How riding helmets protect you from the sun

When you’re riding in summer weather, protection from the sun becomes a priority. Whether you’re a happy hacker or are training and competing in the elements on a daily basis, preventing unnecessary sun damage is key.

How can a helmet offer sun protection?

Though wearing a helmet that offers sun protection doesn’t replace the importance of sunscreen with SPF, it can help you avoid exposure to harmful UV rays.

When we decided to create a helmet that offered sun protection, it was important that the helmet have a peak that was not only safe but also that would provide shade to the entire face and upper neck. Our sun protection helmets provide more effective coverage because they dip down at the sides rather than imitating a polo helmet; this allows them to provide coverage down to the base of the neck. Our deep, wide peaks provide an exceptionally flattering look along with incredible coverage.

Which Charles Owen helmets offer sun protection?

The SP8 Plus has a flattering, specially designed brim that is deep and wide to provide shade to the entire face and upper neck. The SP8 Plus is low profile and features our “Free Fit” ventilation system, which includes a cut out air channel at the brow that allows air to flow across the forehead and through the centrally-located front and rear ventilation slots. The helmet has a GRpx® harness and is available with thermoregulation silver paint or traditional black or navy. It comes in both microfibre suede and leather look finishes. Finally, to make it the ultimate summer riding helmet, it’s now available with a removable, washable liner so you can keep it fresh and ready to ride every day.

If adding a bit of bling is your style, the SP8 Sparkly is a fantastic option. With all of the features of the SP8 Plus, the SP8 Sparkly comes with a shimmering mesh centre panel that coordinates with either black or navy. It’s a stylish way to get noticed in the ring!

Our third sun protection helmet is our new My PS With Wide Peak. This special helmet incorporates MIPS technology and is unique in the industry as it offers MIPS in addition to three certifications to three international equestrian standards: SEI certification to ASTM F1163-15, Kitemarks to VG1 01-040 2014-12 and PAS015:2011, and a CE mark to VG1 01-040 2014-12. With an outershell made of lightweight ABS plastic, the My PS With Wide Peak provides our widest peak yet to shade the face and upper neck from the harmful effects of the sun. It has 10 ventilation slots and a removable, washable liner.

Why choose one of Charles Owen’s sun protection helmets?

No matter which of our three sun protection helmets suits your style, adding one to your riding kit will ensure that you’re keeping yourself safe in the saddle. Like all of the helmets in our range, these three sun protection helmets offer the highest level of protection against injury. Their ability to offer shade and superior ventilation in sunny weather is just another way that we can contribute to making a safer world.


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Charlotte Dujardin
I trust Charles Owen to take care of me with safety and style.
Charlotte Dujardin CBE