The objective of this post is to educate the equestrian/rider community on what has changed in the KASK equestrian helmets starting 2018. We hope this will answer all your questions about KASK Equestrian Helmets.
KASK made a big splash in the equestrian scene with the launch of 3 helmet models for the equestrian market. The KASK helmets filled a gap in the helmet market. With top grade safety certifications and a long establish reputation in safety (KASK also makes biking, skiing and snowboarding helmets), KASK quickly achieved a solid second place behind Samshield.
Since then, they have made some improvements to their design. While nothing appears to be changed on the outside, there are some positive changes under the hood.
New Color: Anthracite
Ah, yes! Anthracite/Gray/Charcoal is the new Black. When it comes to a hot color on the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, Grey/Anthracite takes the crown. This is not a dark grey, neither is it a light gray. With just the right balance of gray, this helmet become a must-have for those with Grey colored show jackets.
2 Options in Anthracite
Just like the other colors, 2 options are available in Anthracite: Anthracite and Anthracite Silver. The former has a tone-on-tone Anthracite color scheme, the latter add the Silver colored trim.
The not-so-visible changes
Besides the exterior color change, there are other under-the-hood improvements for all KASK helmets.
Velcro-attachment liner no more
One of the big changes for 2018 is the way the inside padding/liner attaches to the helmet. The velcro style liner has been retired: in its place the new liner snaps into pre-formed holes in the shell of the helmet.
The newer liner is NOT compatible with the original KASK Helmets.
Please do note that we have a very limited stock of replacement velcro liners that are compatible with the original KASK helmets. So if you need a liner for your helmet, please get in touch with us.
New Sizing Chart
Along with the new liner design, there are some changes to the sizing chart of the KASK Equestrian helmets as well. The new sizing allows for 4 sizing shells: Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large (previously only 3 shells).
Extra Small Shell – Sizes 51 (6 3/8) through 54 (6 3/4)
Small Shell – Sizes 55 ( 6 7/8) and 56 (7)
Medium – Sizes 57 ( 7 1/8), 58 (7 1/4) and 59 (7 3/8)
Large – Sizes 60 (7 1/2) through 63 (7 7/8)
The original helmets accomodated Sizes 51 through 57 in the Small Shell, Sizes 58 through 59 in the Medium Shell, Sizes 60 through 63 in the Large Shell.
Padded Neck Brace
Also new for 2018, is a redesigned padded neck brace. This optional pieces that attaches to the back/inside part of the helmet is now padded. The cushioned padding enhances the overall comfort.
Fit System Lateral Inserts (for Long Oval Shape)
KASK has come up with a creative way to fit long-oval shaped heads into their helmets. With the help of these lateral inserts (that can be adhered to the sides of the helmet), the same helmet instantly becomes a well-fitted helmet for long-oval shaped heads.
Note on certification
Please note that KASK Equestrian Helmets are fully certified for use in USA under the ASTM/SEI rating.
That is all the changes for 2018. If you have questions, please feel free to email us or leave a comment. We appreciate your questions and concerns.
In keeping with our annual holiday tradition, we are pleased to present the 3rd successive version of this list. The list contains ideas for gift giving for this holiday season. We pride ourselves on bringing the most innovative products (whether it be helmets, spurs, clothing, boots or other riding gear). There are ideas for both male and female riders. We hope this list will help you determine just the right gift for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other.
These pants have quickly ascended to the top of the bestseller list. Not without reason! These pants are so stylish (thanks to the generous “push up” effect) and comfortable, that the other brands have now released their own “push-up” and “shape-up” breeches. However, these original pants continue to be extremely popular with both the show jumping as well as the dressage crowd.
If you have ever wanted to go with a safe gift, this is absolutely a great choice. Who does not like Freejump Stirrups? Give the gift of safety to your riding friends and family. They will thank you in more ways than one. Better still, if they already have these stirrups, you can always buy them a new pair in the new Premium Colors: Gold, Bronze, Bordeaux, All Chocolate.
5. Freejump Safety Stirrups Soft Up Classic
We are very excited about this new product from Freejump. It is a new take on their wildly popular Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro.
6. Kingsland Unisex Classic Riding Gloves
These gloves have been around for a while. Always a reliable staple, you just can not go wrong with gifting these gloves. At $79.95, they are fairly inexpensive and make an excellent stocking stuffer.
7. Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports
If there was a competition among anatomic bridles, the Equitus Alpha would emerge as a clear winner. With a designed from the grounds up approach, this bridle is popular among both dressage and show jumping riders. The idea is that if your bridle avoids all the pain points on the horse’s ears, neck and head, it will perform at its fullest potential.
If your friend/family member likes tack that is technical without being too overtly complicated, this bridle delivers.
8. Flex On Interchangeable Spurs (no spur straps required)
Yes, you read that right. These new spurs from Flex On do not require any spur straps. This comes in handy for those in your family/friend circle with a big collection of spurs. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
This creative brand of riding apparel promises to make you “unforgettable” in the ring. True to its mission, these jackets are designed for making you look different and elegant at the same time. Your look is classic and modern at the same time. Best of all, our customers are delighted by the fabric used by Lotus Romeo. It is even lighter than that of the Big 3 brands, with more structure and better flexibility.
This is a no-brainer for your picky friend/family member that strives to stand out from the crowd.
10 Long Sleeve Show Shirt for Ladies “Adelaide” by Schockemoehle Sports
Have you ever wanted a classic looking, UV protected shirt that you can wear in any ring. The Adelaide is a no-frills long sleeve shirt made from highly breathable technical fabric that has UV protection built-in.
11. Custom Riding Boots by Tucci
If your significant other is picky and you are unsure of what to get them, the Custom Riding Boots by Tucci would make a loving gift. All you have to do is call us to setup an appointment for your friend/spouse/girlfriend and we will take care of the rest. The boots are fully customizable offering a unique look for everyone. The measurement process takes about 1 hour. The boots take about 6 to 8 weeks from order to delivery. The final product is spectacular and beats everyone’s expectations.
If you are still on the fence about these boots, read on.
12 CamBox – Under the visor discreet wireless camera for your helmet
For your friends that love gadgets, the CamBox HD camera makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The camera is discreet, comes in several colors, stores about 2 hours of HD recording. And that includes audio as well!! We are impressed by the quality of the recordings.
Riders love being able to watch and share their riding experience. This one is a no-brainer.
13 Flex On Hunter Stirrups : For your hunter friends
So there is finally a shock absorbing stirrup that looks like a traditional hunter stirrup. It has all the advantages of its jumper cousin, but without the flashy look and design. For those of you with any kind of knee, ankle or back pain, this stirrup works like magic. Yes, that is what our customers claim after riding in these stirrups. The inclined foot board helps keep your heel down. The eye for leathers is offset to allow proper positioning. Flex On Hunter Stirrups are designed exclusively for use in the hunter ring.
The best part of the stirrups is the ability of shock absorption. There is not another stirrup in the market with this unique proposition. If you are unsure about these stirrups, give us a call. The stirrups are available on a no-obligation trial for 2 weeks.
14 Lemieux Rider Boot Bag – For the rider that has everything
A new boot bag designed from the grounds-up. The LeMieux Rider Boot Bag will make an ideal gift for any rider. It is an economical gift too! It packs plenty of storage compartments, along with a padded interior to keep the boots in place.
This list is based on mostly feedback we have received from our customers. These are the “Wow!” products for this season. Do you own any of these products? What are your thoughts on these products? What would you add or remove from this list? Let us know. we would love to read your comments!
It is time to admit a hard truth. Polo can be a dangerous sport. Not only are you exposed to the normal risks of equestrian activity, with polo, you have additional dangers posed by mallets and the polo ball.
The sport has seen some horrible accidents recently. One could argue that proper safety equipment could have prevented some of these accidents from being fatal. The most important piece of safety equipment is unarguably the helmet. Yet, there are almost no standards to regulate the use of helmets while playing the sport. In fact, the helmets worn by most players are not even certified by safety organizations such as ASTM, SEI etc.
Samshield Polo Helmet is the complete Polo Helmet with Full Protection
Until now, there really was not a ASTM certified helmet designed specifically for polo use. Thanks to helmet safety awareness campaigns, the KEP Cromo Matt Wide Visor Polo Peak helmet is used often by some of the polo players. While it is a very safe helmet (including certifications from SEI, ASTM and PAS), the KEP Helmet is a general use helmet i.e. it can be used for show jumping as well as polo or any other riding disciplines. In other words, it is not a polo-specific helmet. There is no way to attach a guard cage to the helmet.
The much awaited Miss Shield Helmet by Samshield has just arrived into the United States. To be precise, it made its landing exactly 2 weeks ago at the end of week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.To say the helmet is spectacular and breathtaking in the same instant, would be an understatement. While we were not sure from looking at the pictures, this helmet is beauty defined. When it comes to wide-visor helmets, the Miss Shield family of helmets is the new gold standard.
The aim of this post is to educate you about this new helmet from Samshield. We try to answer the most common questions that you may have. If you have other questions, feel free to Contact Us.
The Miss Shield has exceeded expectations on how beautiful a helmet can truly be! Just as we were excited about the new backpack from Samshield, we are equally excited about the Miss Shield. True to its expectation, the Miss Shield delivers on the “simple is beautiful” promise. When other helmets are expanding into adding more “gadgets”, Samshield’s Miss Shield is an example of how simplicity always trumps the bells and whistles.
How does the Miss Shield Fit?
The Miss Shield Helmet is identical in fit to the other Samshield Helmets. If you already own a Samshield helmet, you will be the exact same size in the Miss Shield helmet. So far, the size has been 100% correlated between all the Samshield models.
Does the Miss Shield contain removable inner pads/liners?
All custom options are available on the Miss Shield helmet, just like with all other Samshield helmets. You can change the trim of the helmet, the front blason that has the embossed Samshield logo, change the top material and color and also print your name on the chinstrap. The Samshield Helmet Design Configurator does not support the Miss Shield Helmets (yet). The custom design capability is in the works. If you need design inspirations for your custom Miss Shield helmet, take a look at our gallery of custom Samshield helmets.
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The holidays are here! As part of our annual tradition of the holiday shopping list, here is our selection for 2016. Please note that all these items are new from this season. We pride ourselves on bringing you the trendiest (and most useful) gift ideas. So without further ado, here is the full list. We decided to present a short curated list of ideas versus a long confusing one.
For Her: The Remie Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches are the best gift for women/girls who demand high comfort and style. Made in Italy, this is the #1 selling riding pants at WEF for 2 seasons straight. Available in 6 colors: Black, Blue, Grey, Beige, Brown and White
For Her: Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat” This is yet another compelling gift for the chic equestrian who wants something new and unique. With no front buttons, these breeches not only flatter the front, but accentuate the rear too! Hence, the name “Push Up”.
For Her: For your dressage friends and family members, we present to you the #1 most stylish and comfortable new breech for the 2016-17 season. Her name is Patty. Clean Lines with contrast stitching and a butt-lifting effect make this a clear favorite.
For him and for her: the king of backpacks makes an ideal gift when you do not know the size or color preferences. This much anticipated backpack scores big points in both formy and function. Samshield Icon Pack
The backpack is available in 2 colors: Black and brown.
the samshield backpack aptly named icon pack is truly revolutionary when it comes to design. Trust Samshield to get it right the first time. don’t let the sleek looks of this backpack deceive you! it has tons of storage space and the built in rain cover is an added bonus.
For the rider with many horses (and hence many spurs), give him/her the Spurs for life. These ultra-lightweight interchangeable Mandtis Spurs offer a 8 different pairs of Spurs in different shapes and sizes (including rowels, hammers, knob, smooth ball etc).
For the avid video/social media enthusiast. For those of your friends that like to post videos of their rides on Instagram, this will make the perfect gift. The lightweight camera designed specifically for recording equestrian rides. The Cam Box HD attaches simply to the underside of your helmet’s visor (compatible with any equestrian helmet). With the press of a button, it starts recording video and audio in HD quality.
Riding Gloves are a safe bet for him or her. The Samshield V Skin Riding Gloves are available in 4 colors and 9 different sizes, ranging from Size 6 to Size 10.
For Him or Her: The Equiline Logo Cap is for the dad’s, mom’s, brothers, sisters and other loved ones. It is a stylish cap available in Navy and White.
For Him: For the professional (or amateur) rider in your life, the Equiline Slim Tie makes an elegant gift. The tie is worn by men competing in show jumping competitions.
There you have it. A list of the latest gifts for the savvy equestrian family member or friend. What is your favorite? Did we miss something? What is on your wish list? Leave a comment below.