I saw in THE TRAIL RIDER magazine, brims for helmets. I thought it was a great idea!
(PLEASE, if you don’t wear a helmet, consider wearing a helmet. I know that my helmet saved my life. You can read my story here.)
And then I saw this post about a Western rider who had a bad accident (fractured skull) so her husband manufactured a brim to go on a helmet for her to wear from then on!
Well, the idea has caught on! They call their invention the HELLHAT and you can make your own!
HELL-HAT POSSE – HER HUBBY’S INSTRUCTIONS
A reader sent in this link to the woman and her husband who came up with this idea. The page is called, “HELL HAT POSSE“. Since it is a FB page, I will put the instructions here, for those of you who don’t use Fb.
TIPS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THEM…
I was going to whip one up today… but I didn’t have time to go out and get cool Duct tape so I didn’t. However, I did read through here and found some tips. Also, when I dropped off my excess tack to a saddle consignment shop in town, I saw some fabulous 2nd hand hats… could be a great idea to find wonderful hatbands and brims!
One tip I learned was to keep the original hat head piece and use it as a hat stand!
And, one reader took the time to write out her tips:
“My first helmet I used a Stetson straw hat, used clear Gorilla tape. worked fine but had to cut some of it, to be not so wide. Used rubber cement to fasten on the leather, feathers, stones and concho. So far it’s holding up well.
Second hat I used Duct Tape that I got a Walmart, has a rope design on it. I also tore off some of it to be not so wide. This works well too. I haven’t made a hat band for it as of yet. I want to make some that can be taken off easily and changed out. You can never have too many hat bands! I bought a new straw hat, $33 I think from Texas Trading Post, it has a 7 inch brim, I wanted more sun shade for me. Used this hat band that came on it. I didn’t want to paint my helmet, I love my Tipperary Sportage, good fit and very comfortable. It says on the inside of the helmet not to paint it, some have painted theirs. Size of hat for brim doesn’t matter.”
Here are her photos:
MORE PICS OF HOMEMADE HELLHATS!
DECORATIVE DUCT TAPE, WHO KNEW?!
OH, I think this could be great fun! For me, I’m going to start with my least favorite hat to make mistakes and learn. Then I’ll go for it with a nicer hat. I might even add some bling or danglies!!
A GREAT IDEA, EVERYONE! PLEASE WEAR A HELMET.
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