A RaceQuip Helmet & NecksGen Restraint Provides Safety Matched with Comfort
Crashing sucks. After spending late nights and hard earned dough on making your car faster, burning time and money fixing crash damage is a drag. What’s worse than crashing? Getting hurt. Cars and parts can be replaced, but your life can’t.
Safety equipment is often overlooked. Helmets, Nomex underwear, and roll bars won’t make your car faster, but safety equipment will increase the odds that you make it out alive should anything go wrong. In racing, stuff happens, so it’s important to have the right equipment so you end your racing weekend in your garage—not in the ambulance.
The basics of safety equipment usually includes a helmet, gloves, jacket and pants, along with a head and neck restraint, safety harness, and roll bar. Helmets have been required for decades and have evolved to provide ever better protection against head injuries. Head and neck restraints, however, are a relatively new development.
While helmets do an excellent job of keeping the driver’s head safe, they can actually increase the chances of a neck injury in a crash. During an impact, the weight of the helmet whips the head forward while the body is restrained by the safety harness. The force of the helmet is trying to pull the head from the body. Yikes!
A head and neck restraint anchors the helmet to the shoulder belts of the safety harness, transferring the force of the helmet to the belts rather than through the driver’s neck. A head and neck restraint is so effective that most sanctioning bodies require their use at certain levels of competition.
The prospect of paralysis or death from a crash isn’t our idea of a good time, so we chose RaceQuip’s VESTA15 Snell SA2015 full face helmet and a NecksGen REV2 LITE head and neck restraint.
RaceQuip’s VESTA15 full face helmet is designed to balance affordability and lightweight. It features a hand-laid fiber-reinforced polymer shell. It includes reinforced M6 threaded inserts to accept the anchor posts. The 3mm face shield won’t distort your vision and resists fogging.
The helmet’s large eye port has room for glasses, the Nomex interior padding protects your face from fire, and the Kevlar chin strap keeps the helmet where it belongs. We ordered the VESTA15 in stealth-fighter flat black; namely because we reason it will intimidate the driver in the other lane (probably not, but the flat black looks great).
Should the unthinkable happen, we also picked up a NecksGen REV2 LITE head and neck restraint. Weighting at only 1.2 pounds, the REV2 LITE features a new adjustable tether system. The rubber grip friction pads make the driver feel more secure, and higher belt guides keep the belts over the base, which is important for multiple impact situations. The REV2 LITE includes quick release helmet hardware and NecksGen will recertify it every five years for free.
We’re resting easier knowing that the RaceQuip VESTA15 helmet and NecksGen REV2 LITE work in concert to keep us safe during our next wheels-up pass.