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sjakes
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 254
posted May 23, 2005 05:41 AM  
Ok here is my opinion on the Hans Device after running it 5 nights.

1. Takes a little to get used to with remembering to put it on etc. Aren't we dirt racers lazy...lol. I keep finding myself forgetting to put the clip tethers to the helmet, but have been remembering to do while staged. One thing I have noticed is that in the past I must not have had my belts as tight as they should be. I know it sounds like a no brainer, but with the Hans they have to be nice and tight, very tight, how it works is with the friction of your belts over the hans so you'll know immediately if your belts aren't tight enough.

2. Movability - at first I thought this would bother me as you can't turn your head freely from side to side as far as you can without it. I am one to take a quick glance to the side before lane changes etc. (better safe than sorry). In race conditions, even when I take that glance to the side, I don't notice any limitations on movability. Movability isn't an issue for me at all. I do feel at times the tug of the tether with an extreme look to the side, but I still am able to see side to side as far as I am needing.

3. IMCA Head techs were at our track this weekend, and they visited with me. They stated to our local tech that its up to each track how they police the device. With this I mean, the issue of using the Hans alone or if the want us to wear the donut collar also. I understood what they were talking about, but I'm not sure if its possible. The debate is on a side impact issue. In Nextel etc. most drivers have a seat that contains the head for side impact. Alot of dirt drivers at entry level don't have those type of seats but they are starting to pop up now. I do not one at this time. That will be the next purchase. They said they would leave the decision up to me. IMCA tech applauded my attempt at stepping up safety, hats off to them as I heard they were against the Hans Device. I really found that rumor hard to believe anyways.

*** My final decision still stands as I fully support the device and I feel that I have made a wise decision in the purchase and feel safer wearing it.*****

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask, I'll try to give you an educated answer...lol.

Thanks for the inquiry Jeff.

Shawn

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[This message has been edited by sjakes (edited May 23, 2005).]

widebody
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 296
posted May 23, 2005 02:07 PM  
I agree, with everything you said.100%

The only thing I had to do with my fitment was recline my seat a bit more...
Got used to it very quickly as well.
The collar thing is a big debate. But all the studys and test ive seen, show the collar good for nothing..
Except kids on a go-kart that gets flipped and lands on the kids head. COMPRESSING the helmet. Which is exactly what the colars were design to be used for. Other than that they are for fatigue on long races... A better helmet contanment setup is 1000 time better.
Grab the neck collar you wear and squeeze it. Do you think your helmet will be resisted much by that soft foam??

sjakes
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 254
posted May 23, 2005 07:46 PM  
Widebody, thanks for that clarification. I also had to recline my seat a bit, I forgot all about that.

Thanks!

istock59
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 501
posted May 23, 2005 07:47 PM  
Thanks for the update Shawn. Might have to save my pennies for one next year.

sidebiteu259
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted May 27, 2005 05:59 PM  
You will find to that when you do brush the wall or get in to a hard impact you are not nearly as sore head and neck wise as you are with out one. Myself use one but i do not use a full contaiment seat and I dont think i will. I do on the other hand run two sprint car head nets on each side of me to minamize the head movement and i still can see out of them. The clincher is to install them wet and get them as tight as you can so when they dry they are tight.

    

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