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Old 05-30-2006   #21
Denver, Colorado
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Full face helmets follow Murphy's law... if you wear one, you will never need it, if you don't face + rocks = blood. I have a FNA and I really like it. The only times I think it actually prevented a gash were on "easy" stuff, very low water late season golden session, and a low water royal gorge trip. With the blasted rock everywhere in colorado, its good insurance. I've heard enough stiches stories from folks of all levels of boating to know that you don't need to be a full on V+ creeker to benefit from face protection. Even a small cut on your face can bleed like hell and put an end to a fun day.

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Old 05-30-2006   #22
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Never thought I'd be thinking of getting a face mask until yesterday.
I was takin' it easy at Golden caught a bad brace and whacked myself if the mouth with my paddle shaft - F that hurt. Now I need to have some dental work for a chipped and split front tooth.
I'm Seriously thinking of a face mask now. I've hit some good rocks on the helmet while upside down, I cant imagine if I wasn't tucked and took one to the face. Is it possible to retrofit / after-market an existing helmet?

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Old 05-30-2006   #23
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If you have an ear-covering helmet, one place to start is local sporting goods stores for baseball or softball helmet face guards (made my Schutt, Wilson, etc.) often for $15 or so with hardware -- these you can modify if you find someone or some way to cut a horizontal bar out of it for better vision, if you like.

Example similar to what I have on my old Pro-Tec:
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Old 06-01-2006   #24
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Anybody tried the Cascade chin bar on a Cascade or anyting else?
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Old 06-02-2006   #25
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Damn, that Lektor Protektor looks straight up mid-evil. I like Anyone have any experience with that thing? It says the face guard can be removed in case of a snag...but I'm curious if it's a quick release or if they expect you to sit there with a screw driver and undo the 6 screws while your head is stuck underwater.

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Old 06-02-2006   #26
Ft. Collins, Colorado
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Ive got the pretator hardnose, it looks like shit but it does'nt restrict vision or speaking at all. Messing around on late season poudre runs that most people would consider too low to boat its definitley saved my face a few times.

People have told me that the one drawback of a facemask/chinbar (besides looks) is that it can get snagged on rocks but Ive never actually heard of that happening. I browsed through the accident reports on American Whitewater and could'nt find anything either. Anyone ever know someone whos facemask/chinbar got caught on something while upside down?

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