Hello Dave,culliford wrote:Research on bicycle helmets indicates that those with hard foam cell material were effective in reducing the energy from a blow experienced by the brain. Helmets with soft foam padding were not helpful in reducing brain injuries, only reducing abraisions.
All of the kiteboarding helmets I see use the soft foam material. Are not the same forces at play in kiteboarding?
Is there any reason that the hard foam padding is not used, such as exposure to salt water? Is it a reasonable trade off, safety vs durability or possibly comfort?
Is there any data on brain injuries experienced by kiteboarders vs type of helmet or lack thereof?
I know that other watersport helmets, e.g. kayak, use soft foam but there I don't think that the energy involved is comprable.
Is there any reason not to use a snowboarding helmet, some of which use the hard cell foam lining?
kjelleren wrote:I wear a helmet primarily to protect against impact with my gear. This is the same reason I wore one windsurfing. I don't want there to be a chance of having the lights go out, while in the water. Having said that, I don't need the same kind of protection as is required for a bike helmet. I am not worried about high speed crashes on pavement or with cars.
Secondarily, I like the warmth and ear protection, a helmet affords. I use a traditional Protec Kayaking helmet. It is lightweight and has a strong shell. I took a major baordhit with it once, and am sure it would have knocked me silly. I cover it with aluminized tape to cover the vent holes to keep in the warmth. It drains instantly when I get up out of the water.
I don't know how you can beat one of these simple helmets. I think the data being shown for impact resistance may not directly apply to the use I specify.
I suspect that you are right about the face guard fastenings. If you are going to take a frontal impact that may cause the helmet to fail at the fastenings, at least the failure may slow the impact down a bit. With most other helmets you will simply take the full impact face on, ouch! Face protection is a common area that most helmets that can be used in kiteboarding just don't offer. Thanks for posting this image it is worth carefully considering.phree wrote:Rick, I'm expecting a call back from Jeff with Bump & Jump on this item. I'll ask him about the reinforcements. I doubt if it has anything more than washers as shell reinforcements, though. Still, I'd guess the helmet becomes more bomb proof with the faceguard.
Rick, do you know if the new Gath helmets are improved over the Gath helmets from a year or two ago? The pictures look like they haven't changed a thing.
By the way, This faceguard supposedly retrofits to most ANY HELMET that has ear covers.
Yes, there are a number of kayak helmets on the market at present. I would urge caution in using one with a permanent sunvisor in place or one that would not easily break away on impact with water FOR kiteboarding. Our necks are vulnerable to inflamation or worse upon impact if extra, excessive loading comes from helmet drag. The visors appear to add additional impact and drag loading area. Most kayakers will hit the water moving at speeds approaching that of the water and at a low angle. In theory these factors may minimize drag.hightimes wrote:Try out some wakeboard helmets, they look and work well.
Some of them have visors to help block the sun.
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