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In my area, my main threat is earthquakes. I can see a situation where after a major quake, I'm going through a house with moderate to heavy structural damage looking for...well whatever and I will want some sort of head protection.

I looked at surplus kevlar MITCH as PASGT which would serve the purpose but I have some problems with a) spending $200-$300 and b) perhaps appearing like a member of the military when I'm not. I don't imagine incoming 7.62 rounds from the zombies will be of much conern, but falling chunks of dry wall and what not might be.

Almost all the posts I'm finding point to steel pots or military style kevlar helmets so I'm wondering what others have found. Also, I have a big dome at about 7-5/8 to 7-3/4. What is that in military size speak?

thanks for any thoughts on this.
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Protec Helmets will work good for what you are wanting. They are not ballistic, but work well for impacts from falls and debris. http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7...techelmet.com/
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Nice suggestion. Thanks. No fear of looking like a Guardsman either when I have a neon pink helmet with green flames
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Nice suggestion. Thanks. No fear of looking like a Guardsman either when I have a neon pink helmet with green flames
They make helmets for military use. They are earthtone colors with rails built on for lights/cameras. We used to use them for rappelling, helocast/SPIE and ship seizures and Gas/Oil platform operations. Check the military tab on the website.
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I'd say on the cheap, PAGST helmet, can find them cheap- 80 for like new. Its kevlar composite, durable Kinda heavy if you dont have strong neck muscles. By itself, its adequate. Will stop a 9mm. BUT if you want any protection from static shock- get an upgrade of ballistic padding. Doesnt scramble your brain.

You can put on a black helmet cover, I'd keep it 'army surplus' with woodland camo.
Unless I upgrade to marpat or multicam. That stuff is better than the old BDU's

Total upgrade, 150-200 bucks Quality as good as the others. You can use an old steel pot ww2-nam style Theyre kinda cool but lack real ballistic protection Lighter than kevlars. Cheaper For quake debris, it will be fine Shrapnel, fine.
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The kevlar in my avatar is the older style. If you can find one, it should only cost about $40. You can always paint it. Maybe UN blue will look non-threatning. The newer Kevlars are more comfortable. However they also lack the protection of the older ones. The powers that be took some of the kevlar from around the back of the head and neck, and called it a improvement.
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Check out sportsman guide, large german helmets for about $89.00
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Your looking for something to protect your dome from falling debris? What about a regular old hard hat? They were designed to do just that and are a hell of alot lighter & cheaper than a kevlar. And your less likely to be hassled if you look like your with the gas company rather than the NG.
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http://www.tnvc.com/shop/a-alpha-helmet/

add a flashlight to the picatinny rail and you're gtg.

Even cheaper, go to walmart buy a bicycle helmet, then swing by your nearest fabric store, get some velcro and velcro a flashlight to it......
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Check out sportsman guide, large german helmets for about $89.00
My buddy got one of these, doesn't quite fit my big dome. I think I'm an XL by most standards. On ebay at least, when you look at the XL Kevlars, they're all over 200...

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Your looking for something to protect your dome from falling debris? What about a regular old hard hat? They were designed to do just that and are a hell of alot lighter & cheaper than a kevlar. And your less likely to be hassled if you look like your with the gas company rather than the NG.
That's not a bad idea at all. I used to have one that had a mount for a light as well which could be usefull.

I also have to say, some of these half GI/half skate-boarder helmets seem like pretty good deals and look pretty cool on top of it.
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How about a bicycle helmet? They have lots of em available at thrift shops for a couple of bucks each. Lots of different styles. You could paint them any color you want them.
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Why not just get a construction hard hat. You can get them in white, and paint it what ever color you want.
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I've worn work helmets for years.
Wore metal ones in oil field.
Wore plastic ones with telephone company.
Plastic UV wear out and get brittle. I picked mine up by bill and it broke off helmet.
Would hate to get hit by debris and have helmet break like an egg.
Good motorcycle helmet would work too.


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A local surplus store has the same helmets that Sportsmans Guide has; the German PASGT. I tried one on, but even with the head band all the way out, it was too tight and sat high on my head. The guy working there told me I could pull out the interior plastic pading thing and replace it with "Sydex" pads. He told me the shell itself is the same size between the L and the XL on all military helmets.

They only want $70 for the helmet but it would be another $40 for the pads. I'm a little hesitant to believe the guy since I saw him tell some rocker chick a Marine Corp Staff Seargent service uniform tunic "could be Army or Marines." :0

The helmet was in like new condition but I don't know if the bit about changing the inside to these pads would actually work.
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Paint it white so you look like a foreman or supervisor.
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from the sounds of it you already have a pretty thick skull if your head size is 7 3/4... (mine is a mere 7 1/4). that much bone and you should be good to go.

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Why not just get a construction hard hat. You can get them in white, and paint it what ever color you want.
I am of the same oppinion as well or possibly a forrestery helmet
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They even have it in your size. And no one would mess with you for sure!

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http://www.tnvc.com/shop/a-alpha-helmet/

add a flashlight to the picatinny rail and you're gtg.

Even cheaper, go to walmart buy a bicycle helmet, then swing by your nearest fabric store, get some velcro and velcro a flashlight to it......
Those A Alphas are cheaper direct from Protec http://www.protechelmet.com/products.asp?cat=14
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