Best way to pad a helmet

#1
I'm fed up with the stupid string - well more specifically with the knot - in the top of my helmet digging in to my head.
Aside from not wearing the helmet - which isn't very practical where I am... What methods can be recommended to pad out the top?

I'm aware of the FFD in the top, but with the amount of sweat I'm likely to put into it I don't really fancy it getting up and walking away by itself one day... Also aware of the ammo box foam packaging - however this is pretty hard stuff and quite uncomfortable for prolonged wear.

I'm aware of the new Mk6a helmet which is currently in production, but am unlikely to see it during this tour. The mesh inner is ideal - any ideas of anything similar?

Ta.
 
#3
If you get the chance to go to an american PX they sell a foam donut ring pad for their own helmets that fits inside ours soft, gentle and hardwearing.
Got mine in Iraq/ Kuwait in 2003 still giving sterling service - fully recomended (could try a web search I guess for same)

Cheers
 
#4
There's a proper mod, which comes in the form of a mesh pad that sits on the top of your shward and is also adjustable. Much more comfortable than the string. Ask your CQMS for one - they're available through the system.

You must maintain an 'air gap' between your head and the outer shell of the helmet, otherwise it won't protect you from blast or impact and will rattle your grey matter a lot and probably kill you when the sh1t hits the fan.

Hope that helps.
 
#5
Baz44 said:
If you get the chance to go to an american PX they sell a foam donut ring pad for their own helmets that fits inside ours soft, gentle and hardwearing.
Got mine in Iraq/ Kuwait in 2003 still giving sterling service - fully recomended (could try a web search I guess for same)

Cheers
Used it in my Fritz Kevlar helmet, saved me from a lot of bumps while riding a M-113A1 through the field. As stated before, will probably work with the Mk6 helmets you guys use.
you can find it here
and maybe here as well, probably cheaper
cheapo solution: get some EVA foam (medium hardness), cut a8 8 inch circle out of it, poke a center hole (some friends of mine that were issued with steel pots -M1 NATO- did that as well with good results)
and line it with cotton (I used an old t shirt for my "issue donut"-issue donut, that sounds really american, doesn'it it ;) - ) so I change the "lining" whenever it starts to smell.
Just my 0.02 pence.
 
#6
i have been using the issue jungle hat/ desert pattern depending on what deployment you are on which sits perfectly inside the helmet, if it smells you just bung it in the wash.
 
#9
I had to change my helmet whilst on Telic earlier this year, and the new one had the adjustable mesh pad mentioned above. I have to say it is a lot more comfortable.
 

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#10
I use a headover type thing i got from a px. Cant remember for the life of me what it is called, but through some folding it makes quite a good sweat absorber/cushion type thing. And yank readers got any idea what it is called?
 
#12
Adjutant said:
There's a proper mod, which comes in the form of a mesh pad that sits on the top of your shward and is also adjustable. Much more comfortable than the string. Ask your CQMS for one - they're available through the system.

You must maintain an 'air gap' between your head and the outer shell of the helmet, otherwise it won't protect you from blast or impact and will rattle your grey matter a lot and probably kill you when the sh1t hits the fan.

Hope that helps.
Any chance of an NSN?
 
#14
The last time I wore one it was made of metal with a little spike inside at the top that had a fitted sort of plastically framework with bits of foam rubber, inside. Also "cap comforters" anyone remember them? Goodness knows how the b*ggers wore them in N. Africa during THAT (2nd) war!! Happy days!
 
#15
if you can ever get to a army surplus store that sell helmets rob one of the leather helmet pads that they put in our issue helmets there are 2 sizes long & thin or small & wide. try to get the small & wide padcut a few holes in it & it does a cracking job & can be washed. used it for a bout 6 years now works fine for me
 
#16
As I said to one of our new blokes the other night (as he attempted to get a single crease into his CS95 trs):

RSI "You could try dripping a fine film of rifle oil down the crease and ironing it in with a hot iron"

NB (later) "You ba$tard - I've ruined my trousers now, and the iron"

RSI "Yeah - that happened when I did it too..."

Now - do you really want to know what to do to your lid? :twisted:

Sticky
 
#18
The_Cheat said:
The padding stuff that come's in the amo box is quite nifty.

T C
I used to use the circular foam pad from the top of a Schermuley bottle. Punched a few holes in it like Brewmeister. That said I'd seen the mesh thingy and would have preferred one of those.
 
#19
The new MOD is good. I cant stand those who pad it out, it makes the body over heat by soaking up sweat when you have a feckin field dressing as padding and not being aloud to do job (the sweat that is ie evaportate of your skin) . You may be more comfortable but you are no use if you go down thru heat injury cos u padded helmet with ammo boxes and the rest of the shite. big no no certainly when i was taking pt/ranges.
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#20
Apparently the new helmets are being churned out at a significant rate, but obviously the troops on Telic will be getting them first, then those in Southern Afghanistan, then maybe the rest of the Op Theatres...

So in the mean time I'm going to be looking for either the mesh pad that comes with the new helmet and modding my existing one, or getting one of those american head cooler things - I've seen them in the local PX. I'm loathe to spend more money on kit though. I'm on tour to try and save money!!

WRT the mesh thingy - does anyone have the NSN?