Whats Your Head Worth?

How to Choose a helmet?

In Australia the sport of Paragliding is considered to be of a fairly small size, but when it comes to buying a helmet, there is a surprising amount of choice out there. You need a helmet when you fly, so how do you make the right choice when there are so many varying degrees of protection offered?

Should I go Full Face or Open?

Most sports aviation helmets aimed at Paragliding or Paramotoring will in two general shapes, the open face that looks a little like a bike or snowboard helmet. Full face helmets have the addition of a chin bar.

Open face helmets generally offer a good level of protection for your brain, however they obviously provide less protection for your face. They are considered to be lighter a positive if you suffer neck fatigue and tend to give a better visual range. Full face helmets offer some extra facial protection but at the expense of decreased peripheral vision, some extra weight, and often some hearing loss. A positive of a full face helmet can be that there is a reduction in wind noise, and with the right radio Push to talk set up it can help with radio communication.

Add-Ons

We are seeing more full face helmets being designed with ear cut outs. This style helps to reduce wind whistle while not disturbing the airflow around the helmet. Again making it easier for the pilot to judge airspeed by the sound of the airflow.

Specific helmets will offer the option of a detachable visor. A visor gives another option to wearing sunglasses to avoid sun and glare. This also comes with its own set of cons many pilots like to judge their speed based on the tactile sensation of both hearing and feeling the wind on their face.

Material Construction

A good helmet should consist of a twin shell construction a hard outer shell – usually made of thermoplastic, composite fibre or Kevlar – combined with carbon fibre that resists penetration if your head should hit soothing sharp. And in inner shell of crushable foam, usually made of expanded polystyrene which helps to prevent and reduce injuries in a collision.

Fit

Head injuries aren’t caused by speed, but by the sudden stop when our head hits a hard surface. A helmet reduces the peak force applied to the head in a sharp impact. Having a good fitting helmet can help reduce this force on impact.

So what should it feel like? The helmet should fit snugly, but comfortably. Keep the helmet on for around 30 minutes. Moving your head around. A correct fit with no continual pressure points is what you are looking for. If there is continual pressure points in one, several of all over you head, it probably means that the helmet is to small. If the helmet starts to slip, or fall down around your eyes when you look downwards, then its probably to big. If your helmet offers adjustable padding, have a play around with it to get a more customised fit.

Is Certification Important?

Most Paragliding and Paramotoring helmets found in Australia are designed to conform with European Standard EN966 specifically for Aviation Sport Helmets. Meeting this standard means that the helmet has past crucial testing for absorbing shock, resisting penetration, and also specifies levels of visibility and head mobility.

When should I replace my Helmet?

Its time to replace your helmet is you crash and hit your head. The inner shell is made from crushable foam, which is superior for its energy absorbing properties, but this also means it is easily damaged by only the smallest of bumps. If you find the inner shell looks deformed or dented, the helmet is not nearly as safe as it used to be, and you should consider replacing it.

Its recommended that you replace your paragliding helmet after 5 years of normal use. Everything has a shelf life

NIVIUK Jacket Now in Black

Just as we reach the hottest month of the year NIVIUK releases the Infamous Down Jacket in Black. The Iconic Bright Green Jacket as been a winter staple here at High Adventure. A colour not everyone can stomach! So thankfully NIVIUK has brought it out in black. NIVIUK is calling the Black release a novelty for 2016 only! Those Spaniards don’t they know were all a fairly conservative bunch in Aus!

The Down Jacket is an ultralight outer garment with a 100% ripstop nylon windproof outer shell and a 90% Down fill insulation for superior warmth in a lighter weight (460g for the size M).

The 2016 release of the women’s jacket had a hood added to it and was refined with a more stylized look.

The Down Jacket comes with a small folding bag for easy transport and fit inside any rucksack or harness.

Four available sizes for the men model (S, M, L, XL) and two women sizes (S, M). Available on Green and Black.

Nirvana Releases Rainbow Prop

Nirvana has released its New Generation of carbon three blade propeller. The result of three years of design and testing the New Rainbow 10N3 130 Prop was developed and tested hand in hand with the best world slaloom PPG pilots. The new design uses modern technology in the processing of the carbon composites and thanks to its unique composition, it now sits along side the lightest propellers on the market.

With a total weight of 870g, it is 30% lighter propeller thanks its aeroelastic predecessor. It gives better opportunity to exploit the potential of the engine. Its acceleration is excellent and it was constructed for modern PPG gliders with the speed of about 60 km/h. Named the Blue Line Rainbow Propeller 10N3 130 it is suitable for the Nirvana Instinct NS200 and NS230. Diameter : 1280 mm; Pitch curve: 550mm; Weight : 870g.

Want some feed back? – Rob Bexon is the first in Australia to be using it.

The Rainbow Prop will set you back $920 + Shipping Within Australia

NEW Niviuk Link Colours

We are pleased to introduce you the new colour schemes for our Link paramotor glider: Sapphire, Monarca and Kaki.

The Link is the perfect glider to experience with during the first motorized flights, but will also please more experienced pilots looking to cover long distance adventures.

The Link becomes an ally to your engine. Due to its easy going but really efficient profile design, inflations, takeoffs and landings become an effortless routine. Mostly due to those technical innovations, the engine does not require much power to create lifting thrust. The fuel economy increases as a result, greater flight efficiency is reached with less strain on the motor.