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Old 03 January 2003, 08:14   #1
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Geko Helmets

Ok, I know this has been discussed before .... but i think things have changed.

Does anybody have experience of the new inflate to fit Geko helmets. I saw them at the boat show and they looked and felt great. Are them comfortable after hours at sea. Also does anybody know about coms for them, how much are we talking.

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Old 03 January 2003, 08:24   #2
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Correction - Gecko!
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Old 03 January 2003, 09:53   #3
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Have they changed the visor break off?? or the chin strap break out?? these all were major points against the gecko.
The visor didn't break off because the brass press studs were very difficult to release and the helmet 'bucketed' which does nasty things to you neck.
Comfort is one thing damaging your neck if you hit the water at speed is another thing entirly.
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The new helmets do indeed look good, but only had 6-7 uses out of the old-style ones i got at SBS, so can't think about 'upgrading' myself!

The price for new helmets is also non-negiotiable, whatsoever - the guys can't make them fast enough by all acounts, but the older ones are now nearly 1/2 the price of the new style, and winge enough and you can get a deal off the guy.

The comms the RNLI use, and the only real people to do anything like this (IMHO) are made by DS Developments. 01342 327686, www.dsdevelopments.co.uk - dunno if they are at LBS, but had a good chat to them @ RIBEX '02 and they quoted just shy of 600 for a two-helmet system (not incl. helmets). They were offering a 10% discount for show orders. They also wanted nearly 100 to interface into the VHF, but admited it was simple and agreed to sketch the connections when i informed him i was quite handy with a soldering iron.

Hope that helps,

Oh, BTW, diden't go for the comm's system - waiting for a bigger boat i think.

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Intercoms

You ought to try Graytronics, 01724 721080. They do a similar system, also interfaces with a vhf, for a lot less money.
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He's not wrong

www.graytronics.co.uk [/url] but @ 450 + VAT thats not a lot cheaper.

30 for a VHF interface though.

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I have used both Gecko Mk8 and MK9 and have received for evaluation a sample Gecko Mk10. I have tried it on but not yet had the chance of taking it out on the rib. It is for sure far superior than the other two earlier models. The helmet itself is a bit larger so it will be more comfortable and with the inflatable liner will fit any head. Some users had complained that the MK8 and even the MK9 caused some discomfort. I do not think this will be the case with the MK10 thanks to the pneumatic liner and increased helmet size.
If you decide to go for the Gecko MK10 then I would advise you to have the ear holes. These you can even do yourself as there are pre marked drilling points. Go for the full face visor as this is great at speed since you can breath easily with fear of swallowing any flies or even flying fish. The DS Developments comms are OK but go for the single ear piece and leave the other side open.
Checkout: www.geckoheadgear.co.uk a new site and lots of info on the MK10

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Old 06 January 2003, 17:10   #8
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Thanks for all your advice and help. After 2 hrs on the Solent on Saturday morning, I think the only option is a gecko ... it was very cold and the spray at 40knots was like being trashed with an ice whip. Almost as bad as hammering along in rain .....

All I need now is a cheap waterproof comms system then the jobs done!

Thanks again
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Comms for just crew to crew? Buy a couple of cheap PMR446 radios, dry bags, and make up some form of headset to fit the helmet, and add a PTT switch. If you get some of the cheap double packs from The Link, it's not gonna be too bad if they break.

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Continuing the Narked theme has anyone successfully used one of the 2-way radios that are now available and implemented a VOX headset that works on a RIB.

I guess the mark of success would be low background noise, understandable speech and the headset not transmitting with wind noise.

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