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Old 04 July 2005, 11:50   #21
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I was never a great fan of the Gecko.
I used to favour the ones from Comunica.

I have been using the Gecko for a few months now and it is growing on me.

I have 2, a yellow and a white.
Yellow has a full clear visor.
White has a full tint half visor.

I also have the "adaptor comm" fitted so it has comms via either a M1V or M87.
That works very well.

Both have Icom logo's on.

As I say the more I use them the more they grow.

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Old 04 July 2005, 13:26   #22
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What would be really cool would be a double visor as per aviation andspace helmets, mind you it might mist up so would need an experiment.
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Old 04 July 2005, 15:21   #23
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why can,t you just wear a light motor bike helmet as geckos seem a bit dear

found this on ebay its about 90.00 cheaper

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...e=STRK:MEWA:IT


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I understand motorbike helmets to be a COMPLETE NO-NO due to "bucket effect" if you go overboard.
Someone who is a Coroner/works in the trade, used to tell frightening stories here of "young motor bike riders" who get washed up dead with their necks broken.
Put me off wearing one anyway!
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Old 05 July 2005, 05:25   #25
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The Bucket effect is very serious.
I understand first found when ejecting someone from a fast jet plan!!
So called the Bucket Effect due to the way it reacts like a bucket dragged through water or air.

If the chin strap and visor are not designed to break away under a certain amount of load/force the effect the simply snaps you neck like a twig!!!
Or worse case it will remove both you helmet and your head!

My limited understanding is that marine safety helmets are designed to protect from impact an intitial contact with water but under stress they sould break away.

Hence why Gecko or Comunica are the right choice.
Also a fighter pilot one would work to!!!
I would suggest not using a motor cycle type, they are designed for other types of stress and load.

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Jim it is sir!

Mixed you up with Jimbo !!! (Will let some air out of me Gecko )

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You should have been able to tell it was me from my pretty pink Gecko with yellow Polka dots...


A helmet is something I've also been looking into getting for when it starts getting fresh to frightening out there, at the moment budget doesn't stretch, but I'll probably save for a full face job with whatever comms kit is being peddled at the time for convenience.

I reckon before you buy any helmet you want to go out and try on some examples, as without being funny, different people have different shaped heads, and if you're going to be wearing it for hours you want to make sure it's comfortable (I've suffered at the hands of some RAF fitters when I was in Cadets, used to land after a flight with "Made in England" stamped across my forehead).
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(I've suffered at the hands of some RAF fitters when I was in Cadets, used to land after a flight with "Made in England" stamped across my forehead).
Least you knew where you were made then Jim and if you got lost over seas they could point you in the right direction

One of the nice things about the newer Gecko is the inflatable bladder.
It means one size fits all no matter how odd your head shape!

The way I fit mine is to suck the air out, lock valve, place on me noggin then reinflate by releasing the valve and letting it suck in the air it needs rather than blowing.
Not sure if thats the right way bot seems to work for me!!

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The Bucket effect is very serious.
I understand first found when ejecting someone from a fast jet plan!!
So called the Bucket Effect due to the way it reacts like a bucket dragged through water or air.

If the chin strap and visor are not designed to break away under a certain amount of load/force the effect the simply snaps you neck like a twig!!!
Or worse case it will remove both you helmet and your head!

My limited understanding is that marine safety helmets are designed to protect from impact an intitial contact with water but under stress they sould break away.

Hence why Gecko or Comunica are the right choice.
Also a fighter pilot one would work to!!!
I would suggest not using a motor cycle type, they are designed for other types of stress and load.

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well thats f**ked it my new Raiding Craft Coxswain Helmet

early 90s and comes with attached boom mike and connector for clansman radio system

and i was goining to get you to connect my m1 euro v to the mike

its going to live in the garage now

never mind

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Old 05 July 2005, 14:48   #29
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I've got one exactly like that, Ex RNLI
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It makes an interesting lightshade!
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