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Old 11-09-2005   #1
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WRSI Current Helmets are done... and look great

The long awaited WRSI Current Whitewater Helmet is done and available. It is sharp looking, fits well, and has a lot of great characteristics. The price is a little higher than anticipated, but still the most affordable helmet available that is worthy. Check it out


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Old 11-09-2005   #2
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I got mine a couple of weeks ago in the mail, looks good.

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Old 11-13-2005   #3
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Facemask ??

The helmet looks good, and at a reasonable price. I seem to recall a posting last summer suggesting they'd also have a version with a face mask, to be released this winter. Do you know anything about this - i.e., if a face-mask version is in the works, and if so, when we might see it?

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Old 11-14-2005   #4
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I called the WRSI a couple weeks ago about the supposedly-upcoming facemask and ear flaps options and they told me maybe in the spring for the ear flaps, and probably not until next year for the facemask/cage.

I checked out one of their helmets yesterday and was very impressed with the build and fitting kit, BUT I'll probably never get one because I like more protection on the sides -- I hope they make a "creeker" version someday. I don't creek, but I do like my upper jawbones and cheek bones just the way they are.
Also: Looks like there's just no good places to attach and secure a facemask that would truly offer good protection -- there's just not enough helmet there on the sides for it (and to keep it from maybe being smashed into your face? maybe it would ).
I'm leaning toward a Sweet Rocker, new Grateful Heads w/ facemask option and dual density foam due out in the spring, or even a Happy2B creeker helmet around the same time.

If you are OK with the amount of coverage on the WRSI (and the rear coverage and little visor are nice) I think it's the best thing out there and would be very secure, comfy, adjustable, cool-looking, and offer awesome shock-absorbtion. Awesome price, too.
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Old 11-14-2005   #5
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To vent or not to vent?

I got mine in the mail recently as well, and i am pretty stoked... a good brainbucket is crucial. my shredready helmet was alright, i survived the summer w/ no dain bramage but it felt about as strong as a little league batting helmet if even that. more like the miniature helmets they used to serve ice cream in at ball games. granted, i did mailorder the cheaper one by mistake (the superscrappy) so maybe the more expensive ones were better, but a big portion of the helmets usefulness is providing shock absorbancy, and my brain got rattled every time i hit my head, which at even @ half dozen times was more than i would have liked. i guess it's all part of learning,though. (learning where not to flip!)
i have a question about vents vs. no vents. i did get them on my helmet, but i am wondering what some of the other peoples reasoning was for not wanting them (previous post this summer about bulk helmet orders). i assume not having vents would keep your head warmer, and maybe you could get a neck injury from a pointy rock catching on the vent hole.... pretty random, but there's potential. (there is lots of sharp basalt down here in NM.)
Anyone have a thought on this?
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Old 11-14-2005   #6
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My thought on vents is this, a helmet is warmer without vents. Even in the warmest weather you can just roll over and cool your head off. No such luxury in the cold weather.
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Old 11-27-2005   #7
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WRSI Helmet Fit?

I ordered a WRSI helmet a long while back, thinking it would be great to support their development efforts for a safer helmet. It finally arrived, and I tried it on. In order to get it on at all you had to fit it with almost no padding. The shell seems to be the same size for all head sizes. Obviously, larger head sizes will get little padding. A larger shell size should be made to allow a reasonable amount of padding for larger head sizes. I told WRSI this on the phone and they had me send it back, seeming interested in the feedback. A credit has not been issued as yet.
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Old 11-27-2005   #8
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..and i thought it was just me...

Mine only fits with the thinnest padding, as well. it would be nice to have a more custom fit, but maybe thats part of why they are $50-70 cheaper than all the other helmets. It doesn't seem quite right to have to rely on my big head for a portion of the padding, But my previous helmet was such a minimal P.OS. that this one still seems pretty nice.
i am wondering How irritating the plastic back part of the chin strap is going to be poking the back of my neck when i look up. May need some further adjustment. and in retrospect, since the helmet arrived in october, maybe i should not have gotten a vented helmet. crap.
maybe you could see if they can custom fit you one with your head measurements...... good luck with that.

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