Why do modern tactical helmets need helmet covers?

November 09, 2017

Top Reasons for using a Tactical Helmet Cover

Tactical helmets have come a long way in recent years and so have helmet covers. Here are the top reasons why despite rails, shrouds and integrated comms, helmet covers are more relevant now than ever. 


1. Uniformity & Force Identification

Many units use a combination of different helmets within the same unit. Older helmets, newer helmets, helmets for troops with specific roles, different colored helmets, adding a uniform style of helmet cover to all makes it easier to spot friend from foe. With friendly fire accounting for 40% of all combat deaths throughout history, the more easily forces can be identified as friendly is critical.

2. Accessory attachment.

Gone are the days when military helmets needed to carry nothing more than a playing card and a pack of cigarettes, these days, helmets serve as universal mounting platforms for everything from tactical cameras, IR strobes, counterweights, battery packs, flags, cables and more. Professional helmet covers like the Agilite Raptor or Mohawk give another layer of functionality and attachment capability that is customized to each unit and their specific accessories.


A helmet cover changes the exterior texture of a military helmet and stops light bouncing off it. A rounded helmet can have a sheen to it that can reflect light back making you easier to spot in daylight or through night vision devices. Even a basic textile cover can absorb the incoming light making it harder to spot and stop it glinting.

4. Noise

When a ballistic helmet is placed on the ground or knocks or rubs against a hard surface like a wall, it makes a noise. A cover provides a buffer that numbs the impact noise slightly, something that can be vital in combat environments where the enemy can be in very close quarters.


5. Camouflage

Helmets are painted in one specific color or pattern and the average military operator will operate in vastly different combat terrains and environments so a cover in a different color or pattern allows them to blend in to a secondary environment. Different covers allow them to adapt their helmet to a different environment and back again in seconds.



6. Protection

Helmets have come a long way in recent years and often cost over a thousand dollars each.

The outer surface is painted on and when helmets come into contact with hard surfaces it scratches and chips the paint which, over time, will affect the ballistics of the helmet.

Ballistic helmets are relatively heavy and when a helmet drops or scuffs it has force behind it and can do damage. Helmet covers provide a protective layer of lesser value than the helmet that can protect it and stop it scratching and chipping.

7. Securing Accessories

Helmet accessories can collectively cost thousands of dollars and more importantly, can give a force’s presence away if an identifiable accessory falls off in enemy territory.

With many accessories being Velcro based, adhesive Velcro is not a reliable enough attachment medium as changing climates, rain, UV damage and general wear and tear take their toll on even the best Velcro that peels and falls off. Helmet covers provide both sewn Velcro and additional tether points for securing valuable accessories.

To sum it up, Cover your Lid! You can see more details on Agilite helmet covers here and to inquire about designing a custom helmet cover for your unit or a different type of helmet write to us at support@agilitegear.com and a representative will get back to you to discuss your needs.


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