Kayaking helmets are pretty much an essential piece of kit for anything other than flat calm and shallow water even then it is advisable to wear a kayak helmet as they greatly reduce the risk of being knocked unconscious in the event of an unforeseen accident. For white-water kayaking where the risk of hitting rocks is much higher it is an absolute must to ware head protection with carbon Kevlar kayak helmets being the best choice.
Kayaking helmets are now produced from a range of materials ranging from the cheaper moulded plastics and fibre glass varieties to composite carbon kayak helmets and Kevlar kayaking helmets. The price range too can differ greatly. Two factors must be considered when buying a kayak helmet. First and most important the level of protection offered by a kayaking helmet and secondly comfort factor. It is likely that any serious kayaker will spend a number of hours at a time on the water, comfort therefore becomes an important factor most modern kayak helmets will provide a soft inner layer to aid comfort and adjustable straps for securing to the head. Many models will also provide ventilation holes and grooves to keep the head cooler during strenuous paddling.
The more expensive helmets are made from carbon Kevlar composites to reduce weight whilst still maintaining structural strength all kayaking helmets bought through approved sources will have been manufactured to a minimum safety standard and should therefore offer the paddler a degree of confidence in the purchase. If you're new to the sport of kayaking one of the first things you should invest in is a good kayaking helmet. is advisable that you size your kayak helmet with a recognised kayak shop or your local canoe and kayak centre where you will be able to get the correct fitting for you a canoe specialist should also be able to advise you as to the best option of Kayak Helmets for your kayaking.