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Charles Owen GR8 Helmet

Charles Owen, Inc.
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Why We Love This

The GR8 helmet by Charles Owen is at the cutting edge of equestrian fashion. This helmet is both sleek and sporty with its low profile design. Available in a variety of colors, the GR8 Helmet is covered with a microfibre suede material that has been treated to afford it protection against marking and scuffing so your helmet continues to look great for years to come.

Favorite Features

  • Low profile design and gently rounded brim for a flattering look
  • Press stamped metallic logo is positioned centrally above the peak with another discreet logo on the back of the helmet where a ribbon would traditionally be
  • Harness is reinforced with nylon for additional strength, safety and security
  • Silver ions are interwoven throughout the lining in the headband to provide anti-microbial protection against sweat and odors
  • Kitemarked to PAS015 and BSEN 1384. Certified by SEI to ASTM F1163.

Sizing It Up

Charles Owen helmets are sized using metric measurements (Centimeters). We advise using Centimeters when determining size.

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Breast Cancer Benefit, Midnight Navy/Silver, Black/Hunter, Midnight Navy, Brown, Brown w/ Tan are custom styles. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
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    Charles Owen GR8 Helmet is rated 4.6933 out of 5 by 75.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! I've had this helmet for 2 years & it looks great in the show ring & is durable enough to be worn everyday. Its extremely comfortable & easy to clean, highly recommended!
    Date published: 2011-07-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helmets What can I say, it's a helmet. I ended up returning it because I didn't like the way it fit. It sat purched ontop of my head. It wasn't very low profile....
    Date published: 2011-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this product! It fits great and feels awesome.
    Date published: 2011-06-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable, durable show helmet Helmet is very comfortable but can be a little warm in the texas summers. I've rubbed and scuffed the helmet and marks have not shown so far. The low profile looks a lot better than more traditional styles. I've bought another one as a gift for a friend.
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Helmet! I've always had trouble finding a helmet that fits. I have a narrow head and other helmets tend to slip side-to-side while I'm riding. I tried a friend's GR8 and it fit perfectly, so I bought one for myself. Not only does it fit nicely, it looks sharp and is very durable. When I first got it, I always kept it in a helmet bag and took really good care of it. After a while though I got lazy and knocked it around, got it dirty, etc. and it has held up to the wear and tear beautifully. Before shows, I take a damp tack sponge and wipe down the outside of the helmet .... every show someone asks me if I got a new helmet, because it looks brand new again. Definitely worth every penny!
    Date published: 2010-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfy! I recieved this helmet as an early Christmas present as both my schooling and showing helmets were at/over five years old. I had my eye on the helmet for quite a while, and was thrilled to be able to purchase it during a very nice local sale.Once I found the correct size, I was easily able to enjoy its comfort. It's soft, squishy, and fits great. The harness isn't annoying in texture and doesn't get in my field of vision like the excess strap of my old schooling helmet's harness.The helmet is gorgeous, classic yet modern looking without being too "in the moment" of fashion. It has a look that will last, especially if you go with the more tradition black/black color.
    Date published: 2010-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't live without it I am buying my third one in 7 years! I had an accident in the first one falling off my 17.3hh horse onto my head. I am positive I am alive today because of this helmet. I recently had another accident in my second helmet. My head never hit the ground, but I believe in replacing helmets after every major accident. I forgot how old the helmet was because it aged so well. It didn't get smelly or start too pack down too much over the years so I forgot how old it was until I fell and did the math. I love how it fits and its low profile. I trust its construction far more than other brands. I will definitely be buying it again!
    Date published: 2010-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved My Life!! Not only is this a gorgeous and well crafted helmet, it is very functional! I recently fell off a 16.5 hand horse directly on my head. As a nurse, I have no doubt that I would have been severely injured without my helmet (that I always wear and I ride dressage). The helmet looked no worse for the wear and my head was totally fine!Also looks very snazzy. Almost all the gals at my barn have this helmet or the other Charles Owen (Hampton)
    Date published: 2010-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight - forgot it was there Old helmet is in the trash after I got back from my first ride in this helmet. It was so light weight and comfortable I forgot I had it on and it never moved on my head to remind me I was wearing a helmet. Good purchase.
    Date published: 2010-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money! The Charles Owen GR8 Helmet is definitely worth the money! For most eventers, function definitely trumps fashion, but that doesn't mean I want to look like a bobble-head in my dressage pictures. The GR8 offers subtle style without being obnoxious or trendy. The low profile is very flattering and it really looks awesome on a variety of riders. I also love that the harness is low and wide enough in back to cover any stray hairs that won't stay in the hair net.
    Date published: 2010-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great comfort Was hesitant to purchase because I was worried it would be too hot of a helmet to ride in, but surprisingly it is not. The comfort of this helmet is amazing. first time I have had a helmet that I can tolerate thru all 7 rides a day. Really love it
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value, but could breathe better You see this helmet all over the rated and unrated show circuits. While I feel that this helmet is comfortable, another brand "breathes" better on my head. By that, I mean I feel that it's sweatier under this helmet than under my other, regardless of the weather. But overall, would definitely recommend this helmet because it is well made, cleans easily between the schooling and show rings, and is more affordable than some other brands! I've found that I'm the same size in the GR8 and "another particular, more expensive brand."
    Date published: 2010-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this helmet! I recently bought this, and I am in love with it! This helmet is so comfortable and low profile. It is about half the size of my clunky IRH!
    Date published: 2010-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Helmet! I love the look of it! However, if dust or anything gets or sawdust gets on it, it is rather hard to get off. but if kept nice.. it will be great
    Date published: 2010-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charles Owen GR8 Helmet I recently purchased the Charles Owen GR8 helmet before the start of show season. My trainer recommended that I buy this helmet for the shows since it is professional looking. Even though it is a little pricey, I decided to go to SmartPak and buy one. And I absolutely love it! It is really comfortable and has a low profile so that I don't get that "mushroom" head-look. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend!
    Date published: 2010-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd GR8 Helmet - Because its so GREAT! This was a replacement purchase for my first Charles Owens GR8 Helmet. LOVE it. It fits very well, and OMG - flattering, too. And although I read someone's review that they thought it got too hot, I ride in San Diego - Poway area where it easily gets to be 90's in the summer. Hot head was not a problem. (Reason for replacement: A mouse made a nest in it, and I wasn't putting it back on my head!!!)
    Date published: 2010-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Owens helmut Fits great and looks attractive, hard to find in a jumping helmut!
    Date published: 2010-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my second GR8 Helmet. Love the fit, very comfortable.
    Date published: 2010-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and GR8 fit I have last season's color scheme of brown with a pink stripe. I have a small and hard to fit head and this helmet was a perfect fit and very comfortable. The weight on this helmet is heavier than the IRH's striped helmet, but I am a rider that appreciates a more solid helmet and I am comforted by the slightly increased weight. This helmet brushes off easily, and the harness system lies in the correct spots on the head and neck and is easy to put on and take off. My only complaint would be that it doesn't breathe while in use, and it holds in odors. The simple solution to the odor problem is to use Fabreze.
    Date published: 2010-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GR8 Helmet This will be the 3rd GR8 helmet I have purchased for my family members and myself, first helmet ordered from Smart Pak. I love the product and it fits me the best of any helmet I have ever had. I prefer the black strap on the GR8, because it does not show dirt and grime from my neck and face. The quality is excellent and the profile of helmet is flattering. The material on the helmet never shifts, even when it gets wet. And the silver protective lining does help with odor control. This helmet came to me from Smart Pak and was not packed very well. It was out of the plastic packaging appeared to be a demo. Customer Service was helpful are sending me a new one.
    Date published: 2009-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hat 7 1/4 is my hat size, and this helmet fits perfectly. It looks sharp as a tack, too. The suedey material is a dust magnet, but it's so comfortable I wear it for everyday schooling anyway. I'm not showing currently, but that's no reason to look like a schlub!
    Date published: 2009-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! This helmet is the best! It protects and is super stylish. I usually don't follow helmet trends, but this is one trend I am glad that I did. Looks and performance - can't beat that!
    Date published: 2009-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GR8 This helmet was recommended by a friend, now I want to recommend it to EVERYONE! Great fit, great feel, easy to keep clean. SmartPak went out of their way to pull this helmet off a shelf and send it to me overnight for a show. Great service, couldn't be happier.
    Date published: 2009-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable I recently bought a GR8 to replace my GPA, it is much lighter and much more comfortable than my previous helmet. I think the profile is a bit more flattering as well!
    Date published: 2009-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Helmet!!! I purchased this helmet after a lot of deliberation and it was one of the best things I've ever bought. It has to be the most comfortable that I've purchased and I love the reputation of the Charles Owen Line.The first show I competed in with it, we got soaked but the helmet dried and still looks brand new.
    Date published: 2009-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cadillac of helmets I have a GPA Titium Pro and the GR8. Hands down this helmet is superior in comfort. While I like the more streamlined profile and ability to remove and wash the liner in my GPA the cost is insane and not nearly as comfortable as the GR8. The GR8 is downright cheap compared to the GPA!! The GR8 is appropriate for all levels of showing and I can't express how comfortable it is!!!! Riding in the GR8 is putting your head in the wonderfully stylish, comfortable, and show ready cadillac of helmets. A note on fit.... The GR8 is best suited for people who have an oval shaped head. My round headed friends have found the original GPA (not the pro) more comfortable.
    Date published: 2009-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing helmet! The Charles Owen GR8 Helmet is awesome! I got the black/black one when I first started showing, and now I’m getting the navy/charcoal for Christmas. This helmet is so comfy it’s like having a pillow on your head!
    Date published: 2008-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSEOME SHOW RING AND SCHOOLING HELMET I love my Charles Owen GR8. I wear it in lessons and at the A rated shows! I bought it last year so I could wear it to Capitol Challenge! It is super sleek, stylish and comfortable. From Big Eq to Grand Prix, to open hunter, or just riding at home, this is the greatest helmet ever. It trumps other more expensive helmets!!!
    Date published: 2008-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Gr8 This helmet is very comfortable and safe. I originally bought it for its superb safety ratings and fit. What I didn't know was how much more it has to offer. The Charles Owen GR8 helmet is stylish, comfortable, and sleek. It looks very professional with little effort and it is show ready with a swipe of a rag. The only downside is its poor ventilation and its cost. As far as I am concerned, the cost is paid off as this helmet can save you a trip to the emergency room. This helmet is designed for show jumping and dressage NOT cross-country which explains the ventilation. That's what Charles Owen made the J3 for, right?
    Date published: 2008-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the (ouch!) money. It's about 3x what I'd expect to spend on a good helmet... but the fit and comfort (on my long oval head) is THAT superior to everything else I've tried.
    Date published: 2007-12-05
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