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Cairns 1044 Helmet, Black, NFPA, OSHA

$410.59 - $590.39
SKU: W-1044//Mixed Availability


A classic, rugged matte finish complete with protection, durability, performance and comfort.

All the design features and proven performance of the popular Cairns 1010 traditional Cairns helmet on which it was based. But the Cairns 1044 sports a rugged matte finish that echoes the quiet confidence of experience. Like the glossy 1010, the newer 1044 offers the proven protection and exceptional durability of Cairns’ DuraGlass fiberglass composite shell. The through-color composite resists chipping and cracking. And because its matte finish isn’t painted, everyday nicks and scratches are harder to see.
  • Tough, through color, DuraGlas® fiberglass and high-temp resin composite resists cracking and chipping
  • Perfect combination of durability and performance in a lightweight design
  • Three-position, rear-ratchet height adjustment ensures a secure and comfortable fit
  • Six-way overhead strap suspension system reduces shock transmission at the top of the helmet while providing a snug, comfortable fit
  • NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant

Lower profile. Superior balance. Cairns fire helmets have some of the lowest ride-heights in the market. Compare the crown clearance of the Cairns 1044 (or 1010), with its advanced thermal impact cap, to other traditional helmets. The distance from the inside of the Cairns 1044 shell to the suspension straps is less than 2-1/2 inches. Most competitive helmets, even those without an impact cap, are actually taller at more than 2-3/4 inches high. The difference in balance and wear-ability are readily apparent, especially when worn for long periods under the stressful conditions they’re designed for. You can count on these classic, traditional helmets to look good, stay comfortable, and perform dependably—providing the protection you need—for many years of hard use.


  • Cairns innovative Defender Visor with a scratch- and thermal-resistant, slightly tinted Tuffshield lens
  • Tough, through color, DuraGlas® fiberglass and high-temp resin composite resists cracking and chipping and provides a perfect combination of durability and performance in a lightweight design.
  • An engineered impact cap of high-temperature rigid urethane foam with an ABS inner liner. Provides advanced thermal, impact, and penetration protection. Designed to increase protection at the sides where it’s needed most.
  • Cairns' six-way overhead strap suspension system reduces shock transmission at the top of the helmet while providing a snug, comfortable fit.
  • Leather (Deluxe) cushion liner removable for washing and upgrading, provides greater ease and comfort.
  • Soft black NOMEX chinstrap with one-hand quick release buckle and postman slide allows quick and easy adjustment.
  • An exclusive SCBA interface front headband adjustment matches the fit of any SCBA mask
  • Three-position, rear-ratchet height adjustment ensures a secure and comfortable fit, with or without SCBA gear, for all head sizes
  • Jumbo earlaps and patented shell release increase neck coverage and protection, all allow easier maintenance.
  • Larger diameter helmet hanger fits on larger hooks and racks.
  • Insurance against Fireground damage with Cairns 5-year shell replacement warranty.

MSA's exclusive Defender Visor— Never lose or misplace your eye protection again. There’s no other NFPA compliant helmet eyewear as compact or as convenient. The MSA Defender Visor actually retracts into the helmet’s shell where it stays clean and instantly ready to deploy. Cairns’ unique design allows the visor to be raised and lowered in an instant, even with gloved hands. And don't be concerned about it slipping; the Defender stays securely stowed until YOU pull it down. It’s optically correct lens eliminates peripheral distortion. Its sleek, close-fitting profile leaves nothing sticking out or hanging off the helmet to get caught on something in zero-visibility conditions or throw the helmet off balance. And maintenance is simple. The visor can be quickly disconnected from the helmet without tools, allowing fast lens changes, even during field use.  Prepare for maximum efficiency.

A sleek, low-profile, NFPA-compliant goggle designed to fit comfortably over most prescription glasses. The high-temperature frame allows fast lens replacement. Patented Speed Clips make strap adjustments easy, even with gloves on. The snap-on/snap-off mounting system consists of simple low-profile posts on the sides of the helmet. Goggles can be used alone or with a faceshield. They can be stored on the front or back of the helmet, or quickly removed, as desired.

Bourke Eye Shield. Traditional styling with these clear bourke eyeshields.  Bourke eyeshields exceed US-OSHA (CFR 1910) NBSIR-1977.

Note: Images shown are the old bourkes. NEW NFPA bourkes will ship on helmets ordered with bourkes.

Eye Protection Combinations (Defender Visor with Bourke eyesheild): NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant

Eye Protection Combinations (ESS Goggles with Bourke eyesheild):
NFPA Compliant

4”  Tuffshield® Visor. Although it costs you no more than the clear and smoke visor options, we at TheFireStore.com believe the Tuffshield visor offers distinct advantages. We supply it as the standard equipment visor on all Cairns Traditional and Deluxe Configuration helmets for some very good reasons:  Tuffshield is significantly more heat resistant. The Tuffshield Defender visor is heat-resistant up to 500° F. Other visor materials will start to melt at about 345° Tuffshield is a heavier grade material with more impact resistance. As the name implies, it’s just tougher.

The slight yellowish tint helps you see better, day or night. Like a pair of amber shooting glasses, they filter out harsh wavelengths and glare, improving contrast and revealing more detail under all lighting conditions—including looking at flames.  4” amber Tuffshield visor is compliant with NFPA 1971, 2013 edition. All visors meet ANSI Z87.1+ impact requirements.
Standard Configuration Includes: 
  • Flannel Cushion Liner
  • Black Nomex Earlaps
  • Silk Screened Maltese Cross Front Holder
Deluxe Configuration Includes:
  • Leather Cushion Liner
  • Tan PBI/Kevlar Earlaps
  • 3-D Carved Brass Eagle 6" Front Holder
CFR Deluxe Configuration Includes:
  • Aluminized Bonnet with PBI/Kevlar Shroud
  • Nomex Earlaps
  • 6" Carved Eagle Front Holder

Certified to meet NFPA 1971 Specifications, 2013 Edition for Structural Fire Fighting

Leather fronts sold separately.

Screws to mount Leather Front M12 & M16 Shield Brackets are not included. Screws are available separately.



This is by far the best helmet in my opinion. I've tried others and it felt like I was balancing a paint bucket on the top of my head. It's well built, balanced, can take a beating, and will still look great after getting beat up. Some neck-less people will say it's heavy, but it really is not heavy at all. I instantly fell in love with the defender visor, your helmet can look like it was thrown into a volcano as a sacrifice to the fire gods and the defender will still be nice and clear, and not all scratched up and charred, unlike eye protection mounted outside of the helmet. It's pretty comfortable, I've worn it endless hours and had no neck pain. Seriously, Cairns did an outstanding job designing this. Well done, pat yourselves on the back.



I bought this helmet when I was a junior three years ago, since then it has seen many extermly hot fires. I wore this helmet through my FireFighter 1 class. The borrekes are nice untill you get a couple hot fires and the curle under! The tetrons that come on the helmet also melt very easily.

Great helmet


Very nice helmet feels very comfortable.

Love This Helmet


I have only had this helmet for a little under a month, but this is one of the best fire helmets out there. I have tried the ben 2 low rider and loved the 1044 way more. Highly recommend.

Excellent Helmet


Our entire volunteer department is slowly changing over to the black Cairns 1044's with the 4"" face shields. Everyone who currently has one loves them. They're lightweight, comfortable, and have repeatedly stood up to fully involved house fire uses. They can take a beating.

Great Helment


Love this helmet. Ive used it over 5 years now with no complants.

Great helmet!!


This helmet is perfect. It's relatively lightweight, it's the most comfy helmet I've ever worn, and it has great accessories. I got the bourkes and the defender visor. It's great and I would recommend this helmet to anyone who fights fire.

Great service


Beautiful helmet, lightweight. Almost dont want to wear it to a fire so I dont mess it up.

Excellent, sold on Cairns


Excellent helmet, good balance of protection and good looks






This helmet is the best one i have ever owned. i have had four or five helmets from Bullard and Morning Pride. Cairns is the best one yet the 1044 is cheaper then the 1010. It just don't have the glossy finish. I have replaced all the stickers. I have 8 shamrocks around the top and the US and Irish flag on the back bill. Also I have an FDNY 343 sticker. I got my leather front from here and its great.

1044 Deluxe


I found this to be the best buy. I wanted a traditional modern fire helmet, that looked good with no ""in the way"" flip down visor or goggles, that was still NFPA compliant. Helmet weight is low along with the center of gravity, and looks great in black. Bottom line: best money I have ever spent for something that might save my life.

didnt quite fit right


the helmet itself fits ok a little heavy but the corners of the inside cap dig into my head mainly in the back but still very uncomfortable after a period of time

My Second 1044


My second 1044, really like this helmet. With some minor adjustments out of the box, it's very comfortable (especially w/ the leather liner). Like the features (defenders especially). Relatively lightweight for a traditional helmet. Great construction. The only real con I've had with both helmets is that you need to be particularly careful when screwing on the front shield. The nuts built into the helmet strip very easily if the screw isn't threaded correctly. Otherwise, great helmet. Would highly recommend the 1044 deluxe with defenders to anyone.

Very Good Helmet


A very good Helmet for the money, looks very nice and very comfortable

Very good helmet!!


Very good helmet.. Construction is great. Like anything it needs to have time to break in.(the leather liner) The helmet is pretty heavy compared to the one I used to have. The defender visor is by far the best, way better than goggles. Goggles get trashed in no time sitting up there exposed to everything. Again this is a great product!

Great Helmet Great Price!


I ordered the Product on Sunday Night and recieved it Tues, with regular shipping! I couldn't ask for a quicker shipping!! (I live in western PA, around Washington)

Good and Clean


This is the best helmet next to 880 Chicagos and N5A New Yorkers. I swear by it, and my department, to my pleasure, is issuing these as the new helmet for structual firefighters.

It's done it's job


Out of the box onto my head six years of service many hot fires 70 plus. If you take care of your helment it will stay nice. If you clean your helment it will still look new. Many hours of heat fire and smoke and the carins 1044 has not missed a beat and saved me more than once.

Everything i expected!


I bought this to relace my Bullard LTX (dept issue). Big difference it the weight and overall feel with helmet but i am very satisfied with the product. It is very well constructed and it is great to actually get a quality product for what you pay for it. Also, the defenders do not fit over prescription eyeglasses.

Find something else


Was given this helmet after promotion. Used it in three live fire training situations. Very uncomfortable. White edging around brim melted to my gloves when I reached up to adjust the helmet. Rode very high despite adjusting. Thermo-couplers showed that temp wasn't extreme.

Great Dome Piece


Be Careful with the 4' Face Shield I used the borkes and goggles but a buddy of mine had the face shield down and when debris landed on his helmet the shield broke his nose.

A traditional solid performer


These are good helmets overall, they are light, durable and work. I don't like the leather sweatband they went to, other wise they are a solid piece of equipment. Like everything else you have to decide where your trade offs are going to be. I have a traditional Bullard I bought for use at my Volley Company, The Bullard is more comfortable but much heavier, the 1044 is far lighter and if you replace the leather sweat band to the old ones they work pretty good. The jury is still out on the Defenders, maybe when the leather sweatbands get settled with use they sit a bit better but they serve their purpose from day one.

Excellent choice Cairns 1044 Helmet


well Designed would recommend to any brother firefighter.

Great helmet !


Great Helmet ! Traditional look with modern feel & safety features