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Old 04 October 2008, 06:33   #11
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I find the Gecko helmets uncomfortable particularly over long periods, even with the inflatable liner. I think this is because my head is on the large size - it took me a while to find a bike helmet I was comfortable with.

I would suggest buying from somewhere you can try one on before you buy - though if you buy mail order, you might be covered by the distance selling regs?

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Old 04 October 2008, 06:36   #12
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I will be buying helmets over the winter.
Good choice. If you are getting more than one let me know and I can sort out a good price for you.
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Old 04 October 2008, 07:29   #13
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I find the Gecko helmets uncomfortable particularly over long periods, even with the inflatable liner. I think this is because my head is on the large size - it took me a while to find a bike helmet I was comfortable with.

I would suggest buying from somewhere you can try one on before you buy - though if you buy mail order, you might be covered by the distance selling regs?

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Old 04 October 2008, 07:32   #14
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Has anyone tried the Gath RV Kitesurf Safety Helmet? I like the idea of the retractable visor.
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I find the Gecko helmets uncomfortable particularly over long periods, even with the inflatable liner. I think this is because my head is on the large size
I nearly bought a pair with comms last year. Now you've spooked me since I thought that was the whole point of the inflatable collar so that it woud be a snug fit whatever size/shape your head was ? Can you explain more about how you found it uncomfortable Chris
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I use Gecko's through the RNLI, when in a rough sea they are the best thing I could ask for, I've had times on ribs where the rain has come down so hard I have had no choice but to stop and sit it out, where as when I've had a Gecko on I can just keep going, and also with the ear piece for the VHF attached, I never miss any important messages etc.

the Gecko with the inflatable lining took time to get used to, but now I can wear them for hours without the need of adjusting it as it was uncomfortable, which is very handy when your doing 20kts plus in a sea.
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Old 04 October 2008, 09:32   #17
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I nearly bought a pair with comms last year. Now you've spooked me since I thought that was the whole point of the inflatable collar so that it woud be a snug fit whatever size/shape your head was ? Can you explain more about how you found it uncomfortable Chris
I think the inflatable liner helps, but there is only so much variation it can accommodate.

The problem I have is that the helmet is too tight across my temples. I can feel it slightly as soon as I put the helmet on, then the discomfort increases with time. It is worse when the weather is hot (IIRC your head expands slightly in hot weather)

The Mk 10 Gecko specifies a head size of 57cm to 62cm - on a cool day like today, with my hair as short as it ever is, my head measures a smidge over 62cm.

I had a similar problem with bike helmets - I tried several different helmets before settling on the Arai which fits me perfectly.

I know there are some people who have the opposite issue, and find the Mk 10 Gecko too big.

Oh, and just in case anyone one is wondering, I don't look like this

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I think the inflatable liner helps, but there is only so much variation it can accommodate.

The problem I have is that the helmet is too tight across my temples. I can feel it slightly as soon as I put the helmet on, then the discomfort increases with time. It is worse when the weather is hot (IIRC your head expands slightly in hot weather)

The Mk 10 Gecko specifies a head size of 57cm to 62cm - on a cool day like today, with my hair as short as it ever is, my head measures a smidge over 62cm.

I had a similar problem with bike helmets - I tried several different helmets before settling on the Arai which fits me perfectly.

I know there are some people who have the opposite issue, and find the Mk 10 Gecko too big.

Oh, and just in case anyone one is wondering, I don't look like this

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I find the thought of sucking and blowing into a tube that someone else has slobberred over, just revolting.
I wont buy a Mk. 10 for that reason.

I'll stick to my 2 Mk. 9's: one has a full face visor; the other a half face visor with the earpieces drilled out. Depending on circumstances I use one or the other.
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Has anyone tried the Gath RV Kitesurf Safety Helmet? I like the idea of the retractable visor.
I did, and then bought the Gekkos. Why! Do you want one?
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