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leithaus

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 6:03 am    Sun-protection with helmet? Reply with quote

Hi all - does anyone have any experience with using a visor or brim modification for a helmet? I don't want to give up riding with my helmet but am in need of a wider brim for longer sessions on the water. There is a company that makes these for other activities (https://dabrim.com) but looking at the attachment it looks like it would never survive a kite session with a couple crashes.

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knotwindy

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 6:38 am     Reply with quote

I have a friend who wears a baseball style cap under his helmet, seems to work fine for him. Might try it? Fast & cheap if it doesn’t work out.
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eric

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 7:05 am     Reply with quote

^^^

On my mind a lot. Years and years of water sports and need to get some spots removed. I think the reality is that sun reflecting off of the water is also a significant issue so shade from above is great, but I do wonder if it’s enough? I like to do long sessions too, and I think a balaclava may be the path I take, along with the full suit gloves, shoes/booties etc I’ve worn for years for sun protection.

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windpig

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 8:48 am     Reply with quote

My problem with visors and hats is that you loose sight of the kite, which isn't the worst thing, but I was surprised how much I use my peripheral vision to keep tabs on the kite when wearing a hat recently.

As goofy as they look, the Gath helmets with a full sun visor might be the best option. https://gathsports.com/product/gath-rv/

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Sasquatch

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 9:11 am     Reply with quote

knotwindy wrote:
I have a friend who wears a baseball style cap under his helmet, seems to work fine for him. Might try it? Fast & cheap if it doesn’t work out.


I always wear sunglasses and a baseball cap when I go out. I of course put on thick, waterproof, 55 spf on my face, head area, and the tops of my hands.

I too have a sunspot on my right cheek bone on the outside of my eye. Probably from skiing mostly I suspect.

I'm still a beginner with foiling and I just put a helmet over my baseball cap, and it works just fine when I go out to foil.

I've seen people with a balaclava or a bandana to cover their faces. Seems to work just fine.

I've also seen plenty of people with the Gath helmet with the visor.

There used to be a dude who rode in HR mainly who had a Star Wars helmet on while he rode. I believe it was a storm-trooper helmet. I guess he has/had lots of sun related issues on his skin.

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tinyE

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 9:19 am     Reply with quote

i have a helmet with a bill that i copied from GMan, long ago. i don't know what brand it is, but it has an S on it. It looks like a baseball cap in helmet form, and works really well giving me a little shade in the water. in addition to that though, and sunscreen of course, don't forget about your eyes. I had pterygium surgery on both eyes. Doc says the combo of sun, heat, and wind blowing will do it every time.... kind of perfect kiting conditions.

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jasonq

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 9:27 am     Reply with quote

i think the "S" helmet is a sweet protection strutter

https://www.sweetprotection.com/en-us/strutter-helmet/845091.html?dwvar_845091_color=DPUMC&dwvar_845091_size=ML&cgid=helmets-paddlesport

i have the original version from about 25 years ago. used it for WW kayak and kite unitl the foam started to break down last year. Its a great helmet, and the new ones have a much better fit system.

gath are nice because they cover your entire face with polycarbonate which blocks UV. but i find them awkward. my wife has one, and tends to use her kayak helmet for kiting more.

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mikeinhoodriver

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 10:08 am     Reply with quote

I run a full Protec helmet that covers the ears, but has no visor. I am planning on ordering one these velcro mount visors from Salamander Paddle Gear..

https://salamanderpaddlegear.com/product/salamander-beak-helmet-visor

https://salamanderpaddlegear.com/product/salamander-revisor-helmet-visor

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Justsmile

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 6:18 pm     Reply with quote

jasonq wrote:
i think the "S" helmet is a sweet protection strutter

https://www.sweetprotection.com/en-us/strutter-helmet/845091.html?dwvar_845091_color=DPUMC&dwvar_845091_size=ML&cgid=helmets-paddlesport

i have the original version from about 25 years ago. used it for WW kayak and kite unitl the foam started to break down last year. Its a great helmet, and the new ones have a much better fit system.

gath are nice because they cover your entire face with polycarbonate which blocks UV. but i find them awkward. my wife has one, and tends to use her kayak helmet for kiting more.


How can you go wrong with this helmet when it’s add shows the best afternoon laps in the PNW of running spirit in the little white. Kiting is fun but nothing better than top notch paddling in the back yard.

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HH

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PostThu Sep 01, 22 9:44 pm     Reply with quote

I don't really bother with a brim. I don't like wearing a lot of sunblock so I just cover up. I have Lip Typhoon sunglasses that wrap around my face, a fisherman's neck gaiter with breathing holes and then a brimless water helmet over the gaiter which is pulled up over my ears and the back of my head. This pretty much covers up 99% of my head. All I need is a small dab of sunblock swiped over the upper cheeks and bridge of my nose and I'm good to go.

As for the rest - gloves, long sleeve rashguard shirt, and long leggings. I admittedly don't like booties because I like a more direct feel with the board. But I think I'm going to have to start wearing them. Despite using a lot of sunblock, the tops of my feet are getting very dark. I think there's just too much water rushing over your feet for any sunblock to last very long.

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watercamper

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PostFri Sep 02, 22 6:48 am     Reply with quote

+1 on the Salamander. I use my ProTec kayaking helmet when kiting. I put the Salamander brim on it around 1996. Still works gr8. The nice thing about them is that if you hit the water hard, they will flip up thereby possibly preventing neck damage.

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Gman

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PostFri Sep 02, 22 10:34 am     Reply with quote

jasonq wrote:
i think the "S" helmet is a sweet protection strutter

https://www.sweetprotection.com/en-us/strutter-helmet/845091.html?dwvar_845091_color=DPUMC&dwvar_845091_size=ML&cgid=helmets-paddlesport

i have the original version from about 25 years ago. used it for WW kayak and kite unitl the foam started to break down last year. Its a great helmet, and the new ones have a much better fit system.

gath are nice because they cover your entire face with polycarbonate which blocks UV. but i find them awkward. my wife has one, and tends to use her kayak helmet for kiting more.


I used to be into whitewater kayaking, bought the original sweet strutter kayak helmet, after meeting Scott Lindgren in 1997 at a Nike film night, he had the helmet on the table, it was super shiny silver. After 20 years all the paint faded down to the bare Kevlar - i imagine the sun melting your hair, scalp and skull and ultimately melting your brain.

I try to wear a full 3/2 suit for sun protection, helmet, seaspecs - havent had much luck with face covering as i tend waterboard myself - but curious if others have tried Man's paintball setup (he has been rocking that for a long time)

oh, and every four years or so a strapless surfboard smashes the helmet like a chair in a bar fight

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apctjb

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PostSat Sep 03, 22 5:33 pm     Reply with quote

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S1FMWFL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Easy to attach to most helmets (Protec, Liquid Force, etc.) Provides full face UV protection not to mention pointy foils....

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sflinux

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PostSun Oct 09, 22 8:20 am     Reply with quote

I have used this, probably the best uv protection you can get, but hard to find
https://www.murrays.com/product/gath-rv/

With the Gedi, I have also tried the retractable visor. It has the feel of wearing sunglasses.
https://gathsports.com/product/gedi-half-face-visor/

For eye protection I also like seaspecs.
https://www.seaspecs.com/index?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjN_el8PT-gIVkQ2tBh2i3wYIEAAYAiAAEgJi2fD_BwE

I have also tried solshaka (uv protectant face covering):
https://solshaka.com/

For sunscreen, my current favorite for longest lasting is Tropicsport.

One helmet that I have been wanting to try is the full face:
https://www.nrs.com/wrsi-moment-helmet/ppau?utm_campaign=shop_comp&utm_source=google&utm_medium=buy_now&utm_term=goog_product_43005.03

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