Rob’s Review – The Gath Gedi Helmet is a very cool looking helmet that is also comfortable that will keep you safe where you need it. Whether that be big downwinding days, large surf, rock gardening or exploring the rapids of Deception Pass.
I’ve been using a Gedi for over a decade. Add the sun visor (link below) to keep the sun out of your eyes. Order from Issaquah, WA based Kayak Academy. *Make sure to get a bright color! — Rob
The Gath Gedi helmet is not just another cute but worthless kayak helmet that leaves you naked when and where it matters (i.e. your temples when the water impact torques the helmet away from the side you need covered).
Yet the Gath Gedi helmet does have a cool fighter pilot look to it, and it is extremely comfortable.
Order the Gath Gedi Helmet sun visor from Murray’s
Unlike so many other popular kayak helmets, the Gedi helmet is designed to minimize moving around on your head. Gath calls it their “Suction Cup Fit”. There’s no other kayak helmet that provides as much coverage while still being so low profile.
The Gedi’s low profile reduces bucketing when rolling and is an important safety feature when paddling out through shore breaks while surf kayaking in the ocean (I’ve had whip-lash from waves hitting me in the face while wearing other helmets — GG).
The Gedi meets the European whitewater helmet CE EN 1385 standard (there is no US standard), having met all of the requirements for field of vision, extent of coverage, shock absorbing capacity, retention system performance, buoyancy and durability.
The Gedi comes with removable hard-shell ear covers with adjustable vents and pull-out plugs for the vents on the top of the shell.