WRSI Helmet Fitting

Fitting your WRSI Helmet

whitewater-gear-wrsi-helmetThe adjustments are the same on Current Water ABS Plastic Helmet, Trident or Moment Full Face Helmet from WRSI. A snug fit allows the helmet to work the way it is intended.  Below is a step by step look at all the adjustments within the WRSI helmet.

Step 1 Initial Fit:

Put the helmet on your head without any of the fitting foam inside.  If you feel pressure points on your temples or sides of your head this helmet shell size maybe too small for you.  If this is the case, your best option is to find a different helmet because the shell is too small.  IF this isn’t a option, you can also remove a small amount of the outfitting foam within the helmet.. this will compromise the comfort & ideal functioning of the helmet.    If the helmet doesn’t give you any pressure points but feels loose.  Move to step 2

STEP 2  Using the Fit Kits to get a Ideal Fit

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You’ll want the fit kit that came with the helmet. It should contain 2 sizes of foam for the front of the helmet and 4 “L” shaped pieces of foam for the sides of the head.  In addition there may be some extra sticky back velcro and a small piece of foam that wraps around the chin buckle (shown in middle top of picture.  Scissors can be useful for fitting the foam.

Look inside your helmet you should see a large black soft foam liner running over the interior of the helmet.  This should fold away from the helmet around the temples, at the back of the helmet, & also at the forehead.   At these locations there should be some velcro attached to the plastic interior shell of the helmet which is where you will add the additional fit kit foam if you need them.  See pictures below:

FRONT OF HELMET

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Using the provided fit kits, you can mix and match the foam to get a snugger fit on the front and sides of the helmet.
Note: these are one-size fit all Kits, you can cut down the fit kits to give a more personalized fit.  Some folks have more oblong narrow

SIDES OF HELMET BELOW:

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shaped skulls others have wider flatter ones.  Your goal is to have a even fit, no added pressure points.  You can also double up the foam in areas that need more padding.

Once you have a good fit on all sides of the Helmet. Move on to Step 3

STEP 3  Adjusting the Neck piece so that the helmet doesn’t roll back on your head.

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Once again take a look inside your helmet, at the back of the helmet if you pull away the interior soft foam pad you should see, 3 sets of holes.  You should also see a the plastic neck adjustment shown above.  It is possible that the helmet is already set up with the neck piece inserted into one set of holes.  If you need to move it to a different set of holes you will need to apply a fair amount of pull to get the part out.

My suggestion on figuring out the correct possitioning of the Neck piece is to try several settings but only up one of the tabs into the holes on the back of the helmet.  This keeps it in place to test fit, but is much easier to remove if you want to try various settings.   In each setting once you have the one set of tabs in place. Put the helmet on your head.  Hold the chin strap tight or clip it and snug it around your chin.   Now push up on the underside of the visor.  The helmet should stay covering your forehead, and still allow you good vision out the front.   Once you have found the correct hole setting that does this bend the second set of tabs to fit in the holes and this will lock the fitting in place.   Once this is set move to step 4.

Step 4 Adjusting the Chin Strap & Tilt of the helmet.

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Take another good look at your helmet, this time focusing on the strapping system that runs around the chin, up in front and in back of the ears and then all around the neck of the helmet.   You can adjust the tilt of the helmet forward or back on the head to either further keep the helmet down over your forehead or to slightly lessen the tilt down on your forehead to give you better vision.   Before you do this look at the clasp that attaches around your chin, you should see a small rubber stopper just up from the male end of the clasp.   Pull this rubber stopper up out of the way of the webbing so that you can cinch the helmet tighter around your neck.  (NOTE: you will need this rubber stopper to keep the helmet tight around your neck once you have made the next set of adjustments, but having it out of the way initially will help you make these adjustments).

To adjust the tilt of your helmet you can either shorten the front strap that runs in front of your ear or lengthen it buy rotating strap around the helmet.   Shortening the strap gives you a forward tilt to the helmet, lengthening it gives you a backward tilt.  In addition, you can pull excess strap out from around the back of the neck to tighten the helmet further onto your head.   Play with this adjustment system till you feel that the helmet once clipped around your chin, stays in place even when you shake your head.  The helmet should allow for good vision, and also not move off your forehead when you apply pressure upward on the visor.   Now replace the Rubber stopper over the nylon strap just past the chin clip. This will lock the helmet chin clip in place preventing it from loosening.

IN THEORY IF.. at all of  the 4 steps above you got a secure fit then your helmet should be locked and ready for play.

IF you are still having trouble feel free to come into the shop and have the staff help you get a good fit.  Some times additional foam may be required to pad out a helmet sufficent