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.
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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.