[QUOTE=dreamingofdressage;7265986]One thing about Charles Owen Helmets- do not get them wet. Don’t use them in rain, or even heavy mist. It ruins the micro suede exterior! Not that that interferes with the protection that the helmet gives you, but it really does not look good. I guess that doesn’t matter too much, but I figure I should probably put it out there, since I didn’t know when I got my Charles Owen. It got wet, and it looks awful, but there is no way that I am buying another one anytime soon!
BUT- they are extraordinarily comfortable, if they suit your head shape.[/QUOTE]
…I have never had a problem getting my GR8 wet. In fact, once every couple months I dunk it in soapy dishwater to clean it.
I ride in rain frequently, as well, and have never had a problem.
The suede gets funky looking initially, and as it dries, goes back to normal and looks right as rain.
I always set it out to dry, however, and never put it away wet.