Where to buy Gentex helmets

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Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Mon Mar 27 2017, 04:32

Hi everyone
Im looking into buying a Gentex SPH5 helmet and trying to find a dealer in NZ or Aust. Also does anyone have any experience or opinions on this model?
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby havick » Mon Mar 27 2017, 06:19

If you're going to get a gentex then get a 56/P out of the USA.

Most of the NZ ones on offer are clones
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Mon Mar 27 2017, 10:51

Awesome thanks havick. I noticed they were clones, im defo keen for the genuine product. Any chance you know which dealers in USA will distribute to NZ?
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby havick » Mon Mar 27 2017, 19:42

Gibson and Barnes sell them. See if you can find someone in the US that it can be shipped to then they can forward it to you. There's also companies that do the same forwarding thing for a small fee.
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Wed Apr 12 2017, 01:31

Hey guys just got a quote for a gentex helmet, almost $5k! Is that pretty standard?? :shock:
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby havick » Wed Apr 12 2017, 13:40

Who'd you get the quote through?
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Thu Apr 13 2017, 04:18

Its thru Aeroparts in Australia. I priced one up with Gibson & Barnes, it is literally $1000 cheaper to get a return flight to USA and buy one there
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby max speed » Thu Apr 13 2017, 04:24

Try Helicopterhelmets.com in the us should be under 2 grand nz, tho depends on what goodies you want with it
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby Probbo » Thu Apr 13 2017, 08:56

Be careful, I rocked up to Gibson & Barnes shop near San Diego all cashed up ready to purchase a helmet and was refused as I didn't have a fixed USA or Canadian address. I'm not sure if things have changed as that was in 2008.
Like Havick says, if you have friends or family over there, might be safer getting it initially shipped to them.
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Thu Apr 13 2017, 11:01

Hey probbo. Thats what I was thinking of doing but Ill get in touch with them and see what the story is. But im wondering if i did get it shipped to someone over there what it would mean for the warranty if i bring it back to NZ? Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby rotors99 » Thu Apr 13 2017, 11:20

Gibo & Barnes will happily ship anywhere, just ask 'em :P
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Thu Apr 13 2017, 11:31

Gday rotors. Ive been in touch with them they told me they wont ship to NZ?
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby rotors99 » Thu Apr 13 2017, 12:14

G'day AT....strange, they ship to India, Nepal, PNG, Australia & Bhutan! But not NZ...very strange, maybe it's because of the Sheep population :shock:
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Thu Apr 13 2017, 12:28

Yea they told me they would ship all their products anywhere except gentex helmets
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby havick » Thu Apr 13 2017, 13:44

If you get stuck, I live in the US, I can forward to you. Those prices in Australia are crazy.
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby theyeti » Fri Apr 14 2017, 02:25

From the G and B website:


Export Restrictions Warning: The Export of U.S. manufactured aviation flight helmets is strictly prohibited without a valid export license issued by the U.S. Department of State Office of Defense Trade Controls, in accordance with International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations Part 120-130, and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce. For further information contact the Office of Defense Trade Control at (202) 663-1282 and / or the U.S. Department of Commerce.


I have one of the before mentioned clones from John at Flightcell in Nelson. Ain't nothing wrong with it. Used to fly with a guy who flew sky cranes and he said he wouldn't buy anything else.
If I could get a Gentex out of America for less and keep a decent level of support then I guess that would be a no brainer but John is excellent to deal with.
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Sat Apr 15 2017, 02:00

Cheers yeti. I have talked to john, do you have the SPH style one? Is it comfortable?
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby Big Beres » Mon Apr 17 2017, 07:29

G and B don't ship to NZ, I tried 18months ago for parts to my SP5 and got turned down.

You could try YouShop through NZ post, I've used it a few times, but didn't know about them when I was looking for SH5 Parts

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/youshop

FYI I purchased an Alpha Eagle a few years ago through Helicopter Helmets dot com and got a great deal $1500USD. The AUS/NZ distributor quoted $4300AUS at the time , so it's worth looking at all options

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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby AirTokoroa » Mon Apr 17 2017, 11:40

Hey BB that looks awesome. How would it work if I need to claim warranty or getting maintenance done on the helmet ? Also how did you find the SPH5? I like the style of it over the other models
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Re: Where to buy Gentex helmets

Postby havick » Mon Apr 17 2017, 17:48

If you want a 56P from G&B I live in the US so if get stuck I can forward it to you, just cover the postage.
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