Gear: Cairns N5A With Bourke Eyeshield, Standard Configuration, OSHA


Cairns N5A With Bourke Eyeshield, Standard Configuration, OSHA

MSA / Cairns Helmets
Category: Turnout & Duty Gear
Subcategory: Helmets
Price: 415.00
Average Rating:
(66 Votes)

The Original Leather Helmet! With almost 165 years of experience to draw upon, Cairns Helmets manufactures the only 100% leather helmet with the reputation that firefighters across America can count on.

Member Reviews

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    eng11trk, Wed, 29 Aug 2007 00:00:03 UTC.
    1st review

    I own two of these helmets and I must say the two greatest helmets I have ever owned. It may be a little heavier then most others but the tradition of a leather helmet makes the little bit of extra weight seem like nothing. "Leather Forever"

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    TeddyBear, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 18:42:05 UTC.

    hey nothing like a good old custom Fire Helment

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    Rescue16, Sat, 15 Sep 2007 20:20:44 UTC.

    Leather Forever!

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    emtjerry1, Thu, 20 Sep 2007 15:38:51 UTC.

    This is the only fire helmet in my opinion. It just defines you as a firefighter the tradition and symbolism behind it is the fire service

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    sexton619, Sun, 23 Sep 2007 12:51:22 UTC.

    Leather & Tradition, need I say more?

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    Account Removed, Sun, 18 Nov 2007 02:07:15 UTC.


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    AsstCh91, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:58:47 UTC.

    Cairns is still the standard all the other manufacturers hope to be. Once you wear a leather helmet you'll not want to go back. Leather forever!

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    Granthamvfd, Thu, 22 Nov 2007 02:08:22 UTC.

    My first helmet was a leather. It save my life. I will always were a New York Style

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    hfd70c3, Fri, 30 Nov 2007 00:39:34 UTC.

    I am a long time leather head. I curentley own 4, my original non osha, 2 N5As and a N6A Houston. The newer style are heavier and do not seem to be as comfortable as the older ones. One of the biggest down falls of the leather helmet is price $400.00 plus for that you can get two polycarb helmets. Tradition and history live on by wearing leather.

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    sandy2501, Thu, 13 Dec 2007 20:55:40 UTC.

    Leather Forever!
    This is the only fire helmet in my opinion. It just defines you as a firefighter the tradition and symbolism behind it is the fire service. I started with Leather over 30 years ago.

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    reyman2610, Sat, 26 Jan 2008 23:47:18 UTC.


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    effd2763, Thu, 31 Jan 2008 18:22:59 UTC.

    The little give that the leather has is a much better absortion factor to me then the rigid hard my 1010 i wore cracked all the way from right to left along the brim. Not a very secure feeling to me.

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    FIREFIGHTE93, Wed, 06 Feb 2008 12:23:37 UTC.

    great helment

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    vip3r82, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 07:59:00 UTC.


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    firefighter8SR, Thu, 13 Mar 2008 23:25:11 UTC.

    I Have One

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    lkyspgot57, Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:29:12 UTC.

    I feel this is the safest hhelmet in the service and it has been around the longest that speaks for itself.

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    larry1127, Thu, 27 Mar 2008 20:07:51 UTC.

    when we switched to these helments and Black turnout gear it really made department moral high

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    Ltpitcher, Fri, 04 Apr 2008 03:34:00 UTC.

    Leather or not Cairns bros know how to make them. i have both a 1010 with bourkes and a Sam Huston with bourkes and both are suburb I would own only leather however but my career department will not allow the leather due to the fact we don't have a dedicated HM team and when the time comes we have to wear our gear in "It would get contaminated" boo hoo! but i actually bought my leather used because i could not afford one new but if i had the money i would buy another one. The 1010 fits better and rides better and flat out looks better.

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    smokediverhk, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:43:11 UTC.

    Leather Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    elkaholic, Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:16:36 UTC.

    If you're going to make a career out of a Job you must Only have the Best!!! You Cares What it cost the N5A is worth every bit of it!!! You Know The Medium Natural N5A will definitly Let everyone Know you have been around for a long time, You aint going nowhere, & You sure Know What the####You are doing !!!

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    LRFD_EHSFR_FF, Thu, 19 Jun 2008 20:50:19 UTC.

    leather forever need i say more

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    rsq5eng, Thu, 26 Jun 2008 04:44:29 UTC.

    one word " history "


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    FIRE25MAN, Mon, 21 Jul 2008 22:06:12 UTC.

    i have to one and i like it a lot

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    firenut, Fri, 08 Aug 2008 03:39:23 UTC.

    What else is there....

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    moosecfd368, Sat, 09 Aug 2008 13:47:39 UTC.

    Excellent helmet, a little heavy but offers great protection

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    fireman174, Sat, 16 Aug 2008 15:03:56 UTC.

    Love these helmets they are the greatest ones out there. My old helmet failed on me in a structure causing major damage to the helmet and my ears after that i switched over to this helmet. Best thing I have ever done.

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    Firemarshalbill, Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:14:34 UTC.

    All I can say is that this helmet kicks ass!

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    umberger, Sun, 07 Sep 2008 01:03:54 UTC.

    I like my leather

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    McGruff, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:22:50 UTC.

    Our department just bought this type of helmet 2 years ago, and I love it. Little heavier than the last ones we had, but it is the best helmet there is.

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    firefighter_josh, Fri, 26 Sep 2008 22:46:11 UTC.

    This is the best helmet in my opinion once you wear one you wont wear anything else i will always be a leather head leather forever.

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    wz0v4k, Sun, 28 Sep 2008 02:59:12 UTC.

    The ultimate classic

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    Deputy69, Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:42:56 UTC.

    Forever Leather!

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    rcfd3523, Sun, 05 Oct 2008 13:33:11 UTC.

    Grate hemet we also just ordered 22 of these hemes to

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    FF_EMT_JWW, Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:21:34 UTC.

    This is a great helmet, only downside is the weight. I wore one of these up untill my injury but now I cant wear it for too long or my neck sarts to get sore. the liner is really comfortable, the fit is easy to dial in perfectly, it interfaces with any SCBAmask very easily and confortably, no pressure on the headband or mask. Cairns is the best leather helmet manufacturer out there.

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    HITCH, Tue, 07 Oct 2008 16:58:52 UTC.

    Great Helmet. Its a little heavy

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    ffemtdietrick7, Wed, 26 Nov 2008 18:36:14 UTC.

    This is a great helmet! I absolutely love it! I love the way it fits on my head, and just overall its awesome!

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    huxbar6020, Sat, 29 Nov 2008 05:20:12 UTC.

    I own two of these, one blk and one natural if it was up to me it's the only helmet i would wear. Leather forever

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    squirrel847, Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:56:41 UTC.

    The best fitting helment there is I would recomend it to every one!

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    Engine2Ladder51, Mon, 05 Jan 2009 20:58:54 UTC.

    Go Leather or Go Home

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    RiskingEverything, Tue, 06 Jan 2009 02:40:44 UTC.

    I have the deluxe version of this helmet... It is by far the most comfortable and best looking leather out there. As soon as I save up more many I am getting another one for the other fire dept I am on. Leathers are the best looking and definitely the way to go.. Especially if you want to go with the traditional firefighting look!!

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    Firefighter134717, Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:42:16 UTC.

    because it is alsome

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    sv1332, Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:54:51 UTC.

    Love it, dont want anything else protecting my head.

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    Chavens, Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:23:33 UTC.

    Great Helmet, its weighted differently than plastic helmets such as the 1010. It shows less wear, and gives you a better field of view.

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    ex118chief, Sun, 22 Feb 2009 03:59:38 UTC.

    I have 4 New Yorkers and I love them, yes they are heavy but my head feels so safe with it on.

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    emtnrff, Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:35:54 UTC.

    i have 2 new yorkers and wouldn't wear anything else and my dept switched over to the new yorker a few years ago

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    Firemedic6, Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:52:12 UTC.

    Leather Forever!!!

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    BulldogFD, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 18:32:47 UTC.

    I have owned and used a N5A for over 8 years and other than the fact that you must get used to the weight, I absolutely love it. The sense of tradition that comes with a leather helmet is nice and the helmet is a quality piece of equipment. My helmet came with the 3 dimensional eagle holder and not the one pictured here.

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    adkins374, Tue, 03 Mar 2009 02:06:54 UTC.

    i really like this style. i wish we had them

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    sonyainred, Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:45:47 UTC.

    i think this helmet ,stands for who we all r!!

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    Nozzle_Nut_62, Tue, 07 Apr 2009 21:00:33 UTC.

    Leather forever! Since 1994 for me.

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    tbuch91, Mon, 04 May 2009 16:35:41 UTC.

    The cairns n5a new yorker is the best thing that i have put since i joined the fd 4 years ago. I will NEVER go back to a plastic helmet for the rest of my career

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    Iceman87, Mon, 25 May 2009 16:59:10 UTC.

    Best helmet i have ever had and you got to love the original leather look

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    Badger67, Fri, 05 Jun 2009 15:19:47 UTC.

    Mine is bright yellow,and I love it!

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    CaptChaos, Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:40:46 UTC.

    Great helmet. Leather Forever.

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    mrcarbonated, Thu, 13 Aug 2009 03:13:14 UTC.

    Keep the tradition alive, leather forever!

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    sfdff1, Fri, 25 Sep 2009 02:25:26 UTC.

    Is there any other helmet besides leather? I've had mine for at least 8 years and love it. I have an older one that I retired just because, there's nothing wrong with it and it's about 15 years old.

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    Esco951, Tue, 06 Oct 2009 23:58:03 UTC.

    This design is the signature of helmet of Firefighters. Everything else looks like a suped up safety helmet.

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    FIREMEDIC8425, Thu, 19 Nov 2009 02:48:24 UTC.

    I have two of these and I will have another one when my current one is unservicable. Leather forever.

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    FF43, Wed, 03 Feb 2010 22:00:37 UTC.

    Leather Forever!!! You just can not beat the tradition.

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    sirensgirl25, Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:02:41 UTC.

    more protection you need during the fire and rescue people from danger.

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    sunlight3456, Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:31:18 UTC.

    great to protect my head from danger.

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    lanier3835, Fri, 24 May 2013 21:16:56 UTC.

    I use this helmet when working.

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