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Old 27 April 2010, 05:57   #1
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cheap alternative to gecko helmet?

In white so you don't look like a builder.

Half face screen so you don't look like a gardener

retractable visor, keeps in good nick when stored

visor set below helmet lip, so water won't drain down inside like most the safety helmets on sale

All for 18.95

http://www.davronline.co.uk/product/...ng_comparison#

I think i might go for a couple of these. What does the ribworld think?
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In white so you don't look like a builder.

Half face screen so you don't look like a gardener

retractable visor, keeps in good nick when stored

visor set below helmet lip, so water won't drain down inside like most the safety helmets on sale

All for 18.95

http://www.davronline.co.uk/product/...ng_comparison#

I think i might go for a couple of these. What does the ribworld think?
Will it need a chin strap to keep it on ?

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Don't know. Probably not, it has the internal adjustable head strap and there isn't a big peak on the helmet to catch wind. Plus the weight of it may hold it down anyway?

I take your point though as I hadn't thought of it.
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Old 27 April 2010, 06:56   #4
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Don't know. Probably not, it has the internal adjustable head strap and there isn't a big peak on the helmet to catch wind. Plus the weight of it may hold it down anyway?

I take your point though as I hadn't thought of it.
Chin straps are 30 pence.
Builders hard hats we use them at our company.
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Chin straps are 30 pence.
Builders hard hats we use them at our company.
problem solved. Seem a bargain for the price.
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Two ordered in white with chin straps.

Delivered Friday ready for bank holiday rain!! 40 inc VAT. Bargain i reckon, and if i don't use them, it must have been a good summer!!
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Looks like a builder's hard hat to me, albeit with a nicely integrated visor. I suspect it will feel like one when you wear it too. I suppose it depends why you want a gecko:

- to look "cool" and pretend you are a hard core ribber - FAIL
- to protect you from risk of injury when your head hits the console in a stuff - Probably fail (as builders hard hat is designed to protect from falling objects not your head hitting a solid surface)
- to keep the rain/spray off - probably will work OK if you can keep it on your head.
- to keep your head warm on cold days - doubt there is an "insulation" so probably fails on this count too.
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Looks like a builder's hard hat to me, albeit with a nicely integrated visor. I suspect it will feel like one when you wear it too. I suppose it depends why you want a gecko:

- to look "cool" and pretend you are a hard core ribber - FAIL
- to protect you from risk of injury when your head hits the console in a stuff - Probably fail (as builders hard hat is designed to protect from falling objects not your head hitting a solid surface)
- to keep the rain/spray off - probably will work OK if you can keep it on your head.
- to keep your head warm on cold days - doubt there is an "insulation" so probably fails on this count too.
Oh polwart you misery chops! Cheer up. Just thought id share the hat so those who don't want to spend a fortune may have another option.

-Didn't want a yellow one like Draper sell, so happier with white
-Just want it for when we get caught out so my eyes don't get stung to bits with the salty spray and unable to see.
-keeping head warm, not too fussed, but it will undoubtedly help keep it drier, therefore warmer.
-Can only help if we "stuff", better than not having it.
- will stay on as it has chin strap.

Better than not having one, obviously a gecko better, but f*cking expensive.
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Paul, this wasn't a dig at you. You've obviously identified a practical need for one and an affordable solution which you hope will do what you want. Good for you, and I look forward to hearing your "tested in anger" feedback so that others at the "practical ribbing" end of the scale can possibly benefit too. It was more a 'social commentary' on the 'fashion' for Geckos...
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Paul, this wasn't a dig at you. You've obviously identified a practical need for one and an affordable solution which you hope will do what you want. Good for you, and I look forward to hearing your "tested in anger" feedback so that others at the "practical ribbing" end of the scale can possibly benefit too. It was more a 'social commentary' on the 'fashion' for Geckos...


I do agree there appear to be more and more "all the gear, no idea" cash rich people in ribbing than 15 years ago when it was mainly function before form type of boating. Now some have Full dry suit, geckos with intercom, twin 250s and 12" colour plotter.......to go from lymington to cowes on the regatta week!

only got to look at the sport versions of Humber to see the developing market.

Will report on the "bob the builder hat" in due course. I only boat about 10 times a year due to work, so it may well serve my purpose on the two occasions we get caught. (also planning some longer trios so may be handy)

keep the scarcasm coming!
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