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Charles Owen AYR8 Plus Helmet

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The Charles Owen AYR8 Plus Helmet is the same great AYR8 helmet that riders love, now with a removable liner! 

This helmet features a low profile 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
  • Removable, washable liner
  • Certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15, VG1 01.040 2014-12, Kitemarked to PAS015:2011, Kitemarked to VG1 01.040 2014-12
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    Charles Owen AYR8 Plus Helmet is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Helmet! I always buy Charles Owen AYR8 helmets for my daughter for their safety and fit. It doesn’t hurt that they are beautiful too. This one is no exception, and worth every penny. The most recent one that we ordered was a centimeter too small and SmartPak exchanged it immediately with a smile. Their customer service is exceptional.
    Date published: 2020-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet!!!!! After riding in a Charles Owen Wellington Pro for years, I finally decided to bite the bullet and try something else. I even bought multiple brands of helmets but always come back to Charles Owen as they fit my head best. I rode in this helmet over the weekend and it was immediately comfortable, MUCH cooler than my Wellington Pro and it has a very flattering shape.
    Date published: 2020-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Charles Owen with removable liner A Charles Owen with a removable liner was exactly what I needed. I’ve had this helmet for a couple years and am highly satisfied. I did not have issues with the fit or comfort as other reviewers have mentioned. With all of my Charles Owen helmets, they fit tighter when new and looser once they are worn a few times and the padding squished down. Sonething to consider when fitting the helmets.
    Date published: 2020-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fit I bought this helmet a month ago and love the fit. The vents are great in the southern heat.
    Date published: 2019-06-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the helmet, but the sizing didn't work for me I purchased this helmet during Helmet Awareness Day to replace my older CO JR8. Loved the idea of having vents and a removable, washable liner. I purchased a 6 7/8, because that's the size of both my GR8 and JR8 and they both fit like a glove. I was really disappointed when this helmet was entirely too tight and after reaching out to SP customer service, was suggested to exchange for a 7". Unfortunately the 7 is still too small - it squeezes my temples - something I've never experienced with my other 2 CO helmets. Because I don't live close to a tack shop, trying on different sizes isn't a convenient option. I've decided to return the helmet until I can figure out what size will work for me. My 4 star rating is due to the small sizing (relative to other COs). The helmet is gorgeous and I'm bummed that it didn't work out.
    Date published: 2018-10-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible fit! I have worn AYR8s for years. Horrible fit! I have worn AYR8s for years and this is the most uncomfortable helmet ever made! Returning!!!!!!
    Date published: 2017-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great feature to it Very comfortable and part of the liner comes out to be washed.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
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