There are several different standards of riding hat available on the market today, with the most important current standards to be aware of being BS EN 1384, PAS 015 and Snell E2001, with PAS 015 and Snell E2001 providing a higher level of protection than that provided by BS EN 1384. Many hat manufacturers such as Champion also submit their products for further testing by the British Standards Institute, where the tried and trusted Kitemark is awarded. What this means is that a Kitemarked riding hat offers additional safety reassurance as it is tested on a continual basis, with every batch produced passing through the BSI's rigorous testing system for each of the four main areas of testing: penetration, shock absorption, harness strength and stability. Many riding organisations, such as British Eventing and the P
ony Club, require that riders wear hats that carry the BSI Kitemark, so this is important to look out for.