Woman side view with blue riding helmet with glitter

Protect your head

Helmets

Riding helmets save lives! That's why you should never get on your horse without one, no matter how sweet it is. Even the best-behaved horse can get scared or slip. Discover a large selection of riding caps in a variety of designs - to suit your style.

Blue Kep riding helmet with glitter

Technical innovations

How are riding helmets constructed?

Riding helmets usually consist of a plastic outer shell and a Styrofoam inner shell. Many high-quality riding helmets are also reinforced with a layer of carbon or polycarbonate to increase the protective effect. The inner shell made of Styrofoam or EPS is protected by an inlay. This often removable padding absorbs sweat and thus protects the inner shell. If the inlay can be removed, it can be easily cleaned by hand or in the washing machine.

Three different technologies:

  • Inmould technology: Inner layer is inseparably connected to outer layer. Lightweight construction with maximum impact resistance.
  • Hard shell technology: separate construction of inner and outer shell. Better installation of ventilation openings and air channels = higher breathability
  • Hybrid technology: combines previous technologies. Very low helmet weight.

All three technologies effectively protect your head in riding accidents and, in case of doubt, save your life.

When should the riding helmet be replaced? Can you still ride with the helmet after a riding accident or fall?

There are the following reasons to replace a riding helmet:

  • Fall onto hard ground, e.g. from the barrier or from the cupboard, because small microcracks in the case can impair the protective function.
  • After 5 to 7 years depending on the manufacturer's specifications.
  • After a fall.

Some manufacturers offer to check the riding helmet after a fall.

Buying a used riding helmet?

Used riding helmets are not a particularly good idea. You never know for sure whether the protective effect is still there. Perhaps the helmet has already been involved in a riding accident or fall, which is not always obvious from the helmet.

In addition, the padding may already have suffered. In most cases, the inlay can be replaced, but the foam may also have been damaged by dirt and sweat. Therefore, for hygiene reasons alone, it is advisable to buy your own helmet.

How to measure your riding helmet and find the right size

The easiest way is to try it on. The helmet should not slip off if you shake or nod your head vigorously. It should also not be tight anywhere.

Simply measure when purchasing online:

  • Take a tape measure and place it around your head at the widest point.
  • Position: approximately just above the ears and at the level of the middle of the forehead.
  • Compare the value you read with the manufacturer’s size chart.