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Pro-tec kayaking helmets, advice

Postby IsaacJonesy » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:08 pm

Gone through a few Pro Tec helmets for biking / skating(back in the day) just wondered if theyre much cop for boats?

ie this one: (reviews online seem positive regarding kayaking)

Found a site selling them for £30?
Any advice would be much appreciated
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Postby box2k2 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:39 pm

The usual answer to this question is something along the lines of:

"It's your head - is it worth more than £30 to you?"

As with any helmet - it must fit properly to do it's job. Best suggestion is usually to go to a kayak shop (RoHo) and try on helmets til you find something that fits properly, then buy it.

If you're coming to the Lakes, I'm sure you'd be able to try on anyones helmet, and most of the major models will be owned by someone in the club.

As a guide, the obvious choices in order of price and preference would probably be:
Protec (30ish)
WRSI (50ish)
SR Standard (50ish)
Sweet Wanderer (90ish)
Sweet Rocker (160ish)
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Postby Pyro » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:32 pm

As Martin says, depends what you feel your head is worth. I paddled in a ProTec Ace lid for many years, I started feeling that it wasn't offering quite enough protection when I was running slightly harder stuff with slightly worse consequences. When I put a large gouge in the plastic, while running the Tryweryn on my bonce, I decided it was time for summat better.
My advice would be to buy the best you can afford, having tried lots on to see what fits best. Sweet, Shred Ready and WRSI are probably the three biggies at the moment. See what works for you. I'm heading up to RoHo tonight if you want to come along and see what's available.
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Postby IsaacJonesy » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:16 pm

Ok, thanks guys!...indeed id say my head is worth more than £30 to i might hold off on the helmet buying front till i've got some more wonga.

Id love to come down pyro...but dont think i could tonight, first night off from exams and heading down to the chapel (drop my kit of for the lakes) then off to parrtttayyyy :D
Defo need a trip to RoHo soon though has my huge head doesnt really seem compatible with most of the helmets at the chapel.
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Postby Charley » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:46 pm

i used to wear a cheap-ass helmet, then i cut my eyebrow open on a river due to its protection being aweful and decided to change. I think chris easterbrooke's comment of "how much have you spent on your education so far.... might be worth a few hundred quid to protect it." it's worth the investment.
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Postby Beth » Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:46 pm

I had a protec for years, it was widely criticised by everyone, and by the time I got rid of it I had some quite nasty scratches which had taken all the paint off.

It did me well when I was younger, but for a couple of years it was definitely not good enough for the level I was boating. At uni, you get pushed pretty quick, and you will soon be kayaking at a standard where the protec probably doesn't give you good enough protection.

For a lower price helmet, I would look at the Shred Ready standard, ask Bryn or Darragh over the weekend to see theirs and try them on. If you've got the money, get a rocker. But the most important thing is that it fits you properly, so make sure you check that as well!
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