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Old 27 August 2007, 13:28   #1
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helmets for kids

A generally successful weekend of boating was achieved in Loch Linnhe this weekend, depsite adding a few more dings to the prop!

However we found that my little-un is most comfortable directly behind the console sheltering from the wind (and occassional spray). I was conscious that even relatively minor bumps tended to send his head towards the steering wheel. With two very minor bangs. He is too small to brace himself properly. He also is growing above the height of the console so is getting more wind in the face.

Does anyone make kids sized helmets that might work for this application? - preferably with a visor? He is only 3 1/2 so not going to fit an adult helmet no matter how much one size fits all. Although there are concerns re bucket effect - 1. we only do 20 knots full speed; 2. we will be doing our damnedest to keep him in the boat in the first place.

I am planning to add a screen to protect him (and me) from the spray/wind etc... is it possible to do this with plastic that could be bent without heating (say 0.5mm thick) or will it not be robust enough. I am thinking once it is bent through 90 deg at each side it will be reasonable substantial?

All ideas and suggestions welcome...
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I still reckon the so called bucket effect is a load of crap - look at zapcat racers - they still have their heads!!!

Prob your best bet is a kids motocross style helmet.
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I always thought helmets prevented kids........
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I was in halfords looking for a bike helmet for my 2 year old, and found that they sell one that looks like a motorcross style with the chin/jaw guard, and you can have it with goggles on, that would maybe keep some spray out and his melon protected. Also its the same styrene construction as other bike helmets, so still light.
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Old 28 August 2007, 18:45   #5
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