View Poll Results: What is the main reason you haven't bought a Gecko?
don't see the need 24 40.00%
too expensive 19 31.67%
not comfortable enough 3 5.00%
don't like the looks 4 6.67%
other (tell us below) 10 16.67%
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Old 07 December 2006, 19:39   #31
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Gaff helmet (not sure of spelling are pretty good ) are you the new dealer Jon
Gath.

http://www.gathsports.com/

It's what we use in France - the retractable visor version. It sits much much closer to your head than the Gecko. Is not quite as warm as the Gecko but still nice and cozy. I find it slightly uncomfortable on my ears wearing my glasses underneath it all day. It's taken some bashing, but I'm not convinced it's quite as "heavy duty" as the Gecko. I would NOT recommend the "Gath Hat" or the "Gecko Surf Lid".. there is NO protection of the forehead AT ALL.

The new Gedi looks quite cool. That's what the RWC boys & girls are using out with K38 now... damn site cheaper than Gecko too.

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Old 07 December 2006, 19:45   #32
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The Gedi does look nice. Anywhere you can order it in the UK ?
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Old 07 December 2006, 19:49   #33
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John,

heres a bit of a contradiction. i have the Gecko helmets. However it took a big decision to buy them for the following reasons.

a) they are expensive.

b) They take a bit of getting used to looking at. ie they look funny.

c) You don't see many people wearing them.

Having said all that if your going to be on a RIB and use the boat for what it was designed to do then really you should have some sort of head protection. And if your going to have it then the only option is the Gecko, they have no alternative.
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Old 07 December 2006, 22:08   #34
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I posted a question about this some time ago, since I had never seen a "civilian" wearing a helment over here. They look like a great solution for cold/hail/crap/corruption falling from the sky.

Having said that, we don't get nearly as much of this stuff as you folks do. Once the weather gets really bad, we are pretty much beached anyway, with snow blocking ramps etc.

When it is raining hard, I just wear my dive mask, but it does look pretty dorky!
I would have absolutely no use whatsoever for a helmet on a boat, they must get really nasty weather in the u.k. plus they can boat in the winter, in that instance a helmet to keep your head warm probably is really necessary.
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Old 07 December 2006, 22:45   #35
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I would have absolutely no use whatsoever for a helmet on a boat, they must get really nasty weather in the u.k. plus they can boat in the winter, in that instance a helmet to keep your head warm probably is really necessary.
Maybe the Shyte-hawks are bigger over there! I wouldn't be pleasant getting pasted with a .5 kg burdy-turdy at 40 knots!
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Old 08 December 2006, 06:19   #36
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The Gedi does look nice. Anywhere you can order it in the UK ?
Looking here

http://www.google.co.uk/

gives

http://www.surfstore.co.uk/acatalog/...tection_7.html

http://www.extremekiteshop.com/kites...met-p-803.html

http://www.londonbeachstore.co.uk/st...roductid=16741

It don't think that it has been CE marked yet.. so if you're planning on using it other than for pleasure purposes, you may be on a sticky wicket. The only downside for me, is that there doesn't seem to be anyway to integrate a VHF headseat into any of the Gaths - they're simply too close fitting.

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Old 08 December 2006, 06:40   #37
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geckos look great but could not justify the price so i purchased some alternative items from browguard which seem great for the price. ideal in the cold in winter as they have built in screens etc
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Old 08 December 2006, 11:19   #38
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Old 08 December 2006, 12:22   #39
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I have the earlier Gecko with the foam pads.I actually prefer this as it does let your head breath.I think their great but would consider in the future another make.Is their any clause in ones insurance on weather helmets need the CE mark even for pleasure use.I know it refers to water toys.
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Old 08 December 2006, 15:21   #40
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insurance on weather helmets need the CE mark even for pleasure use.I know it refers to water toys.
mmm... except that as far as I can determine (including discussions with my insurer) there is no such thing as a CE mark for inflatable toys.
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