Exactly. The brim that it so nice and provides sun protection has also been shown to be the cause of some debilitating neck injuries, if you are to fall on it.
People on worksites don't wear steel toed boots because they drop things on their feet all the time, nor are they planning to.
Actualy it is only the older style brims that have shown to cause neck injuries, modern helmet have breakaway or Soft brims that collapseon impact and are designed NOT to cause neck injuries. It is a requirement of both the BSEN and the PAS015 standards that brims are collapsable/breakaway and do not cause further injury. So any hat of a decent standard should be up to that quality.
In the UK steel toed boots on worksites are mandatory (required by law), as are seat belts.
It's like buckling a seat belt, do you absolutely HAVE to do it in order to survive the car ride? No. If something happens and you get hurt because you didn't have it, will you feel incredibly stupid? Yes.
Seatbelts required by law in the UK and there are pretty hefty fines if you don't use them. They dosave lives and not just yours, a seat belt will prevent you smashing into the skull of the person sitting in the seat in front of you or going through the windscreen.
I personaly think it is highly irrisponsible to ride without a hat and more fool those that do. We have care homes for the elderly mentaly ill but quite often we end up with younger brain damage cases. Normaly they are a result of either a riding fll without hat or a car crash without a seat belt.
Very very sad to see a once highly independant truck driver aged 35 in a care home for EMI patient because he no longer has any sense of right or wrong, he has partial paralysis down the right hand side of his body and he no longer feels pain, he aalso has violent mood swings and idealy need to be in a secure unit as he will attack staff for no apparent reason. He was brought in because his wife could no longer cope at home with him, she ended up battered and in hospital after he attacked her when she tried to put out the fire that he had caused by smoking and dropping the cigarette on his trousers. His trousers went on fire and he couldnt feel it so he objected when she put water on it. He was the victim of a crash in a lorry where he went out through the windscreen because he didnt have a eat belt on.
I also know a lady who is in a permanant vegitative state because she fell from a horse and banged her head whilst not wearing a helmet. Her horse was 18, she was out hacking on a ride they had done thousands of times before, he felt safe. Her horse tripped she fell and banged her head on the only rock for miles! She left behind 3 young kids, a husband and her family who now have to live with the conciquence of her actions.
I personaly have had my hat save my life twice and would NEVER ride without one. I once forgot to put my hat on, was just sitting on a 20yr old pony and it felt so wrong, I knew there was something missing immediately, We didnt even move out before it was pointed out to me and I dismounted and got a hat immediatly, It scares me how much could have gone wrong in those few seconds. All it would have takens was for something to have spooked him (and he is fairly bomb proof) and I could have been on the concrete floor with serious head injuries.
In my personal oppinion (and I am prepared for the flack I will get from this). People who ride without hats are akin to people who commit suicide. Selfish! they either don't think of or don't care about the conciquences of thier action on their family and loved ones.
You only get one head and it cannot be replaced, why gamble with it? I'd far rather have hat hair then brain matter in my hair!
Certainly on a just broke 2 yr old I wouldnt even dream of getting on without a hat. Personaly I wouldnt be getting on without a body protector either. Infact generaly I wouldnt be riding a 2 yr old at all as I wait untill 3 or 4 to break them
I personaly prefer the Champion range of hats as twice they have saved my life, they are also the correct shape for my head. They are a more oval shape. Incidently They do hats from £35. My most recent one is a skull cap which is actualy from the kids range (the only difference between it and the adult version is that it has a very colourful lining and you don't pay VAT on it!) so it cost the grand total of £40.
My sister on the other hand prefers the Charles Owen range as she has a more round head shape. incidently though we are both the same size hat, her hat wobbles on my head and mine apparently gives her headaches. CO hats start at around £50
I also wear the Just Toggs hat at shows but find that they are quite narrow and I do get a headache from them after a while.
TBH in the UK 99% of hat will be Champion or Charles owen as they are the trusted brands over here.