Manufacturer: Charles Owen (View all products by Charles Owen)
Model: GR8 (View all GR8 Helmet reviews)
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I paid $275 for this helmet at the Tack Trunk, in St. Louis.
Likes: As with my last helmet, a Charles Owen Hampton, the fit is fabulous, snug without inflicting pain. If GPAs and Internationals don't fit your head, try a Charles Owen -- chances are, you'll love how it feels and looks. The helmet looks great -- stylish without being outlandish -- and I get lots of compliments. The faux-suede covering is easy to keep clean. The hardware is easy to fasten by feel, and it's easy to customize the fit by adjusting the length of the chin strap or tightening the lacing at the back of the head. I've had a couple of falls while wearing the helmet (nothing that would warrant replacement), and it's always stayed in place nicely.
Dislikes: Only minor complaints: (1) I sweat a lot when I ride, and the dye in the black harness leached out the first time I really sweated in it, giving me a goofy "5 o'clock shadow" look! (2) As I noted in my review of the Hampton, the liner can't be removed for washing (did I mention that I sweat a lot?), so I have to be diligent with the Charles Owen hat cleaner and deodorizer. (3) I have to let the hat air dry between rides so that it's not clammy when I put it on again.
Quality: Charles Owen hats are wonderfully sturdy, and the materials are high quality. I've had the GR8 for several months, and it looks as good now as it did when I first took it out of the box.
Summary: The GR8 is a stylish, less expensive alternative for folks who can't wear (or don't want to pay for) a GPA. Highly recommended.
Author: Kerry Bailey
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
1 reader(s) voted.
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