We love horseback riding, and we know you do, too! It’s our goal to help everyone pursue this passion as safely as possible. In this post, we’ll share our top picks for MIPS horse riding helmets — the latest in equestrian head safety technology.
Choosing the Right Helmet for Horseback Riding
Equestrian helmets aren’t one-size-fits-all. For your helmet to work effectively, it’s important to select a properly fitted helmet for your head size and shape. Some people’s heads have a more oval shape, whereas others are more of a round shape. It’s ideal to look at various options to see which style and brand(s) fit you the best. And be sure to measure your head properly to ensure you have the right size.
When you choose a helmet, measure the widest part of your head an inch above your eyebrows. Then, compare it to the size charts for the brands you’re considering. When you place the helmet on your head, make sure it’s snug but comfortable. Many helmets have adjustments for the fit, though you should be pretty close when you first put it on your head if it’s the right size. If it rocks from front-to-back or side-to-side, you might want to try a different helmet shape. Also, keep in mind how you’ll wear your hair for competitions. It’s a good idea to wear the same hairstyle while trying on helmets that you would wear for competition, to make sure you’re comfortable.
MIPS: The Latest Safety Technology
We have seen a lot of updates and small changes to helmet safety technology over the last decade or so. None are quite as exciting — and potentially transformative — as MIPS. This Multi-Directional Impact Protection System is a newer technology that’s starting to get more attention. It’s still not widely used, but we’re seeing more brands include it in their offerings, and the trend will likely continue.
A neurosurgeon designed MIPS to protect the brain from angled impacts to the head that cause rotational motion. It’s not a safety measure currently required by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). However, we do think this additional safety feature may become standard in the future. It should be a strong consideration for you as you choose your horse riding helmet, as it offers additional, unparalleled protection from this kind of head injury.
When it comes to MIPS helmet technology, there are two brands that we love that are rising to the challenge of offering the most advanced technology available — One K and Charles Owens. Here are the equestrian helmets with MIPS that we offer at The Farm House to consider when you’re shopping for a new helmet.
One K Helmets
It probably won’t surprise you that we’re a huge fan of One K. We even wrote an article about One K helmets sizing, fit and our favorites that they offer. One aspect about One K helmets that we really appreciate is their focus on safety. They offer two great helmets with MIPS:
This helmet checks off all of our boxes when it comes to aesthetics and safety. It meets ASTM safety standards and also includes the latest MIPS safety technology. You know you’re going to be as safe as possible in the saddle with this helmet. For extra appeal, you can customize this helmet with a rainbow of colors. Customize the vent, top, and front with your own special style.
If you prefer a wide brim helmet, One K has got you covered! This popular offering now has MIPS in addition to the ASTM safety standards. It’s the same injection molded matte polycarbonate and advanced ABS composite outer shell, with even more safety measures. We know you’ll love the comfort and convenience of this helmet, with its moisture-wicking and washable quick-dry liner, comfort padded harness, and hook and loop adjustment. This helmet doesn’t slack on ventilation, either, and offers two front, one back, and two center stripe vents. One K offers a synergy between the latest technology and an aesthetically pleasing design with great color customizations.
Charles Owen Helmets
One of the leaders in driving advanced technology forward, Charles Owen was one of the first brands to offer riders a MIPS helmet. Safety has always been one of their pillars, and their mission is to produce helmets that are as fully effective against injury as possible. In fact, they offer three certifications to three different international equestrian safety standards. They take safety seriously, and the brand continues to be a favorite here at The Farm House.
This helmet has a stylish and classic look, with added safety and comfort measures you’ll love. It has a high-impact ABS plastic outer shell with an astounding ten ventilation slots for great air circulation. The My PS helmet has a six-point leather-look harness and a removable headband. It’s available with a wide peak and in a round or regular fit, almost guaranteeing they have one that will fit you perfectly. Charles Owen offers the perfect balance between innovative technology and a truly modern style.
The Halo is a true innovation in style and technology, and it will stand out in the show ring. Comfort is prioritized with the unique 360° ventilation system under the halo ring and luxury padding. The unique Halo lattice harness is designed to grip the occipital bone at the base of the skull, and self-adjusts to give a snug and secure fit for your ride. Three international safety standards (including PAS015) combined with MIPS technology add to the confidence you will feel when riding in your Halo.
Helmets keep us safe in the saddle, and MIPS technology is designed to keep us even safer. While MIPS isn’t required for competition, it offers an added level of protection to keep you as safe as possible while doing what you love.
Explore our collection of riding helmets! If you have questions about any of our products, give us a call at 864-457-3557. We’re always glad to help!
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