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Helmets for freestyle

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Created by doonut 6 months ago, 7 Dec 2019
doonut
WA, 241 posts
7 Dec 2019 12:08PM
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I have recently taken a near knock out crash after catching an edge on a landing and this has me thinking a helmet may not be a bad choice.

Just wondered if anyone have tried helmets such as the sandbox helmet and if they provide any protection when hitting the water.
I am thing the force would just get transferred through the helmet anyway and not really decrease the impact?
And would only really offer protection against hard objects hitting your head.

Anyone with any experience with this?

Narrak
WA, 56 posts
7 Dec 2019 1:34PM
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doonut said..
I have recently taken a near knock out crash after catching an edge on a landing and this has me thinking a helmet may not be a bad choice.

Just wondered if anyone have tried helmets such as the sandbox helmet and if they provide any protection when hitting the water.
I am thing the force would just get transferred through the helmet anyway and not really decrease the impact?
And would only really offer protection against hard objects hitting your head.

Anyone with any experience with this?


Hi. I messed up really badly on a boost a while back and I then looped the kite at low level and hit the water incredibly hard (so hard that my sternum area was sore for 3 weeks). I had a NP helmet on and it has high density foam inside that absorbs a lot of impact (I have crash tested it multiple times whilst learning how to foil). your other option may be to get a sailing helmet - Forward WIP - or something similar.
what I am not sure about is whether the increased surface area loads up your neck more when you crash.

gdownie
NSW, 116 posts
7 Dec 2019 6:13PM
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Hi
Im one of the rare ones who wears a helmet, not sure if it stops you being knocked out as its your brain hitting inside your skull ,but for sure keeps sun off and wind out of your ears during winter and stops outside impact.
One or 2 I have is a Garth ,very basic construction.
2nd one is white river Kayak helmet which has heaps of padding and looks better.
Tried the Garth with pull down face visor which lasted 6 months before acrylic was frosted from salt.
Water water helmet I got from site in USA.

Happy2kite
QLD, 48 posts
7 Dec 2019 7:12PM
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If your hitting kickers or sliders go a helmet definitely as your speed is not that fast but chance of hitting kicker and sliding out or the sliders rail is high.
But if your laying down freestyle tricks in big winds you have higher speeds and amplitude.
The surface area of a helmet will actually contribute to the knockout neck injury.
Gath helmets are for surfing if you pull into a close out get skull dragged along bottom blah blah.
But there not designed for high impact hits that kiteboarding exerts.
Wakeboarding helmets are same seen so many unconscious crew going for a slim chance.

SaveTheWhales
WA, 1774 posts
7 Dec 2019 5:31PM
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The proper kayak helmets, not cheapo ones - have the right padding for impact.

Most helmets just have standard polystyrene crap.

Gath have very loud wind noise but still save your ear drums and board hits...

doonut
WA, 241 posts
7 Dec 2019 5:47PM
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Hmmm doesn't seem it'll help much going by the comments.

I'll just have to try to not eat it so much

iandvnt
QLD, 572 posts
8 Dec 2019 10:56AM
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I am used to slamming hard on a kite... went to cable, wore helmet hitting kicker, got concussion... never got it kiting.. well not like that anyway ( falling over about an hour later room spinning.)

I would be asking many super experienced wakeboarders cos its not super clear to me but do know a kiter that hit very hard a kl3 and the helmet jammed in back of neck.. temporarily paralysed them and they were very lucky not to drown.

Bazinga
QLD, 62 posts
3 Jun 2020 5:42PM
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I recently burst my eardrum when my foil board smacked into my ear pretty hard after a crash. The missus got me a rugby helmet that works really well if you put a cheap cap under it.


weebitbreezy
468 posts
3 Jun 2020 6:04PM
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Decathlon already make a water specific version of that:
decathlon.com.au/products/kids-adult-soft-surfing-helmet-170083?

Peahi
VIC, 1239 posts
3 Jun 2020 10:59PM
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I usually wear a Mystic helmet when 30kn+ with a camera so I can record my own death, or a kitemare for maximum youtube subscriptions

If you hit your head on something hard it's going to do something to stop the skull from cracking and potential concussion

And note water is as hard has concrete when you hit it at speed

Depends what you value more, your brain or your discs

Surfer62
TAS, 1341 posts
11 Jun 2020 9:46AM
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A young guy had a very nasty kitemare launch in gusty wind down here a few weeks ago, dragged onto road. He was wearing an unknown helmet and it actually cracked on the outside behind the ear area so it probably saved him from a serious head injury.

I dont wear one but just bought an ION to learn foiling.

Mark50
NSW, 149 posts
13 Jun 2020 6:51AM
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Bought a WIP helmet for foiling and it is comfortable and designed for water sports like high speed foiling cat sailing. Not cheap, but does the job and comes with ear protectors if needed. I popped an ear drum in the surf a little while back too...
boatcrewgear.com/helmets/

Sandyknickerz
3 posts
15 Jun 2020 7:18AM
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I use a Gath (no visor), and it is very light and close-fitting so would not contribute to likelihood of neck injury. Pretty sure it'll protect against board-strike injuries as well as eardrum damage. But I also found wind noise annoying when foiling until I taped over all the vents... worst factor In creating the whistling sound was a tiny drainhole on top!



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