About six weeks after placing an order for a Charles Owen SP8, it arrived yesterday! I ordered from the UK because 1) COs are a lot less expensive there, even with the shipping included and 2) SPARKLY. I hadn’t found the sparkly ones at any of the domestic and Canadian tack shops I browse online at the time I placed the order.
This version of sparkly is above and beyond the previous iteration of sparkly CO helmets. It’s not just glitter, although glitter is involved. And I love it.
As far as the price, including shipping I paid just under $380 for this helmet. Currently, leather-look SP8s WITHOUT the sparkliness run around $490 if you’re ordering from anywhere in the U.S. I had been eyeing the SP8s for a while because of the wider brim – knowing I’d need a new helmet soon. This one was worth the wait.
There are two drawbacks to CO helmets, ones I am already familiar with, having worn an AYR8 for some time before switching to GPA. The lining is not removable, and the ventilation is poor. Even just trying the helmet on in my house for 3 minutes, I could feel my brain cooking. This will be my go-to helmet in cooler temperatures, otherwise I’ll keep wearing the Trauma Void. TBD on which one I might show in …