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Old 07 January 2003, 04:34   #11
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Davis Communications make a PMR446 headset that fits over the Geco for the RNLI - it wont be cheep but then quality isn't

As for alternatives to the Geco, try Comunica Industries International Ltd. Tel 01962 840084 ask for Ralph Chesters.
The do a very nice rib helmet, with break away visor and chinstrap. From the picture of round Ireland at least one of the boats had them - well I like mine!
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Old 07 January 2003, 10:20   #12
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Helmets

I am reding this thread evry time there is a new post. Have looked at the 'so much advertised' (matter of speach) GEKO helmets.
I do not think that there are anything much my self. They look horible in fact (a personal opinion also in which many may not agree-what the heck).
The question is, are there any other marine helmet makers in the UK or in the World for that matter that make similar better looking (full face may be) helmets at a cheaper price??
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Old 07 January 2003, 10:29   #13
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Good question, Manos.
What do racers wear?
When I look at their photos they seem to be:
red, full face, like Formula 1 and have a protective jaw/chin section.
Comon racers, what do you wear?
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Which Gecko helmet are you refering to? Do you mean the MK8, MK9 of say MK10. Cos I agree the MK 8 was not the best looking thing and was not even comfortable to wear. The Mk9 was a much improvement. Now the MK10 could be Gecko's best ever., time will only tell . I am sure this is not the last on this subject. Have you seen the Gecko new web page . This covers the MK10 in detail. see www.geckoheadgear.co.uk

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Cheap coms system

You could do a lot worse than trying the intercoms and vox radios from www.intercoms.co.uk. They do some excellent systems, and they are used by the Sunseeker race team and numerous Rhib and Powerboat competitors.

I've used them in boats, cars bikes etc and they are excellent.
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Race Helmets

The orange open and full face from HISL in Scotland are excellent value, used by lots of racers.
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I too have looked at the Gecko website, and as far as I can see, the problems addressed in a previous thread on this forum about their helmets, have still not been answered.

These were surrounding the question of "bucketing".

It has been suggested that the visor, and more particularly, the chin strap, are not designed with a specific "brake off" load. This means, if you exit the boat at speed, you may have your head jerked back and your neck broken.

There is a "Gecko Head Gear" subscriber to this forum.
These questions have been asked before and it has also been suggested that brake strain tests have been carried out by Gecko.
So why no answer to these concerns?
Does silence imply "guilt"?
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Good question, Manos.
................what do you wear?
I use Snowmobile type helmets in cold weather and MX type helmets in warm weather. I also have electric de-steamer, for the FF helmet, and breather as is shown in the attached photo.
The reason I use these helmets is that they are made of very light merials so very light helmets, they are very aerodynamic and they are very comfortable.
I have to admit I have not used the GECKO range but I don't think red suits my blue boat (only a joke)LOLOL
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Hi Andre

I had a look @ the GECKO site and I don't know wich type of helmet it is but I saw that one with the ear holes for the intercom thing that RNLI guy wears. I just thought that it look just say not very pleasing to the eye.
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I have emailed Gecko and told them that there is an interesting discussion on the Forum in respect of their helmets. I would expect some input from them. Cos the LBS is on the respective person at Gecko may not have seen the thread.

I am at the LBS tomorrow and will look up Gecko

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