Horse & Hound's buying guides feature the best kit on the market. This week we bring you 6 of the best ventilated riding helmets
New Gatehouse Chelsea riding helmet
The Chelsea Air Flow Pro helmet has been added to the Gatehouse range. This new riding hat carries the BSI Kitemark and meets PAS015 2011 making it suitable for use in competition beyond 2015. Stylish and elegant, the Chelsea comes in a suedette or matt finish and is lightweight and ventilated with a removable, washable lining for hygiene and comfort. Additional liners sold separately. Available in navy or black in sizes 52cm to 61cm.
RRP: from £83.99
Visit: www.wefi.co.uk or call 01303 872277
Uvex Helmets Perfexxion range
The Uvex Perfexxion helmet meets the highest levels of safety. It is available in a variety of models and finishes. From high gloss carbon black, matt black, paisley, navy blue, brown to name just a few of the options available to the rider. You can even indulge in a bit of ‘Bling’ with the Perfexxion Glamour which has Swarovsi element details. Uvex helmets are renowned for their superb adjustable fit, courtesy of their IAS 3D fitting system which provides a millimetre by millimetre fit enabling the helmet to fit any shape of head securely and safely. The IAS 3D system allows for the depth of the helmet to be altered. This helmet is made of soft and stable polyurethane foam and riders can opt for the narrow peak, or the broader peak of the Perfexxion cc model. Ventilation is provided by the air channelling system which runs through the insert of the helmet and the shell. The removable, machine washable high tech lining of the helmet is a hygienic, anti-bacterial, anti-allergy, moisture wicking material which is interwoven with silver fibres which prevents bacterial growth and odours. The Uvex Perfexxion Glamour is available in black, blue, brown or anthracite. (RRP: £279.95). The Uvex Perfexxion Elegance cc is available in black, blue or brown. (RRP: £229.95). The Uvex Perfexxion Active and cc (broader peak) is available in black, blue, brown and anthracite. (RRP: £179.95).
Visit: www.zebraproducts.co.uk or www.uvex.de
Samshield Premium Crystal Flower – ASTM
The Samshield Crystal Flower helmet from retailer Dressage Deluxe is a subtle way to add some sparkle to your performance. It has an Alcantara top with a self-coloured flower design in Swarovski crystals and delicate embroidery and is pretty. Equipped with two front air inlets, the Premium helmet provides good ventilation. Fresh air is channelled from both the front entrance under the blazon as well as the channel obtained by the unique concept of no contact on the rider’s forehead. This concept generates a strong internal airflow avoiding the need for visible and unsightly air inlets. Available in black, grey and navy and are available with silver, gold or black chrome trim. Dressage Deluxe stock this hat in navy with silver chrome and black chrome trims, but other colours are available to order. All new Samshield hats purchased from Dressage Deluxe will conform to the ASTM with SEI standard, which will be accepted by British Showjumping and British Dressage when the 2016 rule changes come into force. Available in sizes 6/78 to 7/38.
Champion Ventair helmet
The Champion Ventair Deluxe helmet is extremely lightweight and comfortable, while offering outstanding protection. Certified to PAS 015 the Ventair features a design registered ventilated airflow system that is styled to increase airflow to help keep your head cool. Available in black, pink, navy or silver.
RRP: £89.50 (6¼ – 6 ¾) or £107.50 (6 7/8 – 7¾)
Visit: www.championhats.co.uk, call 0113 270 7000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Harry Hall Legend
The Legend has long been a mainstay of the Harry Hall range, renowned for comfort and style and high safety standards. From later this summer, the Legends on sale will meet the new PAS standard required to contest affiliated competition. With front ventilation and a breathable padded inner lining, it is clad in soft microfibre suede, available in colours such as a cholocatey brown to a grey/pink combination. The Cosmos and Crystal versions offer extra sparkle for those who love their bling. Sizes from 6 3/8ths (for the junior hat) to 6 7/8ths for the adult hat.
Charles Owen APM II
With six frontal ventilation slots, airflow is provided across the forehead in this hat. Kitemarked to PAS015 and certified to ASTM F1163.
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