You can now buy anything ranging from a conventional, solid colour motorcycle-style kayak helmet right through to a modern, stylish beanie style kayak helmet. So which style of kayak helmet is right for you?
The type and style of helmet that you may choose will be influenced by the type of kayaking that you take part in and finding the right balance between function and fashion.
At AS Watersports, Devon we we offer a wide range of kayak helmets that are functional, comfortable and attractive too. Never buy a second hand helmet as you will not know if it has been involved in any sort of accident and therefore weakened by cracks and damage. This will reduce the helmets effectiveness in protecting your head.
Kayaking helmets are really an essential pieces of kit when kayaking in anything other than flat calm and shallow water. However it is advisable to wear a kayak helmet as they can greatly reduce the risk of being knocked unconscious in the event of an accident.
With white water kayaking the risk of hitting rocks is of course much greater and therefore is an absolute must and head protection must be worn at all times. We recommend that a composite carbon kayak helmet or Kevlar helmet is worn for this type of kayaking as they are much more durable.
Kayaking helmets are now available in a range of materials ranging from the cheaper moulded plastic helmets and fibre glass options through to composite carbon kayak helmets and Kevlar kayaking helmets.
Kayaking helmets vary greatly in price and two main factors that should be considered when purchasing a kayak helmet. The first and most important
factor to consider will be the level of protection offered buy a kayaking helmet, followed by the comfort factor.
It is likely that a serious kayaker will spend a number of hours at a time on the water and therefore comfort should be something important to consider. Most modern kayak helmets will provide a soft inner layer with adjustable straps to secure around the head. Many types will also provide ventilation holes to keep the head much cooler during more strenuous paddling.
The more expensive helmets are made from carbon Kevlar composites to reduce weight whilst maintain the structural strength.
If you are new to the kayaking world then the first thing you should invest in is a good kayaking helmet. It is advised that you size your kayak helmet with a recognised kayak shop, such as AS Watersports in Exeter, Devon. We will be able to provide you with the correct fitting and also advise you as to the best option of Kayak helmets for your particular type of kayaking.
Contact us at AS Watersports for more infomration on the range of helmets that we offer or browse our shop to buy online.