Visibility can make the difference between surviving and thriving – or between surviving or dying, in some situations. Since survival in a disaster situation may also require having both hands available for climbing, defense, or other things, having helmet mounted night vision may be the best solution for most people.
It is possible to purchase a night vision helmet from a variety of outdoors-oriented places. Some may be able to do well with a cheap night vision helmet, but others may choose to add night vision via a helmet mount to a sturdier helmet, such as a ballistic helmet. Attaching night vision equipment to such a helmet is quick and easy with the right helmet mount.
Even though night vision can be attached to a weapon rather than a helmet, most people find this a less useful method. If one can only see when sighting through a weapon scope, then it is likely that arms will tire from holding it up to be able to see. With night vision mounted on a helmet, it can be kept in front of the eyes easily and allow vision both without a weapon and with one. It is also more stable and comfortable to have the night vision attached to a helmet than to have it separate.
The type of helmet will have some bearing on what type of mount can be used. A Kevlar helmet, for instance, is better used with strap-based mounting systems, as bolted systems require drilling holes which could compromise the protection of a ballistic helmet; night vision is important but loss of protection may not be a big enough offset.Drilling holes into Kevlar may also void any warranty it might have.
One of the original mounts, the Armasight Vega helmet mount, is now unavailable, but it offered lightweight and compact night vision with a built-in illuminator; it flipped up to get it out of the way if unneeded. Many of the current mounts have similar features.
This strap-based system fits on any helmet, providing an easy way to attach any Armasight Spark, Vega, and Ninox goggles.
This ABS helmet is lightweight and durable and comes in 10 different colors. It includes an adjustable internal pad and headband and outer rails and Velcro panels as well as a NVG mount on the front. Good for outdoor sports and training exercises.
This bump helmet is made in a MICH / ACH pattern and is lightweight but ready for use in outdoor sports or activities or in simulation or training exercises. It has ventilation holes that can also be used for accessory gear. NVG mount on the front is removable and replaceable, ready to hold night vision gear, lights, or camera. Side rails provide easy attachment of other accessories.
Night vision brackets from ANVIS, Norotos, Rhino, Wilcox and more will fit into this shroud. Headlamps will also attach to this shroud, as will GoPro cameras, with compatible adapters that can be purchased separately. Any helmet with a five-hole mount pattern can have this shroud installed. All mounting hardware is included.
This lightweight metal base installs easily to ACH, MICH, and PASGT style helmets with 3-hole patterns. Three screws for attaching the mount are included. Many night vision devices can be mounted using a (not included) mounting arm, while others will require an adapter.
Two nylon brackets for rail and helmet are included in this set. Lightweight adapters install easily with hexagonal set screws. Connect a GoPro camera or other equipment.
This aluminum arm has a matte black finish to prevent shine in nighttime exercises. A quick release button makes it easy to install and remove with one hand, and it flips up and down easily with one hand. It has two attachment modes: one allows breakaway if put under stress while the other locks securely in place.
Lightweight high-quality metal makes this mount easy to carry. It installs easily on ACH, MICH, M88, or PASGT helmets. Both PSV-7 and PSV-14 Night Vision Goggles are compatible with this mount.
This NVG mount is made to be stable and firm. A full metal mount is very durable. It offers tilt and adjustment as well as a quick release button.
This plastic adapter is made specifically for the mount above; it will not fit properly in other mounts.
This black bracket does not include mounting hardware but is designed to fit PASGT helmets and to be used with a PVS-7 or PVS-14 Rhino mount. Any device that mounts to a standard NVG plate will be compatible with this bracket. It is made in the USA, to meet military specifications.
Made to hold a monocular for night vision, this bracket is lightweight and durable with a quick release. It attaches to a Picatinny (1913) rail. It installs without the need for tools.
The straps attach comfortably to allow hands-free use of night vision equipment. Compatible with PVS-4, PVS-14, 6015, 6010, and PVS-18.
Durable metal material is adjustable and can flip up and down for convenience. Compatible with PSV-7 or PSV-14, it is easy to install and easy to operate.
This mount comes with a screwdriver for installation. It is adjustable for angle and view. Its full metal construction makes it durable and it is made to be vibration resistant for better vision.