
APM2 Jockey Skull APM2 Jockey Skull
€155.00
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Following the success of the original APM, Charles Owen and World Record Breaking Jockey, A.P. McCoy have collaborated once again to produce the ultimate racing skull. The modern shape of the new triple standard APM II gives the helmet an aerodynamic quality with a slimmer front and sides creating a streamlined look. With six frontal ventilation slots providing airflow across the forehead, special…
Aubrion Indiana Pom Pom Hat Aubrion Indiana Pom Pom Hat
€14.65
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DESCRIPTION A cozy cable knit hat with easily removable faux fur pom pom. Colors: Burnt Orange, Charcoal, Plum
Aubrion Meadowlands Cross Country Hat Cover - Pink/ Silver Flower Aubrion Meadowlands Cross Country Hat Cover - Pink/ Silver Flower
€18.30
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Product Description These stretch hat covers coordinate with the meadowlands cross country shirts and are topped with a fluffy Pom Pom. Colour:Navy/Silver Spots,Teal/Gold Stars,Pink/Silver Floral
Aubrion Meadowlands Cross Country Hat Cover - Teal/Gold Star Aubrion Meadowlands Cross Country Hat Cover - Teal/Gold Star
€18.30
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Product Description These stretch hat covers coordinate with the meadowlands cross country shirts and are topped with a fluffy Pom Pom. Colour:Navy/Silver Spots,Teal/Gold Stars,Pink/Silver Floral
Champion Adults Pro Plus Skull Champion Adults Pro Plus Skull
€96.25
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Features 3 point harness and quick release. All round jockey skull.approved standard to BS EN1384 and PAS015 1998 specifications. The brilliant Pro Plus Skull from Champion is PAS015:1998, BSEN1384 Kite Marked. The skull features a 3 point harness and quick release fastening. Available in a range of sizes.
Champion Euro Deluxe Plus, Black Champion Euro Deluxe Plus, Black
€77.65
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New Euro Deluxe Plus, Black Traditional style helmet, featuring lightweight injection moulded ABS Shell & secured by a four point harness, manuafactured in soft suede leather with rear drawstring and quick release buckle. Ideal for Eventing and Racing disciplines. Quick release clip.
Champion Junior Plus Skull Champion Junior Plus Skull
€72.80
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Lightweight injection moulded shell. Foam padded for extra comfort. Easily adjustable harness.
Champion Junior Pro Lite Champion Junior Pro Lite
€72.80
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Lightweight injection moulded shell. Easily adjustable harness.
Champion Junior X-Air Plus Hat Champion Junior X-Air Plus Hat
€84.95
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Champion Junior X-Air Plus Hat, New Standard approved PAS 015 from Champion, the Junior X-Air plus ventilated riding hat combines safety, security and peace of mind with exceptional value for money. Childrens ventilated riding hat with lighweight injection moulded ABS Shell and a 4 point padded nubuck harness. Available from The Equine Warehouse from size 6 1/4 - 7 3/4 in Black or Navy colours.
Champion Ventair Cover HB0834 Champion Ventair Cover HB0834
€16.15
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The Champion Ventair Hat Cover is one of our favourite riding hat covers. It features a Lycra cover with mesh insert which keeps bumps and scratches to a minimum. In an exciting range of colours including hot pink, navy and black, this lovely cover will add a bit of style to your riding helmet while competing.
Champion Ventair Deluxe Helmet EB1659 Champion Ventair Deluxe Helmet EB1659
€89.60
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Lightweight, low profile, glass fibre shell incorporating ventilated airflow system. Leather harness with lace adjustment. Optional padded ear protectors available. 6¼ – 6¾* (51 – 55cm) – €89.60 6⅞ – 7¾ (56 – 63cm) – €119.00 Sand finished lightweight glass reinforced ventilated shell. Leather Harness with lace adjustment. Black Navy Pink Silver
Champion Ventair Riding Hats Champion Ventair Riding Hats
€108.95
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Ventair – PAS 015: 2011; VG1; ASTM F1163-15 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.
Charles Owen 4 Star Jockey Helmet Silver Charles Owen 4 Star Jockey Helmet Silver
€220.00
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Charles Owne 4Star Jockey Skull Designed for the extreme situation, the 4Star cross-country skull is certified to four top international safety standards. A technically superior helmet, the deep-fitting 4Star is the result of years of advanced computer analysis and incorporates the latest technology with a fibre-reinforced shell for improved crush resistance. It features the patented GRpx® harness…
Charles Owen H2000 Charles Owen H2000
€179.00
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The classic profile of the H2000 by Charles Owen is covered with thick pile Italian velvet. For extra comfort, it is lined with absorbent cotton and the supersoft headband is coated with Nanotec silver for hygiene and freshness. It incorporates a high energy absorbing peak that enables riders to retain a smart and traditional appearance, whilst remaining safe. The neat padded soft leather harness…
Charles Owen J3 Skull Charles Owen J3 Skull
€152.00
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This helmet has the lowest profile and a unique snug-fitting suede lined harness made from the softest leather. The harness extends to the nape of the neck providing a snug and secure fit. The Charles Owen name is inscribed across it, and an easy release/quick fasten, black plastic clip is situated on the left hand side. The supersoft headband is embedded with silver ions for built in antimicrobia…
Charles Owen Showjumper XP Charles Owen Showjumper XP
€175.00
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The award winning Showjumper XP is a deep fitting, traditionally designed safety helmet. Its classical look is aesthetically pleasing to the most discerning individual, covered in thick pile velvet and featuring an adjustable deerskin coloured harness. Kitemarked to PAS015 and BSEN1384. Certified by SEI to ASTM.
Charles Owen Wellington Classic Charles Owen Wellington Classic
€225.00
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A low profile discreetly ventilated riding hat that is covered in the best Italian velvet. The unique soft leather harness is cushioned towards the nape of the neck. An integral drawstring enables adjustment and fit of the harness. The supersoft headband is embedded with high tech silver ions, providing built-in antimicrobial protection for hygiene and freshness. The squared peak flatters the face…
Charles Owen Wellington Professional Charles Owen Wellington Professional
€238.00
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The low profile GR8 style silhouette is covered with a microfibre suede material and is available in a number of colours and colour combinations. The peak of the helmet has been re-styled to be broader and squarer in shape which flatters the face and shades the eyes. The uniquely soft snug fitting microfibre suede lined harness extends to the nape of the neck. An integral drawstring enables the ad…
Charles Owen Young Riders Hat Charles Owen Young Riders Hat
€87.95
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Designed to appeal to the younger rider but offering the same protection as the adult version. This traditionally styled riding hat is covered with a short pile velveteen and comes in its own Charles and Owen Carry Box. The soft headband is embedded with high tech silver ions for built in antimicrobial protection and it’s fitted with an easy fasten quick release clip. Extra details: Kitemarked to…
Dynamic Hat Cover Dynamic Hat Cover
€15.59
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Stretch hat covers to add a Dynamic sporty feel. Synthetic fur pompom. Bridleway Dynamic - the new training gear for horse and rider.

Riding Hat Safety Standards Explained

All riding helmet manufacturers have to produce helmets to meet one of three international safety standards or marks – the PAS015:2011, the EN1384:1996/BSEN1384:1997 and ASTM F1163:04a – some may even produce helmets to meet all of them. As each standard tests for a different set of accident situations, helmets that meet multiple standards provide the most comprehensive protection and cover a wider range of potential accident situations. See read more for more on safety standards.

Modern technology has enabled manufacturers to reproduce hats which are very strong, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear. All hats and skulls must be fitted with an integral adjustable nylon harness and must conform to a minimum of EN 1384. This indicates that the hat has passed the required tests. To protect properly the hat must be fitted correctly, ideally by someone who has attended a BETA hat fitting course.If that hat suffers a severe impact – even dropping onto a hard surface, it should be thrown away and a new one purchased. It is easy to replace a hat, but impossible to replace a head!.

Current Standards: Standards are usually composed by a committee, in Europe each country sending their own representative to the European technical committee. European standards are reviewed every five years or following a complaint about its efficacy and although a review does not necessarily lead to a new standard, history has shown that a new standard emerges every ten years or so. PAS standards are managed by BSI staff and are reviewed every two years.

EN1384 1996 / BSEN 1384 1997 with CE mark This standard may be found prefixed by other initials belonging to the country testing the helmet, e.g. DIN EN1384 indicating testing in Germany. The BS prefix symbolizes that the hat has been tested in Britain and though in theory there should be no difference, some European countries have approved helmets that may have failed if tested in Britain. The two standards are identical in content and were a major leap forward over the previous British standards, offering bottom edge protection for the first time. The helmet is impact tested almost right on the bottom edge (as opposed to 75mm up from the bottom edge on BS4472 hats) so the protective liner has to extend all the way down to the rim. This change came about because it was found that in 25% of falls the rider did not land on the top of their heads, but on the sides, front or back. Bottom edge protection also ensures your temples are safer. It does include a penetration test. This is the basic minimum standard for almost all forms of riding.

PAS015: 1998/ PAS015: 2011 with BSI mark This stands for Product Approval Specification and was developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in response to concerns about the time it was taking to develop what would become the EN1384. The first version was formulated by looking at drafts for the European standard and taking the highest option in each case. After the official publication of the EN1384 in 1997 certain differences occurred between it and PAS015, leading to the 1998 revision of the PAS015 to remove those differences and address new areas of protection such as crush resistance and protection against injury when landing on an edged surface. As the test line is lower at the front it tends to lead to slightly bulkier helmets. A stability test is also included to limit excessive movement during wearing or a fall. This has been revised in 2011 with an increased drop height and several other amendments affecting the performance of hats. It is expected that the 1998 version will run parallel with the 2011 for 18 months.

ASTM F1163: 2004a with SEI mark This is the American standard for riding hats and is similar to PAS015:1998 although it does not include a lateral rigidity (crushing) test nor a penetration test, meaning these hats often have quite large ventilation holes or slots. There is much debate about the ventilation holes and whether they do help to cool the head or put the rider at more risk of penetration type injuries. There are many helmets on the market however with ventilation holes that do pass the PAS and EN1385 penetration tests as well as the ASTM standard.

Snell E2001 This is the newest standard, developed in America by the Snell Institute. It is a higher performance standard which includes all aspects of ASTM and PAS 015 but with a sharper horseshoe anvil (to replicate a horse kick or impact with a sharp surface), higher impacts and an additional hemispherical anvil to represent an uneven but not sharp surface such as a tree, fence or cobbled surface.

AS/NZS 3838: 2006 with SAI global mark This Australasian standard is comparable to the EN1384 but testing includes the hazard anvil from PAS 015 but does not include a penetration test.

Quality SymbolsThe Kitemark The Kitemark is the registered trademark of the British Standards Institute and can only be affixed to products certified by them. As well as complying with the requirements of the relevant standard, e.g EN1384 or PAS 015, the mark indicates that the company complies with a rigorous system of regulation and testing. Companies are required to provide the BSI with unrestricted access to their offices and factories and allow regular testing of randomly chosen samples through batch and audit testing. Hats are only released for sale once batch testing is completed, thus avoiding product recall. Kitemark certification is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time.

SEI – Safety Equipment Institute The SEI quality mark is the American equivalent of the Kitemark for ASTM standard hats. The SEI is an organization similar to the BSI, set up to test the claims of manufacturers that their product meets the claimed standard. Its system of regulation includes design approval and audit testing of product. Hats must be tested a minimum of annually, however the company must also show an internal auditing and quality control system of regular testing that may include batch testing.

SAI Global The “five ticks” Standards Mark for the Quality Assurance Scheme of Australia shows certification to their version of the Kitemark, requiring batch testing and company auditing.

CE Mark The CE Mark is neither a quality mark nor a standard in itself but is a mandatory declaration under EU law by a manufacturer to show compliance with essential requirements of all relevant EU Directives. It was introduced to allow government officials a way of ensuring that products entering a European Country met the basic safety requirements of Europe. Under the Personal Protective Equipment Directive all safety equipment must bear the CE mark showing compliance with the appropriate European safety standard.

Which is the safest hat? Firstly it is important to understand that no hat can prevent serious injury in certain circumstances. Hats that offer a high level of protection in terms of shock absorbency, penetration and retention are the current ones listed above.

Who will allow Which hat? Riders competing under the rules of a Discipline or the Pony Club or Riding Clubs should refer the respective rule books as to the standards allowed under such rules.

Legal Requirements By law children aged 14 years or younger must wear a riding hat to at least EN1384 when riding on the road.

Fitting Comfort and correct size are paramount when fitting a hat. A BETA retailer is the best person to advise, particularly if they display the BETA Safety Course Certificate indicating they have been trained to fit hats. Points to remember when buying a hat:

*Take care not to choose a hat that is too large because firmness has been mistaken for tightness
*Adjust the harness, chin strap first, then the back strap. Check it each time it is used.

*After being subjected to a severe blow a hat should be replaced, even though there may be no visible sign of damage. The exterior hard shell could look fine but the inner shell could be badly damaged and the protection in a certain area could be greatly reduced.

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