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Old 17 January 2005, 10:30   #1
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A really important question….

...which colour do you think works best?


Also, does anyone have any comments on visors? I'm not sure which would be best full or half length - clear, 20% light transmission or 50% light transmission. To many options. If its pi**ing down with rain then the full length would be nice but the rest of the time I can imagine it getting in the way.
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Daniel, I know image is an important consideration but, IMHO, if you were unfortunate enough to end up in the water visibility is more important so I would go for white or orange (which I believe would be more visible than blue or black but I'm happy to be corrected!).

Regarding the visor, I would go for full face as it is brilliant in the rain! Regarding getting in the way, I keep mine slightly raised most of the time (helps to prevent it from misting up) and it's fine. Also, it is removable so this shouldn't be a problem!

Can't comment on tint - mine is clear! But I wear glasses/sunglasses under my helmet so sunny days aren't a problem!

Happy shopping! (And when you get it, don't forget to Vaseline your studs!)
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Old 17 January 2005, 11:01   #3
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.........visibility is more important so I would go for white or orange .................
Avoid white you might be mistaken (if you fall in) for a pot buoy or discarded fender Black is very good during the day Des
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Old 17 January 2005, 11:08   #4
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I would go for white or orange, with the full face.
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Old 17 January 2005, 11:24   #5
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I agree with Des

White is quite a common colour in water - breaking waves, white horses, reflected sunlight etc.
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ORANGE is the only colour IMHO. Will go with your RIB nicely being the roughty toughty sort rather than the stripey upholstry sort
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White, Orange & Blue..........

.........will all mark easily when you drop them or chuck them in the boot of the car. Black will hold it's "new" appearance longer. With safety in mind, if you end up in the water one would hope you bouyancy aid, once open should be bright enough for all to see - I hope that appeases the safety conscious bunch out there - me, I'll go for looking good every time
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ORANGE is the only colour IMHO. Will go with your RIB nicely being the roughty toughty sort rather than the stripey upholstry sort
............with stripes. Us stripey boys can mix it up with the best of 'em
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and when you get it, don't forget the Vaseline you stud!)



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.........will all mark easily when you drop them or chuck them in the boot of the car.
Not if you invest in the protective bag Gecko offer.

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You always look good Graeme!
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Thanks everyone - I’m still not sure about the colour - torn between white and orange.

Louise - I think I’m going to get a clear full length visor. I don't think the tinted ones offer any UV protection so sun glasses would be needed anyway. What colours yours by the way?

How about a RIBnet version...
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What colours yours by the way?
White. Goes with anything so if/when you change your boat you'll still look cool!

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Nice idea! But I reckon, now it's become 'commercial', we should get paid for advertising the site!
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For whats its worth

Most of the RNLI i have seen are White, i think, i would go for white. Just had a quick look on some of the regional RNLI websites, as i said for what its worth
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Don't want to put a damper on all this enthusiasm- but the rib looks so small
iI think you would need a microscope to find it first ... let alone the colour..

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and another point. -- Visors - what about shoulder pads, knee supports, back supports , front padding, back padding, jock straps as well while you are at it. The joy of ribbing is to be in PAIN after 30 minutes of being bashed all over the place. MInd you , I l do love my cabin.......

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Don't want to put a damper on all this enthusiasm- but the rib looks so small I think you would need a microscope to find it first ... let alone the colour..

Perhaps, but that little boat gets up to some real adventures and seems to clock up more sea miles that most of the Gin Palaces sat in marinas around here.

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Orange with a half visor, that way no spray in your eyes but you still get the taste of the salt!
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Blaze orange will give the highest visibility under any number of conditions. (my photoshop skills are marginal at best)
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I have no particular view on which colour to choose, but......... on the visor front......
My Geckos originally were bought with full-face visors. I found out though that when I really needed to wear the helmet, it was invariably at a time when the muck and bullets were flying, and that with my increased breathing and talking rate, the visor easily steamed up. And who can be bothered to keep coating the visor with Holts whatsitstuff? Raising it slightly, as Louise suggested, never really worked from me as the next slam down of the boat would cause the visor to snap shut, and so we went round the loop again.
Eventually I had one helmet changed to half-visor and have never regretted it. The main purpose for me is to maintain visibility. Oh all right, all right, so as I can carry on smoking at the same time then, as well.

But one good piece of advice from Louise though is definately to keep your studs greased. You never know do you?
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