Here's the Dressage Performance complete UVEX guide to caring for, storing, wearing and getting the most out of your premium UVEX kit.
A few tips for a proper fit
Important when trying on: the optimal fit. The fingers should fit entirely inside the glove without leaving too much space inside the material. Wrinkles on the ring finger indicate that the fit is too loose, which in turn will limit control of the reins.
To determine if the length of the glove is correct, intertwine the fingers and press the material all the way down. Then look at the seams between the fingers to see if the length is correct and the glove lines up with the hand. The glove should also fit securely on the wrist. Simply close the velcro and check the fit.
Hands remain closed when riding – the glove should not apply too much pressure. For an optimal use of the reins, the rider’s hand needs to be soft and flexible. As a result, the glove should not cause any pressure points. To find out, form a fist with your hand and see if you feel any pressure points or if the glove fits comfortably firm and secure.
The riding helmet should be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure that you can enjoy it for as long as possible and that it looks as good as it did the first time you wore it.
A few care tips
Cleaning the riding helmet is very easy. The riding helmet liner can be removed and machine-washed. The washing instructions can be found on each liner. Careful: air-dry only.
The outer shell should be washed with lukewarm water, a mild soap, and a soft, lint-free cloth or a soft clothes brush. Solvents should be avoided, as they can damage the riding helmet.
The chin strap can also be wiped clean with a moist, lint-free cloth.
To ensure the best head protection possible, uvex riding helmets only feature high-quality materials that meet our safety standards. But the right fit on the head is also absolutely essential to ensuring maximum safety.
A few tips for a proper fit
Once the right helmet size has been determined by measuring the circumference of the head, the helmet can be perfectly adjusted to each head using the uvex IAS 3D system. Simply loosen the system entirely and put the helmet on.
Now turn the dial at the back of the head to tighten the ring and thus the width.
The uvex IAS 3D system should make contact with the head where you naturally have a curve at the back of the head. To ensure a correct fit, the height can be adjusted with the easy-to-use ratchet closure. Identify the appropriate height using two fingers and insert. Check the fit: even with the chin strap open, the helmet should have a secure fit.
The uvex IAS 3D system can be adjusted to improve the position of the rstrap joint. It should fit comfortably around the ears. The length of the chin strap can also be adjusted in just one simple step.
Monomatic comfort closure
Important: the uvex monomatic comfort closure must be fully inserted until the final click. Two fingers should fit between the chin and strap.
It’s not only the weather and sweat that take their toll on helmet materials when horseback riding. The helmet can also be damaged afterwards if stored in direct sunlight or a damp environment.
A few tips for storage
Checking the condition
Before storing or packing the helmet away, make sure that the surfaces and padding are clean and, more importantly, dry – otherwise mold may appear.
A cool, dark place
The helmet should be stored in a cool, dark place, so that it’s protected from sunlight. Careful: UV rays can have a negative impact on product characteristics. The rear deck of a car is therefore not a suitable storage location.
A textile bag such as the UVEX helmet bag is the ideal form of storage. Pack it up and store it in a cool, dark place.
Careful: do not store the helmet at a location where it could come into contact with solvents such as turpentine or brush cleaners. These solvents also have a negative impact on product characteristics – primarily on the shock-absorbing EPS material.
Because hands tend to sweat particularly in the summer and riding gloves often get dirty, they should be washed regularly to maintain an optimal, secure grip.
A few care tips
Important: close the velcro strap, matching up the patches perfectly, to ensure that nothing gets stuck in the velcro when in the washing machine – so that the velcro closure continues to work properly. We also recommend placing the gloves in a laundry bag before washing them in the machine.
Specific instructions for hand and machine-washing can be found inside each uvex glove. When washing by hand, use a mild soap and water. Important: allow the gloves to air-dry and do not iron.
If gloves are only slightly dirty, the surface can also be wiped clean with a lint-free cloth.
A helmet needs to be replaced after a fall or collision. But all helmet components also age over time. So when do I need to replace my helmet?
A few tips for service and useful life
Service life and useful life
UVEX defines a service life of eight years for helmets, starting on the date of production. After this period, the helmet should be replaced. The useful life is between three and five years, depending on the intensity of use.
The production date, indicated with a factory symbol, can be found on a label inside each helmet. Here, you will also find the product name, the helmet type, the size, and the weight.
Additional information is also available in the manual that comes with each helmet. Here, you will find all important information on replacement and storage.
Where can I purchase UVEX equestrian helmets or replacement parts for my UVEX products?
You can buy all UVEX products and any necessary replacement parts from ourselves. If you need a replacement part for your UVEX product, we will be happy to order it for you, directly from UVEX. If available, it will be delivered within a week.
Do UVEX equestrian helmets come with a guarantee?
All UVEX products are manufactured according to the highest quality standards and are subject to strict, in-house inspections which often exceed any legal requirements. Should your product have defects in spite of these precautions, contact us with your warranty claims (legal warranty period as of 2009: 2 years) and repair requests.
A equestrian helmet must always be replaced after a fall or collision! The impact forces on your head during a fall are absorbed by the helmet. In another impact in the same location, the equestrian helmet can no longer fulfill its protective function 100%. Please note that – depending on the force and angle of impact – the helmet can even break, and should do so in order to keep the impact forces away from your head.
Please note that the following recommendations are a starting point and do not replace personal advice from a sporting goods store.
Fitting: Try on several helmets if possible. It is important that the dimensions of the helmet fit the size of your head and that the helmet noticeably encloses your head.
Correct positioning: Make sure that the helmet is positioned levelly on your head. The helmet should not sit too tightly on the back of your head, which leaves the forehead unprotected, nor be pulled too far down over the forehead, where it can affect your vision.
Firm fit: You can test if your helmet sits firmly by shaking your head lightly with the chinstrap open. The position of the helmet should not change. An optimum fit is required for the helmet to fulfill its safety function 100%.
Adjustment: With the adjustable sizing system, you can fully customize the size of your helmet. To do so, place the helmet in the proper position and turn the wheel – clockwise to make the helmet tighter, counterclockwise to make it looser. The chinstrap should fit tightly, but should not hinder your breathing or swallowing. The chinstrap should always be closed while riding.
The starting point for selecting the right size is measuring the circumference of your head, a finger width above the eyebrows. In many stores, dealers will have head-measuring tapes available. The head size range is given in cm on the sticker on the back of the helmet.
Size table equestrian helmet
|Specification in cm||52||53-54||55-56||57-58||59-60||61|
The interior of the riding helmet is removable and machine washable. The helmet should be cleaned with lukewarm water and a mild soap solution. Do not use solvents, such as paint thinner.
All components of a helmet are subject to ageing, depending on handling, maintenance, and degree of wear, which depends on the intensity of use and the specific conditions of use.
Under optimum storage conditions (cool, dry, protected from daylight; no contact with chemicals; no mechanical crushing, pressure, or stress) and without use, the maximum lifetime is 8 years following the indicated date of production. This should not be exceeded in use, even if the product is in a visually good condition.
For reasons of safety, we recommend our helmets are replaced 3-5 years after initial use, depending on the intensity of use.
You can find the date of manufacture either as a calendar clock or as a sticker on the inside of the helmet. The year of manufacture is at the centre of the calendar clock. The arrow points to the month of manufacture.
UVEX does not offer custom helmet painting. Please note that, when painting, applying stickers, or varnishing, the paints, adhesives, or varnishes may contain components which negatively affect the stability of the helmet and thus its protective effect. If changes like this have been made, we would have to exercise our exemption from liability.