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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby CaptainCore » Mon May 23, 2022 3:00 pm

I wouldn't go with a Gath for kite surfing, think you need something a bit sturdier. Re the bucketing thing, I used to WaterSki Race back in the mists of time, the races were 50 miles long and you are surounded by big powerful boats, so as well as the risks of high speed falls you've got boats and props around you so a helmet is kind of de rigeur. Having said that I windsurfed for forty years and other than when riding a tandem, have never used one, the risks didn't seem so apparent and I can't say I like riding with one. Had a very bad life ending (temporarily) accident kiting very early on pre quick release mechanisms, it was a high speed head butt of the promenade wall so have used a helmet kiting ever since I chose one with a peak, more for style than functionality but it's quite tough bought it in the states, but it has no holes for 'bucketing' but we really don't come near the water ski race speeds, so again didn't think the risk was high enough to mitigate and so far have been proved correct.

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby Baptiste_FR » Mon May 23, 2022 7:27 pm

I am really considering replacing my Mystic Helmet. It is too bulky and too heavy.
After some research, I am very interested in the Wip Wiflex
https://www.forward-wip.com/produit/wiflex-pro/
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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby aidy makeando » Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm

Baptiste_FR wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 7:27 pm
I am really considering replacing my Mystic Helmet. It is too bulky and too heavy.
After some research, I am very interested in the Wip Wiflex
https://www.forward-wip.com/produit/wiflex-pro/
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that one is so light because it has no hard shell, just exposed polystyrene so will likely get damaged pretty easily on the beach or in the car. The expandable / seperate sections at the back make me nervous looking at it too for some reason, but it at least offers some protection
I have the pro wip 2 and it really doesn't weigh much at all, way lighter than the snow helmet i tried using when i took up foiling, and no noticeable bucket effect or extra whiplashing from my very numerous crashes. If only it was easier / affordable to put music into the earpads and it would be perfect

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby Bille » Tue May 24, 2022 12:02 am

aidy makeando wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm
Baptiste_FR wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 7:27 pm
I am really considering replacing my Mystic Helmet. It is too bulky and too heavy.
After some research, I am very interested in the Wip Wiflex
https://www.forward-wip.com/produit/wiflex-pro/
Image
that one is so light because it has no hard shell, just exposed polystyrene so will likely get damaged pretty easily on the beach or in the car.
...
First thing I would do to that helmet is laminate (2) layers of 1.8oz Kevlar
with a layer of carbon matt between , + Epoxy ; it would still be light, but
Way stronger and almost no bigger.

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby metrox » Tue May 24, 2022 7:50 am

aidy makeando wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm
If only it was easier / affordable to put music into the earpads and it would be perfect
Is there some general solutions how to put music into helmet ?

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby Pokitren » Tue May 24, 2022 8:08 am

metrox wrote:
Tue May 24, 2022 7:50 am
aidy makeando wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm
If only it was easier / affordable to put music into the earpads and it would be perfect
Is there some general solutions how to put music into helmet ?
AirPods?

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby metrox » Tue May 24, 2022 8:22 am

Pokitren wrote:
Tue May 24, 2022 8:08 am
metrox wrote:
Tue May 24, 2022 7:50 am
aidy makeando wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm
If only it was easier / affordable to put music into the earpads and it would be perfect
Is there some general solutions how to put music into helmet ?
AirPods?
I was thinking about speakers, not earbuds :)
One crash into water and earbuds gone :)

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby faklord » Tue May 24, 2022 8:46 am

aidy makeando wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 10:32 pm
Baptiste_FR wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 7:27 pm
I am really considering replacing my Mystic Helmet. It is too bulky and too heavy.
After some research, I am very interested in the Wip Wiflex
https://www.forward-wip.com/produit/wiflex-pro/
Image
that one is so light because it has no hard shell, just exposed polystyrene so will likely get damaged pretty easily on the beach or in the car.
EPP Expanded polypropylene. Very different to polystyrene.

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby Kamikuza » Tue May 24, 2022 10:32 am

I have one with ear covers. They hurt like a bastard. Going to cut them off when my old helmet dies.

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Re: Helmets for kitesurfing and the bucketing and drag myth

Postby mede » Wed May 25, 2022 6:46 am

Go for this one :
https://protecbrand.com/collections/ace-water

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It's light, low profile, stays on in surf and protects well.


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