5 of the best ventilated riding hats

Dublin Silver Pro riding hat

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A microfibre outer shell with a front vent for airflow give this hat a great look. 

A four-point hared with padded chin strap for comfort and a quick-release buckle for easy.

For additional comfort and ease of care this hat has a removable and machine washable liner. 

Available in navy or black

RRP from £62.99*

Uvex Suxxeed Luxury  


A mix of classic and modern design features will make you stand out in the crowd.

This luxury edition has leather detailing, subtly matching Swarovski crystals and Alcantara for a chic luxurious look.

This hat carries the BSI kitemark VG1 standard and you can pick from black, blue or brown.

RRP £399.95*

Champion Air-Tech Deluxe riding hat

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The sleek outer shell give this hat a truly modern look. It’s highly ventilated with triple mesh venting for superior airflow and the removable, washable head lining is made from high-tech moisture wicking material for your comfort. A four point fully adjustable synthetic leather harness holds the hat securely in place. It’s also fully adjustable with a dial adjust system for a close contact fit.

The Air-Tech Deluxe has PAS 015, ASTM F1163-15 and SEI marked & VG1. BSI Kitemarked to PAS015 2011

It's available in black metallic, navy metallic, oyster metallic, black silk

RRP from £125*

For stockists www.championhats.co.uk

Gatehouse Conquest MkII riding helmet

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This stylish and lightweight riding helmet is suitable for both everyday wear and competition. The Conquest MkII is well ventilated and has a removable, washable lining for complete comfort and hygiene.

It's Kitemarked and approved to PAS015 and comes in a choice of finishes including black, navy (matt, metallic, suedette/glitter or suedette trimmed with Swarovski Crystal finish).

RRP £188.99*

Charles Owen eLumenAyr 


A fully ventilated sparkly helmet, this hat has 10 ventilation slots and a removable headband to keep you cool and comfortable. This hat is secured by a six-point GRpx harness. An easy snap helmet buckle features a magnet to draw the clasp together, allowing you to secure their harness with one hand.

kitemarked PAS015 and VG1. CE marked to VG1, certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15.

Avaialble in navy or black in microsuede or leather look.

RRP from £209.30*

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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Airowear AyrPS

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You can never have too much protection while you're riding. This clever combo from Airowear works as a double-layer of protection. 

The AyrPS combines a a detachable, inflatable AirShell gilet with the lightweight BETA 2009 Level 3 AirMesh2 body protector.

Both layers have a breathable mesh covering to maximise airflow. 

The two layers are designed to fit comfortably and move with you as you ride.

RRP £505.60

For stockists visit www.airowear.co.uk

4 of the best body protectors

As voted for by the Your Horse magazine readers, here's their pick of the best body protectors and why they rate them.

Airowear Outlyne

1. Airowear Outlyne

Reviewed by: Cheryl Towers-Hawley

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector is designed for women and is so comfortable to wear and not at all bulky. the design is shaped in all the right places for my body shape and the good range of sizes it's avail in means you ge the best possible fit. I'm short in the back and have struggled with body protectors catching on the back of my saddle, but this one is just perfect. There's also plenty of adjustment so you can get a comfortable fit every time. 

It's so lightweight, I don't know I'm wearing it and I it helps me sit up nice and straight when I'm riding too. 

Price £88.62 to £104.06*

Racesafe Provent 3.0

2. Racesafe PROVENT 3.0

Reviewed by Krista Chapman

Used for 1 year

Worn for jumping and cross-country

I'd tried several other body protectors before picking this one. I find this one from Racesafe fits my body well without it feeling too bulky or restrictive.

It's light, comfortable, flexible and allows me to move freely. 

I honestly forget that I'm wearing ti. I love it so much that I recommend it to a friend who's bought one and loves it too. 

Price £205*

Racesafe RS2010

3. Racesafe RS2010

Used by Lucy Collins

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector fits really well and the zip-up style makes it easy to put on. I find it lightweight and the individual hinged sections allow the body protector to flex and move with you, so you don't feel restricted. 

It wasn't the cheapest, but it's worth every penny.

Also, a really big plus point for me is that, being only 5ft tall, the different sizes and back lengths available mean I could actually find a body protector that fits me well and allows me to move freely in the saddle.

Price £190*


4. Rodney Powell Superflex Contour

Rodney Powell Superflex

Reviewed by Terri-Ann Parry

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

It was the fit and shape of this body protector that influenced my purchase. It's so comfortable to wear, I don't know I'm wearing it. Other body protectors I've had have been quite bulky and restrictive. This one is the complete opposite, it follows the contours of my body so it doesn't restrict my movement on or off my horse.

It's easy to sue and has plenty of adjustment at the sides and shoulders so you can fit it perfectly 

The waterproof outer is a good addition.

Price £205*

*Prices correct at time of publishing



Charlotte Dujardin Mercury Jacket from Equisafety

The Mercury jacket in normal light

The Mercury jacket in normal light

This exciting new range of hi-vis clothing includes waistcoats and jackets. All the designs are right on trend, so they're really is no excuse not to wear it to ensure you and your horse are safe and clearer visible when hacking out. 

The Mercury jack is a close-figgie sale and it's cut to flatter your body shape. the material is lightweight and, thanks to the four-way stretch fabric you'll be able to move without restriction. This outer is also waterproof and breathable. 

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

the soft grey fabric is highly visible in normal daylight, but in sunlight, or when headlights hit it, the material comes to life and changes to an illuminating silver colour - sure to get the attention of all road users. 

The Mercury is available in orange or pink. 

Price £110 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

Find out more at www.equisafety.com

Racesafe Provent body protector

The Racesafe Provent

The Racesafe Provent

The manufacturer says: This body protector is ultra lightweight and thanks to the 70 independently hinged sections it gives you great flexibility and comfort. The breathable net outer and perforated inner material help to keep your cool when you’re working hard. It also features an elasticated adjustment system for improved movement and comfort.

Price Adult sizes from £198


Tested by Your Horse editor, Imogen Johnson

“If you’re like me and simply hate wearing a body protector then this is the one for you – you quickly forget you’ve got it on!

“As the manufacturer says it is ultra lightweight and even in the warmest of weather I found I stayed cool when wearing it which really impressed me. I’ve also worn this under a lightweight-riding jacket and it was hard to tell I had it on. It doesn’t look bulky or unflattering.

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

"This is the first body protector I’ve had that zips up, which is great. The zip front makes it easy to do up and it’s also easily adjustable if you need to make any tweaks to the fit.

"All the features Racesafe have added for flexibility really do the job as it’s easy to move in and super comfy. There’s really no excuse not to wear it. I can’t fault it!”



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Features: The LAS XT VIP Helmet is a beautiful, lightweight Italian helmet and is perfect for riders who like a little bit of bling. It features high quality Swarovski crystals with a stylish leather panel at the centre front of the helmet. If bling isn’t your thing, the helmet is also available with a grey real python leather insert. The helmet also has hi-tech ventilation panels at the front and side and conforms to the BS EN 1384 standard.

Size Options: 63⁄4 – 65⁄8
Colour Options: Black

Kan Teq Kan Body Protector


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Features: The Kan Teq Kan body protector has been designed exclusively for the female rider so it fits perfectly and comfortably. The sides are constructed to move in harmony with the rider, allowing her to move and breathe. Manufactured from a high-density polyethylene foam that absorbs and distributes impact over the entire surface. Comes with shoulder pads.

Sizes: 1 to 4 (equivalent to dress size 10 to 16) and T1 to T4 (with shorter back: equivalent to dress size 8 to 14).

Colours: Navy or black.