I have been using a Sweet Strutter on and off for the past 10 years. The Strutter is a M/L and fits great and I have on occasion tried on a M/L Sweet Rocker when in a kayak store but have always found them a little bit too snug. Last year I tried on the new “plastic” Rocker in L/XL and bought it. The best helmet will always be the one that offers you the best protection and fit.
The new Rocker is made from a plastic outer with carbon fibre re-enforment at key points. The padding is similar to that found in bicycle helmets and is covered with a lightly padded fabric cover. Self adhesive shims are supplied with the Rocker so you can customise the fit.
At the rear of the helmet is Sweet’s Occi-Grip which is used to create a nice snug fit and prevent the helmet from rolling around. Getting a good (and safe) fit doesn’t take very long. The Rocker is supplied with a pair of ear pads and a visor. Both can be added or removed very quickly.
Sweet produce a very similar helmet called the Trooper that is designed for Snow sports. This is essentially the same helmet and many use these on the water. However they are not designed for on the water use.
Over the last year or so the helmet has been used great deal. I have taken minor knocks whilst wearing it and it is holding up really well. The fit is superb and the amount of coverage is ideal. I’ve tried it with and without the peak and much prefer using the lid without the peak attached.