Page 1 of 2

Helmets

PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:52 pm
by EchoWhiskey
I have decided that a helmet is a must have. Steve Henry mentioned Protec as an option. Not sure how that integrates with headset. Sky cowboy has headset integration but not cheap. Does anyone have a recomendation?

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:03 pm
by danerazz
If you’re going for a helmet, I’m not sure “cheap” is what you should be concerned with.

I was considering an HGU-55, about $1200 plus options for audio.

Or this

https://www.aviationhelmets.com/product/ace-prolite

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:12 am
by SuperFly
Regarding helmets, I distinctly remember an ad campaign years ago by Bell Helmets. They got much criticism for being expensive equipment. Their ad page showed simply a picture of a Bell Helmet, and it read
"If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet." That has stuck with me for the probably 30 years since I saw it. Quite profound advertising.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:04 pm
by BucF16
I just happen to have an HGU-55 :twisted: that I’ve civilianized. I plan on using that, but that helmet Dane posted looks assume! Look into it. It looks like it would be much more comfortable...
Cheers
Bruce

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:17 pm
by SheepdogRD
I'm interested in the Sky Cowboy systems because they use Team Wendy helmets built for SAR use. The helmets themselves are $399 including headset adapters, and they can be used with several different headsets.

We're planning to use Bose A20s or whatever Bose is offering this coming Spring. Bose recently upgraded their Quiet Comfort line, so I expect their aviation headsets will also get an upgrade soon.

Check the helmets out at https://www.skycowboysupplyco.com/.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:51 am
by CanadianSheepHunter
I use a David Clarke Helmut and ordered a snap on sun visor peak after. I installed my Bose headset in it, I did have to modify the one ear cup on the Helmut. Not too heavy, never hot, definitely comfortable.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:36 pm
by EchoWhiskey
Who knows the difference between the $1200 and the $400?

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:49 pm
by danerazz
$800

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:45 am
by SheepdogRD
EchoWhiskey wrote:Who knows the difference between the $1200 and the $400?

If you're referring to the Sky Cowboy $400 helmet, it's the helmet and adapters, but you still have to add your own headset, which you partially disassemble and install in the helmet. No soldering required. I think it's a nice combination of a really good helmet and whatever really good noise canceling we choose.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:16 am
by danerazz
The sky cowboy helmets are lexan-polycarbonate while an HGU-55 is Kevlar. HGUs have built-in earcups, and (not generally necessary for Highlanders) accommodations for oxygen masks, visors, etc. The sky cowboy helmets are most likely quite adequate for our purposes here.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:03 pm
by BDA
PT A-Bravo
Light
Headset fits inside it
Comfortable

http://www.pthelmets.com/
Order from this site
https://www.pro-distribution.com/collections/pt-helmets

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:00 pm
by BDA
PT Bravo

$60

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:35 pm
by SheepdogRD
The PT Bravo description makes it seem more like a place to attach stuff than a way to protect the skull. One line in the features is alarming: "Helmet Plastic Can Be Reshaped with a Hammer If Crushed Flat".

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:42 am
by BDA
They are very strong and high quality.

I totaly agree w the best helmet you can afford idea, I use a high dollar carbon fiber helmet for riding snowmachine.

But
The best helmet you will WEAR is just as important.
My carbon fiber helmet is too big and bulky for an airplane.
And I havnt found another besides this one that I WILL wear.

Re: Helmets

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:16 pm
by CanadianSheepHunter
My David Clarke Helmut with Bose headset