Flicking through a fabulous collection of our supreme leader, Kim Jong-un looking at stuff, I discovered that North Korea is using the latest and greatest in outdoor safety technology.
What do we see below on these fine-young sky divers heads? Yep, those are Pro-Tec helmets circa 1994? It goes to show that a well-designed product that is basically just moulded plastic will last forever. In fact if you go to any good white water paddling school and you are bound to see a bucket full of these bad-boys ready to be rented out to students for $5 a day.
If you are keen at keeping with the latest North Koran trends you can still get one of those classic designs if you know where to look (ahem, Ebay).
Interested in seeing what else our leader approved of or at least stared at? Here is the full collection below.
Top photo credit: Reno_Whitewater_Kayak_0179 | Flickr - RenoTahoe http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en_CA / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Nick Castro was wondering why many sea kayakers don’t wear helmets when playing or surfing in rough water so he decided to post a video on the topic. This half-public-service-announcement/half-ad-for-WRSI Helmets is jammed packed with short clips of paddlers almost getting bashed in the head on rocks or other boats. It’s all footage Nick has shot since September which makes me more think that they are just crazy bad paddlers. I kid! I kid.
Anyways, I totally agree with Nick. If you are in lumpy water or on waves you should be wearing a helmet. Here is a link to a commentary I wrote on the issue way, way back in 2006 when I was just getting started around here.
If you are one of those who don’t like to wear a helmet because it looks goofy then I posted a solution to your problem back in 2008. Get your dignity back by wearing a classy helmet cover like this bad boy below.
The video is embeded below:
If you are tired or bored of the standard graphics that come with whitewater helmets, you should head over to The Downriver Kayak Company where they offer custom airbrush design.
Email in a description or photo and staff artist, Seth Cassarotti will do his best rendition of it. The price is fairly cheap at only $39.99 which includes a clear coating to increase durability of the paint job.
Half Moon Bay, Calif., July 20th, 2009 - GoPro, the world’s leading manufacturer of wearable digital cameras for sports, launches its new HD Helmet HERO camera at the 2009 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO camera marks the industry’s first true high-definition 1080p wearable camera for sports.
The HD Helmet HERO captures professional-grade 1080p, 960p, and 720p HD video at 30 and 60 frames per second (720p). Designed for film and TV professionals and consumer enthusiasts alike, GoPro's HD Helmet HERO camera boasts higher performance than action sports cameras costing ten times as much. The HD Helmet HERO goes on sale this fall, MSRP $299.
The company, Silly Helmet Covers has released a complete line latex stick-on helmet covers. Though designed for open faced motorcycle helmets, there is no reason why they couldn't work for watersports helmets.
Over the past year or so, I have noticed a huge increase in the popularity of videos and photography depicting paddlers surfing, rockhopping, and playing in tidal rips. That's fantastic. It provides great inspiration for new paddlers just getting into the sport and is nice contrast to the popular media depiction of flatwater sea kayaking.