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Ayr8® Classic

A modern alternative to the traditional velvet hat, the Ayr8® Classic offers a fade-resistant velvet finish and superior ventilation.

  • Front and rear ventilation
  • Fade-resistant velvet finish
  • Soft GRpx® technology harness
  • Meets multiple safety standards

Regular sizes:

6 3/8 – 8 1/2 (52 – 65cm)

Round Fit sizes:

6 7/8 – 7 1/4 (56 – 59cm)

6 3/4 and below is VAT exempt in the UK.

Available to order from any Charles Owen stockist.


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Helmet description

A modern alternative to the traditional velvet riding hat, the Ayr8® Classic offers a fade-resistant velvet finish and a perforated velvet centre panel covering 12 front and rear ventilation slots.

This hat is an ideal choice for the traditionalist looking for the benefit of superior ventilation and a soft leather-look GRpx® harness to ensure a secure and stable fit.

Also see the Ayr8® Plus, which adds a removable washable headband.

Safety standards

  • PAS015:2011
  • VG1 01-040 2014-12
  • ASTM F1163-15

Available colours

  • Black

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How to measure your head

Watch the video for a demonstration of how to properly measure and fit your helmet.

You’ll need a soft fabric measuring tape marked in centimetres (cm).

Wrap the tape around the widest part of your head: about one inch above your eyebrows, just above the ear line and around the bump at the back of your head.

Once you have your measurement in centimetres, click here for the size chart to convert it to our standard helmet size.

If possible, we recommend having a professional fitting with your local retailer.

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Caring for your riding hat

Charles Owen riding helmets are carefully made and require proper storage, ongoing care and cleaning to maximise their longevity and your safety.

You should replace your riding helmet every 3 years and after any impact, even if there is no visible damage.

Please refer to our helmet user guide.

Design & technology

For over 100 years, our philosophy has been to design great looking helmets that provide the very best level of safety and comfort.

The Charles Owen design team are continuously innovating and integrating cutting-edge research and technology within our products.

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