It shouldn’t be much of a shocker to hear that most equestrians take pride in their riding aesthetic. Me personally – I fall into the category of believers that “if I’m not good at something, I may as well look good doing it” (ha ha). For others, they may just want to look the part. Depending on the type of riding you do, may determine what style helmet you choose. A dressage rider may want a classic look, yet a jumper may want something a little different. At the end of the day, the most important part of selecting a helmet is the safety rating, as well as fit and durability. All of the helmets shown here have top safety ratings, while also having style.
Best Bling Helmet: One K Defender Glamour Chrome Stripe Helmet
The popular One K Defender Riding Helmet with an eye-catching sparkling stone top panel and chrome stripes and vent. The Defender features a matte Polycarbonate and Advanced ABS Composite outer shell; injection molded shell design; washable quick-dry, moisture wicking, stainless steel mesh; comfort padded harness with synthetic suede lining, hook & loop adjustment, and Fastex buckle; two side, two front, one back, and two center stripe vents. One K Horse Riding Helmets boast the perfect synergy between advanced technology and aesthetically pleasing design. With enough features to appeal to those seeking everything a helmet could possibly offer, wrapped in a package that traditionalists can appreciate, One K has the best of both worlds. Certified to ASTM standards. Helmet Shape Regular/Round Is shaped for a head which has almost identical front-to-back and side-to-side measurements. Long Oval Is shaped for a head which is longer front-to-back (from forehead to the back of the skull) than it is side-to-side (ear to ear). Age grade: 13+
Best Rose Gold Helmet: IRH IR4G XLT Helmet
Whether you’re competing or just working in the ring, safety should always come first. Knowing that safety issues would be a driving force, IRH combined that with years of experience and new initiatives in product engineering. As a result, we are recognized as a premier designer and manufacturer of helmets for all riding disciplines.
Fashion forward design meets functionality in the new IR4G XLT Helmet, which combines great looks, superior comfort and fit with the ultimate protection. The low profile and sleek lines will punctuate any riding ensemble with a variety of classic colors and finishes.
When it comes to comfort, the XLT Helmet will not disappoint. After measuring your head, you can use the chart below to find your size. Each helmet comes with 2 moisture wicking, machine washable liners in 2 different thickness to find that custom fit for the ultimate in comfort. The modified comfort harness is slightly cut away at the back of the neck to eliminate pinching and make room for a pony tail. Meets or exceeds ASTM F1163-15 standards
Best Black Crocodile Helmet: Tipperary Windsor MIPS Wide Brim Helmet
Tipperary Windsor MIPS Matte Helmet with Wide Brim The Tipperary Windsor Collection blends style and comfort with leading-edge helmet technology in a sophisticated selection of helmet styles. Riders will experience a customized, snug, comfortable fit accommodating a variety of hair styles. The low profile, molded ABS outer shell is in a sophisticated matte black, coated with a special easy to clean, mark-resistant finish. The adjustable 5-point PU leather harness with patented Duratex buckle offers a removable, comfort chin pad for a superior finish. The Tipperary Retention System is discreetly integrated into the helmets to work in concert with the MIPS Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. The MIPS low-friction yellow liner hangs from the helmet shell with rubber elastomers, just like a hammock, and moves independently from the helmet. It is proven to reduce rotational motion by absorbing and redirection rotational energies and forces that would otherwise be transferred to the brain from angled impact. Features: ASTM F1163-15 and SEI Certified 360-degree crush-resistant fiberglass banding Wide brim Lightweight, high-density ABS shell provides high impact resistance High impact absorbing EPS foam liner Six strategically located cooling slots channel air from front to back Removable, quick dry, washable comfort liner Item Specifications: Sizes: Small – 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 Medium – 6 7/8 – 7 1/8 Large – 7 1/4 – 7 1/2
Best Classic Suede Helmet: Charles Owen JR8 Helmet
Charles Owen JR8 Helmet The jR8 is an attractive and economical helmet that meets or exceeds required safety standards. Styled similarly to the Gr8, the jR8 is low-profile and covered in weather-resistant microfibre suede with a soft, adjustable nylon harness. It features two ventilation keyholes for a cooler ride. The jR8 now features a removable, washable headband that can be easily replaced to extend the lifespan of your helmet! Available only in the USA. Features Perfect everyday riding helmet Removable washable headband Weather-resistant microfibre suede Two ventilation keyholes Meets multiple safety standards ASTM F1163-15, VG1 01-040 2014-12
Best Economical Helmet: Ovation
Ovation Riding Helmets come in styles for use in schooling or in the show ring. Many of the Ovation schooling helmets are offered in fashion colors as well as attractive metallic or matte finishes.
Ovation riding helmets have low profiles, are lightweight, with many having features that allow for ventilation as well as sweat absorbtion. Because a good fit is important in a riding helmet, some of our Ovation riding helmets offer dial adjustment as well as harness adjuster clips. Many styles feature removable visors.