Which size should I choose ?
Which size should I choose ?
Matching the size of the helmet to the head is a key factor in ensuring safety during a fall.
In any case, it is always advisable to try the helmet on before concluding the purchase, especially if you wear glasses. A test will allow you to check if the helmet is the right size but also if it can be worn with the type of glasses you have.
You know this is the correct helmet size when:
- You don't feel any pain when wearing it, it should be comfortable
- The helmet must provide a correct fit when the chinstrap buckle is closed. In the event of head movements, the helmet must not tilt forwards or backwards of the head.
The size of GPA® helmets corresponds to your head circumference!
Measure your head circumference using a tape measure, starting by placing it in the middle of the forehead, then passing it just above the ears and over the occiput. Note the centimeters obtained, you have your helmet size.
If you hesitate between two sizes, take the smaller one because over time, the foam inside will settle slightly and thus give you more space.
Instructions for use
Before using your GPA helmet, please read this booklet carefully. Proper use of this helmet is essential. Not following the correct procedures could compromise your safety. In case of an accident resulting in injury or death due to the incorrect use of this helmet, the manufacturer and retailer decline all responsibility.
The helmet has been designed, produced and approved so as to ensure optimal protection during equestrian activities. It should not be used for any other purposes than those specified by the manufacturer. This helmet complies with the terms stipulated by UE2016/425 regulation relating to individual protection measures and complies with the NG EN1384:2017 standard. It also meets the requirements of the Specification of the American standard F1163-15.
Wearing of the helmet
As a preventive measure, it is imperative to wear it during all equestrian activities. For adequate protection, this helmet must be worn correctly and adjusted according to the size of your head; to ensure this, several sizes are available to riders. For a maximal protection, this helmet must be in narrow contact with the head and the back retention system must be always correctly adjusted and used according to instructions of the supplier.
For kids, do not choose a bigger helmet on the pretext that his head will get bigger. To avoid the risk of the helmet being pulled off, ensure that the chin strap is properly adjusted and tightened. To be worn correctly, the helmet should not move either back and forth or sideways (Fig.1). Any modification to the proper wearing of the helmet could compromise the safety of the rider.
After each use, check the condition of the helmet inside and outside, as well as the chin strap. When you are not using your GPA helmet, store it away (in its cover bag) from direct sunlight and do not to expose it to temperatures below -20 °C (-4°F) or above 50°C (122°F).
Never attempt to repair or modify the helmet. Do not apply any adhesive or solvent. Under no circumstances should the helmet be repainted. Some paints contain chemicals that could compromise the safety of the helmet. Any unforeseen modification or intervention could impair the protective function of the helmet.
Check the internal and external condition of the helmet as well as the chinstrap before and after each use.
The protection provided by a helmet depends on the circumstances of the accident. Wearing a protective helmet does not always prevent death or long-term disability. While helmets reduce the likelihood of injury, in some circumstances death or disability cannot be prevented. Helmets are not designed to protect the head in the event of being crushed by the horse or hit with the hoof.
To avoid scratches, clean with a soft sponge dipped in neutral soap and water only. Allow to air dry. Never clean with solvents (paint thinner, acetone, trichloroethylene, etc.) because they can alter the characteristics and quality of the helmet. In general, avoid contact with corrosive or aggressive substances.
The inside removable foam (Fig. 2.) can be washed in a temperature of 30°C maximum. It is however recommended to hand wash them with some soft soap.
The date of the manufacture appears inside of the helmet. The lifespan of the helmet will depend on the care and maintenance it receives, various factors such as exposure to direct sunlight and the frequency of its use. This helmet has been designed to absorb a part of the impact energy by partial destruction of the shell or the protective padding, or both.
Even if the helmet shows no visible damage, it must be replaced because the shock-absorbing material may have exhausted its protective capacity and therefore be unable to serve its purpose in the event of further impact. For a daily or weekly use, it is recommended to change the helmet after four years.
For service or claims under the legal warranty, please see your GPA dealer.
GPA agrees to supply the dealer free of charge with the replacement of any defective component required to repair the helmet for a period of two years from the date of the purchase invoice. The warranty does not apply to
- non-compliance with the maintenance and use advice
- repairs or modifications (involving the whole or partial dismantling of the helmet) carried out either by the user or by a company not approved by GPA.
- Any warranty is excluded in case of misuse, neglect or lack of maintenance, or normal use of the helmet, as well as in case of a fall or impact.
If the helmet becomes nicked, damaged, or shows signs of wear, contact the manufacturer to have the helmet inspected before reuse.
How do I properly maintain my helmet?
On the outer part of the helmet, the shell can only be cleaned with water using a soft damp cloth.
Under no circumstances should you use solvents which could damage the shell of your helmet and reduce its resistance to shocks.
You can wash the inner foam by hand or in the washing machine on a delicate program at 30 degrees with neutral soap.
Let it dry naturally in the open air, away from any heat source, before repositioning it in the helmet.