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 Post subject: Re: choosing NVG facemask/skullcrusher
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:52 am 
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Great idea and solid design for a DIY project. Did you keep the helmet foam liner, or did you use something different?

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 Post subject: Re: choosing NVG facemask/skullcrusher
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:10 am 
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Honestly, the key part of the design lays in the chinstrap. The one I used is supposed to be worn without pads in the helmet shell. To do so, it features a built-in foam padding at the forehead position (the foam liner you mentioned) and a suspension net on top.
Horrible design on a helmet, but a perfect fit for my application.

My first try with a LWH chin strap was not what I call a success (even if better than the issued skull crusher).

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 Post subject: Re: choosing NVG facemask/skullcrusher
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:03 pm 
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Haven't tried the Crye, but I have tried the others. The Litton and Norotos facemasks are good for heavy units, such as the PVS-7, as the cheek pads spread the weight around a little. They do get in the way of a good cheeckweld if you're using a PVS-14 over one eye and trying to aim with the other, though. The
Norotos packs down smaller but is quite expensive. Also, the rivets are soft (brass or aluminium?) and stretch if you pull the straps too tight.

I'm going to give the Crye a try as soon as I can get my hands on one, but I thing the Litton/Norotos will still be the go-to mount for heavier units. That said, any helmet beats the living daylights out of any of these, with the added bonus of actually protecting your noggin. Especially when you're getting used to NV you WILL keep bumping into hard/pointy stuff in the dark.


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