Posted by: abc on Oct-25-12 6:21 PM (EST)
"Is that kayaking helmets are really made for water use -- they have closed cell foams and glues that should hold up better than other designns. "
All the ski and bike helmet I've seen would stand up to water soaking perfectly well.
People don't just bike or ski on good weather days, you know. I've skied and biked in heavy downpour where I was like swimminng in costant sheets of rain. It may not be enjoyable but the helmet melting is the last thing that has any hint of happening!
"The question is, what is protecting your head from injury worth? 30? 200? I guess it depends on the value of the contents therein. If you are only willing to buy a $30 helmet, maybe your head only has $30 worth of contents. ;-)"
Ski helmets are much heavier and I bet my healthy head it'll protect yours equally well if not BETTER than paddling helmets! Better yet, motorcycle helmet would protect your head WAY better than a paddling helmet. Whether you want to deal with all that extra weight and bulk is a different matter.
Price of helmet is never proportional to the protection. It's all about marketing. Plus a bit of comfort and adjustability. They key is finding one that fits well. But that's got nothing to do with price. Most sport specific helmets try to balance on providinng the "appropriate" level of protection, not necessarily the MAXIMUM level of protection!
Your $200-300 helmet is merely protecting a $20-30 cut rate brain if you really believe what you wrote...