Originally Posted by latenightjoneser
Not sure how many of these types of accidents happen in a given year, but some manufacturer needs to step up and make a serious full-face helmet. The full-face portion of my Sweet helmet seems a little flimsy, not sure it would actually do anything. The stoutest thing I recall was the FNA with the vertical steel bar, though their outfitting was lacking.
Best wishes healing up. That looks like some seriously bad luck.
My first "full face" was using one of those WRSI add-on chin bars. It was the flimsiest piece of shit every made, but one of the few times I've needed some face protection was with that thing on. I pitoned hard and as I recall was whipped forward and impacted my paddle directly across the face. I think I had a small red spot on my chin but it did its job. My neck was sore for a few days afterwards.
Point being, I think they do work even if they should be a lot more bomber. Unlike the shell of the helmet, it's less about dispersing impact and more about preventing it.
Not sure if they still have them in production, but my Shred Ready carbon full face uses the same material as the shell for the face guard and it's pretty stiff. I've tested it once off a waterfall.
It would be cool if a manufacturer offered a prebuilt attachment point for a vertical bar. You used to see people w/ those more often, but as far I know, they were drilling out holes and using a grab handle or the like.