The new Hawkeye video helmet is truly awesome! I just purchased the Hawkeye LT from Arrow Dynamics in Eloy. First off, the owner Jim Hotze was a pleasure to do business with. Besides being very knowledgeable on his products, politeness and professionalism were always there.
The total production time from day of order to delivery was approximately only two weeks. Of course being the anxious person that I am, I wet to Eloy to pick it up which also allowed me to see the company first hand. Again, very professional.
On the helmet itself... I will try to be as concise as possible because I have so many great things to say about it.
Safety is first and foremost one of the things we as videographers look for. This helmet I believe, because of it's streamlined body and smoothness, has to be one of the safest video helmets available.
Comfort is another important asset of this helmet. The padding inside is, for lack of better words, soft, thick and plush and form fits to your head.
As the saying goes "Image is everything". Well, this helmet fits the bill. The picture advertisement you see in the magazines just gives you a glimpse of its true beauty. In real life, WOW!!!
I had my helmet made marbled with two colors, Black as the base, marbled with dove gray. These colors match my rig and video suit perfectly. The helmet comes with a four-point harness and also a chinstrap. The optional chin cup I purchased came marbled in the same colors as the helmet.
The helmet also came predrilled for side mount video brackets and the new Swivel Site Ring Extender.
Since I am using a top mount TRV11, I also purchased a custom made cradle which is molded to fit the bottom of the camcorder like a glove, allowing NO movement at all. Unlike the boxes available on the market, this cradle was made to hold the camcorder to the helmet and still allow you to open the screen, change batteries, etc., without having to remove the camcorder from the helmet. This is an item you have to see to get a real understanding of how functional it is.
The entire helmet system (Hawkeye LT, which is for top and left mounts, custom two color marbling, marbled chin cup, and custom TRV11 camcorder cradle) was only $448.00! Through all of my pre-purchase research, this was an unbeatable price.
I am in the USAF and work as a videographer and freefall instructor at the Military Freefall School in Yuma, AZ. There are many individuals I work with who currently shoot video here. They were so impressed with the complete package that I purchased and most impressed with its price. We are going to look into possibly buying some systems for the school.
As you can probably tell, I am very happy with my purchase. If you are in the market for a video helmet, please check out the Hawkeye!