Safety first is a mantra that every equestrian should do all they can to adhere to. Campaigns such as the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund National Equestrian Safety Day (24 March) and BETA Safety Week (28 April to 6 May) help boost awareness, but there is still a huge amount of responsibility on the shoulders of retailers.
With such a huge array of riding hats and gloves available on the market – in an endless selection of styles, colours, fits and prices – you will be able to find something to suit every customer, even the most selective! While many will think appearance is important, remind customers that fit always comes first.
As featured in the March issue of Let’s Talk Products, this selection of riding hats and gloves makes an excellent starting point for stocking safety wear.
Ariat Tek Grip
Sizes: 6 – 8.5 | Colours: Bark, Black, Navy | RRP: £24.99
The go-to glove for riding and schooling, the Ariat Tek Grip gloves combine high quality materials with first-class design for comfortable wear no matter the discipline. Featuring a synthetic suede palm that provides grip without sacrificing sensitivity, the stretch twill uppers fit comfortably to the wearer, improved further by the articulated fingers that bend with the hand. To improve strength and durability, the Ariat Tek Grip gloves have reinforced stress points.
Ariat | +44 (0)1367 242818 | www.ariat.com
Back on Track
Back on Track Riding Gloves
Sizes: 7 – 10 | Colours: Black | RRP: £56.00
Back on Track Riding Gloves with far infrared technology are made with a superb grip and are hard wearing. Lined with Back on Track’s Welltex ceramic fabric, they reflect naturally occurring far infrared back into the soft tissue, joints and ligaments. This reflected far infrared wave increases blood circulation which can relieve joint tension, improve performance and help avoid injury. The gloves have a robust yet sleek outer and an adjustable wrist closure ensures a snug fit.
Back on Track | +44 (0)7766 463099 | www.backontrack.com
Aachen Competition Gloves
Sizes: XS – XL | Colours: Black, Brown | RRP: £17.95
These soft, lightweight competition gloves are ideal for show presentation. The Aachen Competition Gloves feature reinforced rider grips as well as silicone prints to allow sensitivity for the rider and a great connection with the reins. Incorporating touchscreen sensitive index and thumb pads, the Aachen Competition Gloves are practical, stylish and convenient. The design is completed with elastic inserts around the wrists, which offer a comfy fit.
Galaxy Hat Cover
Sizes: One size | Colours: Navy/Red, Navy/Silver | RRP: £14.95
Fun and elegant, the Galaxy Hat Cover by Bridleway Equestrian provides a unique accessory for fashion conscious equestrians. In two colour combinations, the hat covers feature glittery prints, a fluffy pom pom and a stiffened peak. One size fits all, ensuring Galaxy Hat Cover is a great contender for add-on purchases.
Bridleway Equestrian | +44 (0)8452 419970 | www.bridlewayequestrian.com
Champion Air-Tech Deluxe Riding Hat
Hat Standard: British PAS015: 2011, VG1, ASTM F1163-15. British Kitemarked to PAS015 2011
Sizes: 51 – 61 cm | Colours: Black, Navy, Oyster, Ruby Metallic (coming soon), Black Silk | RRP: From £125.00
Available in a stunning range of colours, finished with a metallic or silk paint for a stylish look and highly ventilated with triple mesh venting for superior airflow. Removable, washable head lining is made from high tech moisture wicking material for the ultimate wearer comfort. The sleek outer shell has been designed in injection moulded, high impact thermoplastic ABS and finished in a stunning metallic or silk paint look and a four point fully adjustable synthetic leather harness for perfect stability.
Champion | +44 (0)1132 707007 | www.championhats.co.uk
Hat Standard: Kitemarked to PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040 2014-12, CE marked to VG1 01.040 2014-12 and certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15
Sizes: 6 3/8 – 7 1/2, 6 7/8 – 7 1/4 (Round Fit) | Colours: Black, Navy | RRP: Microsuede from £216.00, Leather Look from £240.00
Charles Owen presents its first fully ventilated sparkly helmet, uniting high performance technology with dazzling shine. The eLumenAyr features 10 ventilation slots and a removable Coolmax headband. This low-profile helmet is designed to keep riders cool while providing a deep fit, secured by the six-point GRpx harness. A sparkly mesh over gloss paint complements both the microsuede and leather look options, and the hat is available in black and navy.
Charles Owen | +44 (0)1978 317777 | www.charlesowen.co.uk
EQUETECH Airflex Riding Gloves
Sizes: 6.5 – 9 | Colours: Black, White | RRP: £16.50
The EQUETECH Airflex Riding synthetic gloves are crafted from lightweight breathable material, with micro grip palm and reinforced finger panels. Perfect for the summer season, or warmer riding days, the Airflex riding gloves have unique mesh panels for complete breathability. Featuring Velcro tab closures to back of hand, the design is complete with Equetech logo reinforced panels to fore finger and inner fingers in micro grip, contrast strip in patent and elastic wrist. Machine washable.
EQUETECH | +44 (0)1296 688966 | www.equetech.com
MP+ Lite-Contact Riding Gloves
Sizes: XS – L | Colours: Black | RRP: £20
Designed primarily for horse riding, MP+ light gloves are versatile for many outdoor activities. The Lite-Contact range benefits from super grip technology, with silicon, anti-slip patterns on the palm of the gloves and fingers that provide close feel and grip for the wearer. With touchscreen capabilities, electronic equipment can be used as normal, and the slick design means that there is no need for zips, straps or velcro to fasten the gloves; they fit like a second skin.
MP+ Pro-Trainer Work Gloves
Sizes: XS – L | Colours: Black | RRP: £22
Designed to cater for most daily outdoor activities, MP+ Medium weight gloves are versatile and durable. Breathable, water-resistant and wind proof, these gloves have super grip technology and touch-screen capabilities for use on electronic equipment. The gloves keep hands warm during routine activities around the yard, as well as adjustment of horses’ tack during a lunging session or even walking the dog. The slick design and close fit means no requirement for zips, straps or Velcro.
MicroPerformance+ | +44 (0)7787 766611 | www.microperformance.net
Alexis Tech Glove
Sizes: XS – XXL | Colours: Linen White, Black | RRP: £30
Mountain Horse Alexis Tech Glove is a highly flexible, technical women’s riding glove that gives exceptional grip and dexterity as well as a soft, comfortable feel. Made from a mix of polyester for durability and stretchy, sensitive polyurethane, the Alexis Tech women’s riding glove has reinforced areas between the fingers and extra grip pattern on the palm and fingers. Ideal for all manner of equestrian use, these stretchy, sensitive, grip riding gloves are extremely comfortable.
Mountain Horse | +44 (0)7866 497976 | www.mountainhorse.se
Perfect Fit Gloves
Sizes: 5 – 10 | Colours: Black | RRP: £19.95
The Perfect Fit Gloves by Noble Outfitters feature a SureGrip synthetic suede palm that gives a great grip whilst the breathable stretch jersey fabric ensures a perfect fit and allows ventilation. The Perfect Fit glove is available in a variety of colours and prints, so there really is an option to suit everyone. Also available in Perfect Fit Cool Mesh and Perfect Fit 3 Season options, this is a year-round great fitting glove.
Winter Riding Gloves
Sizes: 5 – 9 | Colours: Black | RRP: £29.95
Waterproof and breathable, Nobel Outfitter’s Winter Riding Gloves ensure the wearer is ready for anything. These riding gloves are made from 100gm PrimaLoft insulation and are available in black. Designed with stretch shell fabric, the Winter Riding Gloves are completed with synthetic leather palm, thumb and rein reinforcement. Perfect for riding in chilly winter weather, the gloves feature a ribbed cuff, diamond quilted detail and embroidered Noble logo.
Noble Outfitters | +44 (0)1572 772476 | www.nobleoutfitters.co.uk
S258X Bikewear Long Glove
Sizes: XS – L | Colours: Black/Grey | RRP: £16.50
The unisex S258X Bikewear Winter Gloves are midweight and windproof and are ideal for winter activities. Featuring polyurethane palm patches for added grip and padded palm patches for comfort grip, the S258X Gloves are warm and comfortable to wear and give full coverage – providing hands with necessary protection from the adverse winter weather. The gloves feature an elasticised cuff, a SPIRO side tab and an easy-to-use adjustable tear release wrist strap.
Spiro (for Result) | +44 (0)1206 865605 | www.spiroactivewear.com
Sizes: 6 – 8.5 | Colours: Black, White, Navy Blue, Mocha, Anthracite | RRP: £39.95
The LISBOA is the peak of elegance. This distinctive riding glove embodies the perfect symbiosis of function and fashion. The backhand is embellished with a real eyecatcher: the Roeckl hand logo composed of sparkling Swarovski Crystals. Made from Roeck-Grip, Roeckl’s exclusive synthetic suede material, this fine glove is not only highly breathable, but also wonderfully supple, so that it feels like a second skin. This gives female equestrians the ideal grip and tactility they need when handling the reins.
Sizes: 6 – 8.5 | Colours: Black/Red, Black/White, Navy/White, Mocha/Gold, Navy/Silver | RRP: £29.95
From spring 2018 onwards, Roeckl presents the highly popular LONA in a new color: navy/silver. With colour-contrasting piping and a stylized hand logo on the characteristic fastener, the glove is crafted from Roeckl’s exclusive Roeck-Grip material, which is extremely breathable, elastic and supple. At the same time, it ensures excellent grip and tactility for handling the reins. The characteristic fastener with the stylized hand logo reliably secures the glove around the wrist, and the individual pieces are meticulously sewn together by hand.
Sizes: 6 – 10.5 | Colours: Black, Black/Red, Black/Gold, White, Navy Blue, Mocha, Mocha/Gold, Grey | RRP: £34.95
The MADRID represents design and functionality in perfection. The elaborate backhand design features metallic Roeckl lettering and the narrow, colour-contrasting border, in elegant gold or silver, is a tasteful addition. The technical fastener design with the characteristic Roeckl hand logo emphasises this glove’s modern and sporty look. The backhand is made from especially light-weight and soft Micro Mesh as well as mesh. For the palm, Drytec G5 with Slip Stop is used to guarantee comfort, tactility and grip.
Sizes: 6 – 11 | Colours: Black, White | RRP: £29.95
This classic glove is now available as the exclusive competition model ROECK-GRIP PRO. Made from highly breathable, elastic and supple synthetic suede Roeck-Grip, this elegant riding glove fits like a second skin. The exclusive material ensures excellent grip and tactility when handling the reins. In order to guarantee the ideal fit, the glove has classical French glove sizes, ensuring every equestrian will find the perfect fit. The ROECK-GRIP PRO is machine-washable at 30° Celsius and it is also touchscreen compatible.
Sizes: 5.5 – 8 | Colours: Black, Grey, Black/Blue | RRP: £22.90
Designed for teenagers, the TORINO is an airy slip-in glove with cool design and fresh colours. Even without a hook-and-loop fastener, it fits like a second skin and excels with its superior cut that is specially adapted to the delicate hands of teenagers. A light and highly elastic mesh on the backhand provides a lot of mobility, wearer comfort and ventilation. The soft palm is made from robust and comfortable Duradero synthetic suede.
Roeckl Sports | +49 89 7201 883-36 | www.roeckl.de
Shires Equestrian Products
EQUI-FLECTOR Riding Gloves
Sizes: XS – XL | Colours: Yellow | RRP: £18.99
With safety always at the forefront of riders minds, Shires EQUI-FLECTOR riding gloves offer maximum visibility for everyday riding or hacking. Made from a bonded fleece fabric with fleecy inner lining, these gloves feature silicone printed palms for extra grip on the reins, reflective strips and elasticated adjustable wrists. Available in fluorescent yellow, the gloves come in a comprehensive range of sizes, suiting both men and women.
Switch It Pom Pom Hat Cover
Sizes: One Size | Colours: Black, Navy, Maroon, Charcoal | RRP: £12.99
The perfect addition for customers looking to add a bit of fun to their outfit, the Switch It Pom Pom Hat Cover by Shires Equestrian Products features interchangeable fluffy pomp oms. The stretch hat silk comes with three easy to switch, interchangeable pom poms. One size fits all, making this product a great add-on buy, and the colour range ensures there will be an option to suit all.
Shires Equestrian Products | +44 (0)1568 613600 | www.shiresequestrian.com
Sizes: 5 – 11 | Colours: Black, Brown, White, Navy | RRP: £34
One of SSG Gloves’ most popular competition gloves, the SSG DIGITAL provides the ultimate in feel, grip, breathability and durability – all the features a competitive rider needs. The digital pattern provides exceptional grip even in the poorest of weather, while the Ultraflex venting gives flexibility and breathability. Avaliable in a range of size and colour options (including black, brown, white and navy), these gloves can be hand washed in cool water and left to air dry.
Mackey Equestrian Wholesale Ltd (distributor of SSG) | +353 (0)45 404620 | www.mackey.ie
Stormchase Riding Gloves
Sizes: XXS – XL | Colours: Black | RRP: £21.00
Hard wearing and extremely durable, these medium weight glove contain water and wind resistant properties. Totally nonslip, the technical fabrics dry out very quickly and are comfortable for the wearer. The back of the hand incorporates a soft shell material, while the palm feels like soft suede. The Stormchase Riding Gloves combine perfectly with the Stormchase wrist and hand warmers, allowing the rider to stay warm without relying on heavy weight gloves.
Wrist and Hand Warmers
Sizes: 8-10yrs, 10-12yrs, 12-14yrs, XS – L | Colours: Black, Red, Blue, Forest Green, Navy, Royal Blue, Zebra print (8-10yrs and 12-14yrs only) | RRP: £23.95
Stormchase Wrist and Hand Warmers are designed to be worn to give extra warmth when gloves aren’t an option. Due to the technical fabrics used, the wrist and hand warmers protect the lower forearm, wrist and back of hand from the elements thus producing warmer blood to flow down to the fingers. They are perfect for those who dislike wearing gloves whilst riding due to their non-slip, water/wind resistant, thermal, breathable and durable properties.
Stormchase Ltd | +44 (0)1638 428771 | www.storm-chase.co.uk
Sizes: XS – XL | Colours: Black, Chocolate, Navy | RRP: From £12
Suitable for riding and other outdoor pursuits, the Toggi Salisbury cotton waffle back gloves are appropriate for use all year. The cotton waffle stretch back helps to keep hands cool with superb breathability and helps to keep hands warm in the cooler months. The palm features a stretch peached performance fabric with exceptional grip, strategically placed reinforcement panels for extra durability, and the Salisbury is secured with an adjustable wrist strap that has rubberised Toggi branding.
Toggi | +44 (0)1132 707007 | www.toggi.com
Gatehouse Hats (Westgate EFI)
Gatehouse Conquest MK11
Hat Standard: PAS 015:2011 Kitemark
Sizes: 52 – 63 | Colours: Black, Navy (Matt, Metallic, Suedette and Suedette crystal) | RRP: £157.99 – £236.99
This riding hat has been designed to offer the best in comfort, design and protection. Conforming to PAS 015:2011, it retains the great slim profile of the original design and is very lightweight and elegant. In addition, to comply with the latest hat testing regulations, it features a new flexible peak. The vented helmet comes with a quick dry, wicking padded liner that can be removed for washing. Comes in a padded storage bag.
Gatehouse Jeunesse Riding Hat
Hat Standard: PAS 015:2011 and VG1 01.040 2014-12
Sizes: 52cm to 61cm | Colours: Navy, Black | RRP: from £59.99
The Gatehouse Jeunesse has been designed especially with the young rider in mind. Kitemarked and conforming to PAS 015:2011 and VG1 01.040 2014-12, the helmet is slim, lightweight and has an elegant profile. Featuring a quick drying, wicking padded liner that can be removed for washing, the Gatehouse Jeunesse Riding Hat is available in black or navy in glitter/suedette or velvet finish.
Gatehouse Jockey Skull 4 Kids
Hat Standard: PAS 015:2011 and VG1 01.040 2014-12
Sizes: 00 to 4.5 | Colours: Black, Pink, Baby Blue | RRP: £54.99
Designed for the younger rider, this popular jockey skull ‘for children’ features a three point harness, fun logo and brightly coloured lining. The lining fabric is treated with the AEGIS Microbe Shield, which is a permanently bonded anti-microbial barrier that provides protection against odour, staining and the deterioration caused by bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms. The Gatehouse Junior Jockey Skull is suitable for competing under rules, including The Pony Club and comes in a padded storage bag.
Mark Todd Collection (Westgate EFI)
Mark Todd Leather Show Gloves
Sizes: XS – XL (child sizes also available) | Colours: Black, Dark Brown | RRP: £26.99
The elegant Mark Todd Leather Show Gloves are manufactured in a fine, soft leather to provide maximum comfort. The close fitting style is perfect for the show ring or competition arena, allowing for a good feel on the reins. Features include an elasticated wrist, reinforced rein fingers, closure tab with hook and loop fastening, as well as Mark Todd embroidery and ventilation holes on the fingers.
Trilanco Ltd (distributor of Westgate EFI brands) | +44 (0)1772 754810 | www.trilanco.com
John Whitaker International
RH041 New Rider Generation (NRG) Helmet
Hat Standard: SEI ASTM F1163–15 and VG1
Sizes: XS (48-52cm) – L (58-62cm) | Colours: Navy, Black | RRP: £85
The NRG helmet has a smooth, matte effect outer and a breathable Coolmax lining, which is removeable and machine washable. The helmet inner shell is made from an EPS foam, which absorbs shock, and the helmet features two large front vents that has sparkle silver or pink decals. Available in four shell sizes, the NRG features a Dial-To-Fit system which allows the user to finely tune the fit of their helmet.
Whitaker VX2 Helmet
Hat Standard: SEI ASTM F1163–15 and VG1
Sizes: Small (51 – 54cm), Medium (55 – 58cm), Large (59 – 62cm) | Colours: Navy, Black (Sparkle or Carbon Effect Decals) | RRP: £99
Available with either sparkle glitter or carbon to the front vents and middle panel, the ever popular Dial-to-Fit system returns in the VX2 helmet. For the customer this means a better fitting helmet, which will not slacken over time. There are three vents to the front of the helmet, ensuring a steady ventilation across the head. The lining of the VX2 has been treated with Coolmax, which wicks moisture away from the head, and can easily be removed and machine washed.
Whitaker | +44 (0)1706 340500 | www.whitakeruk.com