Manufacturer: Charles Owen
Model: GR8 Helmet
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I bought this helmet at my local tack shop on sale for 210.00, reg. price is about 279.00 . I plan on using it for jumping/eventing.
Likes: I bought the helmet because it fit me perfectly. I tried on the international jumping helmets that the store also had, and none of them fit- they were all loose on the sides of my head and too tight front to back. The Charles Owen has excellent padding inside, and I think it fits a more oval shape of head, rather than a round shape. The helmet also has a nice profile, even with the padding on the sides, it doesn't have that huge mushroom head look to it. the sides of the helmet are about 1" thick, which the photos don't really show. The helmet is also not too tall. (low profile)so it didn't sit too low on my forehead. I do like the "sturdiness" of the helmet- I really feel the price is worth it and I feel that it will give me the best head protection there is.
Dislikes: The ONLY thing I noticed about the helmet is that according to the size charts for Charles Owen helmets, I should fit into a 6 3/4, since my head measures out to 54.5 cm.(round up to 55 cm) However, when trying them on I found that a 6 7/8 is what fit me, so beware if you're buying online! this could also be because my head is more oval shaped!
Quality: As I mentioned above, the construction is perfect- nice suede feel to the cover- wont show dirt, looks like it will be easy to clean and keep looking good. The padding is very comfortable, the helmet doesn't wobble at all on my head, even if I shake it side to side. No mushroom cap look. looks very professional.
Summary: Good fit and safety is worth the money. You'll never buy another cheap helmet again if you buy one of these- they are sooo much more comfortable.
Usefulness Rating: 3.33333 out of 5.
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