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The classic Strutter shape with new materials and a closer fit.

For river running and playboating, the Sweet Protection Strutter Helmet has few equals. An icon for years, this season the Strutter has been re-engineered to improve the fit and enhance the impact performance. Sweet kept the cap-style shell that protects your face from water and sun glare, but it used  new LFT shell technology to strengthen the helmet and further protect your temples. Also, a new version of the Occigrip fit-system was developed to go with this unique shell shape. You get all the benefits of the classic Strutter shape with the enhanced protection of material and fit refinements.

  • CRP technology uses carbon fiber to reinforce the shell and create a helmet with excellent strength for its weight
  • LFT shell uses a combination of polyamide and long fiberglass injected together to give the shell elasticity and rigidity that improve impact performance
  • EVA foam liner provides excellent shock absorption, low-temperature toughness, and excellent low-speed impact protection
  • Occigrip construction provides a firm and comfortable fit so your helmet won't roll forward or side-to-side on impact
  • Comfort pads swap in and out of the inside of the helmet so you can dial in the fit (two pad thicknesses provided for easy fitting)

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Protect ya noggin!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I got this helmet for my boyfriend who is a raft guide and is also interested in getting into whitewater kayaking. He loves it! Typically wears a medium size helmet (for skiing) and we purchased the S/M. He has the adjustment maxed out and it just fits. The blue helmet with the orange straps in the way to go for those of you that love style. Fleece liner on the inside of the helmet keeps you warm as well!

Does the gunmetal blue have an orange strap like in the picture? I have ordered one in the past and the strap was black



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

So much better than older models. Sweet has stepped up their game. I wouldn't go with any other helmet. (That is until I get into steep creeking). This was a replacement for an older model that I cracked this summer with numerous hard hits to the head. It saved my life. I have nothing negative to say about these helmets, and they have really upped their game with fit and comfort on this new model.


Looks good, feels great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

As a boater with a small head, I often have trouble finding helmets that truly fit, without just cinching down the back and adding lots of padding. This one fits (I have a S/M)! The side straps and buckles are super adjustable as well, so I've been able to avoid annoying straps over my ears. The visor is great for sun protection, though it makes me more prone to getting my head jerked back in large hydraulics. Overall, I've felt very secure in this helmet, and I'm stoked to take it with me on my whitewater adventures!


Not too secure

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

First off, I want to say that I love Sweet Protection Helmets. The fitting is one of the best in the industry (compared to WRSI, and other good companies). Although for the Strutter, no matter how much I tried to cinch down the helmet and add additional padding to make it secure, the helmet kept getting ripped back if you're upside down in a hole (playboating). I know a lot of good playboaters that still use this and it looks really cool, but it just wasn't for me. I traded it back in for a Sweet Protection Rocker and that one stays in place.


Best Helmet I have ever worn.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is super comfortable. Keeps my head nice and warm, the peak is a great addition. I have taken a few hard knocks with it and my head is intact as it has ever been. Can't recommend this helmet enough.