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Old 06-14-2006   #1
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Full Coverage Creeking Helmets: Brands/Opinions?

Does anyone out there have a good source for lightweight full coverage creeking helmets? You know, the full "jaw-bar" type.
I spent some "face time" with the bottom of the Popo Agie River over in Lander, WY last weekend, and it cost me shots to the jaw, lip/teeth, bridge of the nose, etc. There were other marks on my Grateful Heads creeker helmet, but it was the exposed face that took the punishment. Of course, staying upright is the key, but inverted happens once in a while, and screamin' shallow creeks can be brutal.
Someone has suggested some of the new full coverage paragliding helmets, since they are really light, but wonder about their ability to take mulitiple hits, and also whether they will soak up much water. Some of the guys I know are paddling with downhill mt.bike helmets now, but they seem heavy and the padding seems prone to sponging up water like crazy. Anyway, would appreciate hearing from other creek freaks who are using helmets with more coverage, as far as brands, weights, durability, etc. It's been a wild spring out there, with lots more to do....

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Old 06-14-2006   #3
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Thanks. The "X-Stream" looks promising, slim profile from side to side, although from the pic it looks like the jaw bar sticks out forward quite a ways. I have seen a couple of different helmets where the face protection was much tighter to the face, which might make it less of a problem rolling, etc. Thanks for the source, though, will check them out further.
So many rivers, so little time..........
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