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Old 04-09-2012   #1
 
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Helmet for larger head

I am a complete novice in WW Kayaking. I am just getting started and trying to get the last of my gear together. Right now I am paddling sans-helmet on I and II+.

I need a helmet for a larger head. I have to wear a XXL motorcycle helmet or a 7 3/4 fitted hat if that helps. Most of the time, it is a bite in the front and back, the width is not the issue.

Any suggestions? I have tried several, Shred Ready is a no go.

Thanks for the help from a newby.

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Old 04-09-2012   #2
 
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google ski helmets, they offer xxl and xxxl. I have been using them to kayak for many years. The european ski helmets are certified to a much higher standard than any of the US kayak helmets or at least all the US kayak helmets I have looked at.
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Old 04-09-2012   #3
 
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I will check that out. Thanks.
The liners won't absorb water? I looked at a hockey helmet out of curiosity, but the one I looked at looked like it would be a sponge.
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Old 04-09-2012   #4
 
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Check out the Shred Ready Tdub helmet. Or the Sweet Rocker Full Face; Sweet Protection | Helmets

The Tdub runs a little larger than the Sweets, but both are good size. I have a huge head and last year had that + ton of hair and the Tdub fit well, stayed snug.
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Redman,

I have the same problem you do. I have tried on many helmets, and the Predator Lee helmet has been the only one I've found that fits without having to cutout foam.

Predator Lee Helmet

note - I paid a bit less than CKS is selling them for, but I had make a journey to WV to get it.
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Old 04-09-2012   #6
 
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Check out the Shred Ready Tdub helmet. Or the Sweet Rocker Full Face; Sweet Protection | Helmets

The Tdub runs a little larger than the Sweets, but both are good size. I have a huge head and last year had that + ton of hair and the Tdub fit well, stayed snug.

I tried the Shred Ready Tdub and a couple others, they would not work front to back. I guess I could trim padding out if I have to.

Thanks
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Redman,

I have the same problem you do. I have tried on many helmets, and the Predator Lee helmet has been the only one I've found that fits without having to cutout foam.

Predator Lee Helmet

note - I paid a bit less than CKS is selling them for, but I had make a journey to WV to get it.

Thanks. I will check around and see if I can find one.
I really want to try one on before buying. Having been stuck with helmets that don't fit for other things, I want to do this right.
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Old 04-09-2012   #8
 
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I'd find a shop with WRSI stuff and try on a M/L shell with Large foam inserts. I have a pretty big melon and still use medium inserts on the sides of mine. The larges were a bit loose.
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Old 04-09-2012   #9
 
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I've had good luck with my WRSI helmet and I too have a 7 1/2 + size head. The trouble is with the snap-on face guard- it doesn't actually drop down far enough to cover my chin, basically sitting in line with the nose and mouth. I tried on a shred ready full face helmet the other day and it wasn't even close.
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Old 04-09-2012   #10
 
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I have a big noggin' 7 7/8

I wear the pro tec helmet that dude recomended for playboating and taking it easy.

I also have the full face from sweet for creeking. shred readys did not work, i couldn't even get my head in it.

the sweet helmet mesured 61-63cm I had to take out all the soft foam with a razor knife and sand the inside.
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