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