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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2022, 10:47 am 
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Hi all, not sure if this has been covered in a previous thread. What do you use and for someone who is purchasing one for the first time, what are some of the things I should look for and also to avoid in a helmet. Thanks


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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2022, 11:17 am 
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Like a PFD, the most useful helmet is the one you actually wear.

NRS and specifically their sub-brand WRSI make helmets that I have used and liked for many years. The WRSI Trident is very adjustable and comfortable in a wide temperature range, the NRS Havoc helmet is a more modest price point while still being functional.

https://www.nrs.com/helmets/c5523
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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2022, 5:15 pm 
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You should definitely look for a comfortable fit with any prescription eyeglasses or sun glasses. This is not so easy as what feels comfortable in the store could be an annoying or painful pressure point after 3-4 hours.

Another point I've learned from experience is that peaked helmets provide good glare protection and look cool, but if they have a big bill your head with take a thrashing if you swim in a hole.

Otherwise, you might look at how much protection against side impact a model offers.

My old Wildwasser and older Protec are probably better than my current baseball cap-like Sweet. (Sweet makes a much better model -- maybe I should upgrade.) Don't be deterred by price -- how much is your brain worth to you?


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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2022, 5:48 pm 
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I use a WRSI, the Current model. It’s price point is excellent, as is its reputation and safety focus.

https://www.wrsisafety.com/

Many paddle shops carry WRSI helmets. Try your local retailer.

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PostPosted: July 3rd, 2022, 7:24 am 
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Peter K. wrote:
You should definitely look for a comfortable fit with any prescription eyeglasses or sun glasses. This is not so easy as what feels comfortable in the store could be an annoying or painful pressure point after 3-4 hours.


My first helmet was a Predator and seemed fine for me in the store, but was awful when worn with a pair of sun glasses. The helmet caused the sunglasses arms to press into the sides of my head. I have since purchased a WRSI Current. Excellent and comfortable helmet that will not break the bank.


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PostPosted: July 3rd, 2022, 12:23 pm 
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I also wear a WRSI Current helmet and like it just fine. Having a small bill means that you have to put on sunscreen and wear sunglasses, but I can also see some value in not having a large one. There is often reason to be able to see up.

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PostPosted: July 3rd, 2022, 2:49 pm 
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I prefer a helmet with no holes in it because it serves as a bailer for me as well.

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