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Old 09-25-2011   #1
 
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Helmets needed?

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 up. Your opinion?... Same for PFDs?...

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safety gear is demeaning, makes one weak
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PFDs are not really needed. I prefer those orange water wings myself.
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I'm not saying it makes you weak, I'm saying it means that you're going in expecting shit to go down. You can't go into class 5 with that attitude. I think what it does is keep your head in that game.
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I'm not saying it makes you weak, I'm saying it means that you're going in expecting shit to go down. You can't go into class 5 with that attitude. I think what it does is keep your head in that game.
I find it difficult to keep my head in the game when it is no longer intact. However, I generally skydive without a parachute, finding I only need one if I think I'm going to need it.
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You can't be running the brown like a pussy
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I find it difficult to keep my head in the game when it is no longer intact. However, I generally skydive without a parachute, finding I only need one if I think I'm going to need it.
Skydiving without a parachute is just a plain dumb idea.
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Agreed. Don't hate when you do something like that.
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You can't go into class 5 with that attitude. I think what it does is keep your head in that game.
OK, I'll take a peek under the bridge...

Come back after you've spent some time to acquire the skills and run some Class V without a helmet and let us know how it worked out for you.

I'm a rafter, for cryin out loud, and anytime I've got a reasonable chance of having a 600 - 800 lbs of aluminum frame, drybox with pointy corners, oarlocks, and other gear come over on my head or get thrown into it, I wear a helmet. I think the general consensus is that we don't expect trouble, but are ready for it if it happens.

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You can be an effective kayaker wearing a helmet and not expect to screw up! It's the mind set you take! Plan and hope for the best but always be prepared for the worst or you're chances of being tomorrow's headlines are probable! If your going to be active in high risk sports try and minimize the "Heman ignorance" effect and your chances of surviving many years of enjoyment drastically increase!
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