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Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet

Charles Owen, Inc.
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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 comfortable I purchased this helmet during the recent helmet awareness sale. My daughter has a Charles Owen JR8 helmet, and I thought I would like to get one for myself. My past helmets have all been IRH. Happy that I took the plunge to splurge on this helmet. Very comfortable adjustable ties on back of helmet to make it fit like a dream. Good fit. Very happy with this purchase!
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from very stylish Great helmet for showing and schooling. Fits comfortably
    Date published: 2016-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So happy with my new helmet! Wonderful, high quality helmet! I don't know how I survived without it before! Fit and comfort are outstanding!
    Date published: 2016-07-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classy look, not the best fit I've had this helmet for a few years. I show in it, because I think it's the best looking helmet on the market. It's classy, not trendy. However, I don't usually use it for daily schooling because it is not super comfortable. It is too long from front to back, and I can't get a smaller size because then it would be too narrow from side to side.
    Date published: 2016-03-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this helmet, but my head is too round. I only use this helmet for showing and a tipperary sportage for schooling. Personally this helmet is too oval shaped for my round head and it gives me headaches. Other than that I love the classy look and the fact that it doesn't give me a bubble head.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AYR8 I've had this helmet for 4 almost 5 years now, and its held up great. Would recommend to anyone.
    Date published: 2015-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great style and fit I love this helmet! It is comfortable and is "A" circuit appropriate for hunters and eq. I even have a second one that I use for schooling... that way my new helmet stays looking sharp for the show ring!
    Date published: 2015-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I bought this helmet a month ago and am loving the fit. I haven't worn it in the heat of the summer but I think it will be fine.
    Date published: 2015-09-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Helmet-Perfect for Shows and Schooling! I had struggled with finding a new helmet for quite some time. I have an oval-shaped head and tried 9 different helmets (my head must really be shaped like a brick!) before I landed on this one. The fit is great. It starts out a wee bit snug but the padding adjusts within a ride or two. Helmet looks great as well. I can wear it schooling or for shows. The reason this is only 4 stars is the chin strip/harness. For the price, I would expect a beautifully sewn harness out of quality materials. This is fake leather with raw edges on it-disappointing given how much this helmet costs.
    Date published: 2015-09-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Helmet I bought this helmet as an upgrade from the Charles Owen JR8. At first glance, it is a very attractive helmet. I always put my hair up in a hairnet when I ride and the harness in the back is quite helpful. The air vents help, but they don't make a big difference. The outside of the helmet can be cleaned using a damp rag, Ive found that quite helpful.
    Date published: 2015-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing Charles Owen helmet Got this helmet for christmas and I've been using it ever since! Very good quality, just wish it was easier to keep the dust off! Still love this helmet though!
    Date published: 2015-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable helmet Nice comfortable helmet. I grow up not always wearing a helmet. This helmet saved my mothers life.. I would recomment this helmet to everyone.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just OK..... I love CO helmets on everyone else... but they just don't work for my oval head. Lots of space on the sides, and just uncomfortable. This one also gave me the definite mushroom head! I have found the IRH long ovals work better for me, along with the (sadly) spendy Samshields. I will be sending this back for an IRH instead.
    Date published: 2015-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charles Owen AYR8 My daughter moved up from braids to hair-under-the-helmet so a new show helmet was warranted. She loves the styling of the helmet and I like the added security and the vents to help keep her cooler. The GR8 didn't look as attractive on her. It was great for her to be able to try both helmets at home via Smartpak.
    Date published: 2015-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing helmet Best helmet I've ever worn and with every penny never been so happy with a helmet thank you smartpak for the best product ever
    Date published: 2015-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Helmet! This is my second Charles Owen AYR8 helmet as my horse tripped and went down with me and thus I sent the helmet back as they suggest you do when a fall occurs. SmartPak was amazing in sending me another helmet quickly. This fits my head very well and does offer some cooling affect.
    Date published: 2015-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I love my new helmet. Great brand!! I recommend to all.
    Date published: 2015-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgraded from my GR8 I am a lover of Charles Owen, amazing quality and safety. I have ridden in a GR8 for a few years and decided it was time to upgrade and I'm so happy I did. Fits more snugly around the back of the head than the GR8 but I still ordered my same size and I love it. Looks great, feels great!
    Date published: 2015-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and Pretty! I can not say enough good things about this helmet! Its light, comfortable, easy to clean, doesn't hold stink, and looks beautiful on. I did find it to run slightly large, and ended up buying a 71/8, instead of my usual 71/4. All in all, a great helmet at a great price!
    Date published: 2015-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet again, CO doesn't disappoint I've been a Charles Owen wearer forever. And as I'd expect, I have no regrets ordering the ARY8. I've had the GR8 for years but recently moved to the Deep South and it just happened to be time for a new helmet! The fit is perfect (I have a more oval head that brands like GPA didn't really work for). I tried the OneK but didn't like the aesthetic or fit of the chin strap at all, so it was promptly returned. So far, I'd definitely say the ARY8 is overall cooler than the other traditional CO helmets. However, no, the ventilation is not equivalent to driving down a highway with the top down.
    Date published: 2015-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Love! Love! this helmet I bought this helmet for my daughter for the performance, she loves it for the style.
    Date published: 2015-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Help Received this helmet as a gift and I love it. It's very well made and looks great on! The vents make it pretty cool and breathable as helmets go. It fits really well and is light and comfortable enough that I forget I'm wearing it! I'd definitely recommend this helmet to anyone looking for quality and comfort in a helmet.
    Date published: 2014-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet I have needed a new helmet for a year or so. I've never had a fall, but I kept putting up with my IRH. I decided to switch to CO bc the IRH was either too big and sat low on my ears or too small to even get on. The CO is amaaaazing. It feels so secure on my head. Even with out the chin strap, the helmet is going no easily. It looks great, too. Feel so much better wearing it then the IRH.
    Date published: 2014-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great and so comfortable I used it last weekend at a show and it was perfect.
    Date published: 2014-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new Fav...CO Never had a CO and my trainer recommended the JR8 but I have such a round melon that I had to go with the AYR8 and I love it super comfy and love the look.
    Date published: 2014-10-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice looking Really cool looking helmet but unfortunately not great for my shaped headed! If you have more of a round head then this is the helmet for you :)
    Date published: 2014-10-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish it fit my round head I was really hoping this helmet would fit, but my head is too round. This one is more for the oval shaped heads. Overall it is a nice helmet and I was sad to send it back.
    Date published: 2014-09-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The most comfortable helmet ever I was told about this helmet by my insurance agent. Hmm, maybe she is just hedging her bets on me. Anyway, she said it is exceptionally comfortable. I had been riding in a Tipperary mid-line helmet that I paid around $200. It is fairly comfortable, but this one is 3 times better for comfort. My only complaint is it is kinda hot, but I was wearing it on a hot evening in 90 degree heat. It isn't nearly as hot if I am riding faster like during my barrel run, so I think as long as I'm going fast, I'll be cool. More motivation to go fast, I guess. I rated it at 4 stars due to the hot factor, but it is worth the money for the fit. I am hard to fit with a narrowing at the temples, but I needed no additional padding to fit this helmet. It just molds to my head.
    Date published: 2014-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking helmet! The AYR8 helmet is very flattering and comfortable with a great fit.
    Date published: 2014-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit After a bad fall, where my previous helmet slipped to the side, I tried on this helmet and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent fit and comfort. My only concern was heat build up on hot, muggy days. Once you put it on, you forget about it. Yes, it does feel great when you remove it, but you don't feel like you are baking while riding. Chin strap is very comfortable.
    Date published: 2014-08-07
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