When to change one's helmet ?
The helmet comes under pressure in a fall or a collision. The outer shell is designed to prevent penetration (example: from a sharp stone, a horse's hoof).
The shock-absorbing inner lining, specially designed for this purpose, absorbs the shock by its deformation reaction.
So, after an impact, even if the outer shell does not look damaged, the inner lining no longer performs its role as shock-absorber. Only the outer part of the helmet will be active and the inner shock-absorbing lining will have a very reduced effectiveness.
AFTER SALES SERVICE
How to take care of your helmet ?
If the outer surface of the helmet is made of Lorica® (a kind of synthetic leather), you clean the helmet (without solvents!) with soap and water using a sponge or a soft brush. This type of coating has been given a Scotchgard protection (3M product) against various kinds of stains.
For painted helmets, a sponge or a soft brush is enough.
Concerning the internal lining, GPA advises you to replace it with the Replacement lining available from your usual dealer.
When to change the inner lining of the helmet ?
This decision must take into account the hygiene and comfort aspects. You should get a Replacement in the following cases:
o The internal lining of the helmet is dirty and/or worn out.
o To guarantee the snug fit of the helmet on the head when the padding flattens out in places.
o To adapt and/or optimise the fit of the helmet on the head with a choice of 3 different levels of padding thickness ( § Replacement)
Why are the prices of GPA helmets high ?
For the following complementary reasons:
On top of the regulatory and safety aspects, GPA takes into consideration the aesthetic appeal and comfort of each helmet.
GPA starts out with the principle that a helmet aimed at protecting the head requires considerable design input and research work in order to achieve the objective of maximum safety. And not the opposite: i.e. start out with the marketing and pricing aspects and then try to design a safety product aimed at protecting the head.
GPA chooses only the best suppliers of raw materials.
What type of helmet for what riding activity ?
Only one standard regulates the manufacture of helmets: CE < EN 1384 >. However, the external design has been researched and developed to meet all the habitual uses. The GPA helmets protect the rider's head no matter which sport is practised: eventing, endurance, polo, driving and gallop races, and leisure riding.
Hence, no sport lays down any specific legal requirement or standard. The different GPA model can be used for every sport.
Does GPA sponsor riders so that they wear a GPA helmet ?
GPA has established a partnership with only twenty international riders, covering all sports!
These partner riders play an essential role as Technical Advisers to the brand. In the same way as test drivers in the world of cars, their respective areas of expertise contribute to the development of our products and their optimisation during the test phases.
GPA launches the mass production of its new helmets only after they have been endorsed in tests by all the professional riders concerned.