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Jarick 02-25-2013 11:13 AM

Easton E600 Helmet
 
Here's my new E600:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ps558c486f.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psbf06ba85.jpg


In game, LOVE the weight, it's really light. Fairly comfortable, but what felt like it was tight off the ice felt loose on the ice. Had to snap it shorter.

Gotta get a new cage though. This one just doesn't fit, it's too small, and it juts way out of the helmet.

Loved my 9500, thinking about getting a CCM 580 and see what the hype is all about. Or maybe a matching Easton cage?

Thoughts?

LarryO 02-25-2013 02:39 PM

I got an Easton E700 and put a Bauer Re-AKT cage on it. It's the lightest combination you can get. I put a small cage on a small helmet and the fit is perfect. I noticed you attached the plastic side clips low on the helmet. Did you try them in the upper positon? The cage wouldn't jut out as far.http://pages.videotron.com/sirlarry/e700.jpg

snizzbone* 02-25-2013 02:41 PM

Get the 480/580. Best looking for sure and it should fit.

T2098 02-25-2013 06:27 PM

I second the Re-Akt combo. It's what I have on my E600 and I really like it. I have a Medium E600 and a Medium Re-Akt cage.

It took a tiny bit of bending of the cage to get it to fit right, but it works well now.

Previously I had a Bauer/Itech RBE VIII on it, and it fit rather poorly. The plastic clips that attached it to the screws on the top of the helmet were too far apart. I could get them to screw in, but *barely*, and the plastic was slightly bent. It only took a couple of weeks of opening/closing the cage to fatigue and break the plastic clips.

Clardz 02-25-2013 06:29 PM

I'll throw in a vote for the Re-akt cage, I've used a 480 and an itech fishbowl previously and they both pale in comparison. The re-akt is very light as mentioned, and it also has great visibility. The bars seem to disappear in-game.

Wilch 02-25-2013 07:21 PM

I use the E700 helmet plus re-akt cage combo as well. Feels like I'm not wearing anything at all.

AIREAYE 02-25-2013 10:23 PM

The J clip placement is way too low on these, I've had a few problems fitting people for the cages because they jut out too much.

Jarick 02-26-2013 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LarryO (Post 60450529)
I got an Easton E700 and put a Bauer Re-AKT cage on it. It's the lightest combination you can get. I put a small cage on a small helmet and the fit is perfect. I noticed you attached the plastic side clips low on the helmet. Did you try them in the upper positon? The cage wouldn't jut out as far.http://pages.videotron.com/sirlarry/e700.jpg

Well there's two problems with that,

First, the top curve of the 9500 is too narrow and runs into the helmet, so I'd have to stretch it out and then bend the sides back in, which is harder than just squeezing or pulling the cage to fit the clips.

Second, the cage literally went down to the middle of my chin, meaning the cup was in front of my mouth, so it's just the wrong size.

But it sounds like if I went to a larger size, maybe a Bauer would fit...

Quote:

Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 60485673)
The J clip placement is way too low on these, I've had a few problems fitting people for the cages because they jut out too much.

It is awkward looking for sure. And the snaps just plain won't work with most cages.

I ended up grabbing an E700 cage for it. The curve on top is shaped to match the helmet so that fits properly now. Funny though I still had to stretch the cage straps all the way to snap to the back. They need to move those up in the future.

Side by side with the FM580, the E700 has a similar outside profile, just a bit different wire layout. It's not as easy to see out as the True Vision but didn't seem so bad. If it sucks I can exchange it.

Also got a large cage. The medium cage just fit for me but I wanted to see how I liked a larger cage. I did run a large cage on my old Intake helmet which seemed to have a similarly awkward screw layout.

Thought the gunmetal black looked a little better than the bright matte steel of the E500. We'll see.

Before:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psbc89dc7e.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psd8316ceb.jpg

After:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ps558c486f.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psbf06ba85.jpg

Greasy Sliders 02-26-2013 08:51 PM

While on the topic of Easton helmets, what's the deal with this new Easton-Riddel helmet called the R800? Anyone heard anything on the specifics?

Jarick 03-02-2013 03:32 PM

No idea, but the E600 is impossible to find, so it wouldn't surprise me.

I think I'm actually going to exchange the E700 cage. I tried shooting some pucks in my basement and the black bars are annoying. Looked okay in a colorful store, not so much against a light floor and white shooting sheet.

Might see about the titanium Bauer.

AIREAYE 03-02-2013 06:52 PM

Easton once again partnered with a fellow intracompany business unit to design a completely new helmet. It essentially takes technology from Riddell's 360 football helmet, namely a hexagonal liner and an inflatable section of padding in the back. This will retail for around $300.

Jarick 03-03-2013 09:25 AM

Not 100% on the Bauer Reakt. I tried a bunch of different cages and didn't love any of them in the store. I think though I might just be getting too picky and once I hit the ice it will be different. Also hoped the Reakt would be lighter but going from a medium 9500 that was already pretty light to begin with.

Er, I should talk about the cage installation.

The large Reakt, at least compared to my medium 9500, fits the curve of the Easton helmet better up top. Meaning it only barely rests against the plastic rather than slamming against it. I did have to pull the sides apart slightly to clear the side screws. Because it fit better, and the size of the cage, and because the Reakt is more of a "bubble" look vs a straight look, I put the J-clips up higher so it doesn't jut out as much.

Where the medium 9500 stopped mid-chin when the helmet was at the right position (1" above the eyebrows per the manual), the large Reakt stops just at the bottom of the chin. It is definitely a bit shorter than the E700 and probably just about every other cage out there. The large E700 if the helmet was sagging a bit forward could knock into the chest. Doesn't happen with the Reakt.

Also, the Reakt has matte finish titanium which is different than the chrome of the 9500. Titanium is a little darker metal (I'm shopping for wedding bands now, it's more of a neutral gray compared to others). It does make the bars look a bit thicker than the 9500 but we'll see if it's a difference on the ice. FWIW I never had a "glare" issue with the 9500.

The new chin cup also seems lighter and doesn't slide up and down as easily (which is good).

Still not the best looking cage, but seems to be a little better than the 9500?

You can see they changed the outside frame a bit and put the chin straps up higher (they now work with the Easton helmet with room to spare). The bottom extends further although I'm not sure if that's a medium vs large thing. All the sight bars seem to be the same.

Reakt on the left.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ps37bb38e2.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psed21501c.jpg

On the helmet, the shiny one is the 9500, dark one is the Reakt.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psd8316ceb.jpghttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ps246ce500.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...psbc89dc7e.jpghttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...pse0a58f84.jpg

Jarick 03-04-2013 09:58 AM

Played with it last night and once I hit the ice I barely noticed it. Weight is a little better than the 9500 and vision is a little more distracting with the darker bars.

macgyverthatshiz 03-05-2013 06:05 PM

I was checking those out....but I just can't leave my trusted 4500's. Probably never will, but it's nice to see new innovative products being made. Anyone else break out a box cutter as soon as you get a new 4500? Or am I the only one who cuts the padding all to hell and back for a perfect fit?

AIREAYE 03-05-2013 09:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macgyverthatshiz (Post 61030955)
I was checking those out....but I just can't leave my trusted 4500's. Probably never will, but it's nice to see new innovative products being made. Anyone else break out a box cutter as soon as you get a new 4500? Or am I the only one who cuts the padding all to hell and back for a perfect fit?

Haha, no retail helmet off the shelf at any setting fits my head. So I half-gut the deepest helmet, the 5100. Added Poron and switched around some VN...I should post a picture sometime.

Jarick 03-06-2013 10:43 AM

I sliced about 1/2" off either side of my 4k, still doesn't fit right. AIR, where do you get that material to add? Maybe some soft foam/gel padding in places would help the helmet stay more snug. Would love to see the pics!

AIREAYE 03-06-2013 02:06 PM

A got a pack of Poron in different thicknesses/densities from my internship work. Rogers Corp. the company that makes it, distributes samples at various tradeshows/exhibits/sales pitches etc. Maybe you could look up the various uses of Poron and see if you have connections in any of those industries.

Jarick 03-01-2015 09:55 AM

Update after two years with this helmet.

Everything on the helmet is just fine. It moves around a bit more than I'd like but I keep it on the looser side because I hate feeling like it's clamping down on my head.

The cover on the padding peeled off in a couple places and the entire front pad ripped and fell out a couple games ago. I just found and ordered a replacement pad set online. I figure for $26 it's cheaper than a new helmet.

In the meantime I played a couple games without the pad...not comfortable as the velcro mashes into the head but what can you do. I guess I could also see if the wife could rig up removable microfiber sweat bands but hopefully I get the new pads in a few days.

Otherwise weight with the combo is great, helmet hasn't gotten too scratched up, vision is great with the cage.

Only other thing I would say is annoying is that the pads soak up a TON of sweat, and it takes 2-3 days to fully dry out. Really disgusting if you have to play games back to back. I have an old VN helmet I use for coaching so I rarely run into short turnaround times, but it's still a concern, and if I were to play/practice daily I'd have to have a second helmet or some other pads.

LarryO 03-01-2015 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 98232267)
Update after two years with this helmet.

Everything on the helmet is just fine. It moves around a bit more than I'd like but I keep it on the looser side because I hate feeling like it's clamping down on my head.

The cover on the padding peeled off in a couple places and the entire front pad ripped and fell out a couple games ago. I just found and ordered a replacement pad set online. I figure for $26 it's cheaper than a new helmet.

In the meantime I played a couple games without the pad...not comfortable as the velcro mashes into the head but what can you do. I guess I could also see if the wife could rig up removable microfiber sweat bands but hopefully I get the new pads in a few days.

Otherwise weight with the combo is great, helmet hasn't gotten too scratched up, vision is great with the cage.

Only other thing I would say is annoying is that the pads soak up a TON of sweat, and it takes 2-3 days to fully dry out. Really disgusting if you have to play games back to back. I have an old VN helmet I use for coaching so I rarely run into short turnaround times, but it's still a concern, and if I were to play/practice daily I'd have to have a second helmet or some other pads.

I have a few tips that should help.
As soon as the pads start "peeling" have your wife sew the edges back together. Since I've done that, they haven't come apart.
And when you take your gear out to dry after a game, get 2 or 3 sheets of paper towels, and tamp the pads until hardly any sweat is left. They'll dry really quickly that way.

zeeto 03-02-2015 09:37 AM

How did you guys, with E600, do with sizes? I ordered a Large combo (which came with a M cage) and am going to have to return it. My head size is right around 23-1/2", and I've pretty much always worn a large, but the large e600 helmet is just too big and wobbles around when I move my head. The more I searched it seemed like people who normally wore large were buying mediums.

Jarick 03-03-2015 11:51 AM

I've always worn a medium and the medium fit me fine.

Jarick 03-08-2015 12:26 PM

Got the replacement pads.

The pads all attach via velcro, so it was only a few minutes to swap them out. Maybe 1/4 of the velcro sticky pads came off with the old pads, but they were still sticky enough to press back on the helmet.

For the old pads, obviously the front pad was worn down quite a bit, and the side pads near the temples were worn and peeling apart.

Surprisingly, the fit of the helmet changed quite a bit because the new pads that go behind the neck at the base of the helmet were much taller than the old pads. Likely because the olds pads got squished and broken down.

I remember that when my helmet was new, I had to play around with the sizing, maybe for the first few months. Then I never had to touch it again. I ended up today having to open up the sizing to get it to fit properly.


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