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Paul Marvin

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Posted: 12/11/2016 18:30:52
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Can people recommend suitable caving helmets that are low profile and dont cost the earth, i am sick of banging my head with my current one Sad it sits a bit high IP: 2.103.86.59
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Posted: 12/11/2016 18:42:34
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I thought helmets had to have a certain height to them? Incase something pierces through? Some sort of safety standard anyway.

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Posted: 12/11/2016 18:44:42
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I have found its either frying pan or fire. I use an Ecrin Roc to carry a bat roaster because of the weight of the lamp, but it does seem to sit high. This is because it grips, if that's the right word, by the internal headband. Slight top of head support by webbing with a space above.

I also use a light weight Elios, with one of my Dragon lamps. The whole set up is exceptionally light. However, I still catch the roof now and again and the helmet sort of rock on my head. Main support is also by a pad that rests on top of my head.


I feel roof contact more with the Elios than than the Ecrin, but Ecrin more likely to catch the roof.

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Posted: 12/11/2016 19:10:48
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I have the same problem. I switched from a Petzl Vetex Best to an Edelrid Ultralight when someone offloaded a batch in the rather groovy "Night" colour (i.e. black) that had been used on a filmshoot. I do find it a big improvement.

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Paul Marvin

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Posted: 12/11/2016 19:33:14
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That Petzl is what I have sounds as if you had the same problem IP: 2.103.86.59
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Posted: 12/11/2016 20:06:27
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That wasn't actually why I swapped. the Petzl used to give me a headache, the Edelrid doesn't. I chose it for the lighter weight after reading recommendations here from folk bemoaning that the Ecrin Roc is no longer made and it does seem to suite me. The fact that it sits a little lower is a bonus.


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Posted: 12/11/2016 20:57:07
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I changed to a DMM Ascent for the same reason, I'm 6' 3" and sick of hitting my head. I was using an Edelrid Ultralight, bt the DMM sits a bit lower, enough that it makes a difference.

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Posted: 12/11/2016 20:58:40
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You could try a bump cap or wooly hat if you're not worried about getting your head bashed. IP: 80.177.163.61
Paul Marvin

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Posted: 12/11/2016 22:01:17
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Just had a look at those and they look pretty good thanks for the tip and not a bad price IP: 2.103.86.59
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Posted: 12/11/2016 22:47:39
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Paul Marvin wrote:

Just had a look at those and they look pretty good thanks for the tip and not a bad price


The bump cap or the wooly hat? Confused
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Posted: 12/11/2016 23:12:58
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Just bought a couple of new Centurions with fitted lamp bracket.
Have been impressed with the way they absorb," roof bangs"
I also, note that you can wear a wooly hat under these, presumably to keep out the cold, when worn above ground.
Something I have noticed when underground!
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Posted: 13/11/2016 08:16:52
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If you are looking for something lowprofile have you considered one of those canoe helmets (ace???) which were poplular with divers at one time? IP: 86.134.157.197
Paul Marvin

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Posted: 13/11/2016 12:06:54
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That is the helmet I use for diving and are brill for that, but we remove a lot of the inside to get it low and make room for a neoprene hood, its more for carry torches than anything else under water IP: 2.103.86.59
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Posted: 13/11/2016 12:43:35
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I picked up a new old stock ecrin roc. They are very very good compared to the second best, also no longer made, the Caving Supplies jobby. IP: 81.140.40.222
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Posted: 13/11/2016 13:11:00
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Paul Marvin wrote:

Can people recommend suitable caving helmets that are low profile and dont cost the earth, i am sick of banging my head with my current one Sad it sits a bit high


or, invest £2.50 in a sports gum shield.

won't help with the twatting-the-head part but your teeth will thank you! Roll Eyes

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Posted: 13/11/2016 17:26:55
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:

I picked up a new old stock ecrin roc. They are very very good compared to the second best, also no longer made, the Caving Supplies jobby.


The Caving Supplies lid is just an Edelrid Ultralight which is still easily available.
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Posted: 13/11/2016 17:59:15
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Try this

http://mammothworkwear.com/deltaplus-granite-peak-abs-safety-helmet-p3540.htm

Climbing style helmet and less than 25quid!
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Paul Marvin

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Posted: 13/11/2016 18:58:34
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Thanks for the link, do you know from experience how high these sit on your head ? as in my experience the construction ones always sit high to achieve the ratings for the industry, having said that this looks as though can lower it from the pics IP: 2.103.86.59 Edited: 13/11/2016 19:00:05 by Paul Marvin
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Posted: 13/11/2016 19:02:32
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They are a cheap version of the Petzl type helmets, for wind farm work. So, I suppose they are much like wearing a Petzl

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Posted: 13/11/2016 19:04:56
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Would that be the Vertex model that is used in construction ? IP: 2.103.86.59
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