Fitting a helmet correctly is as important as wearing one. Never try to guess your helmet size or buy one for your child that is too big in hopes that he or she will grow into it.
The best way to find a good fit is first to measure around the head above the ears and just above the eyebrows. Helmet manufacturers have different size charts, so you may be one size in one brand, and another size in another brand. Refer to these size charts and keep your personal measurement in mind when selecting helmets to try on. Different styles of helmets have varied fits as well. No two heads are shaped the same – some are oval and some are round – so it’s important to try on a variety of helmets in order to determine what will work best for you.
The helmet should sit level on your head, with a firm and even fit. There should not be any pressure points. Once you’ve found a comfortable fit at the crown of the head, adjust the chinstrap so it sits just under the chin and gently touches the bottom of the ear lobe. You should only be able to fit two fingers between the strap and under the chin. When you yawn, there should be a gentle pressure pulling the top of the helmet downward. Otherwise, the helmet should not move significantly when it’s on your head and buckled.
We encourage parents to start kids young when it comes to helmet use. They should get into the habit of wearing a helmet not just when they start riding horses, but when they start spending time around horses.
It is recommended that you replace your helmet at least every five years from the date of purchase. Any helmet involved in an accident needs to be replaced immediately. Learn more about when it’s time to replace your helmet, and to learn how to prolong the life of your helmet.
When you shop in The Cheshire Horse retail stores, we will personally assist you in selecting a new helmet with the best fit for you. We look forward to helping you protect your head, for many happy trails ahead!
International Helmet Awareness Day Saturday, September 17, 2016
Join us for Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day on Saturday, September 17th in The Cheshire Horse retail stores. You’ll save 20% off all helmets in stock, from great brands including Charles Owen, Ovation, Tipperary, Troxel, One K, GPA, and more. We are certified Charles Owen helmet fitters, and we are here to help you find the best helmet fit.