As whitewater kayakers, we've all had times when we've been really glad to have worn a decent lid. If you're anything like me however, you've probably also had a few times when you wished your helmet fitted a bit better.
Here's how to create a special foam insert to get that illusive perfect fit...
- 2 sheets of A4 paper
- 1/2 A3 sheets of foam
1. Create a Template
On the right is a template that I have created for a L/XL Sweet Rocker. To use this template, simply save the image and make sure that the long edge fits all the way along the long edge of an A4 piece of paper. Print out two copies, one for each side of the helmet.
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Tape the template onto the foam and use scissors to cut around it.
If you are really keen like me, once you have cut the foam out, you can place it inside the helmet and use a knife to cut out the drainage holes.
You can also create two layers of foam if one is not thick enough. Or shape it even more to fit your particularly odd shaped head, as I did.
The rest is all personal preference really. Given that my helmet was miles to big for me, I made two layers of foam and cut the front piece out of one of them to get the best fit.
Just remember when you are making your own that I cannot take responsibility for anyone who manages to put a knife through their brand new Sweet Rocker or decides to test their new lining a little too thoroughly. This is by no means a substitute for getting a helmet that fits properly in the first place, but if that's simply not possible, it's a good way to go.