I don't want to create over threads of the same topic but I don't know how to search for topics. Topics such as helmets or more specific searches like,"what's good modular helmet that has communication hook ups"
Dave, it's refreshing to hear this question asked. Because there really is an existing wealth of information available, that you can read at your leisure, if you know how to search.
Most (if not all) forums, have an "advanced search" option. that's what we want. How we get there differs from forum software to forum software. Here, if you just click search, then advanced search, you're there.
Now, we want to click on "titles only". that means the thread was started specifically
about that subject.
In your case, what you want, I'd enter "modular" and "helmet" (without the quotes).
The problem with searching the entire thread is you'll get a million hits on "helmet", then it becomes so tedious and tiring to search through the millions of threads for what we want... we give up and post a new thread that's probably rehashing the same question over and over.
One last option is to use google. It's a great facility, and in your case you could enter a search like this:
modular helmet communication site:stromtrooper.com
Which will probably result in all the info you need.
Then only time we run into probs with these searches are when people aren't at all descriptive. One example would be is when they use a title to a thread like "please help". Or something like "check out this youtube vid" and a link in the thread that says absolutely nothing about what the video is...
Quite honestly, I just ignore threads like that, I just don't have the time to figure out what someone is trying to say, especially if they don't have the time to put the effort into making it somewhat clear from the beginning...
One benefit of using google (from abvoe), if someone uses words like "comms" instead of "communication", google will probably figure that out. The search software for the forum won't have that ability... it's really not it's forte... so to speak.
good luck with it.