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Sangi

Jan 26, 2008, 3:25 AM
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Hello there,

I'm a newbie skydiver (with 21 jumps), getting my gear during the winter and I have a dilemma with helmets.

I'm looking for a FF helmet and I narrowed my choice to 3 of them:

1. http://www.boneheadcomposites.com/guner.htm
2. http://www.boneheadcomposites.com/mindwarp.htm
3. http://www.tonfly.com/NI-O_500964.html

One skydiver told me to go for tonfly, even though He's using boneheads guner. And I'm confused. Alot of skydivers say that bonehead helmets have high quality.

So which helmet to choose?

Thank you,
Sangi


virgin-burner

Jan 26, 2008, 3:33 AM
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the one you like the best? and of course the one that makes you look the best.. Tongue

i have a mindwarp, i like it a lot, ts very quite, i can put two audibles in it and even add a camera later on if i want that. cool helmet!


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Jan 26, 2008, 5:03 AM
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i have a mindwarp, i like it a lot, ts very quite, i can put two audibles in it and even add a camera later on if i want that. cool helmet!

For the record, you can do the same thing with a Protec Tongue


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Jan 26, 2008, 5:29 AM
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...For the record, you can do the same thing with a Protec Tongue

But...but...Protec is not such a cool name as Mindwarp and Bonehead, et. al. Nevermind relative protection provided, it's just not cool.
LaughLaughLaugh


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 26, 2008, 5:41 AM
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i have a mindwarp, i like it a lot, ts very quite, i can put two audibles in it and even add a camera later on if i want that. cool helmet!

For the record, you can do the same thing with a Protec Tongue

Not to mention pelting it, eh? Wink


Sangi

Jan 26, 2008, 5:53 AM
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So I guess mindwarp is the way to go?

What about tonfly nino helmet?


kschilk

Jan 26, 2008, 6:07 AM
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...For the record, you can do the same thing with a Protec Tongue

But...but...Protec is not such a cool name as Mindwarp and Bonehead, et. al. Nevermind relative protection provided, it's just not cool.
LaughLaughLaugh


Unsure....neither is "Tupperware". Unsure


darkwing  (D 4164)

Jan 26, 2008, 6:25 AM
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not all heads are the same. Best for you may not be best for others. Try them on if possible. Buy one. Ultimately, "shut up and jump."


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Jan 26, 2008, 6:58 AM
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Not to mention pelting it, eh?

Exactly!!!!!!! Cool


drjump  (D 2785)

Jan 26, 2008, 7:18 AM
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When it comes to protection BELL helmets offer the best coverage!!!!! They used to be cool.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Jan 26, 2008, 8:38 AM
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You can't go wrong with a Bonehead or Tonfly, IMO. Having both...
I think the finish is more durable on the Bonehead. My wingsuit helmet is the Bonehead Mindwarp, and my wingsuit camera helmet is a Tonfly Diablo (same finish as the Nino).
The Mindwarp will stay looking good even after being dropped on the ground, bumping door frames, etc for quite a while. The Tonfly will continue protecting your head, but you'll likely end up putting a lot of stickers on it to cover "oops."
FWIW, I'll forever be in Bonehead's debt. One of my very early jumps, I had a premature deployment on my rig. My head met the side of the aircraft very forcefully, enough to score the side of the helmet and leave permanent paint chips from the plane embedded in it. Coulda been my head. I don't know how a cheaper helmet may have managed that impact. Probably just fine but "no shit...there I was."Cool


Sangi

Jan 26, 2008, 8:56 AM
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Thank you a lot for your reply DSE

I guess I'll be going for the mindwarp then Smile


councilman24  (D 8631)

Jan 26, 2008, 3:13 PM
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In case you hadn't figured it out, the $45 Protec actually provides more protection than any of the other helmets discussed. (Except the Bell!) I've been looking for a helmet besides a protec that I liked for a number of years. Still just keep wearing my protecs. Update the pads with and it's even better.

Not cool, but those that know will know that you've use you head for more that supporting the helmet.Wink


henryvillar  (B 71961)

Jan 27, 2008, 9:50 AM
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I`m happy with my Rawa


tbrown  (D 6533)

Jan 27, 2008, 2:27 PM
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i have a mindwarp, i like it a lot, ts very quite, i can put two audibles in it and even add a camera later on if i want that. cool helmet!

For the record, you can do the same thing with a Protec Tongue

Absolutely ! I used to jump a Protec in the old days (1980) and was very happy. But I bought a Mindwarp five years ago and have no complaints. I have one audible on the left side and I wear earplugs. The only real issue I have at all with Protecs (which are a FINE helmet) is the open holes at the ears. I'm a little older and already have some hearing loss, so even with the quieter Mindwarp I still wear foam plugs. I can hear my audible just fine too, without its shrill tone drilling a hole through my head. I'm not sure how people set up their audibles with a Protec, but the pictures I see would suggest their ears are not protected and they get the full effect of engine and freefall wind shriek. Hearing loss over time is a very real hazard in our sport. Old farts know it, but I'm not sure the kids believe it. Of course we laughed all that off rocking out in our younger days....


(This post was edited by tbrown on Jan 27, 2008, 2:28 PM)


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 28, 2008, 1:35 AM
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In case you hadn't figured it out, the $45 Protec actually provides more protection than any of the other helmets discussed. (Except the Bell!) I've been looking for a helmet besides a protec that I liked for a number of years. Still just keep wearing my protecs. Update the pads with and it's even better.

Not cool, but those that know will know that you've use you head for more that supporting the helmet.Wink

I wish Protec would come out with closed-ear and full-face models with the same padding...


councilman24  (D 8631)

Jan 28, 2008, 5:16 AM
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http://www.pro-tec.net/bike/main.html

Bottom of the page.


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Jan 28, 2008, 5:30 AM
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The ear hole thing is freaking easy to fix... cover the helmet with fur, and it becomes MUCH quieter Tongue


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 28, 2008, 8:25 AM
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The ear hole thing is freaking easy to fix... cover the helmet with fur, and it becomes MUCH quieter Tongue

Imagine that... TongueWinkCool

Doesn't do much for the 'full face' option, though... Smile


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 28, 2008, 8:28 AM
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The Spade or Shovelhead look interesting... too bad they're too small for me (24.5" melon)


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Jan 28, 2008, 9:05 AM
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Imagine that...

Doesn't do much for the 'full face' option, though...

Grow a beard? That would protect you from the wind, and if you're really creative, you can make your protec and facial hair match Wink


monkycndo  (D License)

Jan 28, 2008, 9:40 AM
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The Spade or Shovelhead look interesting... too bad they're too small for me (24.5" melon)

I have the same problem with Protecs. Too small. I ordered an Xl half shell for crew. Sucker is too tight.Frown

Only full face that fits well is either the BH Mamba or Paratec FreeFr. I chose the Mamba.


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 29, 2008, 12:28 AM
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Yup, I've had pretty good luck with my Bonehead helmets...but THEY'RE even tight...


Skyjinks

Jan 29, 2008, 6:32 AM
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Check out the new Benny Skydiving Helmet. Better protection, low price and made for skydiving.
http://www.skysystemsusa.com/helmets/benny.html


mnealtx  (B 30496)

Jan 29, 2008, 8:33 AM
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Thanks!


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