The face guard stiffens up well on the helmet. It is easy to remove if you are on a mellow section of river. I was apprehensive about racing with it, but it did not interfere with my breathing. I look forward to busting it out on the steep stuff this winter. Thanks to Rob Tompkins for the pictures.
I rocked my WRSI face protection this summer. We are in an extended drought in the South. Low water increases the potential for facial trauma. A couple of weeks ago LVM hosted a Giant Slalom race on the Green. We did not race through Gorilla, but I was still glad I was wearing the Pinch.