Gear: Cairns Model 1010 with Defender face shield


Cairns Model 1010 with Defender face shield

Category: Turnout & Duty Gear
Subcategory: Helmets
Price: $200.00-300.00
Average Rating:
(38 Votes)

Defender slide down visor

Member Reviews

  • 01__215__max30
    peanut, Thu, 31 Jan 2008 18:16:53 UTC.
    1st review

    This is by far the safest eye protection configuration I heve ever scene in a fire helmet. The visor slides up inside the helmet to protect it from carbon build up and comes down enough to conform to your face and prevent objects from getting underneath it, protecting your eyes. If you haven't tried one of thes I highly recomend it.

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    GCFD008, Sat, 16 Feb 2008 20:58:35 UTC.

    Totally awesome light weight helmet. Wouldn't wear any other configuration.

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    rcooney, Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:04:01 UTC.

    Even if you have the 1010 without the shield you can install one very easily. Although you do have to drill in several places. I use my shield all the time for vehicle extrication and to keep the wind and dust out of my eyes while on scene. I highly recommend this product.

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  • Dcp0458_max30
    Fire231, Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:20:28 UTC.

    Great helmet but acording to NFPA you need some other type of eye protection beside your shield. Wish mine had that style on it since it's looks cooler this way.

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    firefish, Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:44:34 UTC.

    Love it - I can actually see through the face shield because it isn't getting scratched and crappy when it isn't in use. Note: folks who wear eyeglasses are not usually able to use this style of shield because it bangs on the rims of the glasses or won't go over them. I keep my glases tight so I can just make it. You get the great look of a fire helmet without the junk on the front!

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  • Default_max30
    vip3r82, Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:52:48 UTC.

    Great helment! love the defender shields but don't really use them all that much.
    kinda looks like star war's in a

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    hsvfirefighter, Sat, 01 Mar 2008 21:20:25 UTC.

    If you want a great helmet here it is. No more broken lenses when you pull it out of your bag, or locker. The use of the impact cap is awesome, helps relieve the full blow to the head. if you dont want the paint go for the 1044 which is fiberglass and if it gets scratched it want show as bad as the paint.

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    Account Removed, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:49:31 UTC.

    Great helmet!!! And you look coo wearing it....

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    Fyremedic, Thu, 17 Apr 2008 12:43:16 UTC.

    Great product recently went through a pre- flashover in a structure it held up bvery well.

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    Txfiremanlee, Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:16:39 UTC.

    it is light but for me too light , good all around lid all of our officers have these. the defenders work prettty well just hurts your nose if you flip them down too hard

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    chfd102, Thu, 22 May 2008 17:36:40 UTC.

    i just put the insert for the defender into my helet and i love it!!!! it makes it lighter and not so front heavy. I would Recommend to every one to get one.

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  • Rit_max30
    fire238rescue, Tue, 24 Jun 2008 04:20:21 UTC.

    You really can't go wrong with a 1010 helmet. Once you break in the face shield it works great, the first couple of times if you're not careful you'll whack your nose pretty hard. Best composite out there.

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  • Arff_three_firefighters_max30
    PGVFD_1376, Fri, 27 Jun 2008 18:51:59 UTC.

    i've been looking at buying one of these for sometime but the one thing that has held me back on it is how well does it work with scba masks? i've got a cairns 660c with the 4in faceshield and i love it and just like having the option of puttin somethin over my mask just for that extra protection.

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  • Sunday_s_family_day_204_max30
    hc_treeclimber, Fri, 11 Jul 2008 02:05:45 UTC.

    Awesome helmet just got mine and would never go back to the 4 inch shields

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  • Windows_live_hotmail_max30
    chfd120, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:20:47 UTC.

    Traditional style helmets are typically top heavy, not so with the Defender face shield. I like mine a lot but it takes some getting used to it. With the original face shield more of your face doesn't feel so exposed.

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    Account Removed, Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:18:45 UTC.

    Bought my son one when he jioned the dept he said it hits his nose when the face shield comes down to hard. Good looking helmet otherwise

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    fireman7813, Fri, 03 Oct 2008 09:00:42 UTC.


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  • Fire_academy_034_max30
    FF_EMT_JWW, Sat, 04 Oct 2008 20:50:18 UTC.

    I have the same setup but instead of the 1010 I have the 1044. I oredered the defender shield seperately and it was so easy to install. I didnt have to do any drilling, i just swapped the old impact cap for the the defender version and it was ready to go. And the ability to change the shield to a different color depending on conditions is really easy.

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  • Samuel_max30
    usernamex, Tue, 07 Oct 2008 17:47:09 UTC.

    By far the best eye protection avaliable with simply a structural helment, visor slides down easily and is easily accessible right above the ear

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    taylor227, Sat, 01 Nov 2008 20:56:49 UTC.

    a good dept. issue

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    Flash490, Tue, 04 Nov 2008 12:37:45 UTC.

    Love this product. Great protection. Genius design for safety. Looks great. Light and comfortable.

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  • 100_0529_max30
    gfd732, Sat, 08 Nov 2008 21:43:33 UTC.

    Comfortable Helmet, Face Shield sucks though. Kinda hard to lower shield while gloved. Shield has tendancy to slam down on bridge of nose giving user a nice little gash.

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    Account Removed, Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:41:14 UTC.

    Reliable helmet, traditional styling. The face shields have not given us a problem, just takes alittle getting used to.

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  • A_day_at_work_max30
    Ffrankej, Tue, 23 Dec 2008 02:58:04 UTC.

    Really enjoy the light weight, copared to the Bullard w? faceshield. Just have to get use to flipping down the visor w/ glasses on. Visor is useless with your SCBA mask, for added protection. But thumbs up.

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  • Fighting_irsh_max30
    JPB5153, Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:46:47 UTC.

    Love it...keeps my head on straight on the fire scene. like the shield dont like it when it hits my face

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  • 05-28-2008084417pm_max30
    Aims73, Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:59:01 UTC.

    This helmet is very light weight and pretty comfortable. I love the fact that the face shield slides up under the helmet....keeps it from getting smoky, dirty and scratched up. The only problem I have with it is that the the shield is a little difficult to raise and lower with bulky gloves on...however, you do get use to it and learn to maneuver the shield with practice!

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    FirePro_333, Wed, 18 Feb 2009 02:34:53 UTC.

    the face shield hurts my nose when i lower it but hey put a band-aid on and you are ready to go

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  • Firefighter_1___2_class_026_max30
    Putter, Fri, 20 Feb 2009 06:08:47 UTC.

    It's great protection but the lens fog up quickly and the adjustable headband doesn't stay tight

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    jpaschall0117, Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:31:43 UTC.

    love it i have a mirrored lens i purchased myself and my department issued me a amber visor i always have both in my locker. its a great product but sometimes gets in the way so i also carry your everyday safety glasses on my helmet. wish it would cover my mask when im packed up but you dont always get what you want....

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    MONSTERMEDIC5173, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:30:17 UTC.

    awsome helmet, but the facesheild is hard to get used to.

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    blackcat, Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:15:47 UTC.

    It is a well made product, an it has keep me safe for years.

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    Account Removed, Fri, 17 Apr 2009 23:51:41 UTC.

    awsome helmet love the defender face shield!!

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  • Aa3_max30
    firerescue817, Wed, 22 Apr 2009 05:16:52 UTC.

    this helmet and i have been through some stuff. I love it and it protected me from a falling roof truss, so its got my support.

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    nefirefighter09, Wed, 01 Jul 2009 05:20:57 UTC.

    i recently bought this helmet for myself. While using the face shield during rescue-tech class, a shard of glass about half of an inch long flew threw the side of the eye shield and into my eye, forcing me to spend 2 hours at an emergency room and a visit to the eye dr. Great idea, but the eye shield needs to have better side protection.

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    Captain367, Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:51:42 UTC.

    Great helmet I purchased my own and love it. Now that I have moved up to Captain my helmet has a front shield I am purchasing the kit to retrofit to a defender

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  • This_is_easy_daddy_max30
    FF6, Tue, 22 Sep 2009 17:34:51 UTC.

    Great helmet with eye protection

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    shaw_firefighter321, Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:59:54 UTC.

    love this helmet! i use the defender visor all the time. very useful and never gets in the way when you dont need it

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  • Fire_training_on_hall_ave
    Stephane, Tue, 22 Feb 2011 07:53:40 UTC.

    Great helmet. we also have to 1044's with the defender face shields. guys love em.

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