We use Cairns as well. We have both 880's and 1010's. I like them both alot. I have heard they are a bit heavier but the weight is balanced well. We have the standard 4" visor which I like because you can use it while still wearing your mask so it gets dirty and the mask stays cleaner. I have noticed that the visor can snag on the eagle occasionally but I think it might be more of the type/size of eagle that is on the helmet. The only other thing I have noticed is when your on all fours the back brim hits our bottle but that may be more of the type of cylynder we use.
We used to have the Cairns modern 911 helmet which are good helmets but the department switched just before I joined. We still use them for probationary ff's to distinguish them on the fireground. We then issue one of the traditional helmets once they complete probation. (Sort of a graduation gift/recognition/achievement thing)
On the subject of the Euro style helmets, I think they wild looking (But so is alot of stuff from there compared to the USA) but pretty cool and interesting. They kind of look like a modified motorcycle helmet. I haven't had the chance to see them other than online or in a magazine but I would be interested in seeing how they worked.
The best bet is to be involved in the decision making process if you can. Ask to be on the committee, ask to be a test subject if they get gear to try out, be informed on the standards and the materials and style of what you are looking for. Make an informed decision based on facts, not emotion.
Frankly, I am at a loss when people have no knowledge of anything they use, whether it is gear, equipment, hose, nozzles, extrication equipment, or even apparatus. Ask a mechanic, a true mechanic not a wrench turner parts replacer, about his tools and he can tell you about everything, who made it, what it is for, and why they chose that particular tool.
My department issues the 660, but there have been alot of us that have bought our own traditionals. When I bought my 1010 afew years ago I was curious about the weight difference so the salesman at the store I bought my helmet at put both the 660 and the 1010 on a scale. The 660 weighed in at 3.15 pounds, and the 1010 was 3.20 pounds. I don't care who you are, that is not a noticable difference. I love my helmet and I wouldn't go back.
You've missed the most important things...What color is your engine and what color is your helmet and what does it mean?
Michael A... I find it offensive for you to use the term recliner. We are all professional here on the FFN. We don't use "Recliners" in the fire house. We only use things that make us 100% efficient at all times, and this includes Luge Training. Please make note that the correct terminology would be "Luge Trainers". Thank you for your consideration in this matter.