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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Helmet Tear Offs

There are 3 popular tear off colors available for auto racing.
Clear tear offs are mainly used by dirt racers to maintain helmet face shield visibility during competition. Clear tear offs can also be used by open cockpit asphalt racers to protect the helmet face shield against rubber, dirt, fluids and other airborne particles.
Amber tear offs enhance vision during cloudy and moist days.
Smoke tear offs can be used by all racers in daytime driving conditions. Particlarly useful when starting a race during the sunlight and simply removing the Smoke tear off when evening approaches


Monday, January 28, 2013

Snell SAH Race Helmet

Expect to see more helmets with the Snell SAH2010 designation in 2013.
Trying to keep it a simple as possible..........all new helmets made for auto racing are tested by the Snell Foundation, if they pass, they are currently classified into 2 groups, SA2010 or SAH2010. The majority of helmets racers use, fall under SA2010.

The "H" in "SAH", stands for frontal head restraint capability or in our more common terms, head and neck restraint capability. This does NOT mean that the SA2010 helmet is not compatible with head and neck restraints, it certainly IS compatible!.

The "SAH" comes with the threaded backing washer already installed inside the helmet. No other head and neck restraint hardware is included or installed. Main reason for the "SAH" is probably to ensure the racer that the helmet makers were not installing substandard hardware.

Bottom line, the "SAH" helmet may save a few minutes of head and neck restraint installation time, although they (SAH helmets) are slightly more expensive than the standard SA.
All head and neck restraints come with all the needed hardware and most SA2010 helmets are now pre-drilled, so it will be a little more economical to go with that combo.

Pyrotect Sport Series Affordable Race Helmet

Pyrotect, known for decades by producing quality auto race helmets and race gear, is introducing the new Sport line of Helmets.
Available in full face and open face, all with Snell SA2010 certification. Loaded with features and factory drilled for head and neck restraints. Colors include Flat Black Race Helmet, Gloss Black Race Helmet or Gloss White Race Helmet.
Full Face Helmets start at only $199!

SFI 24.1 Youth Race Helmets

The Snell Foundation, who traditionally conduct testing on auto racing helmets, do not test the Youth sized racing helmets.
The SFI Foundation, better known for their testing on racing fire suits, nomex racing gloves, drag race transmission blankets, etc., does perform comprehensive testing on Youth racing helmets. All helmets which pass the tests, are classified as SFI 24.1.
Only 5 manufacturers offer the youth helmets for auto racing purposes. Zamp,  RaceQuip, G-Force, Pyrotect, Bell and Simpson.
Obviously, the Youth Racing Helmet is smaller that an adult sized racing helmet. Circumference around the base of the youth helmet is approximately 31 inches in comparison to an adult x-small helmet at 36 inches.
Most Youth Race Helmets do not come pre-drilled for head and neck restraints. Although, head and neck restraints can be used. The engineers at HANS Device recommend locating the restraint anchors 5 1/2 inches forward of the rear vertical centerline. Adult helmets typically locate their anchor attachments for head and neck restraints at 6 inches forward of the rear vertical centerline. Consult your head and neck restraint instructions for properly locating the helmet's centerline.