TACTICAL GEAR – FIELD TESTED: Kejo Special Forces Helmet

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The Kejo Special Forces Helmet - and no, those are not my butt cheeks, my ass has never been that tan

Many years ago when I was issued a Kevlar helmet the first thing that went through my mind was – “this thing is heavy and it hurts my neck”. But I couldn’t really do anything but smile and suck it up because I had to use the helmet that was issued to me.

As soon as I was in a position where I could choose my helmet I went with a MICH helmet that a South African buddy gave to me when he was rotating out. I wore that helmet for years until one day I saw a guy in Bagdad wearing a slick looking helmet that was form fitting and cut really high above the ears.

After searching Google I found one that looked like the helmet I saw called the Kejo Special Forces Helmet, so I ordered one up from the Body Armor Company website. As soon as it arrived and I stuck it on my big fat melon I knew I would never use another type of helmet again.

This helmet is lightweight, extremely comfortable and has excellent airflow. You do loose some side ballistic/impact protection but the trade off in comfort, improved maneuverability, reduced weight and increased airflow made it worth it.

The Kejo SF Helmet is a low profile NIJ Level III-A ballistic helmet with no lip or ear coverage. The interior has webbing for increased airflow, a ventilated front padded brow and fully adjustable 4 point suspension system.

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Kejo Special Forces Helmet Interior

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The Kejo Special Forces Helmet Interior with the webbing to the side

NIJ PROTECTION LEVELS: Fragmentation (V50) Fragmentation resistance ranging from 400 m/s up to 750 m/s; as tested with 22 Caliber, 17 grain Fragment Simulated Projectile, according to STANAG 2920 and US MIL STD 662F. Ballistic (National Institute of Justice) NIJ II: Protects against 9mm FMJ and 357 Magnum JSP, in accordance with NIJ standard 0106.01. (December 1981). It has a V50 of 550 m/s (1800 ft/s). NIJ IIIA: Protects against 9mm FMJ and 44 Magnum SJHP, in accordance with NIJ Standard 0101.04. (June 2001). It has a V50 of 600 m/s (2000 ft/s).

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Kejo-Special-Forces-Helmet

The Kejo Special Forces Helmet 4 Point Suspension System

Pros: I wore the Kejo Special Forces Helmet for about 6 months without any major product malfunctions or defects except the Velcro problem below. The helmet aged well requiring very little maintenance besides washing the suspension system and interior padding with a bit of water and woolite to get out any stink.

Overall it is a great choice if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of coverage in exchange for comfort, improved maneuverability, reduced weight and increased airflow.

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The Kejo Special Forces Helmet Front Padded Brow

Cons: The only problem I did have with this helmet was when the sticky side of the Velcro that holds the interior front padded brow down started to peal off, most likely due to the extreme heat. I used a hot glue gun and glued it back into place. I really didn’t think it was a big deal considering it was a 30 second fix.

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The Kejo Special Forces Helmet Side Squeeze Clip Chinstrap

Overall Buying Experience With The Body Armor Company: The helmet was shipped and arrived promptly – in the wrong color. I ordered the black helmet and they sent me the green one, so I called The Body Armor Company and they said to ship it back at their expense and they would send me the black one.

I was far too lazy to wait in line for an hour at the army mailroom so I just kept the green one. But from the phone call I had with them I was sure that they would have exchanged it without any grief.

UPDATE 4/20/13: I wore this helmet for a couple more years and all of the above still hold true

The Body Armor Company Kejo Special Forces Helmet 265.00 + 20.00 S&H USD

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~James GJames is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.