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Old 09-26-2011   #21
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In my first season of kayaking white water I've found rocks on the bottom with my helmet twice in class III water. My rolls came right up and I didn't have to go get stitches or worse.

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Old 09-26-2011   #22
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If you think your cooler than this guy:
a rough day on the river and lessons learned
Ditch the helmet.

As for me and my head, we'll be in a WRSI.

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Old 09-28-2011   #23
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interesting topic

Years ago we were road scouting the House Rock run on the Gallatin and saw a dude kayaking the run with no helmet! We are at the takeout debating the merits of a bike shuttle (lots of truck traffic and no shoulder) when a pickup with a k1 and a dude pulls in. Takes a good look in the camper (as I remembered later) and offers to give us a ride to the put in. Flirts with my wife a little (not so much as I would get pissed) on the way up while telling us he is the no helmet kayaker. Truck is coincidently broken into when we get to TO. Trick tailgate saves bikes probably.

Didn't lose too much, spare paddle (blades were delaming and the shaft was way too stiff (gave him tendonitus I hope)) and a couple of crazy creek chairs, didn't even notice till we got to camp.

Checked in w/ police, kayak shops a little. Not too much. Had rivers to run, didn't want to push our luck too much and I wasn't packing that trip. Thought we might get to Canada. Crazy man.
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Old 09-28-2011   #24
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from Connecticut, no doubt
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Old 09-28-2011   #25
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I used to think my helmet made me look dorky... then I mounted my GoPro to it and now I know it makes me look dorky. But without the helmet where would I mount the GoPro?
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Old 09-28-2011   #26
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Originally Posted by brownthestout4 View Post
Does anyone here actually wear a helmet? I know most people do, but to me if you do it seems like you're going in expecting to screw. Your opinion?... Same for PFDs?...
Re-read Brown's post. You all got it wrong. I, for one, always wear a rubber when I'm runnin' the gnar so I can safely put-in at the take-out with the ladies, if you know what I'm sayin.
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Old 09-28-2011   #27
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"Normally I wear protection, but then I figured, when am I going to make it back to Haiti?"

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Old 09-29-2011   #28
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I think there's always some merit to the minimalist approach. That's at the root of kayaking.

I say just wear at least the minimal protection that's expected (helmet and PFD) right now, and enjoy it while it lasts.

Before long, you'll be crazy not to boat with a Floatection Anti-Ballistic Bullet-Resistent Suit and Helmet (with alumina visor), flair gun, waterproof pocket-chainsaw, grapple gun and emergency scuba air supply. You will scarcely be able to leave the house without your $150,000 of gear, because if you do, you won't find a shuttle-buddy, and you'll be belittled by all the other boaters for being a danger to yourself and others.

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Old 09-29-2011   #29
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Shit happens wear a helmet if not you could have half your brain floating down the river! dont be cocky i wouldnt wana be the one rescuing you!
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Old 09-29-2011   #30
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Nobody looks cool kayaking.

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