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How To: Attaching a face cage to a “Sink-Fit” Bern Watts Helmet.

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This is a contributed post by Ron Hayes. Thanks for the great info, Ron!

If you are like me, you may have worried about getting knocked in the grill by one of those over dramatic windmill slappers that we often see. There may be other times where you are less interested in finding out what a hockey ball tastes like. Thanks to Fixcraft providing a facemask that hooks up with the Bern Watts helmet, at an affordable price, I picked one of these bad boys up for far less than the “No Insurance” discount from the ER.

During Fixcraft’s Black Friday sale, I purchased the facemask without checking compatibility on my specific Watts helmet.  The result of my itchy trigger finger purchase was that the original hardware and installation video are set up to suit the “Hardhat” version of the Watts helmet. I have the “Sink-Fit” version. Perhaps you were excited about keeping your head the same shape it was in before you became addicted to polo and ordered a mask with out checking up?  Maybe you knew the helmets were a little different and pulled the trigger anyway? Good news for the “quick to order and ask questions later” and “hopeful” types, I am going to do my best to explain to you on how it can be done!

The difference in the Watts Hardhat and the Sink-Fit is not too distant in reference to the mask installation, aside from the Sink-Fit having an interchangeable liner for different weather conditions. I say interchangeable and not removable because you must have a liner installed for the helmet to fit correctly. This liner throws a wrench in the works of the old installation process. Odds are that if you have continued reading this far, you probably already know that.

In the original “Hard Hat” vid, you must remove the rivet that holds the neck straps to the helmet. When installing the “Sink-Fit” version you DO NOT remove the rivets and must drill slightly behind the rivet. The rivet on the “Sink-Fit” model doubles as a snap fastener to hold the interchangeable liner in place. Unless you are well experienced in snap fastener installation and have all the tools, I will suggest the method that I used.  I will further suggest that you watch the installation video that Fixcraft provides if you are not already experienced with installing the face mask.

You can watch the original vid here:

http://www.fixcraft.net/helmet-face-mask-assembly/

Overall installation can be done with only minor surgery and an additional cost of less than $3. I chose to use 3/8” 10mm (Wire) Clamps with ¼” holes and rubber insulation. These clips worked remarkably well. You can find these clamps at your local home improvement store in the electrical hardware section.

I will start with the original list of items needed, integrated with a list of new items at the end of the list. Following the list will be a step-by-step abridged version to complete the retrofitted helmet. Read more

Saving my Money Maker in Bike Polo

bernhelmetThe Bern Watts Helmet. Cornerstone of the Polo world. Effective at protecting your noggin while still having a little hipster brim to keep you looking cool.

But man, it does nothing to protect a mallet hitting you di-rect in the face parts.

Speaking as a man who’s been clipped twice in the face and made countless screetchy pre-teen noises in many more close calls, I began thinking that my lack of face protection might be something to fix. If you recall an earlier post I wrote discussing the use of face masks in polo (which I’m sure you all do, of course, right? RIGHT?!), I said something along the lines of  “you’ll want one as soon as you get popped in the face.”

And if I didn’t write that, I meant to, and that counts anyway.

SalsaGeneGene apparently is the leader of the LCBP blog fan club, as he ran out for one faster than a kid runs for a recently opened Piñata.

God I’m going to pay for that one.

Anyway: Gene salsas off to Play it Again Sports and picks up an Easton batting helmet face mask. He says it takes him two shakes of a marraca to get it attached.

Now it should be well known that I am not in the least a useful man when it comes to being all handy-ish. It took me about twenty minutes.

Really it just came down to drilling some pilot holes and attaching the thing. Since I did it, the mask isn’t dead center as far as where it attaches to the Bern helmet, but I figure if it stops a mallet from taking out my teeth – well, that will be just about perfect.

In a few game’s time I’ll post my review and thoughts on wearing a face mask in Polo. Until then, just think of Gene wielding a stick near a group of small, unsuspecting children.

Below are some pictures of the process in slideshow. Take a look.