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Charles Owen Pro II Helmet

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Just when you thought riding couldn’t get any “cooler.” The Charles Owen Pro II has ventilation holes in the front and rear for maximum airflow and ultimate comfort. The removable cover has a visor and mesh front that will keep air flowing. 


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  • Soft headband is interwoven with silver ions throughout the lining, providing anti-microbial protection against sweat and odors
  • Revolutionary Grpx™ Technology has built in grippers that help this skull cap fit like a glove
  • (ASTM) standard F-1163-04a, European Standard (EN) 1384:1996, and Australian and New Zealand Racing Boards (AS/NZS)
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    Charles Owen Pro II Helmet is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 66.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing company and helmet!!! Although it didn't fit they returned it no questions asked! The quality was just amazing and so was smartpak equine! Thank you! :-)
    Date published: 2017-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for oval head, comfortable harness In the past I have worn IRH long oval helmets and the ovation schoolers, but I had been somewhat unhappy about how the nylon strap harnesses fit around my chin and ears. The $200 dollarish IRH black finish scuffed and scraped badly and the plastic on my dial fit ovation broke! So I thought I would try the CO. It fits my oval shaped head well. The leather harness is comfortable and the straps don't loosen while I ride. Since I am in a hot climate, I like that they have colors other than black. The helmet weight is lighter than the One K I tried on but heavier than the Ovation schooler.
    Date published: 2017-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this helmet 2 weeks ago. Fit exactly like they said it would. Happy with the fit and style and comfort.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely comfortable I bought this helmet in the wrong size and Smartpak was great about me returning it and getting the correct size. The helmet is very comfortable and looks sharp.
    Date published: 2017-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit! I'd been looking to get a new helmet and finally decided on the Pro II and I wouldn't trade it for any other helmet. It looks fantastic, fits absolutely perfectly and is exactly what I had been looking for and more. Definitely recommend this 100%
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight Great fit! True to size. Light weight, at first I was a little apprehensive about it because I used a GPA for years and it was heavier. But I wore it on our last fox hunt and LOVE IT!
    Date published: 2017-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathable! I use this helmet for cross country, and I love it! very secure fit, with optimal vision and breathability!
    Date published: 2016-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very comfortable helmet I got this because my trainer recommended it. It was great for a while, very comfy, nice color ( I got silver). However I hadn't even had it for a year and on the cross country course the buckle on the strap came undone and my helmet fell off! .The clip must have been defective because I clearly remember latching it. Other people I know have also noticed that the clip on this helmet don't click in super well and the clip on my helmet when tested afterwords was very easy to pull out. Charles Owen refused to refund us or replace it, but SmartPak was nice enough to, thank you SmartPak! It would have been my favorite helmet, and so far my new one has been holding up fine.
    Date published: 2016-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT PURCHASE!! Great quality! Love this helmet! Great fit & quality. Came highly recommended and would recommend!
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! True to size. I have a more oval head and I was worried it wouldnt fit. But I ordered it knowing that smartpak is always great about returns. However it fits and rides in wonderfully! and looks nice to!
    Date published: 2016-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-around great helmet Bought this after a nasty fall where I cracked my head hard. Was wearing an Ovation helmet that I've loved for a couple years. Thought I would take the chance to check out a skull-cap and this one was on sale. At first I thought it was going to be too heavy but after riding in it, I can say it's not at all. Love the ventilation. I bought it in the same size as my Ovation and unlike other reviewers, I haven't found it stretching out. It fits more snug with my short hair in a french braid than it does when I don't have my hair braided. Even then, when I don't have my hair braided, I don't feel like it's loose. I could see adding just a smidge of padding to snug it up more but only time will tell if I need to.
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent helmet! Had ordered the wrong size, but as always, Smartpack is free returns. Always allow for a little breakin, but not so tight to put a lot of pressure. They were great and shipped the new one out immediately. Way to go Smartpack!
    Date published: 2015-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, light weight and cool! Love this helmet! Super comfortable, easy to forget you've got it on! Fits well, is very lightweight and cool. Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Helmet This helmet has pretty good ventilation, but my head sweats a little in it. I also love how the back of the helmet basically cups the back of your head. GREAT helmet!
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very protective helmet This is not my first Charles Owen, nor will it be my last. I bought this helmet a little over 6 months ago and had my first fall with it at a show. In warm up my horse slipped and fell on me, when he went to stand back up he stepped on my foot, my side, and my head. This helmet did it's job and saved my life. Without the helmet my horse's studs would have done quite a bit of damage. Very thankful for Charles Owen's helmet technology because without it, who knows if I would be here writing this review.
    Date published: 2015-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very lightweight and comfortable I bought this to replace my prior helmet after a crash. I knew from the sizing I would be border-line, but the 1/2 size larger was definitely too large, so I went with the smaller size, as suggested by the size chart, which was tight, but within two weeks of riding in the heat it fit perfectly - snug but definitely not too tight anymore. I have not noticed any significant difference (good or bad) in ventilation from my prior helmets- I guess I just generally accept that summer riding = sweaty hair. I like how secure it feels while still being lightweight and without looking like a complete mushroom, and I like that it doesn't obstruct my vision, and I love the super soft chin strap. My prior helmet's strap was stiff/uncomfortable, and forced a bit too far forward for me, so I am happy with the switch (although still thankful to the other one for keeping me head in one piece!).
    Date published: 2015-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb fit, very soft leather harness. I was looking for an upgrade from Tippary schooling helmet and am beyond pleased with this choice. Doesn't feel heavy when wearing & air vents keep it comfortable. I have Charles Owen show helmets so I ordered the same size and it fits like it's custom made.
    Date published: 2015-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Helmet! Great fit and looks great! I ordered the silver one but it was too bright, black was a better choice for me.
    Date published: 2015-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet we've owned Bought one for myself first, and found it to be very light and comfortable. I bought a silver one for my husband who gallops at the racetrack, it looks so slick!
    Date published: 2015-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very lightweight and comfy! I bought this a month ago and am so happy! When I got the box, I questioned whether it was the right item because it was so light! I love the ventilation and the silver coating, it keeps me so much cooler. It's also very comfortable, I forget it's even on. Great helmet, would certainly buy again!
    Date published: 2015-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet! I purchased this helmet as both a schooling and showing helmet and I absolutley love it! It fits amazingly and it breathes very well. I did have to go down a size from my previous Charles Owen so that's something to note. Overall this helmet is the perfect addition to an eventers wardrobe or if you just want to be super safe and comfortable while riding!
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and very comfortable helmet. I bought this for my son after he fell and cracked another helmet. He is very pleased with this one. It not only provides excellent protection but looks very nice as well.
    Date published: 2014-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best helmet ever! I love this helmet! I've owned a several different brands so helmets, and this is definitely the most comfortable. It breathes well, fits well, looks good, and even the harness is great. I highly recommend this helmet.
    Date published: 2014-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, comfortable helmet! Recently purchased. Fits snug and is comfortable. Chin strap is soft. Definitely would recommend.
    Date published: 2014-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Compliments! I bought this helmet for my granddaughter who competes in eventing. She loves this helmet and has received lots of compliments on it! I like it best because it gives her head the protection that is needed. Great product!
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Helmet Ever! I outgrew my JR8 charles owen helmet and wanted to try a skull cap type helmet. I ordered one size up and it fit great. thanks!
    Date published: 2014-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really comfortable helmet. I have had 2 J3's prior to this purchase but after buying an AYR8 I realized the J3 didn't fit me very well. I love the AYR8 and the Pro II fits very similar. Like all the Charles Owen helmets, super quality.
    Date published: 2014-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not great if you want your hair in your helmet. I actually ended up returning this helmet. I have long hair and keep it french braided most of the time. This really changed the fit and stability of the helmet, to the point that it truly did not feel like it fit or would stay on my head when I had the braid coming  out the back. That said, without my hair in it, although slightly large, it felt very protective and like it would save my head from a significant impact.
    Date published: 2013-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable I bought this in July and have used it for numerous show this year. I absolutely love how light weight and comfortable it is. Good quality and will buy Charles Owens from now on.
    Date published: 2013-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far! This is a great skull cap!! Not nearly as bulky as the CO 4 star and still very safe and comfortable. This helmet was more true to size as well. I've only had it a few weeks but really like it so far. Top safety ratings and that awesome eventing look :)
    Date published: 2013-10-04
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