Originally Posted by BROWGUARD
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.
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!