Originally Posted by Jensjustduckie
Actually the WRSI has LOTS of padding - it's in layers and not obvious like most helmets - it is supposed to absorb shock better than the solid layer kevlar/carbon helmets with minicell foam.
Check out the exploded view: Whitewater Research and Safety Institute
Yes, they have multiple layers of padding, but it is paper thin. My guess is that the total thickness was not even approaching 1/2" thickness in the helmet I looked at.
I want a helmet that can take a blow from a baseball bat. The Cascade is that helmet. I like the shell on the WRSI because it is plastic and that is what you need for long-term multiple impacts but that padding is LAME.
I have never, ever seen stars from getting my brain rattled in my Cascade and I have dragged my head along the bottom in some high-speed class V like the right hand side of Rigor Mortis. BAM!!! I nailed the shallow rock there once. No big deal.
I have seen stars in both of the other helmets I have worn and both of them have thin padding. Both times I saw stars in those pieces of shit, it was in class III whitewater.