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Old 21 June 2006, 05:13   #11
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I hope this one has a breakaway visor and chin strap so you can't over load the neck.
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I was pushing a nipper (14) around our yard a few days ago in his wheelchair, his dad is a mate of ours. He didn't have a wheelchair until his helmet came of during an accident in a boat race.

I can certainly understand the visor being breakaway but not the chin strap
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Old 21 June 2006, 05:25   #12
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I have arranged for John Kennett to trial the helmet for us and are keenly awating his comments.
. . . and I now have one sitting on the desk in front of me! I haven't tried it an anger yet, but these are my first impressions.

My immediate thought as I took it out of the box is that it's like a climbing helmet with a visor. It's light weight, but has a substantial feel to it. The visor is held on with four press studs, which secure it well but would allow it to break away if necessary.

I think it may need a seal of some sort to prevent water coming down the inside of the visor (I'm not sure what Gecko do about this), other than that it seems pretty good. It's easy to put on and take off, and should be comfortable enough for longish periods.

As standard (without hearing protection or comms kit) it doesn't cover the ears which may put people off if they want the helmet for winter warmth. Others may find they actually prefer it.

I'll bring it up to Pwllheli for the RIB Raid so anyone who is interested can try it out for themselves.

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PS The first I heard about these helmets was when Future Safety appeared in the RIBnet trade directory yesterday. It turns out that we've got brucehawsker to thank for finding out about these, as he met the guys at Seawork and pointed them in our direction!
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Old 21 June 2006, 07:01   #13
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re: trial of marine helmet

John,

Just reading your intial comments, when is the RIB raid show as Pwhelli is not a million miles from St Helens.

We can supply an unvented version but every one we have supplied so far around the world prefers the vented version.
For example we have just supplied the first 100 helmets to the British Antarctic survey and they took the vented. They work in temperature below
-27c.
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Old 21 June 2006, 07:35   #14
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I wouldn't say that my Gecko visor is particularly 'sealed' - water still gets down the inside of it when used in anger.

My Gecko has the ear-plug bits in, and when wearing it you feel like you are indoors - but you lose most of your hearing ability!! The other Gecko I use hasn't got the ear bungs in - and so long as you don't turn your head when you go through a wave (quite difficult to do because it's counter-intuitive) then I actually prefer having my ears out!!

It will be good to see the new lid at Pwllheli - JK, can you bring it to the BBQ?

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Old 21 June 2006, 07:50   #15
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why dont you bring a few demos to the rib raid so we can try them out but also bring some stock so we can buy them there and a discount would be good for the event

i am sure i am not alone in wanting to purchase a helmet for the boat

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John,

Just reading your intial comments, when is the RIB raid show as Pwhelli is not a million miles from St Helens.

We can supply an unvented version but every one we have supplied so far around the world prefers the vented version.
For example we have just supplied the first 100 helmets to the British Antarctic survey and they took the vented. They work in temperature below
-27c.
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Old 21 June 2006, 08:04   #16
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when is the RIB raid show as Pwhelli is not a million miles from St Helens.
It's the weekend after next, 1/2 July. More details here The 2006 RIBnet RIB Raid, 1-2 July, Pwllheli Harbour North Wales

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Are there any dealers in the US? We have been looking for helmets which will work on our open Ribcraft Mitigator and serve as a safety helmets during swim rescues. Are the visors easy to remove? Might they suit our needs?

We represent Ribcraft on the West Coast of the US and will be demoing our boat to many rescue angencies. We would love to add another product to our list.
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Old 21 June 2006, 13:55   #18
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We'd certainly be interested in looking at/buying some at RibRaid
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Old 22 June 2006, 03:29   #19
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re: marine safety helmet/rib raid

John,

We are looking at the possibility of going to RIBRAID with our helmets.
Is there somewherre we can show the helmet so people can see it .
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Send Jono Garton a PM and check with him, because it's his event. It's all pretty informal though, and I'm sure that it won't be a problem.

There's a barbeque and social on the Saturday evening which would probably be a good opportunity. You may even find that someone has spare space on their boat and would be willing to take you out with us on Saturday and/or Sunday if you want.

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