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Samshield – A Helmet for everyone

Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet

This article is aimed at answering some questions  regarding Samshield Helmets. It was not too long ago, when Charles Owen and GPA were the dominant helmets in the riding rings. Charles Owen is popular among the hunter riders particularly for its simple and classic looks. More recently though, Samshield has become the favorite for riders of all disciplines, whether they be Jumper, Hunter or Dressage.

What started off as a single helmet in the name of Samshield Shadow Matte Helmet, has blossomed into a big range of helmets. The big selection of Samshield Helmets allows riders to express their individuality. Samshield Helmets come in 2 base finishes: The Shadow Matt smooth finish and the “Premium” Alcantara suede finish.

While both the base models fit mostly the same, there are a few differences between them. Shadow Matt Helmets feature a smooth finish, whereas Premium features a suede finish. The former is easier to clean and maintain. The latter helmet is the preferred show helmet for Hunter Riders.

Sizes and Inner Liners

Samshield revolutionized the riding industry by introducing an innovative system of removable (and washable) inner liners. The helmets are available in 3 different shells:

  • Small Shell [fits sizes 6 1/2 (51) through 6 3/4 (54) ]
  • Medium Shell [fits sizes 6 7/8 (55) through 7 1/8 (57) ]
  • Large Shell [fits sizes 7 1/4 (58) through 7 3/4 (62) ]

This concept allows a custom fit. The inner liners are a snap (literally speaking) to remove and attach. They can be washed and air-dried. Samshield offers 2 styles of liners. Either of the two liners can be used in both the Shadow Matt and Premium Helmets. They are interchangeable.

Replacement Liner for Shadow Matt Helmets
Replacement Liner for Shadow Matt Helmets
Inner Liner for Samshield Premium Helmet
Inner Liner for Samshield Premium Helmet

Shadow Matt Models

The Shadow Matt family of helmets has expanded to feature quite a big line up. Keep in mind each of these helmets is available in Black, Navy and Brown colors.

Shadow Matt Helmet 

This helmet is the original Samshield Helmet. True to its roots, it is a classic no-frills helmet. Remains a favorite among all riders. It is also the most popular Samshield Helmet.

 

Samshield Shadow Matt Helmet
Shadow Matt Helmet in Brown
Samshield Shadow matt Helmet in Black
Shadow matt Helmet in Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Helmet
Samshield Shadow Matt Helmet in Navy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Matt with 5 Swarovski Crystals

This helmet is an upgrade on the base Shadow Matt, in that it features 5 frontal Swarovski Crystals.

Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Navy
Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Navy

Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Brown

Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Black
Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Black

Shadow Matt 5 Swarovski Helmet in Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Matt with 255 Swarovski Crystals

Samshield 255 Crystals Shadow Matt in Black
Samshield 255 Crystals Shadow Matt in Black
Samshield 255 Crystals Helmet in Navy
Samshield 255 Crystals Helmet in Navy
Shadow Matt Brown with 255 Swarovski Crystals
Shadow Matt Brown with 255 Swarovski Crystals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Matt Shimmer Top

Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Blue
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Blue
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Brown
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Helmet in Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samshield Shadow Matt  Shimmer Helmet with 5 Swarovski Crystals

This is a variation on the standard Shimmer Top Helmet. It features 5 frontal genuine Swarovski Crystals.

Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Brown
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Brown
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Blue
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Blue
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet in Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep in mind that the Shimmer Top 5 Swarovski Helmet is not readily available. It is a special order. Delivery times are 4 to 6 weeks.

Premium Alcantara Helmets

The Premium “Alcantara” Helmets feature a suede finish. A special fabric called “Alcantara” gives the helmet its classy and traditional look. The Premium helmet is offered with 2 top options:

  1. Alcantara
  2. Leather

The two options are shown below.

Samshield-Premium-Helmet-Navy-Alcantara
Samshield Premium Helmet with Alcantara in Navy
Samshield-Premium-Helmet-Brown-Alcantra
Samshield Premium Helmet with Leather Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Samshield Helmets

If you want something totally unique, custom helmet may be a good choice. Samshield lets you design your own custom helmet. Plenty of options are available for both the shell color and top options. You can even pick a custom trim. To personalize it, Samshield offers Country Flags on the back/front or both sides of the helmet. Riders can even choose to place their names on the chinstrap. Use the Samshield  Helmet Designer to create and envision your own personal favorite helmet.

Questions? Thoughts?

Let us know in the comments below your thoughts. Share with us your experience. Feel free to Contact Us. We have helped hundreds of happy customers design their Samshield Helmets.

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3 Steps to a Custom Samshield Helmet

Custom Samshield: Sunflower Trim with Top Lozenge with 5 Swarovski Crystals

Samshield helmets have become the de-facto choice of riders everywhere, whether it be show jumping or dressage. With its removable liner concept, Samshield has established itself as the undisputed leader. Another reason that Samshield is winning the helmet game is their attractive offering. They offer so many different choices of styles and colors. It is easy to find a stock helmet that will not only fit you, but will look great as well.

But what if you want to truly make your helmet as unique as yourself? Introducing the Custom Samshield Helmet. You can have the full protection of Samshield, with the added benefit that your helmet reflects your individuality.


 

Marlon Zanotelli wearing a Custom Alcantara Black Samshield Helmet with Brazilian flag and Green Trim
Marlon Zanotelli wearing a Custom Alcantara Black Samshield Helmet with Brazilian flag and Green Trim

Custom Samshield of Judy Ann Melchior : Premium Blue with Top Flower Swarovski with Yellow Trim
Judy Ann Melchior : Premium Blue with Top Flower Swarovski with Yellow Trim

Manuel Anon (Spain) : Premium Blue Helmet with White Trim
Manuel Anon (Spain) : Premium Blue Helmet with White Trim

Premium Navy Helmet with  Orange Trim and Flag of France
Custom Samshield Helmet: Premium Navy Helmet with Orange Trim and Flag of France

Custom Samshield of Nicolas Delmotte: Premium Blue Helmet with Leather Top, Custom Sticker Logo on Front
Custom Samshield of Nicolas Delmotte: Premium Blue Helmet with Leather Top, Custom Sticker Logo on Front

Samshield makes the custom helmet process as simple as 1-2-3. That is right. In just 3 easy steps, you can get your own custom Samshield Helmet. You often see some of the sponsored Samshield riders sporting these custom Samshield helmets. Samshield brings that same access to you now, with its easy online helmet configurator tool. With this tool you can design your own helmet from the comfort of your home. You can even use the same tool with your Smartphone.

DESIGN MY SAMSHIELD


3 Step Process for Custom Samshield Helmet

  1. Use the handy online helmet configurator tool. The tool is intuitive and lets you easily undo any choices.
  2. Click on the “ASK FOR A QUOTE” button. Fill out the form.
  3. Wait for us to get in touch with you shortly (do not be surprised if we call you within minutes. Yep…we are that fast!)

Relax, we will take it from here. Since you have filled out the form above, we will simply confirm your choices with you. We will also discuss with you (if needed) for any personal logos, letters. Keep in mind that you can place your name on the chin-strap of your custom helmet (limited to 19 characters including spaces). If you would like to see some examples, we can send you pictures.


 

Still have questions?

Question: I am not sure about my size. What do I do?

Answer: We can ship you standard Samshield helmet for testing (at no charge). We will also send you different inner liners so you can try it.

Question: Do you have a logo you would like placed on the front and/or rear of the helmet?

Answer: That is easy, we will simply ask you to send us the logo (in .jpg, .png or .gif format). High-resolution logo images are always preferred. Samshield does a phenomenal job at logos.

Question: Where do the initials/name letters go on the helmet?

Answer: On the left chin-strap.

Question: Why are certain top options disabled ? For example, why can’t I select Alcantara as the Top if I chose Shadow Matt as Shell?

Answer: Certain combinations are not possible to manufacture. Specifically, Alcantara and Shadow Matt can NOT be mixed.

Question: I still have questions. Can you help me?

Answer: Yes, we are glad to help. Just call us at 954-304-3318 or fill out our secure form.

DESIGN MY SAMSHIELD

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3 steps to Custom Equiline Shadbelly

Customize your Equiline Shadbelly

Equiline Shadbelly has become the de-facto standard for dressage competition. Equiline has revolutionizeed the dressage tailcoat with the introduction of its Cadence Dressage Show Coat. It is  revolutionary in every sense of the word. To start with, it is made of technical X-Cool fabric. Add to that, the tailored fit that comes close to the custom.

Custom Dressage Tailcoat – A Unique Look

The custom Shadbelly from Equiline offers a unique look that suits you. With so many choices of colors and trims, it is easy to design your ideal shadbelly. For the first time, it has become very easy to design your own Equiline Shadbelly.

In 3 easy steps, you can design your own custom Equiline Shadbelly.

Step 1. Select the color of the shad.

Pick one of 3 choices here : Black, Blue or Brown

Color Choices of the Equiline Cadence Tailcoat
Color Choices of the Equiline Cadence Tailcoat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2. Select the color of the Collar and Points of the shad.

Lots of options here:

 

Customize Equiline Cadence Tailcoat
Customize Equiline Cadence Tailcoat

Step 3. Select your button set.

Two options here: Line Set  Or Oval Set. Both are Rhinestone crystals. The choice is in how the rhinestones are set within the button. The Oval Set is more traditional, whereas the Line Set offers a modern look.

 

Customize Equiline Cadence Tailcoat
Customize Equiline Cadence Tailcoat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 3 easy steps, you can customize your dressage tailcoat. Let us know if you have any questions. Contact Us or call/text us at 954-304-3318.

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Freejump Liberty Boots – Revolution in show jumping boots

Freejump Liberty XC Boots

2011 : Freejump introduces Fly One

When Freejump first introduced its first paddock boots and mini chaps (called the Fly’ One and Fly Two) in 2011, it was a revolutionary change.  Some admired the innovative concept, some early adopters even bought the new boots and chaps collection. Here is why this concept was groundbreaking:

The Fly One Paddock boots could be used in conjunction with the Fly One Mini Chaps. However, these were not ordinary paddock boots and mini-chaps. These were specially designed to go together in order to be used as tall boots for competition use. In fact, when worn together, the Fly One Boots and Chaps fit so incredibly well, that it was hard to tell they were two separate pieces. The best thing about the boots and chaps combo is that they fit comfortably and securely. The added good looks were a bonus. Unlike tall boots, Freejump Boots did not sag or wrinkle.

Fly One Padsock Boots
The original Fly One Paddock boots from Freejump

Fly Two Boots from FreeJump
Fly Two Boots from FreeJump

Fly One Boots and Chaps from FreeJump
Fly One Boots and Chaps

Where the Fly One boots and Chaps were meant for show and competition use, the Fly Two were intended for everyday use. The Fly Two boots were built to withstand the pressure from all day use.

The Fly One Boots were designed with a roll up velcro to attach the boots to the mini chaps. The velcro hook and strap enclosure ensures that the chaps stay in place. This concept was simple was appealing and ingenious. The paddocks boots could be worn individually without half-chaps, when working around the barn.

In time, the Freejump Boots and Chaps were Fly’ ing high. Despite the newness of the concept and relatively low brand recognition, Freejump had found a piece of the market pie.

Fast Forward to 2013 : Freejump Liberty Boots

In 2013, Freejump introduced a revamped boot product line-up. Enter the Freejump Liberty Collection. In concept, the Liberty Boots and Mini-Chaps were similar. But the look of the Liberty boots was fresh and modern. The Freejump Liberty Boots are uni-sex and designed in a way to look appealing for both men and women.

Once again, there were two different product lines: Freejump Liberty Boots for show and competition use, Freejump Liberty XC Boots for everyday use as well as show use. The differences between the two kinds of boots start from the bottom up. The Freejump Liberty Boots are uni-soled boots; the sole is attached to the boot upper with a strong adhesive. There are no seams in the sole. The toe box is narrower and curvier, making for a slicker look. The Freejump Liberty XC Boots are made from a thicker leather; the sole is attached to the upper via adhesive and stitching.

Similarly the Freejump Liberty mini-chaps are designed for competition use. They feature a front-zipper fastening system.  In addition, the Freejump Liberty mini-chaps also come with a 3/4 length zipper in the back for ventilation. After riding, just undo the back zipper for much needed ventilation. The stretch fabric behind the zipper enables air flow.

Here is a handy table for comparison of the two product lines:

Freejump Liberty System Freejump Liberty XC System
Designed for exclusive competition use  For competition and everyday use
Seamless Boots  Double re-inforced sole (stitching and adhesive)
Choice of trim colors in the boots – Black, Red, Purple, Blue  Black and Brown
 Narrow curved toe box enables a sharp look  Square shaped toe box
Dual Zipper (front zipper for fastening, back zip for ventilation)  Traditional back-zip fastening system
 Invisible Front Zip System  Traditional heavy-duty back zipper
 Liberty Boots can be worn with Liberty Chaps and Liberty XC Chaps  Liberty XC Boots can only be worn with Liberty XC Chaps

 

Freejump Liberty Air Chaps
Freejump Liberty Air Chaps

 

Freejump Liberty XC Boots
Freejump Liberty XC Boots and Chaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of riders already knew about Freejump from before, so it was easy to transition to the Freejump Liberty Boots. The Liberty System includes a re-design of the boot-chaps attachment system. Instead of the back fold up velcro attachment, the boots feature a small tab through which the chaps can be attached. The chaps have a slide through mechanism on the outer side through which the velcro strap from the boot can be inserted for attachment.

The result is a lighter boot system. The Liberty Boots come in 4 colors for the sole trim: Black, Blue, Red and Purple.

Ride in Style with Free Jump Liberty Boots and Liberty Chaps Side View
Freejump Liberty Black Boots

Freejump Liberty Purple Boots and Chaps
Freejump Liberty Purple Boots

Freejump Liberty Blue Boots and Chaps
Freejump Liberty Blue Boots

 

Freejump Liberty XC Boots
Freejump Liberty XC Boots

 

We would love to hear your feedback about Freejump Boots. So leave a comment or Contact Us if you have any questions. We are here to help.

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Ten Gift Ideas for your horse rider friends

Unique Gift Ideas for Riders

With the holiday season fast approaching (Thanksgiving is next Thursday), the shopping season is about to kick in high gear. I know a lot of you have friends that are riders. You may be seeking gift ideas for friends and family that are riders. Here is a list of ten products that your rider friends will love as gifts. Make your list and order them online.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Him

1. Equetech Men’s 3-in-1 Competition Shirt

Equetech 3-in-1 Men's Competition Show Shirt
Equetech 3-in-1 Men’s Competition Show Shirt

This is a very versatile shirt, that can be worn by dressage, show jumping or eventing riders. It can be worn with a stock, overcollar or tie. It comes in Small, Medium or Large.  With a back vent that keeps the rider cool and dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Equiline Men’s Fox Competition Shirt

Equiline-Mens-Fox-Competition-Shirt
Superb fit, advanced technical fabric make this Equiline Shirt a favorite among the show jumper crowd.

This is “the competition show shirt” worn by most professional riders. With a tailored fit, lightweight and dry wicking fabric, this shirt is a hit. You can not go wrong with this shirt. Your rider friends will thank you greatly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Equiline Men’s Willow X-Grip Knee Patch Breeches

Equiline Men's Willow Knee Patch Breeches
The most advanced riding pants for men.

If you have a higher budget, this is the gift for your rider friend with exquisite taste. Equiline’s Men’s Knee Patch Breeches have the finest fit, technical fabric and an impressive design. Some of the top show jumping riders use Equiline, mainly for its superior comfort and lightweight. Be sure to know your friend’s size. These breeches are European sizes. The breeches normally go by waist size. A US size 30 for example is a EUR size 46.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Samshield Riding Gloves (for him and her)

Samshield Gloves
Every rider needs gloves. This is a safe gift.

All riders need gloves. These beautiful gloves from Samshield are well-ventilated, have a good fit and made of leather. Usually, the White ones are used during Competition or Show only. THese gloves are uni-sex and worn by riders of all disciplines. A safe gift overall, under $100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Riding Socks  (for him or her)

Lots of different choices here. Once again, this is another popular gift. All you need to know is the shoe size. Riding socks come in 3 sizes, Small, Medium or Large. Colors are usually limited to Black, Brown or Navy.

Schockemohle One Size Technical Riding Socks
Schockemohle One Size Technical Riding Socks

The Schockemohle Socks Pack contains 3 pairs of one-size technical riding socks, one each in Brown, Black and Navy. These feature a specially re-inforced layer at the bottom for protection against blisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Reversible Leather Belt (for her)

Dimacci Reversible Belt
Dimacci Reversible Belt

Dimacci Reversitble Belt
Go ahead…its reversible.

Dimacci Reversible Belt
Beautiful Colors to mix and match with your outfits

Dimacci Reversible Belt
Traditional Black and Brown Belt

 

Lots of choices here. These belts are reversible. The horse themed belt is a favorite among the Wellington crowd. Made from soft leather, these belts feature classic craftsmanship. These comes in different sizes as well.

 

7. HKM Toskana Riding Vest (for her)

HKM Toskana Vest
Sporty Rider Vest with a classy look

 

This is a beautiful riding vest that looks elegant and classy. With a soft padded and light shell, its perfect for those slightly cold and windy days. Your friends will thank you for this stylish riding vest. Hurry and order now….this one is a high sellout risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. PK Tornado Fleece Jacket (for her)

PK Tornado Fleece Jacket
  This fleece jacket will keep your warm in the bitter cold.

This is a beautiful fleece jacket, for the fashionable rider friend of yours. Keeps you warm, adorns stunning looks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Pk Napolean Jacket (for her)

PK Napolean Jacket
Stylish jacket with details

The Napolean Jacket from PK Sportswear will keep you warm during the frigid winter. This one is for your friends from up north. The hood is removable, giving you flexibility on different ways to sport this jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. HKM Toskana Bag (for her)

HKM Toskana Bag
Stylish and functional bag for the ladies.

Give her the gift that she will remember. This HKM Toskana bag designed by Lauria Garrelli, inspires a minimalistic look combined with a fashion statement at the same time. Perfect for your riding girlfriend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will add more gift ideas to this list, as this is just a starter. Feel free to browse our other categories for some more ideas. If you need help, do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Ladies Riding Shirts

Men’s Riding Shirts

Ladies Belts

Bags

 

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Shhh…..soundless revolution in Ear Nets

We all know riders and horses need to be in sync when it comes to attaining peak performance. Towards this end, several techniques are employed. We will cover one very important technique for ensuring the horse’s focus is centered and consistent.

The Soundless Ear Net

Earlier last year, Equiline introduced its game-changing Equiline Soundless Ear Net. Three different layers are used in the ear hood area of the soundless ear net. The middle layer is made from sound-proof fabric. This ensures that the noise is reduced dramatically. This is crucial to the horse’s performance. As big and magnificent as horses are, they are sometime easily disturbed by  the most innocent sounds.

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Equiline Soundless Ear Net

 

 

 

How the Equiline Soundless Ear Net works
How the Equiline Soundless Ear Net works

The Soundless Ear Net is designed for minimizing noise perceived by the horse, having a direct impact on the horse’s performance. It is quite a simple idea, made possible by the advancements in fabric technology. Fabrics are the new frontier of product innovation. Since Equiline was the first to introduce this concept, the product itself was a bit on the pricey side. Add to that, the fact that it is Made in Italy.

Schockemohle Silent Ears Fly Veil

This product is brand new on the market. Deriving from the core idea of soundproofing, the Schockemohle Silent Ears Fly Veil is an attractive ear hood. It provides the same sound proofing capability as the Equiline Soundless Ear Net. The trim on it makes it a little more attractive. While the Equiline ear net is available in Black, Brown and Navy colors, the Schockemohle Ears Hood is available in Black, Brown, Navy and Grey colors. There is not too much difference between the construction and finish of the two ear nets. They both offer the same level of protection. However, the Schockemohle Fly Veil is offered at $62.95 ( a saving of over $30 compared to the Equiline ear net).

 

 

Schockemohle Silent Ears Fly Veil Back View
Schockemohle Silent Ears Fly Veil Back View

Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Black
Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Black

Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Brown
Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Brown

Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Navy
Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Navy

Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Grey
Silent Ears Soundless Bonnet in Grey

Measurements

The following measurements are approximate. Please use this as a guide.

Equiline Soundless Bonnet in Full Size: 7 inches (18 cm) from the tip of the ears to the base
Equiline Soundless Bonnet in Pony Size: 6 1/4 inches (15.5 cm) from the tip of the ears to the base
Schockemohle Silent Ears (one size only): 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm) from the tip of the ears to the base

Available now at :

http://www.vrtack.com/shop/schockemohle-silent-ears-fly-veil/

 

Let us know your thoughts if you use either of these. We would like to hear from you.