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Here is my selection of the best pack rafting and kayaking helmets for 2019.
If you are planning to do whitewater packrafting or kayaking then you should probably consider wearing a helmet which protects your head in case you flip with your packraft or kayak.
There are certain criteria you should look out when buying a new packrafting helmet:
- Is the helmet certified for whitewater (e.g. CE EN 1385)?
- Do you need a visor for additional face protection or against the sun?
- Is the helmet lightweight so it feels comfortable to wear it for a longer period?
- Do you need ear protection?
|NRS WRSI Trident Composite Helmet||848g|
|Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet||550g|
|NRS WRSI Current Helmet||517g|
|Predator Shiznit Helmet||500g|
|Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet||400g|
|Petzl Meteor 3+ Helmet||235g|
NRS WRSI Current Helmet
Weight: 517 grams
NRS WRSI Current Helmet is made of an ABS plastic shell with polyurethane sub-shell and features an EVA foam liner.
You can get the NRS WRSI Current Helmet on Amazon.
NRS WRSI Trident Composite Helmet
Weight: 848 grams
The NRS WRSI Trident Composite is made of a carbon composite shell and features a visor, EVA pads to customize your helmet.
You can get the NRS WRSI Trident Composite helmet on Amazon.
Petzl Meteor 3+ Helmet
Weight: 235 grams
The Petzl Meteor 3+ helmet is one of the lightest certified paddling helmets on the market. If you want to go light then the Meteor 3+ is probably your helmet. The best alternatives are probably the Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet or the Rocker Helmet which offers more protection than the Strutter.
You can get the Petzl Meteor 3+ helmet on Amazon.
Predator Shiznit Helmet
Weight: 500 grams
The Predator Shiznit helmet looks good and protects your face. With 500 grams it’s a bit heavier than the Sweet helmet but comes with a lower price tag.
You can get the Predator Shiznit helmet on Amazon.
Shred Ready Standard Full-Cut Kayak Helmet
The Shred Ready Standard Full-Cut Kayak helmet is made of an ABS injection molded shell with EPP liner, a soft nylon webbing, stainless steel rivets, and a four-point retention system.
You can get the Shred Ready Standard Full-Cut Kayak helmet at here.
Shred Ready Super Scrappy Kayak Helmet
Certification: CE 1385
The Shred Ready Super Scrappy Kayak helmet is an ABS molded shell with a VN foam liner.
Removable ear flaps can be attached to the helmet. The helmet can be worn backward and forwards.
You can get the Shred Ready Super Scrappy Kayak helmet here.
Sweet Protection Rocker Helmet
Weight: 550 grams
The Sweet Protection Rocker Helmet is probably going to replace my Petzl Meteor 3+ helmet in the future. I believe that the Rocker helmet offers better protection and is also more comfortable to wear.
You can get the Sweet Protection Rocker helmet on Amazon.
Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet
Weight: 400 grams
Certification: EN 1385
The Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet features LFT shell technology which combines polyamide and long fiberglass and an EVA liner absorbs impacts without cracking
You can get the Sweet Protection Strutter helmet on Amazon.
Wearing a helmet is an important part of (whitewater) packrafting and kayaking.
With many options on the markets, you have to decide which helmet is the best for you considering, weight, protective features, design, and price.
As a lightweight helmet, I was quite happy with the Petzl Meteor 3+ helmet. However, I recently exchanged it for the Sweet Protection Strutter helmet.
However, I am looking for a more advanced helmet in the future like the Sweet Protection Rocker Helmet.