poked in face

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by bradluke0, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

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    Hi all ! My stepson and I went riding yesterday on some local trails . It was hot so I wore my Hornet helmet with the visor . Sometimes when its not real sandy I crack the visor to get airflow . We had stopped to take a break and when we took off I still had the visor wide open . A small branch jumped out and poked me in the cheek about 2 " below my eye , I was still in first gear and just about to flip down the visor . Poked me hard enough to make me bleed . I always wear the proper gear but I guess I have to smart enough to use it properly . Hope this helps someone . Cheers !
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  2. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Yipes, way too close to an eye for comfort! Glad you're OK
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  3. WhichWayNow

    WhichWayNow Been here awhile

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    I had a similar experience riding snowmobile. I felt the stick right next to my eye. I could feel the pressure building and just before it got to the point of injury, the stick broke and fell out.

    Glad to hear that you weren't hurt too badly. Thanks for the reminder to be careful
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  4. flei

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    I had a similar experience years ago mountain biking. Bombing down a hill, saw the branch coming at my face and at the last second, stood, weaved, took it in the pec! Hurt like hell, obviously! Lucky it just was a "flesh wound" and did not puncture my chest. I hate ANYTHING getting in or near my eyes, and for years I pictured that stick putting my eye out; it really made me nervous to ride fast after that.
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  5. just jeff

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    I ride a lot in heavy brush, both bike and Quad. At work I wear polycarbonate safety glasses all day long as I am a Machinist. I wear the same lightweight comfortable safety glasses inside my helmet while riding. Stops bugs and rocks or mud as well as the aforementioned pointy sticks. It's amazing how often I feel something hit them.
    Regards....justjeff
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  6. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    Living in the land of illegal tinted visors I keep a pair of caterpillar safety sunglasses in my pocket for just such an occasion - love them.
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  7. Cale_Kat

    Cale_Kat Been here awhile

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    Dude, reality check, branches don't "jump". So for the record, you rode into it. Okay, not the smartest thing to do and certainly not as dumb as a lot of the stupid things I've done, but hope you learned from it too.

    Thanks for posting.

    PS Me likes my Hornet! The complexity of the visor is swoon worthy alone.
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  8. Treedguy

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    Face poke thread?
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  9. Seth650

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    what happened to the video posts?
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  10. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    My buddy lost his eye to a stick in sledding accident when he was 6 years old.
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  11. Boatman

    Boatman Upward and onward!!

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  12. tlempke

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    I have had a rock get kicked up and hit me in the face while on the road. I had my visor up but luckily had my Wiley X glasses on under the visor. The rock didn't hit me in the glasses but I sure was glad I was wearing them. Try some clear safety glasses like others have said.
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  13. just jeff

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    In addition I carry two levels of tinted safety glasses for the brighter days. They are much cheaper than sunglasses to replace when damaged with a much higher level of eye protection.
    jj
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  14. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Anyone ever try the mesh safety googles the Airsoft kids wear?
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  15. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    Reinventing the wheel there.
    Plenty of good eye protection available so there is no reason to ask yourself "Hey, I wonder if this neat idea will work in that one moment when my sight is on the line"
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  16. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    You have no idea what I am talking about.
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  17. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    Oh, ok in that case yes I think they're an excellent option. Go for it.


    Why even ask the question if you're only willing to accept one answer?
    I do know what you're talking about, and IMO they are barely acceptable protection for Airsoft. I wouldn't even recommend them for that, but I definitely wouldn't use them on the bike.

    The only benefit that they provide, even in Airsoft, is that they don't fog up. There are enough well established ways to overcome that issue on the bike without sacrificing level of protection.
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  18. dirtdobber1959

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    I was running traps one winter when I was younger and my dad was following along. He was in his late 50's I was 17. We were riding three wheelers and going up a brushy trail. I ducked under a stick but he was riding behind me a didn't see it. It poked him in the corner of the left eye along the bridge of the nose and went in about a quarter of an inch. It bleed badly and he couldnt see out of it for a few minutes. I thought it had put his eye out. It scared me worse than him. I always wear safety glasses now but still think of this.
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  19. foggy50361

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    I always use either clear or tinted safety glasses, for approx £3 it just isn't worth risking it. It's not only branches you have to be careful about, insects on a beautiful sunny day with the visor up will do just as much damage at speed.
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  20. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

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    Hi all ! Thanks for all the responses . I guess the lesson here is don't let your guard down .
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