I don't understand why people dislike Gath helmets. They have minimal padding, but the drag during water impact is minimal too. And why 2 mm of plastic + 5 mm of foam is not enough? To put it bluntly, Gath helmets offer the best compromise between impact protection vs. extra drag. And their earlier designs were even more slim and elegant.OzBungy wrote:...So now, the Gath Surf Convertible is the "least, least worst" helmet. I am pretty satisfied with it. I look like a dick, but removing the helmet won't improve that much.
I know the Gath is not certified in any way, but the certified helmets are all grossly not suited for kiteboarding, and greatly amplify the more likely sources of injury...
There's currently one company (in the US) that's making a "soft shell" helmet with D3O impact foam. Google D3O foam if you're not familiar with it.zact wrote:This obviously compromises its impact distribution characteristics, but the form fitting design would virtually eliminate the bucket effect that seems to be the main complaint about helmets in a kitesurfing context.
That's what I'm talking about. I personally had never seen them outside the rugby codes, but it doesn't surprise me that they are.Da Yoda wrote:I present to you the Gamebreaker Pro Soft Shell Helmet:
https://gamebreaker.com/shop/gamebreake ... ts-helmet/
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