What is a tactical helmet and why do I need one?

Tactical helmet: Characteristics

A modern tactical helmet is a mandatory part of the soldier's combat equipment of a military unit, which provides full protection to the head from mechanical damage, injury and wounding during the combat mission. A military helmet differs from it by its simpler construction and limited technical capabilities.

Military helmets in the past were made of metal and had a rigid head retention system (helmet liner and straps) which did not protect against direct hit by bullets or shrapnel. Modern tactical helmets are a totally new generation of military helmets.

The latest generation military helmet (ballistic helmet) is:

  • lightweight and very strong Kevlar (multi-layer aramid fabric), which features a minimum weight (up to 1 kg), great strength, high protection and the ability to dampen or dissipate the impact force of a bullet or shrapnel;
  • The Ops-Core suspension system, which allows the helmet to fit snugly to the head and does not cause discomfort (in some models the Kevlar part of the helmet can eject when hit by a bullet, protecting the head from the impact);
  • The anatomical ballistic shape (helmet covers most of the wearer's head and ricochets well against bullets);
  • System of additional fixings - side rails for fixing a tactical mask, video camera, goggles, radio headset, as well as a head-up fixing for an NV unit or torch.

The Helmet will suit for everyday tactical combat without any extra padding or attachments to help lighten its weight, which is an important consideration when wearing it every day. To enhance camouflage qualities, the helmet can be fitted with a camouflage pattern and a wide range of colours.

How do I choose my tactical helmet?

There is no fundamental difference between the features of ski helmets and their tactical counterparts. Therefore, all those people who want to buy a tactical helmet for some reason can benefit from the experience of their more 'sporty and peaceful' colleagues.

First of all - measurements. The circumference of your own head is measured approximately at the level of the middle of the forehead and a couple of centimeters above the level of the ears. The resulting figure can be used as a reference. Note, however, that most modern designs incorporate a "snugging" system - a modern version of an "underwire" that offers greater wearing comfort and protection to the head. Essentially a system of several cables and a knob to adjust the tension.

However, simple measurements are not enough - a fitting is imperative. If a helmet fits tightly, doesn't dangle and doesn't squeeze, if its back part doesn't touch the neck but covers the back of the head well, if it doesn't obstruct the view and doesn't slide off during fast turns - then the helmet is suitable.

In addition, modern tactical helmets can be combined with masks. They are either 'hooded shields' whose presence is implied by their design, or separately donned masks made of kevlar, neoprene or dense fabric. The second option provides protection against weather conditions and temperature fluctuations rather than bullets and fragments. An important point. Real helmets always carry a hardness rating.

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