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Old 02 September 2001, 15:56   #1
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One thing we could do with is a face mask as we get covered in spray when its a bit choppy! Does anyone have any experience of the Gecko helmets?

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Old 02 September 2001, 16:13   #2
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Sounds like a great day out!

After a certain amount of trial and error, this is my choice of head/face gear:

Musto peaked cap (with ear flaps)
Dirt bike goggles (like ski goggles, but with clear lenses)
Fleece "snood" (tube) to cover mouth and neck

This has the advantage that you can wear as much or as little as the conditions demand.

I haven't tried a Gecko helmet, but I can't find anyone who likes them very much. They seem like a great idea, and the RNLI obviously rate them, but all the ribsters I've spoken to who tried them said they were uncomfortable and noisy. Helmets in general seem to be much less popular than they were a few years ago.

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Old 04 September 2001, 11:06   #3
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Someone in RNLI headquarters rates Gecko helmets, but crews don't !

This is our experience here in Peel, and indeed I happened to notice last Saturday that the Lymington ILB crew were wearing Laser crash helmets.

The concept is good, but design inadequate. Gecko say that a helmet must be worn for about ten minutes for it to adopt the shape of your head and become comfortable. In actual fact what happens is that your head becomes numb in 5 minutes !
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Old 04 September 2001, 14:43   #4
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Alan W. and I wore Geckos on the RB4 event (over 9 days).
My personal opinion is:

Good things-warm, comfortable (3 diferent thicknesses of linings supplied as standard. I must have the biggest head in the world, but mine fitted fine), great in rain/hail (and keeps your hair dry(it takes me hours to get it to look like this!!)), I tend to bonk my head against the A-frame sometimes so good protection there.

Not so good-visor mists up inside when I breathe heavily (i.e. am panicking about something), rain "streaks" on outside of visor because you dont have windscreen wipers!! Both problems fixed using 2 Halfords screen products.

Bad things-my helmet does not have ear-holes and sponge plugs hence listening to radio channels and conversation dificult. (solution-get ear-hoes cut!!).
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Old 05 September 2001, 04:28   #5
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I can vouch for the fact that Brian is deaf as a post when Gecko'd up!!

My personal experience was that the bloody thing gave me a headache after about 30mins of use. It was excellent in the driving rain - which is the only time I wore it!

My personal preference for head/face protection is a woolly hat and skiing goggles. The skiing goggles I use have yellow lenses so still work in gloomish conditions and cost about a tenner in a ski shop so if they fall apart afer a seasons use then its not a problem.

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Old 05 September 2001, 06:27   #7
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I, as Brain and many others (as they were on the extensive kit list) wore a Gecko on Rb4, I found it to be comfortable if I wore a woolly hat underneath. This is only possible due to the fact that I have a very small head, (Nick-named Pin Head and Skittle as a child!!). Vernon However, as you have read form Tiger Shark's story has an extremley big head (That's me dun for). And had to scrape out the padding just to get it on, That's true no sarcasm, which in turn didn't make for comfort at all.

I believe the latest helmets are far more padded and have holes cut out etc, etc, ours date back to the 2/3 year old model.

I also had press stud failure on one side of the visor which did not render it unusable until I looked up and the visor ripped of at 30 Knots somewhere in the Solent, I did at this point understand how effective it was at keeping the rain off which hurts like hell!.

Just thought you'd like to know.#

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Old 05 September 2001, 17:40   #8
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Gecko Helmets

We bought some Geckos here a year or so ago to try out for a season with a view to selling them once we were happy that they were suitable for RIBs .

I have found the latest ones to be very comfortable once you play around for a day or so with the adjustable pads .

One problem that we did identify was that the full face visor does fog up . We replaced these with half face visors from Gecko and the result now is quite comfortable head gear that both protects the noggin , keeps you warm and also allows you to see through the rain sleet and hail with having the eyes skinned off you .

We now sell the Ribster package that we spec'd from Gecko and have many happy customers ( nearly all professional users ). Details and prices on our website

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Old 12 November 2001, 16:09   #9
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Just thought you might be interested in an update on this topic from the distant past.

Gecko have at last recognised that the "one size fits all" Mk9, doesn't.

The RNLI is currently collating crews' head measurements to determine what size helmet will be practical.

Almost certainly a larger shell will be required to relieve pressure on the cheekbones, and some redesign of the insert pads in the mk9 may be undertaken to prevent the helmet sliding forward on smaller heads.

Watch this space ..........
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Old 13 November 2001, 02:26   #10
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Hairdresser, when they do develop a new helmet will it mean that we will not be able to see your ugly mug and stupid hair style?

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