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Old 07-31-2016   #1
 
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Can a Helmet Company Step Up Already

A recent thread about some awesome new colors on the Sweet Helmets was posted. While this option is cool I'm sure, I'm tired of hearing about basic non-helpful changes to helmets. As a larger person with a head to to match I would really like to see a helmet company step up and make a full face helmet that comes in a larger size. There have been several posts on this website and I'm sure others inquiring about helmets for larger size heads. Jackson stepped up and made boats big enough for very large people and very small as well. Many times those same people have larger heads. I can get a paddle made by AT or Werner in a longer size to meet my needs. Why won't a helmet company make something a bit bigger that doesn't need to be modified or shaved down to just squeeze in? I'd buy a sweet today if it fit even just a little. I'd buy a WRSI the same way. ONE OF YOU STEP UP AND MAKE A HELMET ALREADY, that has full face protection and is large enough for up to a size 8 or something. I called WRSI several years back and they said they were going to make one and nothing, then they got sold. Just saying, the first one of you to do it would probably sell plenty of helmets to cover the costs of what ever molds needed to be made.

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Contact Paul Schreiner at PS Composites. He can make you a custom helmet, though probably not a full face.
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I 2nd this idea.
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Sounds like a void in the market. Maybe you should step up and meet the demand.
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Sounds like a void in the market. Maybe you should step up and meet the demand.

Maybe you should step up and offer investment money for him then.
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Sounds like an XXXL helmet company partnership is in the making! Looking forward to the coming Kickstarter!
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I empathize with your plight.

That said, I think many people overestimate how "big" the whitewater market is. It doesn't behoove any of these guys to open a mold/pay development costs/produce/import/distribute an item that has such a limited demographic that'll buy it.

It's not you, it's just business, and the proof is in the continued fact that a writ-large helmet doesn't exist.

If they could tweak the numbers in such a way to make it look profitable, they'd do it. But the market is just too small.
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Poc helmets has some high quality lids in true XXL sizing. I've been paddling in one of these for the last 2 seasons and been really happy with it.



Has full shell aramid sheating over fracturable EPS foam. I'm convinced it offers at least as good of protection as a Rocker if not better. Especially since they did away with the full cut; lame.
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I get that the kayaking communitty isn't real large. I also get the economics of producing a helmet. I am in no way a helmet producer nor do I intend to be one in the future. That said, Jackson has made boats that will fit someone on very far edges of the sizing spectrum. I would venture to say that a kayak mold is more expensive than a helmet mold. I know that the niche is a small group in a small group, but it would certainly be nice to have an option.
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I get that the kayaking communitty isn't real large. I also get the economics of producing a helmet. I am in no way a helmet producer nor do I intend to be one in the future. That said, Jackson has made boats that will fit someone on very far edges of the sizing spectrum. I would venture to say that a kayak mold is more expensive than a helmet mold. I know that the niche is a small group in a small group, but it would certainly be nice to have an option.
True, but Jackson hasn't updated the Superfun or Monstar since their original runs in 2007/2010 respectively, they may not have made any money off them.

What annoys me even more is that the sizing of Sweet's fullface is slightly tigher than the Wanderer and Strutter models.
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