It was time for a new helmet, my old Horze halo rider has seen better days, the lining is filthy and worn, and the sweat never quite dries out before the next day’s riding, so gross!
One K Defender
So began the process of helmet shopping (yay!). Admittedly what I ended up with, the One K, wasn’t high up on my list at all initially. I hadn’t heard a lot about it and I thought there were some nicer looking helmets out there. These are the ones which were on my list, scroll down if you just want to know my thoughts on the One K:
Equal first was the KEP, which are supposed to be super safe and are so fashionable at the moment. My budget for a training helmet, however, really limited my choices and I was seriously hunting to get anything under $400, let alone a colour that I liked. I don’t know about the ventilation of these, if anyone has one, let me know your thoughts.
The Samshield was the other one that I loved, I have one for competition already that is SERIOUSLY nice. I will do a post on it soon perhaps, but I will tell you now that it’s stunning and worth every cent. Too bad my cents are limited and again, I couldn’t find the colours that I liked for the right price.
I had a bit of a ‘she’s dreaming’ moment when I maybe, for a split second, considered the Antares helmets. The fact that the base price starts at around $900 quickly put an end to that nonsense, I think that these are a similar price to the premium KEPs and Samshields, so if you’re shopping for them I would definitely consider! I’m not too sure about the shape of them, I think it would be best to try before you commit but the decor and colours of the helmet are very original and eyecatching.
I began to get a bit more realistic and started looking at cheaper options like the classic Harrys Horse and I really liked the BR Zenith helmets which are both on Divoza for $100-$140.
Harrys Horse Legend Range & BR Zenith
There were some that I really didn’t like as well, I find the Cascos hideous, totally unflattering. But they seem to really appeal to many top riders such as Carl Hester, Matthias Rath and Hayley Beresford to name just a few. Uvex were are straddling the line that Casco has crossed although I do like the Suxxeed Active, and they look like they breathe nicely.
GPA is an obvious choice, they are so popular and I do like the style of most of them, if anyone is looking for GPA at low prices check out Horse Gear Outlet, they often have them heavily discounted. I didn’t go with a GPA because I wanted to try something else and I also had my heart set on brown which is a bit harder to come across.
So I ended up with the One K, I’d actually never heard of this brand before I saw them for sale on Horse Gear Outlet, I liked the look of them although I didn’t love them at first. So I ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ and kept them in mind while I ogled others. My competition Samshield arrived and I just loved the feel of the fit, like strapping a beautiful pillow to your head. I found out that the One K’s are produced by the same factory and suddenly, they were forerunners in my quest for a new crash hat. I bought this bad boy from Horse Gear Outlet, I didn’t really consider anywhere else to buy as they were $150 (rrp $300) and couldn’t imagine they’d be cheaper anywhere else. I can’t recommend HGO more highly, the checkout process was easy, it arrived in two days, postage was free and I got some unexpected free goodies with the purchase. Winning!
So my thoughts now that I have used it:
- It fits true to size, my pinhead fits a small, I would definitely say don’t be tempted to go bigger. The liner contributes to the size and it is also interchangeable, so if you find it isn’t the right size for you it’s easy and cheap to buy an alternative size.
- It’s a round shape, people with more oval type head might find some gaps.
- I mentioned the liner, I’ll mention it some more because it’s so good. the fact that it can be taken out and washed is the best thing ever, especially for a training helmet – I’m sure 99.99% of training helmets are bacterial cesspits.
Dat liner though
- The ventilation is great, you can see in the pictures all of the possibilities for aeration. I had a lesson today and, not only did I find that I didn’t sweat at all, I found that I didn’t get nearly as tired as I normally do whenever I ride. It was fascinating actually.
- I need to get used to the harness, it feels like it sits quite forward underneath the chin, it doesn’t, I think maybe it’s width makes it feel that way, the Samshield gives me the same feeling. It’s not distracting at all and I never feel like it’s going to come forward over my chin.
- The strap is a little bit plasticky, I would prefer a softer synthetic suede. I haven’t had any issues with it cutting into me, hopefully this isn’t an issue in the future!
I am thrilled with my buy especially at the price that HGO have it at, there is also a pro version of this and a swarovski encrusted one so you have some other options too.
So there’s my thoughts, I considered other helmets as well as those already mentioned. If anyone is after anymore info leave a comment and I will try and help 🙂