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Reviews for The MAMBA Helmet Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5

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Great helmet for RW/every day 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: jschulman, 2011-06-10

Had my Mamba for just over 150 jumps now. Took me about a minute to figure out how to open the visor the first time, now it's like second nature. It's a lot easier to open when you are wearing it. The back of the helmet is adjustable to accommodate different size heads/necks. Not the easiest to figure out how to adjust the first time or the quickest. But once you adjust it, you shouldn't have to again.

Taken quite a few kicks to the head/face with combat RW work :) Helmet stands up great, have a few small scratches on the visor, but I suppose it is replaceable if I wanted to. Also jump with a GoPro, mount stays on great but doesn't allow the Visor to open 100%. Over time the visor has gotten a little loose, but was able to remedy that with 92 cents worth of rubber washers from Lowes. Put them between the Visor and Helmet on the pins. Works great now.

Have two ditters in it, can always hear them easily and never had an issue with them getting scratched by the pins from the visor. The pin system for the visor is a cotter pin, it will not come out very easily and certainly not on its own.

Also I have jumped out a few times and forgot to close my visor all the way and it stayed on, I just closed it in freefall. Well built strong. Also use this helmet in the wind tunnel. Never a problem.


Pretty Good 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: GoHuskers, 2011-06-06

The Mamba is pretty good. I like the fact that its quiet enough to hear my audible. I've had problems with my Protec and Nvertigo. If you want a quiet ride this is a good helmet. It goes on super quick in the aircraft so I don't have to worry about getting it on until the plane levels out. It only takes a couple seconds.
What I don't like about it. It doesn't fit very well. Sometimes it seems tight, sometimes it feels good, last time air was rushing in on the left side of my jaw. The visor doesn't quite marry up with the unit all that well. It makes me think the pin and hole retaining system will fail someday as 3/4's of the pin doesn't get into the hole. There should be some type of tightening system that runs through the back of the helmet. All that retains the helmet on your head is ergonomics and a chin strap. I particularly dislike the internal audible pockets. I don't understand why the designer thought putting an expensive audible right next to the only nuts and bolts on the helmet is beyond me. I solved the problem by building a little pad of electric tape and cardboard against the nut but it almost makes the audible not fit. The only other thing I don't like about this helmet is that you cant talk to anyone else once you've put it on regardless of having the visor up. Its annoying when someone says something at the last minute or you can't alert someone on the dropzone that you're coming in on final near them.
The helmet is very secure. I've made about 15 sitfly skydives in the helmet without issue.

Sturdy and light great helmet 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: chrizbreck, 2010-10-19

So I recently received my helmet and had read before that glasses with this helmet can be an issue.

I wear the I guess 'modern' style glasses with the black rims and rectangular shape. Anyway the helmet fits my head great and is nice and snug but my glasses have fractions between the outer most points on either side and the lens. It not tot big an issue I just have to remember to push my glasses up before throwing down the visor.

When it comes to the lock, people say that it is confusing to open... it took me about 15 seconds to figure out how to do it. Even if you do take a bit to get used to it once you have the idea down its not something your going to forget.

Overall I love this helmet and would recommend it to anyone =)
-See ya in the sky!

Great full face helmet 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: msJulia, 2010-07-05

This is my first full face helmet that I got at my 45 jumps. Initially, I was nervous to be claustrophobic as I only jumped open face before. All my worries disappeared after the first jump and I since put more than a dozen in it. I absolutely love it. It feels very comfortable and quiet, and makes it easy to fully focus on RW work with no limitation of visibility. It is light but solid. I first could not figure out how to open it, but it turned out to be very easy. Just press near your temple area on both sides. Keep it open while on a plane to avoid any fogging and close before exit. It never fogged on me in the air, even in high 80s, and I keep it closed under canopy. I always store it in a bag for protection, as I heard the glass can scratch if not cared for. Overall great helmet, highly recommend it.

Mamba 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: Harperd, 2010-06-29

Not much ventilation so it fogs easily despite the anti-fog coating. Faceshield frame is real stout, if you forget to close or it comes open (highly unluckly, very strong latch) it isn't going anywhere, won't rip off like so many others. I have intentionally jumped it open when fog froze on lens. Faceshield pivot pin protrudes into cavity for audible, I had a riser slap cause it to break the crystal lens in my ProTrack. You have to remove the foam ear priece to access the audible, velcro attach wears out after a while.

mamba 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: topdogs1963, 2010-06-23

OK...rookie review here, so take it for what its worth.

Nice looking helmet, visor comes with anti-fog, was hoping I could wear glasses in it, but its really snug. The visor does lock tight.

Only thing that is odd is to open the visor, you need to pinch the upper part of visor around your eyebrows to get it to unlock. unlike the push button z-1. Not a real big deal, but different. Over all I'm happy with it. Tryed keeping it closed after opening canopy, super heated, next jump lifted visor after I was in canopy...stayed cool. This was during a hot texas summer day !

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I cant really wear my glasses with it. I might be able to force it, but it would be REAL tight.

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