Top 10 Sailing Helmets – Reviews for Kayak Sailing/Coastal/Off-Shore Helmets

Below are reviews of our top 10 sailing helmets. Ratings are given based on 4 main factors including price, quality, durability and versatility.

2|  Bern H20 Summer Helmet

We really like the elongated beak on this helmet.Bern is known for their visors and this model is no different.  After testing multiple times, it became evident that this helmet was made with the intention of never getting water in the eyes! We really like this bulky ABS shell, it really screams safe!. It also utilizes  multiple-impact soft Brock foam. The reason why this Bern is #2 on our list is because of the Brock foam. It is the best for wicking away that moisture and not turning it into a heavy sponge. Bern typically makes skater helmets but after we tried out the

Improvements: The sizing can be a little misleading so make sure you know the actual measurements you need before pulling the trigger.

Conclusion: We truly believe this helmet should be considered a crossover and because of the Brock Foam, price and elongated beak we really really like this option for inshore sailing sports.

Overall Rating: 4.8/5

3| Zhik H1 Sailing Helmet

We believe the Zhik H1 is the best overall sailing helmet on the market. We use these on many of our sailign excursions on the West Coast. We love how the crown is molded at certain angles to allow for air to circulate in and out of the helmet. We received a variety of skull-pads with varying thicknesses which was clutch because our teams heads are on the smaller side so we needed extra thickness. Fully adjustable

We have been impressed with the Zhik Hyrdobase that will work to wick water and moisture away from our bald spots and rest of the head! We have noticed that you won’t get much wind turbulence around your face, ears and back of your head. The helmet has excellent channels for air flow. These come pretty lighweight which we like and are EN1385 approved. Check!

Improvements: Although it doesn’t come with any ear protection or beak for drainage and keeping water out of your eyes, this helmet will save your skull as well as your life!

Conclusion: If you love the sport of sailing in any capacity then this is the helmet for you. It is our favorite all-around sailing helmet yet, despite not having the ear prtoection and beak.

Overall Rating: 4.7/5

We believe the Forward WIP X is by far the best crossover helmet on the market today! So versatile, you can sail then going skiing with it! You are also not breaking the bank with it. Yes it is over 100$ but think about what you are getting, a lifetime of having to use one helmet for all of your sports activities. The foam does not absorb the water in the shell so it will not feel like there is a sponge on your head. You can wear the WIP X skateboarding as well.

An America’s cup team designed this helmet to match ski/sail/skate helmet specs. So if you are foiling out at sea or speeding snowboarding down some white powder in Aspen, jump all over this helmet. It has a significant amount of low coverage and a quick clip adjuster. The in-mold construction we found to be extremely lightweight. It conforms with CE 1385 for water sports and CE 1077B for ski certification. This helmet has a Thermoformed foam that really does a great job at keeping the head as comfortable as can be. You will receive thick form that customizes well to smaller heads. The Forward fit-adjustment system seems to be the best adjustment system on the market.

Improvements: None

Conclusion: Best use: Crossover Choice for any water sports , skiing and skateboarding. We use these kayak sailing!

Overall Rating: 4.7/5
Overall Rating: 4.7/5

    6| Tontron Water w/Go Pro Mount

    In the new age of Go Pro technology, where being able to video on the go pretty effortlessly has taken the outdoorsy world to new heights, shooting your sailing excursions while protecting your noggin with this beast mode of a helmet is really special. We really like that it also comes with a LED light troffer brackets on the sides. The Tontron has an ABS outer shell that absorbs impact real well after testing on Lake Lanier in GA. Great ear protection inserts and excellent dial. There are we counted, 11 air vents for breathability. The Go Pro NVG mount installs mostly any kind of Go Pro housing including the knock offs. You get two light troffers that install LED only

    Improvements: If you are not a fan of matte finishes then you may not like the selections because they are all matted finishes. Other than that we are very pleased with price/performance.

    Conclusion: Whether you must have streaming video footage everywhere you go or you like taking video on crazy excursions and you so happen to do a lot of inshore sailing activies and other water sports then this will be the helmet you want. Who wouldn’t want a Go Pro mountable saftety shell!

    Overall Rating: 4.7/5

    7| Gath RV

    We absolutely love the added protection that the Gath RV provides. For those who take on the elements for sport, this retractable visor helmet will get the job done. This is an all-around water sports helmet. We would use it for skiff sailing, kayak sailing, coastal sailing in intense weather. We like that the Visor fights UV, shatter proof made from a really good polycarbonate plastic. We found the EVA liner to be really durable. This helmet almost feels as though it has a halo strip that goes around the head made specifically for comfort.

    This helmet has an excellent retention system that is enforced with non stretch webbing. The buckles work as quick release and are adjustable. The helmet seems to be made with high quality screwing that are made from non corrosive materials which are resistant to salt water.

    Improvements: Not much of anything. This helmet is designed for all around safety on the water . Gath really impressed us with this RV.  This Aussie born compan has their act together when it comes to their gear and we are happy to have owned this product. The shipping and handling may be the only thing we didn’t like about it!

    Conclusion: If you want the best in helmet safety, this is arguably one of the best. It is a little pricey which is why it is higher on the list. The cost does not outweigh the reward, however. If you are serious about your sailing and water sports, pull the trigger on this Gath RV.

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    Overall Rating: 4.7/5

    8| Gul Watersports Evo 2 Pro

    We love the carbon fibre finish on these helmets. As far as looks these are our favorite. We are pleased with the fully adjustable inner layer and we feel like GUL went above and beyond to make the fit as close to custom as possible. The  pinch releases work great. We use these when dinghy sailing and when we’ve capsized the shock shell really did great in the protection department. For Junior the head size is 50 CM-56 CM. Small Medium Adults sizes run up to 60 cm and Large runs up to 62cm.

    Improvements: We like lighter and brighter helmets just for added safety measure for spotting/rescue but overall performance of this helmet is bar none. The ABS T-shock is excellent. We also find that when you are finished with it, it happens to dry pretty fast. The Acculock system also works well.

    Conclusion: This helmet is great for inshore sailing and can be used for other water sports. It is CE approved and we are extremely pleased with it’s durability and reaction to sudden shock impact.

    Overall Ratings: 4.6/5

    9| Magic Marine Impact Pro

    Picture: skiffing team wearing helmets

    We love!!!….this CE approved helmet and even use it for offshoring when the elements are nutso. This helmet is “best used”when you are foiling on the faster side or using a modern catamaran , skiffing or doing any “out of the ordinary” sailing that lend themselves to using extra safety measures.  The helmet is lightweight at 430grams. The ABS shell EVA is a HI absorption grade with a foam liner. The chin strap is made of very soft nylon.

    Improvements: Again, we would like if this helmet came in a myriad of colors but we are very pleased with this helmet. The outer shell has wonderfully placed ventilation holes forward, center and back. The chin closure is quick release. This helmet is a bit on the pricier side but really makes up for it in the aesthetic and modern functionality

    Conclusion: Although not as lightweight as the Forward WIP 2.0 This helmet gets an A letter greade for its very sharp look and mechanically efficient performance. Do not hesitate if you are into

    Overall Rating: 4.6/5

    10 | Forward PRO WIP 2.0

    If you are a speed junkie and are looking to tap into either catamaran or speed sailing on a skiff, then the forward pro WIP is precisely the helmet for you. The last thing you want is to capsize on one of these vessels only to experience a serious traumatic blow to your skull! This helmet is made with a thin skin polycarbonate and is injected with polystyrene foam.  We really like how lightweight this helmet is too. There were a few times we took it out while sailing on our catamaran, literally forgetting we were wearing them until we floated back to the dock to start packing away our stuff! The helmet weighs less than 300 grams! The helmet comes with 2 foam set inserts including one that is best used for excellent fit on those with smaller noggins!

    Improvement: We wish they made a few different colors rather than red and white; also can be a little pricey for some but the quality definitely compensates for the tag. W are very happy with the ventilation and the fact that FORWARD kept those with small heads in mind.

    Conclusion: After testing over 50 helmets on the market, this helmet has arguable the best shock absorption of any CE helmets. The comfort you get from the Thermoformed foam  really helps in making these our favorite sailing helmets on the market right now. The adjusters utilize a micrometric Fit system and follow CRITT protocol to a T. Do not hesitate to pick this helmet up.

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