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Old 03 September 2002, 03:06   #11
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Thanks, Brian , Mark and Jools. Once again RibNet members have stopped me making fundamental and potentially dangerous mistakes!

OK - I'll forget the motorcycle helmet idea. And I've looked at a boat show preview, Geko have got a stand this year. (D53 if that helps anyone)

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Old 03 September 2002, 04:17   #12
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I believe the reason is "the bucket effect". If you go overboard the helmet acts like a bucket, picks up water and then snaps your neck.
Correct me if I am wrong (Mr. Gecko??) but dont Gecko helmets a) have light-breaking strain chinstraps so helmet comes off and b)is shaped such that the bucket effect is minimised? It is certainly cut very high at the back of the neck-maybe for this purpose.
Read on this forum (Gaelforce??-someone who worked in The Coroners OFFICE) who had a spate of motorcycle helmeted bodies being pulled out of the Solent.
Chilling enough for me anyway.
I have usually found that if someone makes a specialist product. There is usually a good reason for it.
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I have usually found that if someone makes a specialist product. There is usually a good reason for it.
Money?

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Well that me sold!! I dont think they are the most pretty things in the world, but I think that diving or motorcross goggles would look a bit stupid.
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Couple the goggles with a woolly hat and you get a warm bonce!
Cheaper than a Gecko but if you want the serious kit then theres no doubt they're the things to go for. Then be really flash and get the integrated communications system (intercom etc) and you can talk to your crew and use your VHF at normal speaking volume rather than HAVING TO SHOUT ALL THE TIME!!

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motorcross goggles would look a bit stupid.
Nah, goggles are way cool! And you can wear them over glasses -- well I can anyway . . .

Don't forget though, if you wear glasses, goggles or a visor, or if you have any sort of windscreen, Rain-X is your friend! I've said it before, but it's worth saying again

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Gecko were at RIBex, and i very nearly got one at the special show price - this was a helmet, the most popular options etc. etc. at about 30 less than list price HOWEVER i spent all my cash on other things and, after checking with the Gecko guy, confirmed that the 'show offer' will be available at the southampton boat show - so guys wait 'till then a save a few 's!
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Motorcycle helmet...snaps your neck....Chilling enough for me
Err, yeah, and for me too! Now, I'm not medically qualified, but I reckon that snapped neck isn't quite the effect that I'm looking for
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Greetings All

Gecko was the first on the market, but having seen some in house company trials a couple of years ago, please keep the visor closed and lubricate the press studs holding the visor on.
The reason is that the visor didn't come off on impact with the water and hence when open gave a pronounced bucket effect - detrimental to the neck!
Admittedly helmets used were ones in from off shore and not maintained.
There are other ones on the market now which have nylon bolts holding visor and chip strap on which break off on impact before you do.
I got one from www.icomuk.co.uk with a comms rig for my IC-M1v handheld which I find much more comfortable than my old helmet and I can hear the radio!
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Well we have 2 geckos and an open face motorcycle helmet bought for way less than half theprice of the gecko ribex show prices. Bought the geckos at 2001 ribex, velco fixed inside size adjusters are for ever falling out cos the velcro comes unstuck from the helmet liner. Liner becoming detached around the bottom edge from the helmet shell. Local sewing shop must think we are a bit kinky with the amount of stick on velcro we have bought.can't hear with the ear plugs in, whistle like hell with them out but they are a lot smaller to fit in the pods - the m/cycle hlmet is a pain to store when not wearing it. Was worried about weight of m/cycle helmets but having tried them consider problem does not exist with modern helmets. I can hear with the m/cycle hemet, it doesnt whistle, no foam velcroed bits to fall out and in mid winter its lovely and warm.
Lots of debate in offshore/rescue circles about virtue of helmets and the bucket effect - Personally I never fasten the chin strap.
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