Samshield® was founded to create top-of-the-line helmets that blend modern technologies with elegance and exceptional comfort. Samshield creator, Sam Maloigne, established his vision in 2003 after taking up riding and being unsatisfied with the technical features and appearance of what was at the time the state-of-the-art helmet. Maloigne, a former motorcross/supercross international professional pilot, had experience with helmets. His vision was to create equestrian helmets with improved technical features, improved comfort and with distinctive beauty. Maloigne put together a team to help make his vision a reality, and the resulting helmet was "a mix of the young pro rider’s needs, a young designer’s creative energy and an engineer’s technical vision."All Samshield helmets are manufactured in France using high-quality materials, and all are assembled by hand with meticulous attention to detail. The outer shell is a polycarbonate used in motorcycle helmets. The inner shell is made of polystyrene with a variable density, which provides a better dissipation of energy caused by impact. An innovative airflow design helps keep the rider’s head cool without the need for large intake vents clearly visible on the outside of the helmets.The Samshield helmet provides incredible airflow by hidden channels that allow fresh air to enter through the front blazon and through the visor, flow over the head and push warm air out subtle vents in the back. A unique internal comfort foam liner with memory shaping eliminates pressure on the rider’s forehead. Because the liner is removable and washable, it promotes better hygiene. Samshield covers the outer shell with premium materials such as Alcantara®, classic or exotic leathers.Currently, Samshield offers riding helmets that are made for dressage, eventing, show jumping, polo and racing, and the helmets are sold worldwide. All stock helmet designs bear the distinctive elegance and technical features on which the brand was founded, but for those who truly wish to express individual style, Samshield offers almost unlimited customization options. A selection of Samshield riding gloves and clothing is also being added to the line.