Best Whitewater Safety Gear for 2020: Throw Bags & Helmets

Best helmets and throw bags for whitewater boaters in 2020.

Discover some of the year’s best whitewater safety gear from Kokatat, Level Six, Predator and Shred Ready. Helmets and throwbags are two of the most important safety items for whitewater paddlers. Here’s Paddling Magazine’s top five favorite safety items for 2020.

The Best Whitewater Safety Gear in 2020

Huck 50′ Throw Bag with Belt by Kokatat 

Price: $79
kokatat.com

For paddlers who place a premium on being prepared, this compact throw bag comes with 50 feet of quarter-inch floating polyethylene core rope (max strength 1,465 pounds). It has a fully adjustable quick-release nylon belt and can be worn on the waist or lap. Easy to stuff after each use, the bag fits flat against the body, has a quick-drying mesh top, foam side panels for flotation and reflective piping.


Quick Throw Pro from Level Six

Price: $120
levelsix.com

The Quick Throw Pro features 65 feet of 3/8” static dyneema rope with a new glow in the dark sheath. Its new easy re-stuff system means you can pack the bag faster and easier than ever before. High-visibility reflective piping and screens, mesh drainage panels, a 600-denier durable nylon bag and belt loops to pair with a new quick-release throw bag belt creating the ultimate rescue system available.

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Team Carbon Shiznit from Predator

Price: $209
predatorhelmets.com

New limited edition visor colorways. Features include a heat-cured pre-preg full carbon shell, medium length visor and PD1 dial fit-adjuster, as well as fit kit. Plus: multi-impact closed-cell EVA foam liner, durable Dacron chinstrap webbing and buckles with locking side divider. Stainless steel rivets. CE EN1385 certified.

Zeta from Shred Ready

Price: $169.95
shredready.com

The Shred Ready Zeta Helmet combines the style and swagger of iconic sports figures with DCLAN energy management foams on a user-friendly platform. Three anatomically correct shell sizes allow for the perfect fit. ABS injection molded shell. Multi-Impact molded DCLAN foam liner. HOG 4.0 BOA Retention system. Interchangeable fitting pads. 2019 IDEA Design Award winner.

Huck 70′ Throw Bag from Kokatat

Price: $169
kokatat.com

Ideal for kayak touring, the Salus Ungava is a unisex-style vest with all of Salus’ trademark features, including soft foam, round edges and contour fit. Additional features, including hand-warmer pockets, the ability to attach a quick-release belt, zippered security pocket, mesh drop-down pocket for quick access, five lash points and added reflective trim, make the Ungava a welcome companion on any water adventure.

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