You may recently have heard some rumours about a change in the regulations concerning helmets.

Here’s why:

On the 4th of November 2014, the European Commission decided to withdraw the EN 1384:2012 “protective helmets for equestrian sports” standard.

Following several months of deliberation, the European authorities concluded by introducing the new standard, named “CE VG1 01.040 2014-12” (this is the only official reference introduced by European authorities, except for France where a consortium of manufacturers and French certification laboratories have collaborated to produce a slightly less demanding set of technical specifications named “CE à dire d’expert”).

This development is composed of a few technical modifications which aim to improve upon the already extremely safe EN1384-2012 standard.

Today, Samshield can offer you two versions:
• The “CE EN 1384-2012” helmets, currently in stock at retailers, distributors and Samshield, which can freely and legally be sold and used (as they were produced before the 4th of November 2014), and can continue to be sold and used for at least five years (except in England);
• The “CE VG1 01.040 2014-12” (“CE à dire d’expert” for France), which comply with the new regulations.

It should be noted that these two versions (whether Premium or Shadowmatt) look exactly the same. The only difference is the external volume in models of size 56 and up, which is slightly larger.

The new carbon XC and XC-J models are already fully approved and certified: American, English and the new European VG1.

Enjoy your ride!