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Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« on: June 13, 2021, 08:30:51 AM »
I have always worn a Husqvarna or Stihl type helmet with screen face shield and ear muffs using a chainsaw. But they've always had one quirk or another - visor doesn't stay down well, head adjustment etc... and generally not very comfortable. I've noticed arborist helmets that seem (maybe because of necessity) to be more comfortable, although a chin strap could be annoying. They are pricey, but I'm willing to part with a few dollars in exchange for more comfort. I'm not aware of any safety tradeoffs going to an arborist helmet. But I do understand that a "ground" helmet system is not suitable for a climbing arborist. I do not climb trees, so all my chainsaw work is on the ground. Any opinions of one type versus another?
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2021, 08:43:20 AM »
I have a Petzl with the snap-on ear protection.  The suspension system is very adjustable
making a comfortable fit easier.  The face shield is available too.

Bottom line if its not comfortable you're less likely to wear it.

Shop the systems a bit.

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2021, 09:11:15 AM »
i have a petzl vertex vent climbers helmet with the 3m eye and ear system.. it all just snaps in.  i put a new face screen on it a few months ago.  came from baileys. comfy, good suspension, chinstrap doesnt bother me unless i have a big beard getting pinched now and then. everything snaps in and out, parts are available and the vents open and close. 

only one i ever had so i cant compare it to any others. 
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2021, 09:11:24 AM »
Pfanner Protos Helmet | TreeStuff

best helmet ever, no need for the chin straps, you remove them
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2021, 09:31:14 AM »
I'll second the Phanner. Fully adjustable and all components replaceable. Got mine with clear and tinted glasses. Earmuffs retractable. Vented for hot weather. Breaks down easily for cleaning. For me it is the most comfortable I've ever worn. Pay once. 8)
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2021, 09:49:46 AM »
A fella I Know has the Protos and I had a look at it. Really nice hat, a little funky looking, but who cares? I really like the stow away ears, very nice not catching on things and the fit and finish are quite nice. I didn't know you could get clear shields, that's nice too.
 I am not a pro and don't really need something that high end. I switch between muff and ear plugs depending on weather and mood or workload. I can't stand flip ups because they catch everything. I have enough trouble with the face shield. I use a full brim with an add on shield and separate back of the neck ear muffs or plugs.
 That Protos is a nice helmet and the chip strap is usually just used by climbers because dropping a helmet can put a real hurtin' on the ground guy. ;D Not needed for ground work. I put a strap on my hat for just some odd occasions, but rarely use it. Should have had it on when I widow maker caught me in the forehead and knocked the hat 20 feet away.
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2021, 09:54:09 AM »
    +1 for the Pfanner Protos.  I think the only difference between the forestry and arborist models is the chinstrap.  Mine is orange and yellow so I will be easy to find!
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2021, 10:38:15 AM »
+2 for the Pfanner.
Adjustable, light and comfortable. 
The visor tips up close to the top of the helmet, so it's not banging the roof of the loader. Vents open and close for winter/summer use. Worth the $$.
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But the biggest game changer is a communication option. A forester out felling may be working a buddy system, with a buddy doing his work a few hundred meters away. Comms might not be needed. However, an arborist usually works with a crew, the ground crew in the climbers danger/drop zone. A good communication system has the entire 3 or 5 man crew talking to each other as the job progresses. Microphone noise cancelling technology has made big advances: I can be bucking the trunk of a huge elm with the ms660 running full throttle and ask the new guy to start up the chipper and brink fuel and oil for the saw when he returns. No yelling or baseball hand signals, just voice and a bit of machine noise in the background. A techie miracle!
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2021, 08:15:07 AM »
Great info. Thanks everyone. Think I'll pull the trigger on the Pfanner. (I ordered some Pfanner chainsaw pants months ago from TreeStuff. Still on backorder). Clear shield is interesting, but didn't see it anywhere as an option or accessory.
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Re: Forestry helmet vs arborist helmet
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2021, 03:57:14 PM »
     Try looking for Pfanner in clothing and safety.  The clear visor is there .
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