Children's whitewater helmets
Posted by: MMF on Dec-01-12 9:22 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
Where can one get children's whitewater helmets in the US (ages 7, 11 and since the youngest wants to do everything her sisters are doing, 3 - to wear, but not to use)? What safety features should one be looking for? I read somewhere that each concussion liable sport has different points of protection and therefore helmets used in bicyling, say, should not be used for white water.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Cartop Kayak Carriers
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
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You'll have to judge for yourself |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-01-12 12:22 PM (EST)
because, as far as I know, whitewater helmets have not been developed for very small children.
Look at Skateboard helmets |
Posted by: seadart on Dec-01-12 1:55 PM (EST)
the kind the kids use on the cement skate parks. There is a brand made by Pro-tec that can be used in water sports. These should be used with caution, and I assume you are not going to expose the kids to high danger kinds of white water, but they work for surf.
2nd the Protecs !!!|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-01-12 5:40 PM (EST)
Posted by: emanoh on Dec-01-12 10:13 PM (EST)
Look at your local Dick's Sporting Goods. While 3-4 year old kids have no place on whitewater, apparently nobody has any problem strapping a toddler into a pair of boots and pushing them down an ice covered hill.
Another thing while shopping for |
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-01-12 10:20 PM (EST)
bike helmets is you will find out of your child has a Gyro or a Bell head : )
Not endangering them -- grand kids|
Posted by: MMF on Dec-02-12 7:28 AM (EST)
No...we're (grandparents)not going to put them in class III or higher rapids But we want to get them used to putting on a helmet and PFD when they get into their river kayak. The three year old will be just
3 year old - needs very light helmet|
Posted by: seadart on Dec-02-12 10:02 AM (EST)
Bell makes very light weight foam helmets for bikes for very small tots. Should be fine for what you want.
WRSI helmet - small shell|
Posted by: somalley on Dec-03-12 8:52 AM (EST)
WRSI makes a small shell version of their basic helmet. Both of my kids use these. I started with ProTec Ace helmets that I padded out to make them fit better, but even with the customizing, those are awful helmets - cheaply built, hard to keep on the head even with straps adjusted "properly." Threw them away rather than sell or give them to someone else - IMO they are that bad.