You would choose safety right?
There was once a time it was classed as 'fashionable' to ride without one,
but oh how the tables have turned.
It's 2017 and its the battle of the hats.
I hugely respect the high-profile riders such as Charlotte Dujardin who wear crash hats - the amount of media coverage and marketing they receive whilst wearing one I feel has done wonders to the non-hat wearing community! But also the younger generation as well who will no doubt be looking up to and aspiring to be like them.
You only have one head at the end of the day, and the outcome will always be 'I wish I wore a hat' - So why take the risk? Well, here are the most popular reasons:
"I can't wear a hat in the show ring, I will be penalised"
"Its not tradition"
Perhaps not, but does that really matter?
Is there any justification for valuing tradition over safety?
"Im a very experienced rider"
"Helmets are hot and uncomfortable"
There are many styles available that feature air vents to keep your head cool whilst you ride. Samshield for instance feature air vents and are feather light, so you'll hardly notice your wearing a hat!
"Hats give me headaches"
Then your hat doesn't fit properly and is likely to be either too narrow for you or a pressure point is being caused somewhere on the head. Go for a hat fitting and try on as many styles as possible to get what's right for you.
"It will mess up my hair"
So would a catastrophic skull injury. Just sayin'!
So hopefully we all agree wearing a hat is a good idea...
But which one do you choose?
Getting fitted by a professional is the most important element, which is why we don't sell our hats online. Hats come in all different shapes and sizes - just because you may be a 56cm in a Charles Owen AYR8, doesn't mean you'll be a 56cm in a Charles Owen J3 jockey skull. Go to your nearest tack store to get fitted properly!