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Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet

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The Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet is a low profile helmet that combines fashionable microfiber suede side panels, with a mesh centre to maximize air flow through the 12 ventilation apertures, achieving the perfect combination of cool equestrian chic.

Developed for the equestrian athlete the slimline helmet uses advanced modern materials and incorporates the latest in thermoregulation for helmets to keep your head cool. The leather harness incorporates the revolutionary Grpx™ technology. The harness is coordinated to the specific colors within the range to give that complete finished look.

The brim is gently rounded to flatter the face and a press stamped metallic logo is positioned centrally above the peak. Another embroidered logo features on the back of the helmet to replace the traditional ribbon. The super soft headband is embedded with high tech silver ions, providing built-in antimicrobial protection, helping to keep the helmet hygienic and free from smells. 

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  • Microfiber suede side panels
  • Mesh centre for maximum air flow
  • Grpx™ technology to create snug and secure fit using scientifically designed grippers
  • Antimicrobial headband to keep helmet hygienic and free of smells
  • Certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15
  • Kitemarked to PAS015 and BSEN1384


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    Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 146.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased! Riders knows not all helmets are the same the AYR8 has a great fit and a stylish look! I'm loving it!!!!
    Date published: 2014-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice helmet This is a very nice helmet, comfortable, and attractive.
    Date published: 2014-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my life I was in a very bad accident and shattered and crushed many bones. My head was not among them thanks to this helmet. It is the only helmet I'll ever buy again. Worth every dime.
    Date published: 2014-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits like a glove! Best fit I've ever experienced in a helmet. I've only worn it twice thus far, but I feel secure and completely protected in it. I recently wore it cross country schooling in high heat for 3+ hours and barely sweated underneath it - definitely a great buy!
    Date published: 2014-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet I've ever owned I absolutely love the AYR8. The fit is perfect and it's comfortable enough to wear all day. I bought the helmet in brown and it's actually darker than pictured (it most likely appears lighter due to camera flash).
    Date published: 2014-04-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and classy looking This is a quality helmet and beautiful too. Great craftsmanship. The reason Im only giving it a 4 star is bc it didnt fit my head pressed my head badly at my temples. I also wished it had a removable liner. But aside from that the navy blue looked stunning with my navy show coat.
    Date published: 2014-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet I've owned!! I was skeptical on buying such a pricey helmet but I promise you, it is SO worth it. The helmet is so lite and comfortable you can barely even feel it on your head. It is very supportive and looks professional. Also, the air vents are superior. I haven't used it yet on those hot summer days but so far it's keeping my head cool(: Everyone at the barn is jealous!
    Date published: 2014-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable helmet ever designed! Seriously - most comfortable helmet on the market (trust me, I've tried them all on).  Light weight and cool, you can spend hrs in the saddle and you won't even think about what is on your head.  Yes, it is expensive but do you really want to scrimp when it comes to safety???
    Date published: 2014-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great buy I love my ayr8! Not sure how we'll t works but it looks great after 2 years of use! Fits great and is very comfortable.
    Date published: 2013-12-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Tech! I love this helmet! I have had It for about a year now and it looks absolutely wonderful. I would not recommend it for people who live in extremely hot places. Although it seems very ventilated it stall makes your head sweat extremely bad. Other than that it is a wonderful buy!
    Date published: 2013-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great! This helmet is very comfortable, looks great, and is suitable for all English disciplines. The vents don't give great airflow, but it's much better than the ones without any.
    Date published: 2013-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best A helmet won't work if you don't want to wear it. This one feels like you have loads of protection and you hardly know you have it on.  I've had many helmets and given them away - too hot, too heavy, gives me a headache. Like the goldilocks story, this one is just perfect.  I have a slightly oval head and having a helmet that matches my head shape made all the difference.  I had to return the first helmet they sent because the outer shell was attached off-center - strictly cosmetic. Took a photo, sent it to the company and they immediately exchanged the helmet.
    Date published: 2013-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this helmet! I've have a collection of helmets in the past and this is by far my favorite! I love the light feel and how it doesn't feel like my head is being crushed. It's a little bulky, by it has a sleek look to it. I was reluctant to get it because of the price, but now that I have it, I know that I have finally found the helmet that it right for me!
    Date published: 2013-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful in Brown We have found the AYR8 to be the best fitting helmet for our rider. She has an "oval" head and could not find a GPA to fit her. We tried the AYR8 and ... PERFECT! We recently did a USDF dressage show using all brown (rather than the typical black). Everyone loved it!
    Date published: 2013-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my AYR8 I bought my first AYR8 after a fall 4 years ago, I was wearing the helmet every day, on multiple horses and I just retired it due to the fact that it has been dropped and banged around quite a bit in the last 4 years--that's an understatement, I beat the everloving tar out of it, and with a wet rag it still cleans up pretty well. I loved the helmet so much that when I went shopping for a new one, I went right back to it. I do find that I still sweat in it, but probably not as much as I would in a helmet with less ventilation. It is as comfortable as a helmet can be and fits very well. I have a very oval shaped head, so some brands are hard for me to fit, but the AYR8 is great. I don't get the headaches that I used to.
    Date published: 2013-08-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice helmet I needed a navy helmet to match my navy Pikeur shadbelly, and the Charles Owen AYR8 is a perfect match. My usual 6 7/8" size was perfect. I have not ridden in it yet, so don't know how I will like the cooling features.
    Date published: 2013-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AYR8 Review Love this helmet! I have a large, round head and the AYR8 is the perfect fit. I have struggled ever since I first started riding trying to find a comfortable, yet stylish helmet for my large head (im a 7 3/4 with my hair up) but the AYR8 is the perfect fit and still is flattering. The AYR8 is breathable and it keeps my head cooler than my old IRH did. Can't truly rate durability since I just got the AYR8 a few weeks ago, but so far it has stayed nice and clean, even in a sometimes dusty riding ring. Can't say enough about the AYR8. Well worth the price and I will definitely buy again. Special thanks to Martha with Smartpak customer service for helping me chose the AYR8. She was so helpful!!
    Date published: 2013-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathable, Attractive, and Comfy This product is wonderful. I got this helmet because of its great reviews and style. I am very impressed with it. Even in the intense humidity I still stay cool and comfortable. Great product if you are looking for a helmet.. Buy this.
    Date published: 2013-07-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Looking Helmet I have had several ARY8s and they do fit an array of head shapes I would also say. It's a great helmet if you're looking for an approved helmet with a classic look. I do have to shelf the helmet and switch to one that vents better for warmer months. Good that many other reviewers don't have this problem but I don't find that mine vented at all.
    Date published: 2013-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful but... For the six months I have been riding in the helmet, I have really enjoyed it. It seems to warm up and form to the individual shape of my head, and it's been very comfortable. It still looks like brand new after being ridden in 5 times a week for half a year, however I do have one concern. My head gets really hot under this helmet, and the vents don't seem to do much. Although I love the way it looks and it was worth the price, I probably won't buy another one due to how sweaty my head gets on hot days.
    Date published: 2013-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I recently purchased this helmet, and it looks ten times better on me than my IRH Elite. Even still, I feel like my head looks like a mushroom no matter what helmet I try on! It does smell slightly funky after only a few days of use, though. Let it air out properly after each ride or get a fragrance satchet to keep in it.
    Date published: 2013-03-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! I have always had IRH helmets, but their style changed. I called the Customer Service, as always they were so helpful and suggested the AYR8. I LOVE IT! It fits like a glove, looks nice, and is definitely worth the price. I have had it for about 3 weeks, so can't rate durability yet. Thanks again, SmartPak!
    Date published: 2013-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second is a good as the first Love the helmet and just purchased a second to show in. Wears well and keeps nicely using Charles Owen Cleaner and freshener.
    Date published: 2013-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as great the second time around This is the second AYR8 helmet that I've purchased and I love it just as much as the first time. The fit is great, cleans and wears well.
    Date published: 2013-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Helmet I absolutely love this helmet. It fits really, really well and is so comfortable. My favorite thing about this helmet is the harness. It has some padding in the back and has a string that you can tie either a little looser or tighter so the helmet gives a custom fit. I use this helmet not only as my schooling helmet but also as my show helmet. When I show, I put my hair up under the helmet and it still feels like it fits perfectly. The ONLY thing I don't like is if I touch my helmet with even slightly dirty/dusty fingers I get dirty finger marks on it. But, it has always cleaned up easily and looks great again within 30 seconds. Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely. Would I buy another one if something happened to this helmet? Absolutely.
    Date published: 2012-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite helmet I use one for everyday schooling and another for show.
    Date published: 2012-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet I don't like wearing helmets. But with that said, this helmet lets you forget you are wearing one. The fit is true and the helmet is indeed light and has great ventilation. The appearance is also more flattering. I would definately recommend the AYR8!
    Date published: 2012-10-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for me I am new to riding and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it. I bought this helmet because of the other reviews and kept it because of the soft yet firm headband – I think it sits a bit low and pushes my ears a little. It is better than any school helmet I have used; But I expected that for the price. I can't speak to durability just yet.
    Date published: 2012-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Helmet Ever I really love this helmet. If you know your head size then this helmet fits perfectly. I made sure that i knew it before I purchased. if unsure then go and try one on. I love how easy it cleans up with the charles owen cleaner and how well it dries after riding in hot humid weather. I wish I owned more. Wouldn't trade my AYR8 for anything. very happy to own one.
    Date published: 2012-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice vented helmet I love this helmet. It is great for showing here in Georgia where it is hot and humid. The vents really help to keep my head cooler. It has the same classic Charles Owens design and quality. I would recommend this to others.
    Date published: 2012-09-05
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