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Score the best protection and style points too with the WRSI Trident Composite Helmet. With trusted technology and a sleek design, it's built to meet the needs (and wants) of the most demanding boaters.
  • WRSI stands for Whitewater Research and Safety Institute, an organization founded to advance whitewater safety awareness and technology.
  • A rugged carbon-composite shell combines with an EVA foam liners and a polyurethane sub-shell to effectively dissipate impacts.
  • Soft EVA foam pads line the sub-shell for extra protection and comfort. They attach with hook-and-loop patches.
  • Includes 9 pads of different thicknesses that you can easily mix and match for a custom fit.
  • The Interconnect Retention System works as an adjustable harness to ensure a safe and secure fit.

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  • video: WRSI Helmet Outfitting Guide Video
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Shell Material: Carbon composite
Liner Material: Customizable EVA foam pads
Adjustment: Interconnect Retention System
Ear Coverage: No
Features:
  • Visor
Size Head Circ. (cm) Head Circ. (in) Fitted Hat Size (US)
S/M 48-55 19-21 1/2 6-6 7/8
M/L 54-59 21 1/4-23 1/4 6 3/4-7 3/8

video: WRSI Trident and Current Helmets

WRSI Trident and Current Helmets (3:14)

The WRSI Trident and Current Helmet are designed to provide maximum safety for whitewater kayakers, rafters and canoeists, with a highly adjustable and comfortable fit. Score the best protection and style points too with the WRSI Trident and Current Helmet.

video: WRSI Helmet Outfitting Guide Video

WRSI Helmet Outfitting Guide Video (5:28)

An overview of how to outfit your WRSI helmet.

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8 Questions | 33 Answers
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  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    I would like to know how often you should replace (after one big hit, two, three, etc.) this helmet? I recently did two HUGE ones... one on the right side ridge of the helmet, the other two inches above the ridge on the left. Still seems solid (not soft) but the outer coating is cracked (big time) and just seeing if it needs to be replaced.
    Asked on 7/19/2014 by Connor from United States

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Connor, we strongly recommend that you replace the helmet. Hard hits like that can definitely reduce the safety effectiveness.

      Answered on 7/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    What size dome does the trident sizes fit? I'm 7" 3/4 ball cap. Do you know off hand by chance?
    Asked on 3/4/2014 by Lawrence from San Diego

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It was for my husband. It is adjustable and came with pads to fit it to your head. I don't know his hat size exactly but it is large as opposed to medium and it fits him fine.

      Answered on 3/5/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Lawrence, take a look on the sizing tab for fitted hat sizing of the helmet. Looks like you'll need the M/L.

      Answered on 3/4/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You will want the large. My daughter got the s/m and her head is smaller than yours. It is a snug fit with no shims. Hope that helps
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 3/4/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've got a big grape (at least 7 ¾) and mine fits very well as it is adjustable. Had it two seasons now and pleased with its fits and comfort. Fortunately I have not had to try out its impact resistance so cannot comment on how effective it will be against an immovable object.

      Answered on 3/4/2014 by Anonymous
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    I have been waiting for the blue trident helmet large, it's been out of stock
    And I wanted to use my boaters bucks
    My question is when will the trident helmet be in stock and will I lose my boaters bucks if I don't use them by a certain date
    Nrs is my favorite kayak supply and I'm looking forward to ordering
    Please let me know
    Asked on 2/6/2014 by Keithie6 from Fairbanks Alaska

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The M/L Blue should be in stock by the 2nd week in March. If you earned your Boater's Bucks in 2013 they'll certainly be available. Please call 800.635.5202 to check on your Boater's Bucks status.

      Answered on 2/7/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    how much does it weigh?
    Asked on 1/10/2014 by headbanger

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      565 gms or 1.24 lbs
      I incorrectly thought carbon fiber meant lower weight.  It is the heavies helmet I own.....for any sport.  It feels like I am wearing ballast on my head.

      Answered on 1/11/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The M/L weighs one pound seven ounces.

      Answered on 1/11/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've seen it advertised as 1.87 lbs. Using my bathroom scale, it weighs 1.4
      lbs, including the outfitting I put in and slightly damp.
      -B

      Answered on 1/11/2014 by Amphibient from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know the actual weight, but the "feel" is comfortable and light.

      Answered on 1/10/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I do not kow the exact weight, but the helmet feels very light and is very comfortable.  This is the best kayaking helmet I have ever owned.  This is my 4th helmet.  I've been paddling since 1986.

      Answered on 1/10/2014 by Anonymous
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    Can this helmet be outfitted with a gopro mount on the top of the helmet
    Asked on 9/7/2013 by Madness from Miami,FL

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes but it has to be the curved bottom adhesive mount, not a flat one.
      Sgt. Chris Mraz
      Manteca PD
      Street Crimes Unit

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It doesn't have a built in mount on it. The top is smooth. Sorry but I
      don't know what's involved in putting on a go pro mount.

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    Is this helmet vented?
    Asked on 7/14/2013 by DP from PA

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No vents. I bought it for my son and he loves it.

      Answered on 7/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just got this helmet and it is not vented. I think it may be very warm
      in hot weather.

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No Vents.

      Answered on 7/15/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, it isn't a vented helmet

      Answered on 7/15/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No it is not vented, but if you get hot, just roll. I love it!!

      Answered on 7/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not to my knowledge.  Great helmet, though.

      Answered on 7/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No.
      Teena

      Answered on 7/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No.  But it is comfortable and helps shade your eyes better than any helmet I've ever worn.

      Answered on 7/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No.
      Sgt. Chris Mraz
      Manteca PD
      Street Crimes Unit

      Answered on 7/14/2013 by Anonymous
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    Looking for a helmet to use for multiple sports (predominantly whitewater and backcountry skiing). Will the shape of this helmet permit ski goggles to be worn with it ?
    Asked on 2/16/2013 by phill the fish from Seattle, WA

    4 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We would not recommend that. Helmets for different sports are tested differently. Check out this article on the subject - http://www.nrsweb.com/boating_tips/boatingHelmets.asp

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would not use it for skiing. No clip for goggles and no ventilation
      slots or insulation that you would find on a snow sport helmet.

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I found this helmet to have a close profile to my head which should only help if you were to wear goggles with it. I can't think of a way in which it would interfere as unless the front strap of the harness that surrounds your ear (picture your ear in a downward pointing triangle) is in the way. The built in visor is great for those sunny days. Besides, NRS offers hassle free returns so you don't pay return shipping if it doesn't work out. Hope this helps, and that you like the helmet as much as I do!

      Answered on 2/17/2013 by lv2BinMtns&onRvrs from On the river in NC!
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, but.The brim is fairly pronounced and relatively low, large goggles will be forced down your nose.The brim also is in the way of raising the goggles up off the face.There is nothing mounted on the back of the helmet to keep the goggle strap. Given the shape and slippery texture of the helmet, each time the goggles are lifted around the brim, the strap will definitely come off unless something is added to keep them.Have paddled whitewater for 15 years and this is the best fitting helmet I've had. I only wish it had a few drainage holes in the top somewhere - massively scoops water in a roll which all, of course, must drain out down the face and neck.

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
  • WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

    Q:

    Can this helmet be worn backwards?
    Asked on 9/5/2012 by Suckafish from Madison, Ohio

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would say no. The occipital unit really does keep the helmet stable - no back to front movement. But, it has inserts under the liner into slots on the back side of the interior helmet rigging. I don't see how it could be turned around. Shred Ready goes backwards really easily, but, is not as stable front to back as the WSRI, at least not on my noggin'.

      Answered on 9/5/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No you can't because of the strap and suspension system.
      Dan Morina

      Answered on 9/5/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The simple answer is no. Because of the way the straps are made, it has
      one that fits to back of your head to keep it from rocking back and
      exposing the forehead.

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Nope, it's not reversible.

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Suckafish,
      No, it can't. The configuration of the helmet and the straps would
      prevent you from doing so. My question is; Why the heck you
      would want to wear it backwards?
      Mark

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not really, you would have to turn the entire harness around which would be very difficult.

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. The O-Brace on the backside will prevent you from wearing it backwards.

      Answered on 9/7/2012 by Anonymous
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WRSI Trident Composite Helmet
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Adjustable (9)
  • Comfortable (9)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Water sports (5)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        90% 

        (9 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Adjustable Pads Do NOT Stay In Place

    This a great helmet, looks cool, protects my head and does the job. However, the "adjustable padding" does not stay in place. It is held on by sticky tape,...Read complete review

    This a great helmet, looks cool, protects my head and does the job. However, the "adjustable padding" does not stay in place. It is held on by sticky tape, but every time I get off the river all of the padding falls out. I have to double check a hundred times that I do not lose the padding because otherwise the helmet will not fit for the future.
    I fell right in between the sizes.. My head measured 1 1/2 inch more than the S/M recommended so I went M/L. I would recommend this helmet... but beware of the adjustments.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Need to offer larger sizes

    Looks like a very cool helmet and ordered one, hoping that it would fit... but alas it did not...

    Looks like a very cool helmet and ordered one, hoping that it would fit... but alas it did not...

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Great Helmet

    By D from MD

    from Annapolis, MD

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable Great Brim

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WRSI Trident Composite Helmet:

        Really like this helmet and it looks good too.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        WRSI Trident Composite Helmet

        By Tony d

        from Cherry Hill, NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight
        • Padding Dries Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Water Sports

          Comments about WRSI Trident Composite Helmet:

          I use the WRSI Trident Composite Helmet for class II and class III WW kayaking. My son, a class V paddler, kept urging me to upgrade my plastic helmet after one of his friends suffered a head injury, so I pulled the trigger. This helmet is lightweight and comfortable. It has way more adjustments than my plastic helmet. One of the ladies from the club mentioned it was very attractive also.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Need to offer larger sizes

          By Peter

          from Corrales, NM

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Looking
          • Lightweight
          • Visor Would Work Good

          Cons

          • Poor Fit
          • Too Small - Need An Xl

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Water Sports

          Comments about WRSI Trident Composite Helmet:

          Looks like a very cool helmet and ordered one, hoping that it would fit... but alas it did not...

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Prevention

          By BigDog

          from Manteca, CA

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Water Sports

            Comments about WRSI Trident Composite Helmet:

            This helmet is extremely comfortable and a fantastic paddling helmet. Yesterday I went down hard and rung my bell pretty good. The helmet took a hard blow and absorbed it well. Its never going to be "new" condition again, but I hate to think what my noggin would have looked like without it. I won't ever be without this helmet and HIGHLY recommend it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Adjustable Pads Do NOT Stay In Place

            By Paddle Girl

            from Asheville, NC

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cool Looking
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Difficult to Adjust

            Best Uses

            • Water Sports

            Comments about WRSI Trident Composite Helmet:

            This a great helmet, looks cool, protects my head and does the job. However, the "adjustable padding" does not stay in place. It is held on by sticky tape, but every time I get off the river all of the padding falls out. I have to double check a hundred times that I do not lose the padding because otherwise the helmet will not fit for the future.
            I fell right in between the sizes.. My head measured 1 1/2 inch more than the S/M recommended so I went M/L. I would recommend this helmet... but beware of the adjustments.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too big

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