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Thread: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

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    Default Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    Hey, I have a pair of Cliff Keen F5s (the tornado or twister, one of the two) with a chin cup, and I feel like they are just way too big for my face, or pretty much anyone's face, period. The head gear comes out pretty far onto my face, and the chin cup kind of makes it a little weird on my cheeks. I heard the signatures are the best headgear, pretty much unanimously. Should I switch?
    "Wanting to win, that is common to all. But working to win, the drive to go the extra mile, to push yourself while no one's looking..that is the mark of a true champion."

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Vanilla Gorilla View Post
    Hey, I have a pair of Cliff Keen F5s (the tornado or twister, one of the two) with a chin cup, and I feel like they are just way too big for my face, or pretty much anyone's face, period. The head gear comes out pretty far onto my face, and the chin cup kind of makes it a little weird on my cheeks. I heard the signatures are the best headgear, pretty much unanimously. Should I switch?
    I never tried the F5's. i've currently used the Asics Old school, Brute Quad II, and III.

    I just used mines (CK) for the first time in pratice today, it was great. Roomy enough to hear in and not feel like you're in a suana (like the Brute Quad series) but it's not roomy to the point of feeling unnatural or helmet-like. The foam is really comfortable as well.

    It took me a long time to adjust my headgear though. Definately worth it.

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    I heard the sigs were impossible to adjust....? What's the deal with that?
    "Wanting to win, that is common to all. But working to win, the drive to go the extra mile, to push yourself while no one's looking..that is the mark of a true champion."

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    Well, instead of pulling the straps like a normal headgear, you have to feed the end of a strap into the slot to loosen up the tab, THEN pull it. This means you'll have to adjust your headgear in small steps. Feed, pull, feed, pull, feed, pull. If you've lengthened the headgear too much, you'll be forced to feed the tab in the reverse way, which is much harder. You'll find yourself having to seperate a part of the foam from the plastic mold so you could shorten the straps, then put it back on and experiment with the size again. Feed, pull, feed, pull.

    I adjusted mines too small, so I ended up having to remove half the foam from the plastic mold, readjusted it so it was bigger then my head, then put it back on and readjusted again, step by step, until it was to my liking.

    You HAVE to remove the foam padding if you want to replace the chip strap with the chin cup.

    If you do it right the first time it'll save you alot of trouble. Trust me, you want to adjust it only a little bit, then fit it on your head and continue adjusting from there.

    Either way, it's definately worth it. The Sigs are so damn confortable, i could wear it all day and not even wrestle. Much better then those heat inducing Old School esque headgears and that plastic crap called a Quad III.

    True story: I was wrestling at my local tourny in a greco match. The match was to see who got 1st place, and lasted all 3 rounds. I didn't even notice I had a headgear on. I literally thought I went in and wrestled without a headgear. Usually when I'm wearing my Quad III, during the match I don;t notice it, but when my opponent isn't tied up with me or we're "dancing" I could always tell it's on my head. It's an uncomfortable feeling, like there's something strange hugging my face. Not with the sigs. Jeez, I wish I bought these a long time ago.
    Last edited by pinknikes; 05-02-2010 at 01:44 AM.

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    Well, I may be making the switch, then....how do you take off the foam?
    "Wanting to win, that is common to all. But working to win, the drive to go the extra mile, to push yourself while no one's looking..that is the mark of a true champion."

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    You just peel it off, it's simple but it's a pain to do.

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    Default Re: Switching from CK F5s to Signatures?

    Okay. Well, sounds like a good deal......thanks.
    "Wanting to win, that is common to all. But working to win, the drive to go the extra mile, to push yourself while no one's looking..that is the mark of a true champion."

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