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  • #688
    Ray-C
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    Anyone have any recommendations for a good creeking helmet? I figure a bit extra face protection will keep my dentist happy, if not rich.

    Anyone have any experience with the Lektor Protektor, one of the FNA helmets, using motocross-style helmets, or any other options?

    -RayC

    #14644
    Andrew
    Participant

    The FNA Storm Trooper is bombproof.

    You will need to “properlyâ€

    #14645
    stefano
    Participant

    Get something that you feel has enough coverage of your melon.

    If you get a full face, make sure it’s not going to ride up in your eyes if you get splashed etc – any motocross helmet I’ve seen are always flying up in peoples eyes, making them blind, or having to fix it in the middle of a rapid. Just my observation – it wouldn’t be me with one of those on.

    Maybe this is true for kayak specific full faces too, but I haven’t seen many of those around. The only ones I have seen are the FNA ones that you block full of foam until they don’t move much at all.

    #14646
    bryce
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    One of the coolest helmets I’ve seen.

    [url:y4b256ch]http://www.shredready.com/products/lektor.htm[/url:y4b256ch]

    I know nothing of it’s performance, but it looks soo mean.

    :lol:

    #14647
    Andrew
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    That Lektor looks pretty sweet! <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Has anyone checked one out in person?

    What is with break free face shield…I wonder if it loosens up over time…I would hate to have to keep buying the face shields.

    But, a good concept nonetheless.

    #14648
    Joe P
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    I think that that is so that you don’t have to go around looking like darth vadar all the time. one helmet that you can convert to play of to creek!!

    very nasty looking

    #14649
    Rich
    Participant

    i just got jeff to order in a fna storm trooper for myself for this upcoming creekin season. should be pretty bomer.

    #14650
    bryce
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    "Joe P":37s045qn wrote:
    I think that that is so that you don’t have to go around looking like darth vadar all the time. one helmet that you can convert to play of to creek!!

    very nasty looking[/quote:37s045qn]

    Acording to SR it’s also for safety…

    “The LeKtor is a full face helmet features are face mask that detaches from the shell to protect against possible underwater snags while still providing for facial protection. “

    “We came up with a concept of how to have a face mask manage impacts while still being able to release in case of a snag. The face mask attaches into a grove on the main shell in six screws. If a snag occurs the face mask can release from the main shell. “

    Do you have to carry a screwdriver I wonder? :razz:

    #14651
    Ray-C
    Participant

    I DO like the idea of the break-away face guard on the Lektor. The idea is it breaks off if you snag wood, etc. with the chin guard (so you don’t break your neck). And, yeah, you don’t have too look all Vadar like when you don’t need it. Apparently they are having delays getting the foam liners from their vendor so they won’t be available for a while still.

    I think Happy 2b is planning something similiar (break away face guard) on their new Aegis helmet, but again, not available any time soon.

    Anyone know what the turn around time is for getting the FNA helmets?

    #14652
    Anonymous
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    If your ripping the face mask off on such a regular basis that you need to carry a screwdriver, you should probably have learned how to paddle a creek boat before buying such an elaborate helmet.

    I find it rather ugly, and more gimmick than anything else.

    For some reason no one wears mouthgards on the river. They help prevent concussions and broken teeth when you end up kissing your paddle shaft, will never snap off, flip in front of your eyes, or roll back over your forehead. They cost $15 and fit in your pfd pocket.

    Nobody wants to be the guy wearing a mouthguard though…

    P.

    #14653
    Phitty
    Participant

    that’s me (above message)

    #14654
    Ray-C
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    "Anonymous":17sf85vo wrote:
    Nobody wants to be the guy wearing a mouthguard though…
    [/quote:17sf85vo]

    Learned that lesson playing soccer. Mine’s transparent and custom fit — you can’t tell I’m wearing one.

    #14655
    Joe P
    Participant

    mouth guards are great for saving your teeth. I had a friend that was only wearing a standard helmet and when he came in contact with a rock half way down a drop. his helmet slightly hooked on it and it was enought to remove his eyebrow and smash his check bone. In my mind, thats the reason for a face guard cause if he had had a face guard he wouldn’t look like a one eye’s bandit with nice teeth. :smile:

    #14656
    Andrew
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    "Joe P":1dbbkri7 wrote:
    mouth guards are great for saving your teeth. I had a friend that was only wearing a standard helmet and when he came in contact with a rock half way down a drop. his helmet slightly hooked on it and it was enought to remove his eyebrow and smash his check bone. In my mind, thats the reason for a face guard cause if he had had a face guard he wouldn’t look like a one eye’s bandit with nice teeth. :smile:[/quote:1dbbkri7]

    Hey my grandmother was a one eye-bandit with great teeth and there is nothing wrong with that!!! :lol:

    #14657
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant

    When the going gets tough and there is a fair chance of me me kissing rocks with my melon I am wearing my using Galasport G-Extreme that I fitted with a Cascade face guard.
    Saved me more than once from excessive facial and othe head damage.

    TGG!

    http://www.galasportpaddles.com/index.php
    ?in=order&cat=25&pr=107&ct=cad

    http://www.noc.com/store/item_5932.html

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