How to Measure Your Head for a Helmet

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How to Measure Your Head for a Helmet
Follow these steps to determine your helmet size. Ideally, have a helper assist you
with taking the measurement.
More About Helmets
Before you begin
You’ll need a soft fabric measuring tape
with centimeter increments. The centimeter
measurement is important, as this small unit
enables you to get the most accurate measurement of your head.
Head trauma is the leading cause
of fatal horseback riding accidents;
it is imperative that your helmet fit
properly. Our helmet fitting
instructions are simply guidelines.
Same-sized helmet models within a
product line, and same-sized helmets
from differing manufacturers, may fit
you differently depending on the
shape of your head and the shape of
the interior of the helmet.
1 Place the tape measure snugly around
1)
your head at the widest point about one inch
above your eyebrows. Make sure the tape
goes over the bump at the back of your head
and that it is just above the top of your ears.
Put the helmet on starting at the back of the
helmet and working to the forehead; settle
the helmet so it is level on your head.
Hold the measuring tape snugly and
make sure it sits level.
2 Compare your head measurement to
2)
the manufacturer’s sizing chart provided at
the end of this article for the brand of helmet
you would like. You can choose from a wide
variety of helmets, from fun-colored schooling helmets to synthetic suede covered helmets and black velvet show helmets. If you
plan on competing, your trainer can provide
guidance in choosing the look that is most
appropriate for your riding discipline.
Note: Some manufacturers use head circumference in centimeters for their sizing, some
use hat sizes, and some use universal sizing
in extra small, small, medium and large.
Additionally, helmet sizes vary between
manufacturers.
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3 Place the helmet level on your head.
3)
Be sure to try on helmets with your hair in
the same style in which you ride. If you have
long or thick hair that you wear under your
helmet, you may need to increase your
helmet size slightly.
Note: Attempt to make your hair as flat to
your head as possible when wearing your
helmet; many people prefer to use two hair
nets to obtain a sufficiently flat, snug fit. The
first hair net is tied into the ponytail, and the
second hair net holds the ponytail flat to the
head. For illustrated how-to details, see the
topic, “Helpful Tip for Hairstyling.”
Dover Saddlery highly recommends
that you adhere to the guidelines
provided in the topic, “Helmet Storage
and Use.” Additionally, if your wellfitting helmet becomes loose over time
for any reason, it should be replaced
with a helmet that fits properly.
Tip: Save your sales receipt and any
product and warranty information that
accompanies your new helmet. Some
helmet manufacturers provide a cost
reduction for crash helmet
replacements based on the age of the
helmet at the time of the incident.
Having your original documentation on
hand can streamline the process of
replacing a crash helmet.
4 Check the helmet shape. Some helmets
4)
suit round heads and some suit oval heads;
you may have to experiment with different
brands to find the most suitable helmet.
There are various ways to determine
whether a helmet is the wrong shape for
your head, but here are some examples.
If the helmet squeezes your forehead but
rocks easily sideways, it is too round for
your head. If the helmet fits the sides comfortably but rocks front to back, it is too
oval for your head.
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Oval-shaped head
Round-shaped head
How to Measure Your Head for a Helmet
5 Check the overall fit. A correctly sized
5)
helmet sits down snugly on your head and
covers your entire skull with equal pressure
all around. No gap exists between your
helmet and your head; even pressure with
the lining allows the helmet to absorb force
in an accident.
If you feel the helmet wants to rise or pop upward from your head, then it is too small. If
the helmet is loose all around your head and
sitting low on the eyebrows, it is too large.
While a slightly large helmet may feel very
comfortable initially, if you select one that
does not fit snugly when it is new, it will become too large over time as the lining breaks
in. A large helmet will shift during riding and
could become a distraction, and it will not
protect you well during a fall.
If you are trying on an adjustable helmet
and the fit is very close to being correct, you
might tighten it through the use of slides,
dials, changeable padding or ties, and repeat
these tests. Otherwise, try another size, style
or brand of helmet.
6 Check the brim. The front brim should
6)
not sit more than two fingers’ width above
your eyebrows. It should not sit any lower
than 1/2" above your eyebrows or it could
block your vision. If the brim does not sit correctly, try a different helmet that either deeper
or shallower.
7)
7 Adjust the chin strap when you’re sure
the helmet stays in place without the harness.
It should fit snugly under your chin such that
it will hold the helmet in place, but not so
tightly as to cause discomfort against your
throat such that you can’t swallow or you feel
you might choke. Some helmets have sliding
clips that allow you to adjust the harness for
comfort around the ears.
Helmet too small, popping up
When you find your perfect helmet, you’ll
discover an added benefit—it will flatter the
shape of your face.
Consider a Helmet Cover
for Your New Helmet
Helmet covers are a fun, inexpensive
and practical accessory for any new
helmet!
• Disguise a brightcolored schooling
helmet with a
conservative velvet
hat cover in blue or black to make it
appropriate for a show.
• Alternatively, top
your show helmet
with a cover to
protect it from dust during your daily
riding routine. You’ll find them in
solid colors or with patterns.
• Change up your look
for fun with the popular
patterns of Ovation
Zocks—the helmet cover patterns
coordinate perfectly with the socks!
• Put your stable, team
or club on display with
a custom made
helmet cover.
• And remember to
get a waterproof hat
cover to have on
hand for rainy days.
Related Topics
Helmet Storage and Use
Helpful Tip for Hairstyling
Hairstyles for Competition
Helmet too big, sitting too low
Try to wiggle the helmet up and down. The
skin on your forehead and your eyebrows
should move with the helmet. If the helmet
slides freely and your skin doesn’t move, then
it is too large for your head. Shake your head
from side to side and up and down. The helmet should not pivot on your head. If it does,
then the helmet is too large.
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For more assistance or to request a
catalog, call 1-800-989-1500 to speak
with a Dover Saddlery product advisor,
or stop by any of our retail stores.
A well-fitting helmet
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Visit DoverSaddlery.com for a complete
store listing and full product offering.
How to Measure Your Head for a Helmet
GPA
Head Circumference Helmet
(centimeters)
Size
53
6 1/2
54
6 5/8
55
6 3/4
56
6 7/8
577
58
7 1/8
59
7 1/4
60
7 3/8
61
7 1/2
62
7 5/8
Charles Owen
Head
Circumference (cm)
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
IRH
Head Circumference Helmet
(inches)
Size
20
6 1/2
20 1/2
6 5/8
21
6 3/4
21 1/2
6 7/8
227
22 1/2
7 1/8
23
7 1/4
23 1/2
7 3/8
24
7 1/2
Aegis
Helmet Model Head Circumference
(inches)
Junior Pony
19 to 21 1/4 Useppa20 1/4 to 21 7/8
217/8 to 231/2
Helmet
Hat Size
Size
Conversion
XS
6 to 6 3/4
S/M6 1/2 to 7
L/XL
7 to 7 1/2
Samshield
HeadHead
Circumference (cm)
Circumference (in)
52
6 1/2
53
6 5/8
54
6 3/4
55 small
6 7/8 small
55 medium
6 7/8 medium
567
57
7 1/8
58
7 1/4
59
7 3/8
60
7 1/2
61
7 5/8
62
7 3/4
Troxel
Head
Circumference (in)
20
20 1/2
21
21 1/2
22
22 1/2
23
23 1/2
24
24 1/2
25
HeadHelmet
Circumference (cm) Size
51
6 1/2
52
6 5/8
53.5
6 3/4
54/55
6 7/8
56
7
57
7 1/8
58.5
7 1/4
60
7 3/8
61
7 1/2
62
7 5/8
63.5
7 3/4
Curious?
Have you ever wondered how hat sizes are determined? Hat sizes are calculated
by dividing head circumference in inches by the value of pi, which is known to be
the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and which is said to have
a value of 3.14. For example, a head circumference of 22 inches divided by 3.14
equals 7.00—or a size 7 hat.
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Helmet Skull Cap
Size
Size
6000
6 1/8
000 1/2
6 1/4
00
6 3/8
00 1/2
6 1/2
0
6 5/8
0 1/2
6 3/4
1
6 7/8
1 1/2
7
2
7 1/8
2 1/2
7 1/4
3
7 3/8
3 1/2
7 1/2
4
7 5/8
4 1/2
7 3/4
5
7 7/8
5 1/2
86
uvex
Head
Circumference Helmet
(centimeters)
Size
52-55XXS/S
55-58S/M
57-59M/L
60-61L/XL

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