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#62966 - 03/28/06 06:07 AM Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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I was supplied with a new hard hat for SAR operations. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have any attachments or anything actually, to secure a headlamp strap to the hat. Whenever I pull the strap down, it's going to stay there for a second then whooooops! It slides right off the hat.



Does anyone have an idea how I could secure my Petzl headlamp to the hat? I was thinking... drilling two rows of small holes around the hat to insert zipties to tie-down the lamp. Obviously, needing the lamp for something else would mean cutting all the zipties.

Would anyone have a better idea? Of course, something permanent like glueing is not my preffered approach.

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#62967 - 03/28/06 06:30 AM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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You can order clips and glue for wildland helmets from The Supply Cache These work great! These allow you to retain a headlamp and goggles on your helmet but still be able to remove them for use without the helmet. Petzl makes some rescue specific helmets that have built in headlamp clips.


Edited by romania (03/28/06 06:32 AM)
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#62968 - 03/28/06 02:17 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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I believe that Petzel also makes little clips that can attach the light. I have two sets. It consists of four little clips that have a flat part for the band and a round hook to grab the edge of the hat.

FOUND IT:
http://www.brightguy.com/detail.php?Sku=PETEO4350

**EDIT**
The funny thing is that these items are not even mentioned on the Petzl web site. I suppose that it is possible that they re discontinuted. If so, you might want to buy two pairs. Still, those things are quite useful. Petzl sells hemlets and headlamps. You would think that they would proudly offer those and make it easy to find.

**EDIT part 2**
Oops. I found it here http://en.petzl.com/petzl/SportProduits?Produit=219
It seems that they advertise it as a helmet accessory instead of a light accessory. Funny.
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#62969 - 03/28/06 03:05 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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Loc: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Drilling holes or using glue can compromise a plastic helmet. The clips that others have described sound like they would work. There are some LED lights that are designed to fit a helmet (or really big head?). Our SWAT guys have them on their balistic helmets. If you want, I will find out where they got them and who makes them.
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#62970 - 03/28/06 03:21 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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Here's an option: Petzl helmet with clips built in.
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#62971 - 03/28/06 04:05 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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Yep, it looks like those clips are what I need!

Since I don't climb and this helmet is going to be used exclusively for SAR operations, purchasing another helmet is not really an option. I got this helmet for 5 $ and it seems as I could get those clips for another 5-6 $. Much cheaper than the Petzl climbing helmet.

I don't know if this goes against a forum rule, but since i'm in Canada, websites have a tendency to exagerate terribly when it comes to shipping rates... Maybe someone could put his hands on these clips, mail them to me and I would be more than happy to repay using Paypal? Just wondering.

Thanks guys for your replies, I appreciate them.
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#62972 - 03/28/06 04:07 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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I would appreciate that, if you can get the info from your fellow SWAT officers.

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#62974 - 03/28/06 06:51 PM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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Is that a $5 helmet, or a helmet that will protect you that only cost $5?
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#62975 - 03/29/06 12:44 AM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
atoz Offline
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Registered: 01/25/06
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Loc: Nevada
I have a helmet with holes in it but I use velcor ties to fasten a head lamp to it. You can get them at a builder supply they are used to fasten wires together. Or you could just grilla glue the ties to the helmet.
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#62976 - 03/29/06 04:58 AM Re: Securing a headlamp to a hard hat
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LOL!

Nahhh it's just a deal my SAR organisation has for them. ANSI TYPE I, CLASS E, no frills hard hat.

Link here.
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