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Old 08 November 2020, 12:18   #1
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Safety Helmet

Being a tight wad and not wanting to pay for a proper Gecko Helmet.

I was wondering what people thought of this helmet for a cheap alternative for winter boating to keep the spray off

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORTWEST-...cAAOSwj~JctwN0
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Old 08 November 2020, 12:44   #2
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The Ebay head-gear is what it is and for the money is probably worth a punt. What's the alternative, a warm hat and Bollé ski goggles (which is what I use).

I bought a used Gecko helmet second hand and it wasn't for me. I understand their use in a safety setting, but I felt it filtered out my sense of surroundings, especially for sounds, etc. They are a quality product though.
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Old 08 November 2020, 15:35   #3
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You can't make one out of a big lemonade bottle?
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You can't make one out of a big lemonade bottle?
If no lemonades bottles are available then another option is this 👍
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Woolly hat, hood up and if necessary, you’re gonna need a bigger boat!!
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Just one thought for you.

The Gecko is specifically designed as a marine safety helmet, and as such is designed to reduce the chance of it snapping your neck if you go overboard at any sort of speed.

Imagine the forces involved with that helmet when it catches the water as you go overboard.
Admittedly it's more likely to break before snapping your neck, but it's going to do a lot of damage as it gets ripped off.

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A couple of points:
the lid would seem to be a bit of a wind catcher-I would be very cautious about peeking up over your windscreen, and..
I would replace/modify the chin strap so that it has a (very) weak point. As Nasher says, the "bucket effect" is quite real!
Granted there is good eye coverage, but what about your ears?
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Being a tight wad and not wanting to pay for a proper Gecko Helmet.
weren't you lecturing people recently on money in the bank not bringing any pleasure?
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You can't make one out of a big lemonade bottle?


That's old hat, surely?
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A couple of points:
the lid would seem to be a bit of a wind catcher-I would be very cautious about peeking up over your windscreen, and..
I would replace/modify the chin strap so that it has a (very) weak point. As Nasher says, the "bucket effect" is quite real!
Granted there is good eye coverage, but what about your ears?

That thing looks Horrendous for the application of Boating!
Why not just INVEST in a reasonabley priced world beating British made Helmet specificly researched...designed...engineered ...modified ...used (and tested) by both military and civilian boating services in extreme Marine environments all over the World!??...

Plenty of good used examples about if new price is that much of a concern.
Love our Gheckos....lightweight Waterproof..Protection..and wiith the inflatable internal bladder ....surprisingly comfy AND warm!
As a Bonus..... you won't look like a penny pinching "Bob (Knob?) The Builder"!
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i bought a garth geddy with full face visor best thing ever when its rough in the SIB at displacement speed some lads wear motorbike helmets they do the job well and cheap
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i bought a garth geddy with full face visor best thing ever when its rough in the SIB at displacement speed some lads wear motorbike helmets they do the job well and cheap
Certainly a better option than the OP's Choice!
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Certainly a better option than the OP's Choice!


Yeah, but if he’d just gone out & bought a Gecko without making a song and dance about it, he wouldn’t have got all this attention
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Yeah, but if he’d just gone out & bought a Gecko without making a song and dance about it, he wouldn’t have got all this attention

There is always that...
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Well why be booring..... Gave some people something to think about or you could of course just follow along with the crowd and share very little.

I learnt of another make I of hat I can now research.

Good thing is we have choices...... fun isn't it

I needed to take some water to fill up the car washer bottle the other day. I used a lemonade bottle (Petrol free) to do it. I did not use a designated, designed washer bottle filler device that was free of any contaminates including lemonade. I am now worried about my car warranty as I have used the wrong thing.

To be clear this post is not a pop at anyone it is just my view as I and I know some other people see things. As always each to their own

Just ordered that hat by the way
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Saftey Helmet

I've been using one of these:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Well why be booring..... Gave some people something to think about or you could of course just follow along with the crowd and share very little.

Good thing is we have choices...... fun isn't it

I needed to take some water to fill up the car washer bottle the other day. I used a lemonade bottle (Petrol free) to do it. I did not use a designated, designed washer bottle filler device that was free of any contaminates including lemonade. I am now worried about my car warranty as I have used the wrong thing.

Just ordered that hat by the way

Some people have to learn the Hard way I suppose...but you've now had enough attention from me
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You tried that when it's COLD yet..?
I found The "Face off Masks" that JK sold on here a few years ago were OK in the Summer (When you don't need them often) but always badly steamed up in the Winter...even with Gechco it pays to apply "anti-fogging" spray to the inside of the Visor
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No I haven't so can't comment on whether they will steam up in the winter.
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Now that looks even better. Is it comfortable to wear
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