jhn.holgate wrote: I think I remember Nigel saying his reactions were too slow on the day he was injured.
Who wants to pull the quick release when your X height in the air, with the kite above your head?
You'll get a softer landing this way than bailing.
When I had my stack, I was in super-man position, so bailing could have resulted in either the line or handle getting stuck on my neck on the way out.
It was not the impact with the ground that caused the injury I received, but the impact I made with the handles.
As the kite was borrowed, the strop was to long, and when hitting the ground, the handles sat under the collar bone, not under many ribs. I have had about 3-4 OBE's like this before (under the ribs), and no damage.
My collar bone break is a very unusual occourance, as 95% or more are the result of impact with the shoulder hitting first, not a blow dirrectly to the collar bone.
And most body armour on the market today will not protect you from a dirrect blow to the collar bone.
So even having some body armour on, I would have had the same result.
What your all forgetting is the fact that our quick releases are incorrectly named.
The correct title is the "Ouch strap", this is because it all goes pear shape faster than you can pull it.
And when you need to pull it, it's "Ouch".
As for the OP, I got a full face mountain bike helmet. Lighter than a motor cycle helmet, and breathes better in the heat.
Also one costs less than most dentists charge, should you take a whack to the face.
I'll gladly take a broken rib, over $1000 worth of dental charges and the facial pain/scaring.
Please don't just order some cheap helmet off the net, go and try them on.
There is nothing better than a helmet that fits you like a glove. It also means you'll be more inclined to wear it.
I'm looking for a new helmet at the moment, so if I could wrangle up a selection to be tried on in different sizes, how many in Melbourne might be interested??
There's also the Melbourne bike show in October if you want a great selection.