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John Reikes

I’ve seen the Valhalla one and am not convinced it’s the right answer. The thing I like about the Simpson device is that it uses same basic principle as a HANS device — it tethers your helmet to your body to prevent your head from whipping one way or the other in an impact and the tethers are a little bit elastic so they gradually slow those movements as they stretch.

The Valhalla works like a neck collar or Leatt brace — they just try to give a stopping point for your head’s motion and then transfer the additional force to your shoulders/chest/back, etc.

The HANS and Simpson devices are pulling while the Leatt, Valhalla, and neck collar devices are pushing.