Couple of minor updates to my FAST helmet – main addition is the replica ARC rail adapters for my Sordins. These adapters accomplish several things:
- They let people with giant noggins (ie, myself) wear Sordins with their helmet, because wearing Sordins with the headband under the helmet induces headaches
- They make actual use of all that ARC rail space that people have but don’t really use
- They give you +5 tacticool points.
Details, thoughts, and more pics after the break.
I picked up the ARC rail adapters for my Sordins in a recent Ehobby order, mainly because I actually wanted to use the Sordins I had spent so much money on. Up to this point they’ve been excellent at collecting dust, and that’s about it. I tried running them with the headband under my FAST helmet (and my MICH 2000), but thanks to my giant head, they ended up putting uncomfortable amounts of pressure on my noggin – headache inducing pressure, in fact. Damn my giant dome!
The adapters install fairly easily onto both the helmet and the Sordins, although separating the Sordins from their original headband setup took twenty minutes of effort and cursing. They install solidly onto the ARC rails, with no wobble whatsoever. I’m happy to report that they do an excellent job of keeping your headset in place and alleviating the pressure on your noggin. The Sordins kinda just float there, with the right amount of pressure on your ears. It’s not too tight, not too loose. You can obviously hear transmissions and whatnot through the Sordins, but there’s just enough slack to let you hear ambient noise around you.
The adapters also allow you to swing the Sordins forward and out of the way should you need to, which is useful for when you need to hear certain things; anyone who wears Sordins will tell you sometimes it’s easier to just use your ears instead of having to hear everything through the Sordins.
Overall I’m very happy with my lid and it’s pretty much done – the last thing I’m going to add to it in the near future is probably a Manta strobe replica, but that’s about it. I won’t be running NVGs or anything on it, so a counterweight pouch is unnecessary. Down the road I might think about adding a Contour HD mounted on the velcro and perhaps a Princeton Tec replica, though the Sordin adapters take up a lot of room on the rails and I might not have room for the latter. Oh well, we’ll see.
I guess even further down the road, I might wanna get a real FAST helmet. And maybe real Sordins.