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This follows my earlier post on jungle gear in which I mentioned overhanging jungle vines. Those vines had been cut, at an angle, by short tribesmen as part of maintaining trade routes within their dispersed communities. The tribesmen will cut obstructive forest vines, including those that are attached to the forest canopy. This results in a vertical spear-like vines pointing downwards, that they can walk under safely and unimpeded.
Consequently, anywhere in the thick jungle including where the trail turns into a climb, a taller visitor might encounter what are essentially spears pointing at their nonse. When you stand up, it is possible to experience a painful collision: cut at less than 45 degrees, and from 0.5" to 2" thick, it is dangerous. It is a wooden spear :(
These risks are not limited to vines. High in the canopy, stong plants get tangled and any of them might be in the path of tribesmen. Consequently, the unseen vertical threats can include cut bamboo or other woods that refuse to come loose.
After a few painful experiences, I adopted a fedora-like hat made from two layers of coconut cloth. However, that hat had a wide brim that made it incompatible with carrying an extended backpack, and also incompatible with passing near objects such as uncut vines.
I plan to go back, and I plan to not get a wooden spear stuck in my head. Consequently, I am looking at mountaineering helmets. Additional environmental conditions to consider are hot and humid conditions (ventilation) and intense sunlight (visor).
Which helmets come recommended, and have you used them in jungles?