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    At 90+ mph... what is needed to survive?

    Looks like my ski is going to be at 90+ when I get it back, thanks Duke!, and I am looking to stay in one piece heaven forbid I fall off at those speeds.

    What would you all recommend as far as safety gear? what areas of concern should I have other than my head? anyone fall off at 90+ that can chime in where they got beat up the most?

    So far this is what I've purchased

    SNELL/DOT approved mx style helmet (Oneal 7 series Mayhem helmet)
    Goggles (Thor MX goggles)
    USCG Approved Type 3 PFD (Jet Pilot side entry Neo vest)
    boost and gloves - for comfort and grip

    One thing I am debating is either a neck collar or neck roll... not sure if the whole collar is needed, for example the EVS RC Evo brace - $140, or if I can use a cheap $40 neck roll from aplinestars or similar company...

    I'd appreciate any input!

    -Scott


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    Always wear some type of anti-water intrusion shorts... If you get a 90mph enema, not much will save you. I asked one of the posters to send me pics of when he had his hand blown up like a balloon by hitting the water, and having the skin ripped open and filled up with water.

    Think about the question... NOTHING is going to save you, if you hit wrong while going 90mph. Good job on the safety equipment, but really we are very fragile meat-puppets. Please be safe out there and closely inspect underneath your ski before EVERY ride.

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    Check out these guys for jackets http://www.lifelinejackets.com/

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    Not really a big fan of helmets on the water due to the bucketing effect. If you choose to wear one you must use a good neckbrace as well IMO.

    Everything on the boat needs to be smooth. No bolts, sharp edges etc.. Everytime I've pulled off not going for a swim I'm usually not where I'm supposed to be on the boat. Your handlebars are not wide enough for me. Clamps on grips need to be sanded smooth as well. The wider the more you can control yourself on the boat in adverse conditions.

    Neo shorts under regular shorts is a good idea like Hydro said. Keeps goods from bouncing around as well.

    Be very careful on eye protection. Some googles do more harm the good when skipping across the water and metal framed sun glasses are out of the question. I prefer smooth rounded plastic with straight stems, these will break away much quicker and not remove so much flesh at the same time.

    We are pretty naked out there on the ski. I've been tossed from the fastest multiple times and its always limb and back injury from ragdolling. If you can tuck to a ball there will be much less damage.

    Use to like the Cat 5 pullover vests but the new ones (at least Jet Pilots) is much shorter and think it would end up around your neck in a good crash. My old JP vest is still my favorite for testing and survived very well when I got tossed off Rab1's ski at almost 100. The Slippery molded vest works very well too.

    Check the grate, plate, nozzle and sterring connections everytime you take the ski out. Its a must and those are the failure points most of the time. Your in an elite club now.

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    good call, i like the suggestions.

    any recommendations on the shorts?

    also, sorry for the dumb question, but can someone explain the bucketing effect?

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    Bucketing is when the helmet grabs the water and rips your head off. Think of it like dragging a bucket through the water.

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    Very comfy, up till hot season.
    http://www.parkeryamaha.com/2007slip...gsuitmens.aspx

    Good ones for all seasons.
    http://www.parkeryamaha.com/slippery...ardshorts.aspx

    Bicycle shorts are comfy to wear underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Very comfy, up till hot season.
    http://www.parkeryamaha.com/2007slip...gsuitmens.aspx

    Good ones for all seasons.
    http://www.parkeryamaha.com/slippery...ardshorts.aspx

    Bicycle shorts are comfy to wear underneath.
    I wear underarmor compression shorts underneath when I ride, will those work?

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    I bet they will work just fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    Bucketing is when the helmet grabs the water and rips your head off. Think of it like dragging a bucket through the water.
    sounds awful.

    so general consensus is probably better not to wear a helmet when out on the ski, unless at a sanctioned event which requires them like hydrodrags?

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