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Old 05-31-2005   #11
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FNA EXTREME is the ticket

I use one of these in anything manky (almost all creeking I do in CO) and have been super happy with it.

I have flipped and hit the face guard and been happy I had it on. It is comfy (all custom foam strip outfitting) and tons lighter than a metal attached face guard.

Many of my friends have used the Cascade Style but it is a plastic helmet with less than optimal padding inside (in my opinion). I would rather have kevlar with lots of foam to protect my dome.

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Old 05-31-2005   #12
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I think this is being overanalyzed. I use a Boeri with a facemask drilled on, but Boeri doesn't make kayak helmets anymore.

Visit your local kayak shop and buy a Pro-Tec or Sweet creeking helmet. The shop should also carry face masks with all the necessities to screw it into your helmet. Most shops should carry all of this but if they don't call Alpine Kayak - 949.3350.

Yep - face masks aren't cool, but they don't really hinder your vision. I hear tons of cons about catching the mask on debris and breaking your neck, but have never met anyone who will testify from personal experience. They've just "heard about it."

Plus, there are tons of other things besides plastic surgery that I would rather spend my money on.


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