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At Dover Saddlery, we believe in smart and safe riding, so we’ve partnered with Charles Owen to help support their #SAFETY365 initiative. The goal of Safety365 is to help educate riders of all levels and disciplines about the technology behind riding helmets and vests, what the safety standards really mean, and the importance of a proper fit.

Follow us and Charles Owen on Facebook to enjoy helmet care and fitting tips, find out what’s new, learn additional information about safety, and more. Don’t forget to use #SAFETY365 on your photos to help share the message of safety in the saddle!

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Safety Standards Explained
Riding helmets are made to meet a range of international standards, each with their own criteria for passing. Some aspects considered are:
  • How much of the rider's head is covered by the helmet
  • What the fall might look like, including surfaces likely to be hit
  • Crush resistance
  • The way the helmet moves when worn
A wide range of additional considerations, tests, and criteria is applied, and a helmet that meets multiple safety standards is liable to provide the most complete coverage. Click here to learn more about riding helmet safety standards from Charles Owen. Interested in knowing more about the testing process? Discover how it works from Charles Owen here.

Selecting the Right Helmet
Choosing a new riding helmet is an important decision. From style and safety standard compliance to fit and comfort, many factors go into your selection. Proper helmet fit is essential in allowing a helmet to perform its job as intended, and it also ensures your optimal comfort. Follow these guidelines for fitting a helmet, or come into one of our retail stores for a helmet fitting. Each helmet style, even within the same brand, will fit slightly differently so trying them on can be beneficial.

Care and Lifespan
While you may want to keep that well-worn helmet forever, helmet manufacturers highly recommend that any helmet be replaced every five years to ensure maximum functionality, or after a fall in which your head hits the ground. You can help your helmet stay in top, working condition by remembering that it is temperature sensitive - meaning never leave it in extreme heat (your car in summer) or cold (your tack room in winter). If your helmet needs cleaning, make sure to use products specifically designed for this to avoid damage from chemicals. For more about helmet care and storage, read here.

#SAFETY365 starts with safety standards and guidelines, leads into technology development and production of the products you love, and ends with your proper care and wearing of your helmet.

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Strapping on a helmet is an investment in your future.
We look forward to helping you find the perfect fit.