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Old 26 September 2003, 07:50   #1
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I have searched the Forums and seen lots of information on Helmets. However they all appear to be Gecko Helmets.

Now I saw the Gecko stand at the Boat Show and got to try a couple on. They do seem like a good product. They are light, seem to be well made and the extra options are good. Although the Full face version looks a bit Star War like.

The trouble is they appear to be very expensive. £98 for the cheapest one and probably more like £130 once you've got some extras added on to it.

Does anyone know of any other manufacturer of Marine Helmets anywhere in the world or do Gecko have the market cornered ?
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Old 26 September 2003, 08:27   #2
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For my circumnavigation and Pentland Firth trip I brought a 'Yak' canoe helmet. I also had some UVEX goggles.

Reasons:

1. £24.00 (as opposed to £130)
2. I wanted a very light helmet
3. I like to feel the wind in my face
4. Canoe helmets are designed to protect your bonce from rocks

Results:

1. A comfortable helmet
2. No bumps from the a frame etc
3. It dried out quickly
4. A satisfied customer

You can get them from any canoe shop.

Check them out here:
http://www.getoutcanoeing.co.uk/

Highly recommended, and believe me it had a VERY stringent test. I think I'll do a write up for RI.

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Old 26 September 2003, 08:48   #3
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Can anybody explain why Keith is driving his boat across the Pentland Firth with his eyes shut?
Is it more dificult like that?
What next?
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Old 26 September 2003, 09:00   #4
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I was frightened Brian, I was being chased by Cyanide and Magellan Alpha!

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Blast!!
And we nearly caught you up as well.
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I reckon Keith was trying to remember where he put his goggles

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Are you sure that's Keith, it looks more like Sadam Hussein to me!



On a more serious note, I'm sure canoe helmets are fine but you can't beat a good cover for your ears and a visor.... It shuts the weather right out!

I agree the Gecko are very expensive but don't be tempted with a motorcycle helmet as the extra weight will do your neck in!

Summer cruising is so much more uncluttered!

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but you can't beat a good cover for your ears and a visor.... It shuts the weather right out


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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USA Products

I probably will end up getting a Gecko Helmet I just wanted to see if there were any different options available.

Some of those Canoeing helmets Keith sent a link to don't look too bad but none of them have a visor.

Anybody in America have an input on this subject as the USA always seem to be cheaper and have some products that never seem to hit the streets in the UK.
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Click here: Gath Helmets

Found another manufacturer of Helmets.

In the USA this time.

Don't know if the inserted link will work but its nice to be able to compare products.

Still looking.
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