Wearing a correctly sized riding hat is important because if not it's primary function, which is to protect, would fail.
1. If your riding hat is either too small or too large it would firstly be very uncomfortable.
2. A hat that is too small would not adequately protect the back of the neck
3. A hat that is too large, as well as moving on the head, could easily move if you fall off the horse and not cover your head properly at impact.
4. A quick guide to check if the hat moves from its correct position when worn, is to shake your head slightly with the strap fastened; if the hat does not move, then the size is correct.
1. The KEP Italia main range comes in two outer shell sizes, which in turn fit a range of liner sizes inside them.
2. The Medium Shell fits liners from a size 51 to 58
3. The Large Shell fits liners from a size 59 to 62
4. Cranial circumference is measured with a tailor’s tape measure, passing above where the ears join the head and in the middle of the forehead and about an inch above the eyes.
5. We advise going down a size from the measurement that is taken as Kep sizes tend to come up large for most people in our experience.
6. It however is not simply a case of being the right size, it must fit the shape of the head. KEP Italia offer two types of liner for two different head shapes. Their standard liners fit those with more ROUND HEADS (typical in Europe) and their US Liners fit those with narrower, OVAL HEADS (typical of North America and Canada). You can chose which liner you would like at checkout.
It is important to remember to avoid riding with other riders’ hats, unless the size corresponds perfectly to your own and the condition of the hat is known.
We also do not advise the purchase of second-hand hats, as their condition and protective ability is unknown.