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Old 26 September 2003, 14:06   #11
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I've used a Gecko helmet for the last three years, with a full face visor, and can thoroughly recommend them. They certainly are comfortable and helps you feel that bit braver when the sea is rougher than normal.

As for Keith worrying about the Yanks nuking his house, he shouldn't worry because knowing their record of "own goals" they'll most likely hit Ireland instead!
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Old 27 September 2003, 03:23   #12
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If I may just put in a teansey word about Gekko helmets, should you decide to go for one?
I found that the full face visor got steamed up too easily. I had it changed for a half-visor and am much happier with that.
Also I had the ear positions drilled through and sponge bungs fitted. Now I can hear better!.......... but still keep me lugs warm.
Great helmets. And a super company to deal with.
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Old 27 September 2003, 05:29   #13
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Firstly, I don't know much about Gecko helmets - but I've got a Gath helmet. I use it for surfing rather than anything else. I don't know whether their newer ones are better/offer more protection - but they are very lightweight - I wouldn't want to bang my head on anything too solid in a boat with it.

They also have a disclaimer in the paperwork that comes with it - not to do anything else with the helmet but surf!!

I see that they have a 'snow' helmet - so maybe they have branched out a bit beyond surfing. It's a great surf-lid though...

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Old 27 September 2003, 06:39   #14
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very happy with my (popular brand name mentioned in previous posts) new helmet bought at Southampton. (no free publicity from me). Don't mind my ears covered as I can ignore Jackeen as we go along.
Also doubly happy being Irish in case of mishits mentioned above...

By the way ...sighting of rubber ducky (yellow plastic / orange beak) out in the Solent yesterday bobbing around between Wootton and Osborne. Hubby wouldn't stop so could someone let the appropriate authorities know?(RSPPB?)... Probably household pet & has escaped from someone's bathroom. Looked like a baby...perhaps offspring of that big orange thing looking for a name on forum recently...

We'll try & look it up on our next voyage. I wanted to go back there and then but Jackeen says we can't afford to look after any more air-filled plastic things...

Please let me know if you see it (attention Mrs. Jackeen as Jackeen himself doesn't care at all ...at all...)

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Old 27 September 2003, 06:55   #15
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...sighting of rubber ducky (yellow plastic / orange beak) out in the Solent yesterday ... Probably household pet & has escaped from someone's bathroom.
I've checked our bathroom - not ours!
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Old 27 September 2003, 07:00   #16
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Mike C, yes that was the point, I didn't want to shut out the wind, I wanted to feel and hear rather than be shut inside a helmet.

I absulutley agree - NO motorcycle helmets. In any case they are usualy much more expensive than 130.00!
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I absolutley disagree. I like mine a lot and I've never found it a bit heavy. Some of you seem to like noise and cold lugs, but not me. I like quiet, dry and cosy.
As a white water canoeist who has tested his helmet while upside down, there is limited protection. Rock bumps helmet - helmet bumps head. On the plus side, they drain quickly after rolling up but that doesn't strike me as a useful feature for a Rib/Sib.
Oh, canoe helmets let the rain in too.

I know, with a motorcycle helmet, there is considered to be an issue with neck if one falls overboard at speed, but I've never done this and I don't intend to. There are other ways of having fun.
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Old 27 September 2003, 07:13   #17
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Thanks Richard ...I'm so frightened it will end up as a fender for a jackeen-sized rib

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Old 28 September 2003, 05:06   #18
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Gecko ............. Full face never mind the price

when the weather get bad you'll wish you had one on (full face every time) love them......... best helmets out, thats if you like going out in the winter or bad weather.

Well done GECKO ................ Keep up the good work.
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when the weather get bad you'll wish you had one on (full face every time) love them.....


That is a personal opinion of course. The point I was making is that there are ALTERNATIVES. I do not like feeling enclosed when out on the boat, even in rough weather (and believe me I've been out for some very long days in some very rough weather). Others may prefer to be enclosed. Choice is all about knowing what the alternatives are.

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The point about Motorcycle helmets and the older Gecko models was the fact that when the wearer fell in the helmet 'bucketed' and created a much greater whiplash effect.
The gecko also had a problem that the visor didn't break off, the brass studs have an issue of corroding together.

We covered this to a great extent in previous threads, lets just say I won't wear a Gecko again having seen the Navy test reports and I'm very glad so few of us have fallen in wearing helmets.
I don't know about the new model so they may well have addressed this issue.
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