Whether you’re a novice rider, somebody who competes regularly or even just a happy hacker, a well-fitting horse riding hat is a must. You can get various styles and designs to fit your head shape, as well as what suits your face length. The good thing is, there are plenty of different brands to choose from, and we stock some of the biggest names we know you love such as Charles Owen and One K. The key to finding the ideal riding hat is to try on as many as possible, because each brand is different and will have unique sizing specifications. However, we’re here to give a quick overview of what you need to be looking for when you go hat shopping!
Before you go shopping (or online shopping!), it’s best to prepare by measuring your head. Hat sizes are based on the widest part of your head. To measure your head size, take a tape measure and wrap it around your head just above your brow line, ensuring it stays flat to get the most accurate measurement. If you’re struggling to do it yourself, you can always sweet talk a friend or family member to do it for you.
Once you have your size, jot it down in inches and centimetres so you know what you’re looking for. At this point we will mention again that your size could vary from brand to brand, so if you’re buying online we would recommend looking up the size conversion chart and check that you can return it if it doesn’t fit properly. Luckily we offer returns for all our hats sold on the website, and we have size charts readily available to help you find the right size.
Once you’re ready to try your hat on, the first thing to do is to wear your hair like you would do if you were riding. Generally, it’s more comfortable to have your hair in a low ponytail or plait to allow enough room for the hat to sit on your head correctly.
Riding hats come in a whole host of sizes and styles designed for different head shapes. They won’t all fit correctly or feel comfortable to you, so we’d recommend choosing a couple that you like in your size to try on. Some hats have a built-in fitting system, so if this is the case make sure its system is open on the largest setting then slowly adjust it. If you’re in between sizes, our One K Defender Air Helmets have a revolutionary air pump design which allows you to pump air into the liner to get the right fit.
Your helmet should fit snug and level on your head without it being overly tight, and it should be about an inch above your eyebrows. The straps or harness want to create a nice “V shape” when you fasten your chin strap. The chin strap needs to be snug and not hanging loose underneath your chin. The other thing to note is that when you move the brim of the hat it should move your eyebrows slightly. This indicates it’s a good fit on your head.
If you’re happy with everything so far there is just one final check that we would suggest doing to ensure it’s the hat for you. Un snap your chin strap and give your head a vigorous shake as if you’re saying “no”, or better yet tip your head over and give it a good shake. Your helmet should stay in place and not move around. It’s also important to note that you should get a new helmet every five years, and in the event of an accident you should replace it immediately.
We hope that our guide has helped you a little if you were unsure. If you live nearby to Huddersfield and want to come and visit us in store, we’d be more than happy to help you find the right helmet and fit it correctly to you. Comment below to let us know what you thought of our article, or if you have any other article suggestions.
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