Answering the call of firefighters, MSA Cairns Helmets proudly introduces the 880 Chicago firefighting helmet.Due to production delays, some models of this helmet not in stock may take up to 8 weeks for delivery.
Made possible through the use of recent advancements in materials technology, the 880 Chicago fire helmet is the lowest profile high performance style helmet on the market today. The 880 Chicago fire helmet is an unparalleled achievement in size, performance, and styling.
The Cairns® 880 traditional fire helmet offers a tough, high-temperature thermoplastic shell resistant to chipping and cracking, and a low-ride helmet design creates a low-profile for superior clearance and maneuverability. The 880's smaller, lighter, low-profile shell allows for optimum clearance and maneuverability, yet it has a very stable, balanced ride. Combines traditional style with high-tech performance.Three-position, rear-ratchet height adjustment ensures a secure and comfortable fit for all head sizes between 5-5/8 to 7-5/8.
Features & Benefits:
- High-tech thermal impact cap provides increased heat and impact protection
- Non-corroding, high-temperature glass-filled faceshield/goggle hardware
- Rugged, high-temperature (TPR) edge trim will not melt or drip
- Faceshield wing protectors for extra faceshield reinforcement
- Soft black Nomex chinstrap features one-hand quick-release buckle and postman slide for quick removal and adjustment
- Nomex or PBI/Kevlar earlapse for increased neck/ear coverage and protection
- Patented shell release increases neck and head protection
- Three-position rear ratchet height adjust for a secure and comfortable fit
- SCBA interface front headband adjustment matches the fit of any SCBA mask.
- Removable flannel or leather cushion liners
- 5-year shell replacement warranty
- Lowest-profile traditional-style fire helmet on the market
- Meets all the protection requirements of NFPA 1971-2013
- Minimal parts for lower service cost and easier maintenance
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 (ESS Goggles with Bourke eyeshield): NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant
4” Tuffshield® Visor. Although it costs you no more than the clear and smoke visor options, we at TheFireStore 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.
- Maltese Cross Front Holder
- Lime/Yellow Tetrahedrons
- Matte Finish
- Nomex earlaps.
- 3D carved eagle
- Lime/Yellow Tetrahedrons
- Leather liner
- Matte Finish
- Kevlar earlaps
- Bourkes (Not NFPA)
- 4" Faceshield
- ESS Goggles
- ESS Goggles with Bourkes
6" Leather Fronts are sold separately.
Note: Screws to mount Leather Front M12 & M16 Shield Brackets are not included. Screws are available separately.
Ratings & Reviews
My Chief Helmet
Looks and fits like the OLD Leather New Yorkers, with updated adjustability and protection.
dont judge a book by its cover
this helmet is the best helmet i have ever worn. this helmet is a very reliable helmet.
I bought this helmet for use on shift. I never got a chance to even wear it once for it was to small and very constricting all around. There was no size selection (one size fits all) when purchases. If you have a head bigger than 7"", this would be to small. Tried to adjust but did not solve the issue. internal guts seemed very cheap. Very disappointed overall.
kid size helmet
Junk junk junk !! This helmet is wayyyyyyyy to small DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS HELMET its just to freaking small!!!!! I am not happy I spent almost 300 on a helmet that I can't use!!!
Its a ""OK"" Helmet.
It was ok...The 1044 & 1010 is the best Helmets Cairns...880 is ok but Needs a lot of work.
Great helmet, but too small for my head
I got this helmet for Christmas. It's light, it's pretty comfortable despite being too small of my head. The plastic impact cap sits on the back of my head. It's light, and much less top heavy than the 1010 and 1044's I have tried. Unfortunately because of my large, and apparently oddly shaped head, it is on it's way back in exchange for a 1044. Ideally, find someone who has one and try it before you buy. But if you are looking for a traditional that is light weight, rides low and isn't too top heavy, this is the one! Get the deluxe too!
I've had this helmet for just over 2 years now and I think it's a great helmet. It's held up through fires and stuff falling on it just fine. It's lower profile and rides better than the 1044 and 1010 and which is great. I've got the standard version and do wish I had gone with the Deluxe version. Not a big deal though. I've got a fairly large head (although not huge) and the helmet fits fine, so I'm curious as to how big of a head it would take to not fit properly. The shield does seem huge at 6-1/4"" and I will be going through MSA soon to get a 5"" shield for it. Other than that, it's a great helmet.
This helmet sits too high on your head, which makes it top heavy. It wants to tip and fall off your head if you don't have it cinched down at all times. They're also incredibly uncomfortable. I get headaches from wearing it due to pressure points on the temple. We purchased Bullard helmets to replace these. They sit lower, and are very comfortable.
to heavy for a small helmet
I bought this helmet because of the low profile and which they claimed was light weight. Its not light weight at all!!! It gets heavy after a few minutes and starts falling all over the place, just doesnt sit right.... and trust me, i have a small head. Its also tight on my temple causing head aches. If your looking for a helmet youll be better off with the 1010 or 1044 which is much lighter and comfortable. Trust me!!! Too heavy for a small helmet!
I LOVE THIS HELMENT!!!! BEING A SMALL GUY WITH THIS HELMET FITS HEAD MUCH BETTER THAN SOME OF THE BIG DOME HELMETS. WHEN I FIRST TRIED IT ON IT SEEMED TO SIT TO HIGH BUT ONE OF THE REPS AT THE FIRE STORE HELPED ME ADJUST IT, NOW IT FITS PERFECT. EVEN HAS A ADJUSTABLE FRONT HEAD BAND THAT IS QUICK AND EASY TO FIT A MASK PEICE.THE LOW PROFILE AND LIGHT WEIGHT MAKE IT PERFECT FOR TIGHT SPACES AND LONG DURATIONS WEARING THIS HELMET. I HAVE HAD THIS HELMET FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY NEGITIVE POINT TO IT YET WITH THE ONE EXCEPTION BEING IF YOU HAVE A LARGE HEAD. I WOULD DEFFINATLY RECOMMED THIS HELMET!!!!
safety with out the size
Great helmet the 1000 series are just to big and clumsy for me. only wish they'd come out with an internal visor for it.
best helmet cairns makes
This helmet is awesome!!!!!
I've had this helmet for two years now and love it! If you want a great composite helmet this is the only one i will ever reccomend. Cairns is the way to go for a great helmet! I just ordered an N6A the other day, cant wait to get it!
Not what it's cracked to be
won't fit the head of a great chief.
Every day use at fire dept.
You won't be disappointed!
This is the most low profile helmet I've seen. It fits really well and is extremely comfortable. One of the perks I really like is the ability to adjust the height of the helmet as it sits on the head. Also, I paid a little more for the deluxe model and the upgrade makes a difference as well. It's much nicer having that leather head band than the older, fabric ones I've had in the past. And the price overall, you can't beat. Since my purchase, I've received lots of compliments of house nice the helmet is and how you really don't see them a lot in my department or in the surrounding departments. Consequently, The Fire Store has sold a few more 880s because of my purchase. And I also highly recommend the FoxFire Tetrahedrons for your new 880. They look great and will almost illuminate a blacked out room on their own. Couple that with a FoxFire helmet band and you'll be seen no matter where you are and in just about any conditions.
I spec'd out this lid before and at FDIC this year since I was looking to replace my bullard. This helmet is a GREAT fit and is super comfortable. Some say its a little heavier than others but I disagree. Did a lot of research on Cairns Helmets and I liked what I saw. I highly recommend this model or any other Cairns Helmet.
A great helmet throughout the years
I have had several in different departments and have used both old and new 880's that I have bought myself because I have never liked the 1010's, 1044s, or New Yorkers. They have all been too top heavy and heavy in general and sit to high on my head and made my neck sore after an hour or so of use. I have never had that problem with an 880 and they have always fit great and sit low.
Works right, feels right, looks right
This helmet I think is better than the leathers. Safer, lighter, way less $$$. Easily customizable. The profile sits low,andthe dome piece is a similar shape and size to the old school leathers but with the NFPA specs to keep the wife and Chief happy.
The ""soft good "" head liner / deluxe package is the way to go with this helmet. My department has the 1010 model but I love the comfort, lightvweight, smaller brim and comfort of the 880 model.
All departments should have these
I use this helmet for everything we are called to on shift and any training I do on and off shift. This helmet feels like it was meant to fit my head and it's really comfortable so that it's easier to wear it all day if need be.
880 Cairns Chicago fire helmet Red
Helmet is perfect! However I was told it would come with the cover/pouch for the goggles which i never received with the helmet!