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Why Choose Charles Owen?

Why Choose Charles Owen?

Leading British riding hat manufacture Charles Owen has been dedicated to making riding helmets for a safer world for over 100 years.  Every single Charles Owen riding helmet is handmade from start to finish by a team of highly trained technicians here in the UK.

Most Charles Owen riding hats are fibreglass designs, with a few of the more basic models made from injection moulded plastic. The fibreglass shell spreads force upon impact, making it the critical component in protecting the skull against fracture. Underneath the shell, Charles Owen Helmets have a layer of EPS (expanded polythene) made from tiny beads full of air bubbles that form together like popcorn. These beads absorb the energy from the fall, preventing the brain from bruising itself inside the skull. The inner lining of the Charles Owen riding helmet beneath the EPS comprises fabric and foam that moulds to your head, creating a comfortable and well-fitting hat.  This is the area with the most precision engineering, as the difference in helmet size is only 1/16th of an inch in thickness and the helmet must interface efficiently with the skull to be the most safe.

95% of Charles Owen riding helmets are triple standard PAS015, VG1 and ASTM.  The more standards a riding hat has, the more tests its undergone so more standards = protection from more accident scenarios. Charles Owen created the first 4 standard helmet in the 4 Star adding SNELL to list. SNELL E2016 is one of the most popular standards that riders look for when it comes to the safety of their helmet. Charles Owen use advanced computer simulation to understand how to maximise the dissipation of energy from an impact using cutting edge materials. While safety testing ensures all Charles Owen riding helmets meet one or more equestrian safety standard certifications - the BSI Kitemark, SEI and CE mark.

Our top selling Charles Owen riding helmets include:

Charles Owen Ayr8 Plus – Leather Look

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

Worn by Olympic medallist's Charlotte Du Jardin and Nick Skelton the Ayr8 Plus Leather Look replaces the classic flagship Ayr8 Leather Look with the addition of a removable and washable headband. This stylish, well ventilated, low profile helmet is a favourite choice for the everyday and competition rider. Featuring PAS015, VG1 and ASTM this tri – standard helmet is unrivalled for safety and incorporates an antimicrobial liner to help reduce odours.  The Ayr8 Plus Leather Look has a full faux leather GRpx harness providing unsurpassed comfort and stability. With its leather finish the Ayr8 Plus Leather Look is easy to care for and available in a choice of colours with added bespoke options.

Charles Owen Ayrbrush Pinstripe

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

One of Charles Owens most recent addition this helmet blends the latest technology with sophisticated design to create the ultimate in equestrian fashion.  The Charles Owen Ayrbrush Pinstripe is shallow fitting and well ventilated with a removable headband and antimicrobial lining.  This triple standard helmet meets the following safety standards PAS015, VG1 and ASTM while featuring the faux leather GRpx harness providing added stability and comfort.  The mark resistant matt paint finish makes the Ayrbrush Pinstripe maintenance-free and is available in a choice of colours with either rose gold or chrome pinstripes.  The Ayrbrush Pinstripe is a popular choice for riders wanting a dressed-up riding hat to use every day or at competitions.

Charles Owen Ayrbrush Reflection

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

New for 2020 the Ayrbrush Reflection combines low profile aerodynamics with the exclusive pairing of matt and gloss finishes.  Designed for the modern competitive rider, the Ayrbrush Reflection offers the highest grade EPS technology with a technically superior fit for oval and round head shapes.  With a GRpx harness for excellent stability and added safety, this triple standard helmet meets PAS015, VG1 and ASTM safety standards. The ten ventilation slots at the front and back of each helmet coupled with a removable headband offer breathability and freshness with each ride.  Available in black or navy with the option of crystal piping or chrome/ rose gold pinstripe detailing.

Charles Owen Pro II Plus

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

The groundbreaking Pro II Plus is the only triple standard (PAS015, VG1 and ASTM) precision fitted cross country skull with a removable cup liner. The removable sized liner allows for the closest, most customised fit in skull cap yet, while the front and rear ventilation slots in the Pro II Plus offer superior cooling properties. The GRpx technology harness provides excellent stability, and the removable headband allows riders to refresh the life of their hat quickly and with ease. Overall the superior safety, fit, ventilation and design of the Pro II Plus makes it one of the most versatile helmets in the Charles Owen range. Available in regular and round fit, one either black, navy, silver or rose gold.

Charles Owen 4 Star

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

The 4 Star cross-country skull certified by four top international safety standards PAS015, VG1, ASTM and SNELL, is designed for the extreme situation.  A technically superior helmet the deep fitting 4 Star incorporates the latest technology with a fibre reinforced shell for improved crush resistance.  The 4 Star helmet features the patented GRpx harness for increased stability as well as the innovative Charles Owen "free fit" ventilation system, allowing increased airflow across the forehead. It combines a frontal air channel with Coolmax mesh to significantly increase cooling and evaporation of sweat.  Perfectly finished with a ventilated silk, the 4 Star is the ultimate choice for the safety-conscious rider. Available in Navy, Black, Silver and Rose Gold.

Charles Owen YR8 Sparkly

Why Choose Charles Owen? - Ayr Equestrian

Suitable for children and adults alike the YR8 Sparkly is the perfect everyday riding helmet from Charles Owen.  Featuring four discreet front and rear ventilation apertures this riding hat is designed to keep you comfortable and increase cooling during extended periods of use.  The YR8 Sparkly has dual safety standards (PAS015 and VG1) and incorporates a fully adjustable nylon harness.  Made from a unique sparkle fibre the black bling and shiny silver centre seamlessly complement the microsuede side panels adding a bit of sparkle to your riding. Available in black and navy.