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    Since popping my eardrum im thinking about getting a helmet for ear protection. Any consensus as to which is best for that purpose?

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    I myself use a gath. It covers my whole head with a snug fit. and its got vents on the side so you can undo them if people in the boat are trying to talk to you. But bern also makes a good helmet.


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    I have a Gath surf helmet, covers your forehead and ears completly, and as much as I crash, I can vouch for the ear protection. Very comfortable and they come in a bunch of cool colors. I think they run $120.00-$130.00.

     
     

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    I've tried about 8 different helmets over the past two years and what I have determined is you have to find what fits your head well and is comfortable. All the helmets I've tried have had ear protection as I too have experienced a ruptured eardrum...very humbling experience...only takes one fall the wrong way. Protech makes a very good, economical helmet and I keep going back to this one.
     
     

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    I have just purchased the Shred Ready Fullcut model. My ears are mostly covered.

    There are small holes in the side of the ear area on the helmet and some space between the helmet sides and my ears.

    From those who have this helmet - is this still as safe as the Gath or other helmets and or are there modifications that should be done?
     
     

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    I have wore the Pro Tec "Ace wake" for years and highly recommend it. I was in Sports Authority the other day and they carry the Hyperlite (by Bern) in only one model. They were on sale for $14.99 - normally $69.99. I picked up one for myself and a few for friends. It is very, very similar to the Pro-Tec Ace wake and I will set it aside as a backup / future replacement.

    I have seen multiple friends ride $100 plus helmets and some like them, some don't. In the end, the Pro-Tec does the job great without all the flare of carbon fiber / wood grain look, etc. And its $100 cheaper than those almost!
     
     

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    I have the SR full face and have taken some very hard falls to the ear and so far so good. One was a 52 frame side splat.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by pqueen View Post
    Since popping my eardrum im thinking about getting a helmet for ear protection. Any consensus as to which is best for that purpose?
    Since ear protection is what you are after, pick up a set of ear plugs. I, sometimes, ride with ear plugs or waterproof ear buds. You may prefer musician's ear plugs (etymotic) so you can still hear since those plugs do not block all ambient noise.
     
     

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    helmets are for head protection, not ear protection... ear coverage by the helmet guarantees nothing...

    use earplugs.
     
     

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    I still like Gath the best. Good all around protection and comfort and weighs less than the others out there. That makes a difference on neck strain if you have less weight moving around.
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