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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2001 9:35 pm    Post subject: RE: Helmets Reply with quote

Dang ... a HEADACHE! Man, you gotta watch what youre DOIN! 8<)

Mike \m/
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didrik



Joined: 14 Jun 2000
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2001 4:14 pm    Post subject: RE: Helmets Reply with quote

I have a standard windsurfing helmet with a face mask: one bar coming down from the top connecting to one across the bottom. Ive never had problems with visability--only picking my nose. At first you notice the bars but very quickly your eyes simply ignore it.
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ecomon



Joined: 17 Sep 2000
Posts: 17

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2001 2:32 pm    Post subject: RE: Helmets Reply with quote

They may not be trendy but after getting whacked really good in the head a couple yrs ago I ALWAYS wear mine. And I just wear my old vetta mtn bike helmet, nothing fancy, probably looks stupid but it was the same in the early 80s when I skied the steep and deep in German Army wool pants and a baggy shell when everyone else wore pink spandex... now look at the slopes..

Protect your head and live to sail another day!
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pmeyrick



Joined: 24 Jun 2000
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2001 6:52 pm    Post subject: RE: Helmets Reply with quote

I like my ProTech, hard shell, fits well, forget I am wearing it after 5 minutes. Plus, my sister is a therapist in a brain injury clinic and her stories scare me!!!

Also dont forget the PFD.
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jcharde



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2001 9:17 pm    Post subject: RE: Helmets Reply with quote

There may never be such a thing as a comfortable helmet or one thats cool to all our reckless and fashion-conscious comrades out there, but I will never sail without one again. I was sailing in napeague Harbor (Long Island NY) last week, and hit a new sandbar. While I landed on my ass, the mast followed me windward and konked me. Luckily, this was not a direct hit, but it tore a 3x3 inch flap of skin and meat right off my skull. I was always one to wear my bright pink Deluge helmet in 4.7 and smaller weather, but I was on a 7.3 when this happened. I am buying a Gath so I have some variety, but I will never sail without one again. I came a couple inches from a serious caving-in of the melon. I got 45 stitches after dumping my rig and trudging and paddling upwind for 1/2 hour to get back to the beach, chumming with hemaglobin all the while. Not fun. Lucky for me my bald and grey head can only be improved cosmetically by a scar and a new helmet. IE-mail me at jcharde@hamptons.com if you want to see what feeling geeky in a helmet can cost you.
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