Riding Hat Fitting Guide

Does your hat fit? –some quick and easy tests!

1. Measure the circumference of the head in centimeters at the widest point -using a flexible dress makers measuring tape.

2. Find the appropriate traditional hat size and jockey skull cap size on the hat sizing guide

Hat Sizing Guide

3. Somestyles and makes of riding hat are more suited to particular head shapes –for instance skull caps are often more comfortable for those with round rather than oval heads.

4. Put on the hat & adjust the three-point-harness; the two straps that affix to the back of the hat should be adjusted, not just the chin strap.

5. The fit should be snug, but not tight. Any hat that has to be forced on to the head by hauling on the harness or pushing/banging on the crown is too tight!  If the current hat is giving the wearer headache, it is very likely that they have outgrown that size.

6. Without the chinstrap done up, tilt head right forwards & place hands outstretched –ready to catch the hat. Shake the head left to right. Any hat that slips or falls off of the head is too big.

7. Do up the chin strap & taking care not to catch the wearers face, tap the heel of your hand sharply on the front rim of the hat. The hat should not slide backward on the head or press the back rim into the wearer’s neck.

8. Ask the wearer to push forward on the back of the hat with one hand. This should make a gap at the front of the hat. Ask the wearer to put their index finger between their forehead and the hat & then release the pressure on the back of the hat. There should be just enough room to squeeze in one finger width in the front of the hat and it should take a little effort to free.