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    Default Vertex Vent - Suitable As Construction Hat?

    For regular stuff I use the cheap Husqvarna forestry helmet. I like it a lot. It's comfortable, and the attachments work well. I like it so much, I was considering switching to it for my construction hat. That got me looking at what else was available, and the Vertex Vent looks interesting. I don't climb much, but a chin strap would good for the times I do, as well as on construction sites, where I frequently have to bend over to mark grades, or climb around on bridge forms. I'm using a MSA V-Gard, and it's comfortable when you're standing straight, but has the rage inducing tendency of falling off when you bend over. Forestry helmets are a good bit more money than construction hats, but for something that gets worn all the time, added comfort and ease of use beats price, especially when it's prorated over the life of the item.

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    Can the chin straps on the Vertex be clipped up, and still have a comfortable, functional hard hat? What's your opinion of the suitability as a general construction hard hat?

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    I am sure you can figure out how to stow the chin strap up in the helmet. Good to go as a general hardhat.

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    Interesting article here about similar situation.
    https://www.usa.skanska.com/49a462/s...hite-paper.pdf

    I’ve not heard anything bad about the Vertex. I’m pretty sure if you just use the chin strap you’ll get used to it really quickly and forget it’s even there.

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    Thanks for that link Jonny. Looks like they're heavier than the usual helmets, but I'm not sure what that means in practical terms. The older V Gards were heavier than the current generation, and that made them fall off easier, but it wasn't an egregious burden holding that weight. I might swing up to Gap Arborist Supply. It's a bit of a hike, but it'll be cool seeing the gear in person, and I can check the stuff out in-hand, rather than going by internet pictures.

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    Oh boy. Gotta treat those places like the casino, leave the credit and bank cards at home and don’t bring more cash than you’re willing to lose

    Gap is an excellent supplier, Ray and Kyle will bend over backwards to make their customers happy. I’d love to visit the shop sometime.

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    $265 lighter now. Got the helmet, muffs, a visor, and some dynaglide throwline and a weight.

    The helmet's comfy. A little heavy with the gear attached. I may leave that off for construction, but it stays well in place, even without the chinstrap buckled.

    I got the line and weight cause I've been using stuff I found on the side of the road. It was Weaver line, and it had been hard wrapped around a wooden reel, so the line had kinks that loved hooking onto vines, just being a general nuisance. The bag was presumably Weaver also, but it had been taped up. Should have a spare weight anyway, and I wanted to try some different line. I keep it stuffed in a kid's nylon halloween bag, complete with Jack-O-Lantern face :^D It works pretty good for deploying the line, and the bright orange shows up well.

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    New toys!!!

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    Every time I think I'm pretty good on gear, the stupid internet gets in the way, and extracts more money from my pocket. "Hey! Look at me! I'd look good in your truck, and I know you don't have one yet" :rollseyes:

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    Just for reference. I got the Rockman helmets for my ground guys. Works fine with or with out the chin strap. Reasonably priced system. Comfy and light. https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?item=1542
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    More and more high rise construction guys are using Kask...

    At least that's what I'm seeing... for anything with a chin strap.