In my opinion wearing a caged helmet will very much reduce the risk of getting smashed in the face with a foil - which is a very real risk which i have seen happen first hand. Whether it introduces other dangers i cant say i used one for a few months and couldnt see the risks it added although a few people thought i was over reacting to the dangers and took the piss out of it a bit. It is a personal decision but i dont think having a foil tommohawk you in the face and the damage it could do should be underestimated.downunder wrote: ↑Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:20 pmCorrect.
All this gear is making us feel invincible.
Far from it. One might wear a helmet with cage and never ever tell us about a nightmare of catching bar end in a cage. Or a line.
If someone wants to look like an ice hockey player while kite surfing, I can only imagine him driving a Hummer while learning to drive a car.
Somehow I do not see Hummers with L plate on the roads in AU
Imagine, a snowboard back protector broke me wrist. So who to blame, a protector or me wearing it?
Chicken an egg question....
Early on, I forgot to put my helmet on and didn't go back for it because I thought I'd be ok. Fell backwards and split my scalp on something, which I didn't find out till I got back to the club house shower and it was running red didn't bother with a check up cos head wounds always bleed like a mother and it didn't hurt that much.Kitetwin-1 wrote: ↑Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:32 amWhile not a fan of helmets or face shield ( I wear neither) I had the following incident happen today. On a roll tack I fell down wind of the foil. A wave rolled it over gently just as I turned to it, I got the stab just below my right eye, I kept kiting for 2 hours, all the fresh water cleaned it out good. I eventually went to emerg to get it checked out, all good, no stitches but it missed my eye by a hair. Lesson learned, when yur not on top of the foil take nothing for grant, again situational awareness.
I am considering getting one myself. How much protection do you think the visor would give you?Dave_5280 wrote: ↑Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:21 amI wear the Gath Gedi helmet with the full face visor and have been very happy with it. I wear it for cut and sun protection more than impact protection which it really isn’t rated for it. If I wanted impact protection I would go with a white water kayaking helmet or maybe downhill skiing helmet.
The Gedi helmet with the full face visor in smoke grey gave me great sun protection and is thick enough and comes down far enough that it would give good protection from cuts and small impacts. It doesn’t come down far enough to protect the chin on down. The Gedi is the model Gath recommended for kitesurfing when I contacted them, and it also takes the most accessories that can be connected to it. I was really happy that it didn’t fog up at all on my last trip to Maui and I had good visibility without water droplets sticking to it, and no need for sun screen - just needed screen on my neck and a neck gator from Buffs took care of that. I also found their sizing chart for the Gedi was correct for me. I went with the Luminous Yellow colored helmet for great visibility from a long way off (got a rash shirt in same color also).UKSurf wrote: ↑Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:51 pmI am considering getting one myself. How much protection do you think the visor would give you?Dave_5280 wrote: ↑Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:21 amI wear the Gath Gedi helmet with the full face visor and have been very happy with it. I wear it for cut and sun protection more than impact protection which it really isn’t rated for it. If I wanted impact protection I would go with a white water kayaking helmet or maybe downhill skiing helmet.
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