Gatehouse Air Rider Mark II: review

Gatehouse Air Rider Mark II


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  • Lightweight
  • Ventilated
  • Adjustable
  • Detachable peak
  • Washable lining


  • Quite plain looking
  • The red on the chin strap isn’t very attractive

Price as reviewed:


Our reviewer liked the fit of this hat and found it comfortable and stylish

I tested the Gatehouse Air Rider Mark II in black, large size. The most noticeable quality about this helmet is how lightweight and well ventilated it is. When I first tried it on, I found it to have a low profile fit — which looks flattering on my large head!


Another noticeable feature is the helmet’s dial adjustment system at the back. I have never had an adjustable helmet before, and was initially a bit wary of them, however I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this helmet. The adjustment dial allows a comfortable, individual fit, that does not loosen or give while riding – the helmet feels very secure at all times. Its hard peak is also detachable and will easily snap off in the event of a fall – it is worth noting that the helmet is competition compliant, including the recent standard changes that have taken place.


In addition to the above, the helmet also features a detachable coolmax lining (which is a benefit for summer riding) and a secure four-point harness – it really is extremely comfortable and I often forget that I am wearing it.


I usually get very hot when riding, and I have long thick hair, so I am often susceptible to a terrible case of sweaty hat hair. However, this helmet has been my saviour – it is by far the coolest that I have ridden in and I have barely broken a sweat.


I regularly wear this helmet both at home for everyday riding and at showjumping competitions, as I have found that it is smart enough to compete in.


Overall this is a stylish, affordable helmet that looks good without compromising on comfort or safety

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