The company was formed after the son of the WRSI founder died on the North Fork of the Payette in a helmet-related incident. The son was reputedly a good kayaker, but the North Fork is very fast, turbulent, and rises above class 4 in several places.
The son flipped, did not roll, and drowned. Examination of is forehead indicated that his Protec helmet had shifted back, leaving his forehead exposed to a blow from a rock.
The father was upset, and partly blamed Protec. I don't know if there was a formal lawsuit, but he publicly criticized Protec in the media for some time.
I have worn Protec helmets for much of my ww paddling career. They are cheap and don't offer much protection, but then I would *never* wear a Protec on a difficult, fast moving section like the North Fork. (For that matter, I've never been good enough for the NF, but some of my friends ran it and survived.)
The reason some of us fatheads have worn Protec, is that no other helmets have fit. Sweet doesn't fit. WRSI doesn't fit. Nothing. Finally I've got a Shred Ready t-dub that fits, though the liner is kinda thin.
Real world observation suggests that the latest Protecs are adequate for class 1-2-3, based on absence of serious head injury.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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