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Recommendation for decent backup helmet?

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Recommendation for decent backup helmet?

Postby rprecision » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:26 pm

I have a Lincoln Viking auto helmet and love it. I came from a import auto which I hated and gave me a headache, pos!

Anyways I have my mig and tig at separate places. I keep my mig at my folks place as I don't have room for both. I only have one helmet so I should buy a second for a spare and to keep with the mig.

What's a good cost effective spare? I'm OK with a flip up fixed shade. I just don't want to buy junk. What shade a 10?

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Re: Recommendation for decent backup helmet?

Postby thatoneguy » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:19 pm

Best backup hood there is is just a plain old pipeliner. Usually shade 10. You can get a good one 50ish bucks on amazon. Nothin fancy and you'll have to practice your "head nod" but they're a guarantee to work every time.
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Re: Recommendation for decent backup helmet?

Postby Granddaddy » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:19 pm

my partner at work bought a Carrera from arc one last Thursday, I had tried one before but I tried his out and it was nice. I may get one myself, for 80 bucks it's a pretty good deal and I could see very well through it. I liked the variable shade which I wouldn't have expected for that price range.

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Re: Recommendation for decent backup helmet?

Postby ldbtx » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:10 pm

Hard to argue with the pipeliner for a solid backup helmet. Another passive one I've always liked is the Huntsman with the flip-up window. For a passive helmet, I run a Shade 10.
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