Cheap riding hats: options under £100
You can’t put a price on security – and H&H recommend always choosing a hat that meets the standards – but a higher price does not necessarily mean a safer hat, so you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to find a suitable, stylish and comfortable riding hat . If you’re looking for an inexpensive riding hat, you’ll have to forego the latest technology, such as MIPS, which you might find in some of the best riding hats, but you can still find adjustable and vented options that are up to to some of the current safety standards.
Before making your final selection, it’s worth reading how riding hats are tested – this will help you understand the difference between each standard and why some hats have more than one.
Best Riding Hats Under £100
Shires Karben Avena
Colors: Black, Navy or Gray | Sizes: 53–61cm | Standards: PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark) | Recommended retail price: £94.99 |
This helmet has a smooth exterior with attractive glossy accents and smart trim. It features a micro-adjustable dial system, front and rear vents, thermo-regulating mesh lining and sweatband.
Uvex Exxential II
Colors: Black, blue, anthracite, sand or ruby | Sizes: 53–61cm | Standards: PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark) | Recommended retail price: From £93.50 |
Described as an “all-around featherweight”, this hat has undergone a complete overhaul since the Exxential. This helmet sets new standards in safety and comfort. It has an elongated outer shell at the rear for added protection, while the “ponytail cutout” allows the helmet to sit comfortably.
Charles Owen JS1 Pro
Colors: Black | Sizes: 52–62cm | Standards: ASTM F1163, PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark), VG1 | Recommended retail price: £95 |
This jockey skull is lightweight, snug and features an impact resistant ABS outer shell with ten vents. It features an upgraded leather harness with reinforced nylon webbing, while suede padding under the chin provides greater safety and comfort for the rider.
Colors: Black or Navy | Sizes: S–L | Standards: ASTM F1163, VG1 | Recommended retail price: From £80 |
This adjustable helmet has a patented side impact protection system. It features a removable and washable Coolmax liner, nine air vents and a synthetic leather chin bar.
Rhinegold Pro Riding Hat
Colors: Black, Black/Grey or Navy | Sizes: 6⅜–7½ | Standards: PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark) | Recommended retail price: From £69.95 |
This hat has a soft touch harness in addition to a removable and washable liner and ventilation holes.
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Premier Equine Endeavor Riding Helmet
Colors: Black or Navy | Sizes: S–L | Standards: PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark), VG1 | Recommended retail price: £95 |
This lightweight helmet has a matte finish and glossy details. It has an antibacterial padded liner that wicks away moisture and can be removed, washed and replaced. It also features a dial system to adjust the fit, discreet ventilation points and a fully adjustable four-point harness with a subtly padded chin bar.
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Zilco Oscar Shield Helmet
Colors: Matt black, metallic blue or metallic red | Sizes: S–L | Standards: ASTM F1163, VG1 | Recommended retail price: From £99.90 |
This helmet has a matte shell with a silver shield and vents and is ideal for events where a helmet may be worn for extended periods. It has a removable mesh liner for increased airflow and ease of cleaning and features an adjustment dial to help achieve the perfect fit.
Ride-a-Head Start Riding Hat
Colors: Black | Sizes: S–L | Standards: VG1 | Recommended retail price: £29.90 |
This lightweight hat has an adjustment dial, vents with insect guards and a removable, washable liner.
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