Originally Posted by dandiver
One more thing, the padding is not rigid, energy absorbing foam. It is made up of soft pads and one helmet (my Z-1) fits from small to extra large, the difference made up of soft pads. It is not DOT or SNEL approved. Any one wanting to try my large Z-! is welcome .........
I made my LAST
jump (#100) in 1976 - so what do I know?
Man, I sure do miss that T-10!
I remember carrying that beast a half mile through corn rows since I would miss the DZ by that much!
I then took up something safer - technical rock climbing.
The Mamba comes in three different shell sizes, extra small, small/large, XL/XXL, so fitment should be not much different than most mc helmets. I've just got to remember not to put my head
in the oven when I heat up the form fitting pads.
The current trend in helmet design is AWAY from rigid foam since it does a VERY
poor job of keeping your brain at low
G forces during impact. My $500.00 Arai is actually a dangerous
helmet - and so are most of the top brands. Some of the cheapest off brand stuff is superior. The $199.00 Scorpion is # 1 at producing low G forces - and keeping your grey matter from splattering inside your skull like a bowl of jello.
The Snell rating is a joke - it is more or less a sticker purchased by the manufacturer to slap on the helmet to make it more marketable. It's similar to Motor Trend's "Car of the Year Award"
, except that's available to the highest bidder. 99% of all helments easilly pass DOT Certification - about the only ones that do not are the "novelty" chopper helmets - and even some of them
No doubt the Mamba is specifically designed for sky diving and may not be as "safe" as mc specific helmets. I'm interested in:
1. A high degree of protection - carbon fiber is simply superior to ANY polycarbonate or fiberglass material when it comes to overall strength. Whether or not it diffuses impact as well or better than polycarbonate I have no idea. Fiberglass - contrary to popular wisdom - is the worst.
2. Light weight which dramatically reduces rider fatigue over time - literally one third the weight of my Arai.
3. The ability to have quality
stereo - which is VERY difficult to achieve in mc helmets. I don't listen to music or chit chat when I'm riding in active traffic - same goes for flying on takeoff and landing. On the super slab good tunes make the miles evaporate.
4. My most important concern is excellent peripheral vision - which is a "safety" aspect that is hard to quantify. What I have now with my full face is marginal.
In my professional world (I've been a Commercial Pilot for 26 years) peripheral vision is absolutely critical. Keen situational awareness is what has kept all of us older mc riders from disaster. Anything I can do to increase it may help to compensate for my slower reflexes.
I have no idea if the Mamba is going to fit the bill, but I thought it is worth a shot. In the past I've found literally dozens of products that are designed for other uses that work as well or better than mc specific products - many times at a fraction of the price.
It arrives Saturday. My head (I mean my helmet pads...) goes in the oven Saturday afternoon at 200F for 30 minutes. I go riding on Sunday. The Mamba may be going back on Monday.
Then again I may take up skydiving once more - Eloy is only 45 minutes away.
Here's my current stable of helmets - two Arai's, the wife's new Scorpion, and my David Clark for getting upside down: