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Water Helmet Buying Guide

 

By Steve Kopitz

 

 

The benefits of using a Watersports Helmet will vary depending on the sport. Check out the information below to see what works best for you!

 

How to find the helmet that fits

 

First off, the helmet should fit on the head with the just above the brow. This ensures that the forehead is well protected. If it rides too high then you compromise its ability to protect you.

 

The padding in the helmet should offer a similar amount of pressure all the way around. The skin on your forehead should move as the helmet is rotated. If it doesn’t, then the helmet is too loose and needs adjustment or you need a different size; you don’t want the helmet compressing your head.

 

When you click the chin strap on, it should rest under your chin and shouldn’t have any slack. If there is slack, tighten it up because if something happens it could knock the helmet off or move it around so you don’t get the benefit of protection. Having too much slack may also move the helmet into an uncomfortable position or hinder your sight. A situation like that will most likely happen at the most inopportune time.

 

 

Right way and Wrong way to wear a helmet

 

 

Measuring Your Head

 

To correctly size a helmet you will want a flexible tape measure and starting at a point in the front where you can easily read the numbers you will want to measure the whole circumference of the head. Once you have gone all the way around note the number and refer to our size charts section for exact measurements for specific brands.

 

 

Measuring for a helmet

 

 

Wakeboard Helmet VS. Kayak Helmet

 

Can the helmet you use for wakeboarding also be used for kayaking? If you’re reading this section then you probably can figure out the answer.

 

The answer is sure!

 

However, considering two different helmets is advisable.

 

Wakeboarding Helmets are your most standard kind of helmet. Usually a half-shell like a bicycle helmet that covers the top of your head, forehead and back of the head, it tightens via a chin strap and doesn’t have any parts covering the ears.

 

A Kayak Helmet will tend to be a full, closed helmet, similar to a motorcycle helmet without the face mask (although masks and shields to cover the eyes and face are available). The idea behind a kayak helmet is to have it fully cover your head, ears and chin in the event that the kayak rolls over. This will offer full protection against the unexpected conditions under the water. Shallow parts of the river or lake can have rocks that don’t feel too good if they connect to the side of your head or cheek which isn’t protected with a conventional watersports helmet.

 

 

Water Helmets for Kayaking and Wakeboarding

 

 

Both helmets can be used for both sports so decide on how rough you plan on playing. A kayak helmet might work out best if you’re a wakeboarder who wants a little extra confidence riding on the rails or jumping off of platforms and a wakeboarding helmet can be a good choice if you kayak in deeper or calm waters.

 

 

What does the certification mean?

 

A helmet goes through a wide variety of tests that are designed to push the helmet to the limits. Wakeboard helmets are certified through CEN (European Committee for Standardization).

 

Note though that not all helmets are certified. Just because helmet is non-certified it does not necessarily mean the helmet won’t protect you. Just because there is no certification it doesn’t mean you should disregard it.

 

Finally, most fatalities in water sports are due to drowning after concussion and not brain damage, so wear the right kind of helmet people and be safe.

 

P.S. Don’t forget your life jacket too.