When given the chance to try Cowboy Mounted Shooting, I wondered if this English equestrian could dress authentically Western and still protect my head with a riding helmet. I learned sporting the cowgirl look and “melon” safety is possible thanks to the Resistol RideSafe cowboy helmet! Resistol, an industry-leading maker of cowboy hats, sent me one RideSafe helmet to wear and review for my mounted shooting debut and one to give away.
[Update7/6/17: The giveaway is closed.] Resistol is partnering with me on an Instagram giveaway in which one lucky rider will win a RideSafe helmet (which retails for around $250!). You must join this giveaway!
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Why I Choose to RideSafe
I wasn’t always an “every ride, every time” helmet-wearer until that time I got a concussion from falling off my halted horse. Despite landing in soft arena footing, my brain was jolted enough to warrant a trip to the ER and render me spacy for a few weeks. The only positive outcomes from that fall were the ER doctor was cute and I wasn’t seriously injured.
Flash forward to present day and you can see why I was pumped to find out a cowboy hat exists that has the safety features of my English helmets!
English Meets Old West
The innovative RideSafe riding helmet has all the protective features of a traditional English riding helmet with a stylish cowboy hat exterior. It’s truly a fusion of English meets Old West!
Before I run down the list of features, I have to tell you just how comfortable the RideSafe is. It feels more cushy on my head than my everyday schooling helmet. It just has a really nice fit.
- ASTM/SEI certified (this alone is invaluable–RideSafe has the same “innards” of a helmet like 3-day event riders wear, for example)
- Shape-able black felt exterior, just like a regular felt cowboy hat (important for fashionistas who their hat molded in a particular way)
- Sizes XS through L, so it will fit any horse lover’s noggin
- Adjustable sizing dial to get a perfect fit
- Easy to clean with a damp cloth on the plastic parts and soft brush like this on the felt hat portion
- It looks cool–like a real cowboy hat! I’m not just saying that because I want to think I looked cool (even though I think we all want to). I had several people compliment me during the mounted clinic, and ask questions about the RideSafe.
A Word About Sizing and Such
The RideSafe helmet is unisex and after downloading a print out sizing tape from the company website, I was able to measure my precise size which turned out to be Large. (For reference, I am a Medium in my Ovation schooling helmet and a 7 3/8 in my Charles Owen.)
If there is one thing that I wish were different with the RideSafe, it would be I think it should have some vents. I’ve gotten spoiled with my vented helmets which are a bit cooler on a sunny day. Another suggestion is that it would be great if the RideSafe were available in other colors, or maybe even a straw hat version too. My guess is that one day that will be an option.
Someone I met recently said she saw a rider at Thermal schooling in a Resistol Ridesafe, which I thought was awesome. I can’t guarantee I will ride in it for my jumping lessons, but this is definitely a helmet that will come in handy on trail whether on my own horse or when I adventure on trails like riding to the Hollywood sign or beyond. It nice to have the option to look good and #RideSafe in a Western saddle.
Please Share Your Comments: Have you tried the RideSafe helmet? Do you have a favorite type of riding headwear you are passionate about wearing?
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an upcoming blog post about the joys and tribulations of learning cowboy mounted shooting!
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