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    Default Re: Riding hat help

    Quote Originally Posted by Allnamesaretaken View Post
    Fuzzy Furry thank you!! I’m an Arai. Shoei give me a headache. That makes total sense, I’ll try the Gatehouse as you recommend, now just to find someone selling them I feel sense of relief after the frustration of yesterday.
    That might jump you up the price range quite a bit! There's very few gatehouse hats under a ton.
    Were you just trying on skull caps or peaked caps? I have found they often fit differently within the same brand. For me the Champion junior skull caps fit well but the peaked hats didn't. Whatever hat you get double check it is PAS015, you won't be allowed to use it at a riding school unless it is!

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    Ahh the catch! Just my luck. I didnít try peaked caps, they didnít have any of those. The place I went to was a big country store that had a horsey section rather than a specialist place. I canít find one of those for love nor money around here.

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    Honestly it is worth spending a bit more if it fits. I spent a day at Burghley this year trawling the stands for new options as my gatehouse HS1 has started giving me head aches and the newer version doesn't fit at all. I do have a gatehouse air rider which has the dial system which I love (because if I get a headache I make it loser!), and I have a gatehouse velvet which fits fab but I wanted a proper skull cap to go with it.

    One of the charles owen reps spent a long time with me discussing the issue and we concluded that it is partly because I am between sizes. Her solution to this was to go for their 'round' fitting instead and add some padding at the back. It seems to work at the moment and I'm interested how well it fits once the padding has stretched a bit.

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    Perhaps I have the same head shape as you because the lady told me one of them was too small at the front and too big at the back! I never thought it would be so complicated as when you go to a riding school they just give you one and away you go.

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    That is what happens to me. sometimes they start out ok but I wear the padding down at the front and end up with a gap at the back. I also cannot get a champion anywhere near on my head. I do find the big shows best for trying out options when I can, my last 3 hats have been bought like that.

    Fwiw I ended up with charles owen ProII round but also suggest it is worth trying one with a dial system too.

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    Thanks, Iíll find out when and where the next big show is and take my partnerís wallet

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    Default Re: Riding hat help

    sounds like a plan. I spent a day touring the west country years ago unsuccessfully looking for hats, hence giving in and doing it at shows- which also means you have their own reps available often so they know their range better than most stores will.

    Re. the Riding school, we had one brand, one type in a variety of sizes so you had to have the one that best fitted you from that collection to be safe, but it doesn't mean it was necessarily that comfortable.

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