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Spending all your time and money chasing the wildest whitewater on the planet might be the smartest decision you've ever made―well, at least as long as you wear the Shred Ready Standard Full-Face Kayak Helmet every time you climb in your boat. Despite your mad paddling skills, big creek drops and long slides don't always go as planned. This helmet's jaw protector prepares you for rocky rolls that would otherwise reduce your pearly whites to a jagged assortment resembling a local moonshiner's mouth.

  • ABS molded outer shell and EPP molded liner team up to provide CE-certified impact protection and cushioning that reduces head injuries along rocky rivers
  • H.O.G. 2.0 Occipital Lock allows adjustment for a secure fit that is effective during boulder encounters
  • Nylon straps and stainless steel hardware ensure long-lasting durability without rusting
  • Color-coded fitting pads provide additional comfort
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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Everything came in as expected. This is not my first shred ready. I tried to order through my local shop but Shred Ready isn't getting an more of the full fave carbons in until MAYBE January 2016. Back country delivered, I can tell this helmet isn't a recent arival to their warehouse because the jawbone foam came out when I took it out of the bag. A little Hot Glue and I am all set. I'm happy with this I have not ever worn the sweet protection, but my former shred ready shensu lost all the pads out of the inside and I wasn't able to glue them back after a while. Anyone have fixes for this?

Good helmet for those on a budget.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

For those that can't shell out the big bucks for a Sweet Protection Full Face, this is a good alternative. Its a well built helmet that offers good coverage and protection. It is a little tight getting over bigger heads but once over the ears it fits pretty snug. The helmet comes with 3 different size inserts that help it fit to you head shape. Other then the inserts, there is no other sizing adjustments.

If you can spend the extra dough, go with a Sweet Protection Full Face. Once you have looked at and wore both, you can tell you definitely get what you pay for. I ended up selling my Shred Ready and upgrading.

But this one works great for the price you pay. Just remember that your helmet is protecting your most important body part, so a little extra money spent here is ok.

Good helmet for those on a budget.

Most bang for your buck

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I bought this helmet when I stepped up my game from class III runs to IV and up. Needed it quickly for a trip, and it arrived 3 days after ordering (huge props to Helmet is very comfortable to wear for hours, even more so than my half cut. It is a bit of a tight squeeze getting it on and off (watch the ears!), but once on, it's great. I've worn it multiple times, but have not yet had to test how it handles the big blow to the dome. It handles the little scrapes and dings nicely. This is a great full face for the price.

Just fits large head (23.5")

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was worried that this wouldn't fit, but by removing all the interchangeable pads it just fits my 23.5" head. It's a tight squeeze getting it on or off, unless I slacken the back band (Occipital Lock).

Far better fit than my previous WRSI full face - that got returned when the buckle broke mid roll!

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    This helmet is definitely for smaller noggins. I have a pretty small head (little brain) and I only needed to change out one of the interchangeable pads from the large it comes with to a medium. It now fits like it was made for me. Very solid for the price.

    Perfect size

      I love this helmet! I am a class five kayaker. I travel all over the west running creeks and multi day trips and I never go without his helmet. A lot of people have complained about this helmet running small, my head measures 23 at its widest and it is one of the most comfortable helmets I have ever owned it is however a little squezz to get off my head? The helmet has great protection and is a great price plus it looks really good.

      Cheaper than going back to the Dentist

        I feel that this helmet is a solid full-face, for the price. You could obviously shell out more for a Sweet Rocker or something like that but for me, the Shred Ready does just fine. The fit system is pretty universal, seems like it will fit most heads. It adds that extra level of confidence when I'm paddling, like I have just one less thing to worry about, which is actually really nice. The one gripe I do have is that it pinches the top of my head a little, and can become uncomfortable after its been on for awhile. That being said, I'm still giving it five stars because that seems like more my head's fault than the helmet. But if you are like me and have a bulbous dome, take that into consideration.

        Protection is the bottom line!

          First, let me say this. Backcountry labels the textured black as "carbon black". They label the carbon black as "carbon deluxe". Item you will receive is true to the images,but not consistant with the labeling of the manufacturer. Don't expect the real carbon/kevlar helmet if you order it.
          That being said....My 14 year old daughter wanted to get into the sport of whitewater. I could have gotten a cheaper helmet,(around 35 bucks for the NRS Havoc at a competitor) but it had no face protection. We spent 3 grand getting her pearly whites straight. Even at triple the price, this was a no-brainer. YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE ON SAFETY!!
          We live in West Virginia , and have some of the best whitewater in the country. While this conjures up mental images of toothless moonshiners,we have all of our teeth and want to keep it that way!
          This is excellent protection at a fair price. Highly recommended , and a must for creekers.