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If you want to keep the sun or rain out of your eyes and paddle with a helmet, the Salamander Beak ($17) is always a nice addition. Beak Visors mount directly to most helmets with a powerful velcro tape (included), and no, they don't come off in swims. These have been tested in some very nasty hydraulics. In polyester two-sided neoprene, with your choice of red, olive, blue, & black. Note that these do not work well with the WRSI Current helmets, which have a small visor affair built in which is in the way for a Beak.
Beefy & high quality! Of the two helmets we carry, our higher grade model is the WRSI Current at $70. This universal model comes with three sets of foam pads for front, back and the sides so you can achieve a proper fit to your noggin. It is designed to not roll around on your head at all once the foam and harness is adjusted correctly. The webbing of the harness runs all through the shell to ensure this; in fact, the WRSI was engineered in the aftermath of a fatal river accident. A kayaker died due to head injuries suffered when a lower quality helmet rolled back on his head, exposing his temples and forehead to underwater rocks. It may be the only helmet on the market to run through the gauntlet of both an engineering school and extensive field testing. The Lexan blend shell is also the strongest body we've seen since Seda quit making their fiberglass models.
These come in yellow, black, blue, and red, and there are also a couple new colors we aren't stocking yet. It has a small built-in "forehead overhang", not quite jutting outward enough to call it a visor but enough to keep noonday sun out of your peepers. This helmet may be overkill for many inflatable kayakers, but if you do a lot of class IV and V it's worth looking into. For hardshellers who endeavor to keep moving up through the river difficulty scale, or those who run a lot of shallow streams, this small investment is well worth it. There are a number of import helmets on the market that run way over $100 that are not nearly as good in any way.