How To Properly Fit A Cowboy Hat And A Riding Helmet.
Hey Ya'll! This week we will cover how to fit a cowboy hat, and since it is National Helmet Awareness Week, a Riding Helmet. There are so many variations on cowboy hats that everyone will have their own style and fit that they like, but they all still follow the same rule as to how to fit the initial hat to their head. Riding helmets are a bit different and need to be fit to your exact size because that's your heads cushion in a fall and can make a WORLD of difference on how it is fit to you.
Up first, the Cowboy Hat!
The most fool proof way of measuring for your hat is using a fabric measuring tape and a friend. A well fitted hat will sit comfortably on your head and you will have the 360 protection from the sun, as well as staying on your head if you make a short stop or a quick turn.
When you measure your head you will take the fabric tape and wrap it around your head roughly 1 to 2 fingers above your eye brows and ears. Try to make it straight the whole way around. You want to be able to have the tape pulled snuggly around your head and not tight enough that you have a visible indent on your skin, and not loose enough that one part or the whole tape is sagging. Remember how I said earlier that everyone has their own way of wearing the hat? Well that usually comes in play now, I personally like my hats a little bit lower so I will only go 1 finger above my eye brows and ears. That way if I need to make it a little tighter when I am riding with sizing tape I can, and then I can take it out when I'm done and it will fit normal again. But that is up to you, the wearer. After you measure and find a good comfortable position you'll be able to take the tape off and read the CM or inches mark. Most places will go by CM but its good practice to remember both measurements just incase. If you find that your hat size is just on the line between 2 sizes, don't fret! Always go for the bigger size, there are sizing tapes available to help you fit into the hat your wanting to pick.
Next up; Riding Helmet.
Riding helmets are the same as cowboy hats with how many different styles and setting and uses. It needs to mesh with what you want, and what your accomplishing in riding. Like if your planning to show you cant go in with a bright purple schooling helmet on, it needs to be a black color. Measuring your head for the helmet is the same as if you are measuring for a cowboy hat, Use a fabric measuring tape and measure 1 inch above your eye brows and keep it flat and even around your head. Next step is when you get your helmet, you should make every thing open, meaning if it has a dial setting open it up as far as it can go and make the chin straps open wide as well so you can adjust until both feel comfortable. You should be able to put the helmet on and shake your head side to side and up and down and the helmet shouldn't move at all. If it does you can add some sizing tape that usually comes with a new helmet. If that doesn't work you'll most likely need to size down to the next helmet. Also you have to think about if you are using the helmet for showing, I tell everyone that if they are going to show to always try on helmets with their hair tucked up inside the helmet. It makes for a nice and neat look in the show ring and you need to make sure that you are prepared before hand that everything fits. If your not showing you can keep your hair down when to try on the helmet, just personal preference on how you like to wear it!
There you have it! How to properly fit both a western hat and a Riding Helmet! If you need any extra help on how to fit the hats or on what style would work for you let us know! We can certainly help you out with that!