I am looking into some helmet restraints but am confused on how they attach to a helmet that doesn’t have an attachment point already installed. I need something to reduce fatigue bc by the end of a session in my shifter I’m a limp noodle.
I’ve used the Simpson strap that David shows for several years now…in addition to strengthening the neck and shoulders in my regular workout routine. Both have made a major impact to reduce the “neck noodle effect.” I have clips attached to both sides of my Bell GP2 helmet; two straps. Only ocassionally have I used both straps at the same time. The straps do limit the ability to turn my head to look beside me. But I work around that limitation. The straps make a major difference in long, high Gs turns. I only road race.
Chuck: I’m not critical of your choice of a $90 helmet, and I’m not hijacking the subject; however, driver safety equipment is the most important consideration in motorsports…in my opinion. I’ve been upside down in a kart, quarter midget, and motocross more than a few times, and each time I was very thankful for the protection I was wearing. What I wear is directly proportional to the risks taken in motorsports. And I want to protect what’s inside the helmet, suit, rib protector, gloves and boots that I wear.
Bill, your opinion is correct in my book as well. as long as you are not making a correlation between price and protection factor. In safety equipment price has little to do with the protection factor of a properly working piece. What price does do is increase build quality which increases durability. It also increases comfort which increases the likely hood someone will wear it.
To add to Bill’s statement, I’ve seen differing opinions on whether a $90 helmet can be as safe as a $300/500/700/900/etc. helmet. Let’s just say that fit is critical with any helmet. But…
If you’re having that much neck fatigue, I’m going to guess the $90 helmet is probably making it worse… most $90 helmets that I’ve tried weigh “significantly” more than the more expensive helmets… where “significantly” means enough to be the difference between struggling to hold your head up and driving comfortably throughout an entire race.
I know a helmet is a helmet and a suit is a suit, but if a less expensive helmet or suit is causing excess fatigue, I question how safe that really is.