better helmut Oddie I've been looking also. I'm in Atlanta visiting this week so I hit a few stores. My problem is two fold. heat in the summer and staying protected. The Hockey and football helmuts seem like they would be hot in the Tennessee Summer. The Lacross helmuts lookg good, light weight with padding and a good wire cage but you would need to wear safety glasses at a minimum and I'd kind of like to keep the dust and chips out of my mouth and nose which is at least part of why I wear a faceshield when I do. Mike Gibson posted a photo of a Fencing mask. He showed me his last night. it's good a solid and has a surpisingly good view but seemed a little heavy to me. I didn't check on the price of these things but suspect they are quite high. Staying out of the line of fire is my main line of defense but in the sake of good form sometimes you simply have to get parallel to the bowl to really see the shave imerge as you turn. There in lies my search for a good comfortable, safe faceshield/helmut. The riot helmut if price was not a problem would seem like a good option. They are designed to hits from rocks, and other hand held weapons icluding bats and batons so I think they would deflect a piece of wood and at the very worst at least reduce the inujies from flying wood. I tried my cage on my powermatic. useless. Wood shaving hang up in it and you can't see what your doing. You spend more time pulling the shavings out than turning. If it was plastic the dust and water from green turnings would cover it and you couldn't see either so that's not an option.