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.
Samshield helmet owners know all the advantages of the Samshield Shadow Matte helmet. Shadow Matte Helmets are comfortable, great-fitting with best-in-class ventilation. Best of all, they are hygienic. This is because of the removable inner liner concept. The inner liners of the Samshield helmets are removable and washable. This makes maintenance a breeze. No more sprays for getting the stink out of your helmet.
Recently, the Samshield Shadow Matte family has expanded. Upgraded versions of the Shadow Matte helmet are now available. Those riders that would like more bling or flair have a few more options.
Here we highlight some of the newer designs within the Shadow Matte range.
1. Shadow Matte (regular)
This is the classic Shadow Matte helmet. With a matte tone on tone finish, this helmet is equally well-suited for schooling and show. The matte finish of the helmet makes it easy to clean. The helmet is available in 3 different colors: Black, Navy and Brown.
2. Shadow Matte with 5 Swarovski Crystals
Take the Shadow Matte (regular) and add some bling to it. Just enough to make a statement. The 5 Swarovski crystals below the blason makes a classy and elegant helmet. It is also available in 3 colors: Black, Navy and Brown
3. Shadow Matte with 255 Swarovski Crystals
One of the blingiest (if that is a word) helmets ever. This helmet is adorned with 255 genuine Swarovski Crystals. The crystals run from the front of the helmet alongside the ventilation channels. 5 of the 255 crystals are embedded under the front blason.
4. Shadow Matte Crystal Fabric
This is by the far, one of the finest looking helmets in the ring. The only helmet in the Shadow Matte family to have a contrasting top different than the rest of the shell. The crystal fabric adds elegance to an already beautiful helmet. In the daylight, the crystal fabric sets off tiny fireworks. It sparkles without being gaudy. This is one of the most popular helmets among the show jumping riders. Do not wait as this sells out fast!
5. Shadow Matte Crystal Fabric with 5 Swarovski Crystals
A combination of the Shadow Matte helmet with 5 Swarovski Crystals and Shadow Matte Crystal Fabric. The crystal fabric is delighting and the 5 Swarovski adds just the right amount of bling.
6. Shadow Matte Crystal Fabric with 255 Crystals
Consider this as a combo between the Shadow Matte with 255 Crystals and Shadow Matt Crystal Fabric. By far, this is the most bling loaded helmet available on the market. Just like the others, it also comes available in 3 sizes: Navy, Black and Brown. This helmet is a favorite among both grand prix dressage and show jumping riders.
7. Shadow Matte Shimmer
True to its name, the Shimmer shines and sparkles brilliantly. With the top overlay in special Shimmer material, this helmet makes a statement. It is perfect for the show ring. This helmet is so popular, it is already on back order.
8. Shadow Matte Custom Helmets
For those riders that want more personalization, Samshield offers custom Shadow Matte helmets. With custom Shadow Matte, you can select the color of the trim as well as the blason. Quite a few options are offered for the trim color and finish (Chrome, Titanium, Metallic, Matt or Glossy): Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, Silver, Blue, Black, Gold, Green, Bronze, Yellow, Purple and many more. In addition, you can also place your country flag on the front and/or back of the helmet. Sponsor logos can also be added. Your name can also be printed on the chinstrap.
9. Introducing the Samshield Miss Shield Wide Visor Helmet
The Miss Shield collection from Samshield is the much anticipated helmet. This is Samshield’s answer for the big visor helmet. For a long time, the wide visor helmet has been missing from Samshield’s portfolio.
There you have it. The umbrella of Shadow Matte helmets keeps expanding. Each different style of the helmets come in 3 variations: Without?Swarovski Crystals, 5 Swarovski Crystals, 255 Swarovski Crystals. Add to that, each helmet is available 3 colors: Black, Navy and Brown. There are 27 different helmets to pick from.
For the last few years, we have seen transformation within the riding helmets scene. About 5 years ago, the ring was full of GPA helmets along with a few Charles Owen helmets. GPA was the undisputed leader in the industry at least within the show jumper ring. The hunter riders preferred Charles Owen helmets. In 2013, Samshield came along with a new proposition. Innovative helmets that were more comfortable while sporting good looks. Read here why Samshield helmets are all the rage in the show jumping ring.
In hindsight, riding helmets needed innovation. Samshield came up with an idea that was so simple it was obvious: removable inner liners. These liners are detachable and washable. Voila! This solved a long standing problem that the riders experienced: perspiration and odor.
What is KEP Italia?
Following the enormous success of Samshield, other helmet manufacturers emulated the same concept. One manufacturer that took a different approach : KEP Italia. KEP Italia invested a lot of efforts in Research and Development (R&D). Based in Italy, KEP took a fresh approach that included risk and innovation. One of those risks was the ability to have all helmets “Made in Italy“.
Why KEP is superior?
KEP Italia claims its helmets are superior. That is a bold statement. Indeed, KEP helmets are, justifiably, superior.
KEP Custom Helmets
Imagine thousands of personalization options to make your helmet individual and unique! Indeed, KEP offers a very easy way to visualize what your custom helmet will look like before you order it. The KEP Custom Helmet Designer is a tool to help you design the KEP Helmet of your choice. It lets you change any piece of the helmet, offering different finishes, colors etc.
The #1 reason is the ultra light weight of the helmets. KEP has designed their helmets with this proposition from the ground up. The years of R & D investments allowed KEP to produce a helmet that seems almost just as light as a bike helmet. The Italian expertise in design and performance helped produce a helmet much lighter than the average. Light weight does not mean less safety. In fact, KEP Helmets are the safest of all.
International Safety Certifications
KEP Italia helmets have been approved by 5 different International Safety agencies. These include EN-1384-2012 (Europe), ASTM/SEI (USA), KiteMark (United Kingdom), Inspec Certified (Europe), ISO-9001 (Global). What does this mean? KEP Italia helmets are just as safe (if not more) than other current models. Additionally, KEP Helmets feature a distinctive feature that adds to the safety proposition. The visor is separate from the helmet shell, allowing it to break upon a fall or accident. This enables the visor to absorb the impact of a forward fall versus the traveling to the rest of the helmet shell.
Not one to stop at their innovation, KEP Italia produces the largest line-up in riding helmets. KEP designs helmets for every discipline: show jumping, dressage, endurance, polo, driving, jockey, eventing. Furthermore, within each discipline the range of helmets is expansive. This includes colors and finishes (matt, shiny, polish, textile, velvet, mica).
There is quite a lot of choices available for riding helmets today vs 5 years ago. The brands are vying for market share. If you are in the market for a new helmet, here is a few suggestions:
Try as many different helmets brands and models as you can.
While trying the helmet, keep the helmet on for 5 to 10 minutes.
Make sure you ask to be measured for correct helmet sizing.
With Samshield and KoEP helmets, liners can be replaced. Keep trying the helmet liners until you find one that fits you correctly.
Keep in mind that different brands and models are shaped slightly differently. Just because one brand works for your friend, it may not work as well for you.
It is week 4 at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at Wellington Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. International show jumping competition is in full swing, as more riders continue to arrive into town. After an unusually long spell of cold weather in South Florida, we have clear skies with plenty of sunshine. You ask: What does that have to do with helmets?
Helmets are a necessity for riding. Given that you have to wear them, it makes sense then to make them as comfortable and stylish as possible. The good news is Samshield delivers on both these fronts. The Samshield Shadow Matte helmet is super comfortable, well ventilated and has killer looks. As far as WEF goes, the Samshield Shadow Matte is now taking over the top spot from GPA Speed Air Evolution. Not too long ago, show jumpers preferred GPA Speed Air Evolution. I believe that was primarily due to the lack of alternative options.
Even though Samshield first made a splash on the dressage scene, it is now enjoying a very solid reputation on the show jumping side as well. Several reasons exist for why Samshield Shadow Matte has become the favorite at WEF. We will list the major ones below.
In warm weather areas such as Florida, ventilation is especially important. As the mercury rises, it becomes imperative that the helmet provide good air circulation. The Samshield Shadow Matte helmet is designed with ventilation channels that go around the helmet, seemingly invisible. The helmet also features an air inlet in the front of the helmet right below the Samshield logo medallion. The air enters the helmet through this inlet and circulates around the helmet before it exits through the channel outlets.
Removable and Washable Liner
Samshield revolutionized the riding helmet industry by being the first at removable liners that are washable. The liners snap on to the shell in pre-designated snap holes. The liners are literally a “snap” to detach (no pun intended). Not velcro, just snap for a cleaner, easier remove mechanism and for secure fastening. The liners can be washed with soap and water and dried. They are composed of memory foam which retains its shape.
With use, the liner will wear out and compress. If it is unusable to the point where the helmet no longer fits, you can simply buy a new liner. Snap the new liner in place and voila, your helmet is as good as new!
Best Fitting Helmet
So far, we have noticed that the Samshield Shadow Matte Helmet is is well suited for a variety of different heads. The ability to interchange liners from both the styles of Samshield Helmets (Shadow Matte and Premium) makes it easier to fit these helmets. A lot of our customers prefer to go with the Premium liner because it does not make any contact with the forehead. The liner is shaped differently than that of the Shadow Matte Helmet, but both style liners are compatible with either helmet.
Sizes that fit everyone
Among many firsts in the riding helmets industry, Samshield introduced yet another innovative technique to helmet sizing. Conventionally, helmets come in sizes 6 1/2, 6 5/8, 6 3/4, 6 7/8, 7 , 7 1/8, ……..7 3/4. Instead of creating all these different sizes shells, they took a different approach. In retrospect, that approach seems obvious. Samshield Helmet Shells come in just 3 sizes, Small, Medium and Large. Within each shell, different liners can be attached to achieve the whole range of helmet sizes. For example, the liner sizes 6 1/2, 6 5/8, 6 3/4 can be attached in the Small Size Helmet Shell. Similarly, the Medium shell takes in liner sizes 6 7/8, 7 and 7 1/8. Liner Sizes 7 1/4, 7 3/8, 7 1/2, 7 5/8 and 7 3/4 are for Large Shell helmets.
If you need help with sizing, visit our Wellington Store or call/text us at 561-228-8883 or Contact Us. We can arrange to ship the helmet to you where you can try the helmet in the comfort of your own home.
Who says Helmets are not stylish? A couple days ago, Abby from Orlando stopped by the store, looking for a Samshield Premium Helmet. Abby wanted to upgrade from her current Charles Owen to the Premium Custom Samshield helmet. After trying on a few different sizes, we determined her size is 6 7/8.