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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the whole purpose of helmets, to absorb and spread the impact energy over time and area so the brain doesn't have to stop so fast.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's the whole purpose of helmets, to absorb and spread the impact energy over time and area so the brain doesn't have to stop so fast.

I understand that but the only impact was the bottom of my board on face of the next swell. Needless to say that I ended up with a broken board.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

noshuzbluz wrote:
the only impact was the bottom of my board on face of the next swell

I got it this time. I thought you hit the water flat on your head.
I've often wondered why flat landings are such a shock. I guess flexed knees and spinal curvature can soak up only so much. That's probably why many lifelong runners end up with brain pathology resembling that of pugilistic dementia.
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WATUPWITU



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so maybe thicker, softer pads would help in these situations?
or mini helmets for your feet! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was really just trying to put it out of it misery. It was already buckled all the way across just behind the mast track. That time I really tried to land hard. I was close to the launch and was trying to snap it. It didn't snap although that was the last time I sailed it. It definitely started taking on water after that.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dsgrntlxmply wrote:



Sadly, the helmet is blue, and has been the apparent cause of more than one kid at the beach asking me if I'm some sort of beach cop or lifeguard.


I have painted to suit the last 3 helmets of mine.

current one is this:

pay for shipping both ways and $15 will get you a custom lid


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I missed a jibe the other day (notice how I implied that I usually make them there Laughing ) the sail went up, swung all the way around and came full speed into my forehead, got a bit of a sore neck, but I might have been done without the helmet...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update since my last post. This last Thursday I discovered that my trusty Gath helmet had reached the end of its day. While I used it without a problem, I discovered a large break in the outer shell. I have to admit that it was coming to the end of its life, so no bad feelings. For better than 10 years, it has served me well.

I bought a new one today, and I wanted to say that the neoprene component in the front was replaced by an EVA component. Certainly looks to be an improvement in what I view as an outstanding product.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is the replacement helmet a GATH as well ?

I suppose it is.......

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, and I chose to stick with the full helmet style that covers the ears rather than changing to the convertible model.
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