I did read the back posts. I think most were whitewater oriented, if that matters.
I need a helmet for sea kayaking; surf, rock jetties, rolling.
I’m thinking the largest factors on head protection are, in order of priority;
- helmet/ no helmet.
- security of helmet on the head. Doesn’t move around. (related to 2)
- materials (assumes within the usual set of helmet materials.)
- extent of coverage. Ear coverage, for example.
I’m wondering how important ear coverage is? Also, if ear coverage causes significant humming in wind, I’m not gonna like that.
I’ve been trying on helmets as I find them in stores, but haven’t been able to try that many models. Tried one today that seemed to fit me pretty well; Shred Ready AHM 500 in size large.
Most of the helmets I try are wide side-to-side and short front-to-back relative to my head. The SR AMH fits nice in length on bare head. I think pulling the thin velcroed padding on either the front or back would make a good fit over my Mystery scull cap, and pulling the other velcroed pad might (I’ll have to check) make a good fit over my 3mm neo hood for cold water.
I’ve read here that the WRSI is highly customizable with pads, but not stainless steel fittings.
$50 price range would be nice. I can afford whatever I need, though.
Apprehensive to order something that I haven’t first tied on. Seriously thinking of pulling the trigger on an SR AHM 500.