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Marc K

Kiss Helmet - Bad Reputation?

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True or False?

I've heard a couple of times from experienced skydivers the stereotype that people with Kiss helmets are known to be inexperienced haha.

First I thought it was just a joke, but having thought about it I don't know any experienced skydivers who wear Kiss helmets lol.

Obviously a helmet does not determine how someone flies but I just wondered if that cliché is true among skydivers in general.

Cheers, Marc:)

(Yes, I have a Kiss helmet haha)

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I have a Kiss; I also have a couple thousand jumps and almost 50 years in the sport. Wear what fits your head the best — the best all-around fit is the most protective. 
I know experienced jumpers who wear Pro-tecs, too. 
Wendy P. 

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5 hours ago, Marc K said:

I've heard a couple of times from experienced skydivers the stereotype that people with Kiss helmets are known to be inexperienced haha.

Generally the somewhat better value products are purchased either by younger newer jumpers, or older experienced people who understand the value of a dollar. The friends you heard from may be people who are a little full of themselves. Something that is very common in the sport. Pay no attention to what people say and instead watch what they do.

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I think it just comes down to marketing in a sense that simply a sheer number of cookies all over DZs make you forget there are alternatives. Furthermore, you'd find G3s in stock in every shop out there, while Kisses often come on backorder (at least where I am from)

From design perspective both are good helmets with their pros and cons.

First time hearing something about particular full-face model having to do with experience. Usually it's about whole category altogether i.e. students don't jump full-faces for a reason.

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22 hours ago, Marc K said:

True or False?

I've heard a couple of times from experienced skydivers the stereotype that people with Kiss helmets are known to be inexperienced haha.

I have no idea how that demographic plays out and I don't really care.  I liked the KISS design (and I knew Tony pretty well) but couldn't find one that fit me well, so I went with a Bonehead Aero.  But I still use my old Paratec Freezr for tunnel flying.  I like em both.

Find one that:
-fits well
-blocks enough air
-doesn't block so much air that you fog up or find it hard to breathe in the plane
-has some impact protection
-has a good field of view
-doesn't have any snag hazards
-is easy to open/remove

If it does all those things it's a good helmet, even if it's not popular.

 

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On 11/9/2021 at 2:01 PM, Marc K said:

True or False?

I've heard a couple of times from experienced skydivers the stereotype that people with Kiss helmets are known to be inexperienced haha.

First I thought it was just a joke, but having thought about it I don't know any experienced skydivers who wear Kiss helmets lol.

Obviously a helmet does not determine how someone flies but I just wondered if that cliché is true among skydivers in general.

Cheers, Marc:)

(Yes, I have a Kiss helmet haha)

My dz has both a bunch of KISS and a bunch of Cookies to try on - from what I have seen it is very much head shape - Cookies fit me better because the Kisses were way too tight on the face.  Other people the Kisses fit way better than the Cookies..

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12 hours ago, faulknerwn said:

My dz has both a bunch of KISS and a bunch of Cookies to try on - from what I have seen it is very much head shape - Cookies fit me better because the Kisses were way too tight on the face.  Other people the Kisses fit way better than the Cookies..

Agree with this Statement. My noggin fits the Cookie G4 and the Kiss helmet wonderfully, but the G3 was never very comfortable even with my hundreds of jumps with one. Different fits! I suggest OP try them all on and see what feels best. 

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7 hours ago, councilman24 said:

I resemble that remark.  I finally found a full face that fit my head, a Phantom X (kiss predecessor).  But I HATE jumping in a full face helmet.

I have never once jumped with a full face helmet. I prefer to jump outdoors. I do use a modern open face hard shell after years of frappe hat.+

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