Pit Stop USA is The Online Motorsports Superstore! HANS Device (pronounced HANZ Device) - No smoke and mirrors, just the #1 performance in laboratory crash testing and actual race crash results. Serious head and neck injuries happen at impact speeds as low as 35mph. On short tracks with tight turns it is easy to be "Q-balled" almost straight into the wall. Don't put your safety at risk. New sliding tethers available on all HANS Devices allow full vision on a tight track. There is a HANS Device model that is perfect for any driver and budget, the only difference is weight - all HANS Devices offer the same exceptional level of protection. The HANS Adjustable, which meets the SFI Foundation’s Spec. 38.1 for head and neck restraints, enables all drivers to purchase a HANS with full confidence of a comfortable fit no matter what type of car or racing seat they use. It is adjustable in five-degree increments which allows the Hans Adjustable device to improve the fit and comfort for all racers. The HANS Adjustable can be used in different types of cars. If a racer competes in a sprint car with an upright seat and also a stock car with a reclined seat the device easily adjusts to the seat layback from 10 to 40 degrees.
The HANS Adjustable device is made by an injection molded process using a metal alloy before a fire-resistant nylon coating is applied. The DuPont Zytel coating is a nylon resin that is injection molded to the fit the device. In addition to toughness characteristics, the make-up of the polymer is mixed specifically to be highly fire resistant.
Metal fasteners that employ Spiralock® technology enable a driver to adjust the legs of the HANS to alter the angle of the collar in five-degree increments.
The HANS Adjustable weighs 970 grams. This is heavier than the HANS Sport II (770 grams) and lighter than the HANS Sport (1,110 grams).HANS Device Professional Series weighs about 1 pound. For comfort the HANS Device should match the angle of your seatback. HANS Device MODEL 10 - EXTREME UPRIGHT SEAT, Fits many Sprint cars. Fits many people weighing under 75 lbs. in an upright seat. HANS Device MODEL 20 - UPRIGHT SEAT, Fits all sedans including NASCAR, Busch, Sprint, Midget, Quarter Midget, Drag, Modified, Bandalero and similar. All sportscars including Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Honda, Viper etc. All Panoz Racing Series cars. HANS Device MODEL 30 - SEMI RECLINED SEAT, Fits Formula Mazda, Atlantic, Infiniti Pro, Barber Dodge, IRL, C/D Sports Racer, Formula 1 and similar. HANS Device MODEL 40 - RECLINED SEAT, is a rare application and fits extremely reclined seats such as Vintage Formula Ford. Many people who buy a Model 40 return it for a Model 30. Please measure your seat (use an angle meter available at DIY-type stores) before ordering. The HANS Device attaches to your helmet via two metal anchors. 90% of our customers install their own anchors - all you need is a 1/4 inch drill and measuring tape. Devices come with instructions plus a special installation tool. SCCA and NASCAR approved Hans Device are SFI 38.1 certified.We feature HANS Device, HANS Device Sport II, HANS Device Adjustable and HANS Device accessories at low everyday prices!Head and Neck Restraint Overview:
The HANS Device is synonymous with head and neck restraint technology. HANS Performance Products was recently purchased by Simpson Performance Products a leader in motorsports safety equipment. The HANS Device is the most widely used and recognized head and neck restraint in motorsports, and is the product that all other products on the market are measured against. HANS Devices are used in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA, USAC, Formula 1, WOO and most other racing series.
The HANS Device is currently available in several configurations including:
HANS Device Sport II: The HANS Device Sport II models feature a lower rounded back than the original HANS Device design. The HANS Device Sport II design provides for less chance of the back getting caught on the roll cage or in window openings when entering or exiting the race car. The HANS Device Sport II is only available in a 20 Degree Layback configuration which is suitable for the majority of racing applications including most Stock Cars, Modifieds, Drag, Legends, Bandalero and most road race cars including Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Honda, Viper, Spec Miata and other similar race cars. It is also popular with Sprint Car, Midget, Mini/Micro Sprint cars even though they have a significantly more upright seating position, typically about 10 Degrees. However, the HANS Device Sport II is not compatible with cars that have extreme layback seats such as formula type cars, Indy Cars, etc. The HANS Device Sport II is available with post anchor or quick click helmet anchors and can be ordered with SFI or FIA Certifications (or both). The HANS Device Sport II is available in adult and child sizes, and is a very good choice for most types of racing.
The HANS Device Sport II, while being extremely effective and popular, has some inherent design characteristics that cause some concern with some drivers. In particular, the HANS Device signature design can create pressure on the collarbone area and subsequent discomfort for some racers. Optional gel pads are available which can greatly reduce this issue in most cases. In addition, while providing outstanding front impact protection, the HANS Device Sport II design does not provide any side impact protection unlike some other products on the market. Some drivers report issues with shoulder harnesses sliding off the HANS Device. Many drivers opt for specially designed restraint systems that utilize a 2” shoulder harness and or a sternum strap to reduce the possibility of the harness sliding off the device.
HANS Device Pro Adjustable: The HANS Adjustable enables all drivers to a comfortable fit no matter what type of car or racing seat they use. It is adjustable in five-degree increments which allows the Hans Adjustable device to improve the fit and comfort for all racers. The HANS Adjustable can be used in different types of cars. If a racer competes in a sprint car with an upright seat and also a stock car with a reclined seat the device easily adjusts to the seat layback from 10 to 40 degrees. The HANS Adjustable Device has a low profile rounded back similar to HANS Device Sport II to improve entry and exit of the race car. The HANS Device Adjustable is available with post anchor or quick click helmet anchors. The HANS Adjustable is an excellent choice for the driver who competes in several different types of motorsports and needs maximum flexibility in his head and neck restraint design.
While providing outstanding flexibility for the racer with its adjustable layback, the HANS Adjustable shares many of the signature HANS Device design characteristics that cause some concern with some drivers including the pressure on the collarbone, lack of side impact protection, potential issues with shoulder harnesses sliding off like the HANS Sport II Device.
HANS Device Pro Ultra: The HANS Device Pro Ultra features lightweight construction of the Carbon Fiber Pro series combined with the shape of the HANS Device Sport II. The HANS Device Pro Ultra is extremely lightweight and allows for easy entry and exit from the race car, even smaller tighter vehicles. The hollow core 100% carbon fiber construction features a hollow core for increased weight reduction without sacrificing strength. The sliding tethers offer exceptional head movement for great viisibility. The HANS Device Pro Ultra is available with post anchor or quick click helmet anchors and can be ordered with SFI or FIA Certifications (or both). This device is also available in an even lighter weight version called the HANS Device Pro Ultra Lite that weighs in at 100+ Grams less. The HANS Device Pro Ultra is an outstanding choice for the professional racer, especially in classes where every gram of weight is critical.
While providing the lightest possible solution in the HANS Device lineup, the HANS Device Pro Ultra also shares many of the trademark HANS Device design characteristics that cause some concern with some drivers including the pressure on the collarbone, lack of side impact protection, potential issues with shoulder harnesses sliding off like the HANS Sport II Device.
Simpson Hybrid Series:
The original design concepts of the Simpson Hybrid Series were originally designed and engineered by Trevor Ashline of Safety Solutions. Simpson Performance Products purchased Safety Solutions several years ago and today markets these products under the Simpson brand. SFI testing has shown superior protection in side and multiple impacts. Simpson's Hybrid Series is a great hans device alternative and was designed for easily exiting the car without the danger of being entangled in other gear. Simpson Head and Neck restraints offer the lowest profile of any comparable device. Plus, they provide you with maximum comfort and maneuverability.
The Simpson Hybrid Series is currently available in several configurations including:
Simpson Hybrid Sport: The Simpson Hybrid Sport Head and Neck Restraint is latest evolution of the Simpson Hybrid Series and replaces the Simpson Hybrid Pro Rage. The Simpson Hybrid Sport weighs in at 20% less than the Hybrid Pro Rage and features DuPont carbon/polymer construction. The Simpson Hybrid Sport design is more sleek and modern and has more defined “wings” for improved shoulder harness retention. It features a sliding tether multi-tether system that enhances side to side range of movement and improves field of vision. The Simpson Hybrid Sport comes with standard Quick Release Tethers and D-Ring Kit. Optional Dual End tethers and M6 Anchors or Post Clip Tethers & Post Anchors are also available. The Hybrid Sport is available with SFI 38.1 or FIA certification (or both). The Simpson Hybrid Sport is an excellent choice for all racers in all forms of motorsport.
The Simpson Hybrid Sport provides outstanding frontal and side impact protection. Simpson offers an optional “SAS” Seat Anchoring System that the company encourages for use with Sprint Cars and other classes where it offers even more stability in flips and barrel roll accidents. Some drivers are a bit skeptical of the “strap-on” design of the Simpson Hybrid Sport device, while others prefer it since they literally can put it on once and leave it on all day. It is very popular with young racers who commonly have comfort issues with the typical “horseshoe” shaped devices. The Simpson Hybrid Pro has also become extremely popular open wheel, off road and drag racers alike. Due the low profile design, the Simpson Hybrid Sport it provides easy entry and exit in all types of race cars and works equally well in all seat layback configurations.
Simpson Hybrid Pro Slide: The Simpson Hybrid Pro Slide is constructed of 100% Carbon Fiber providing the lightest product in the Hybrid lineup. It shares all of the aforementioned features and benefits of the Simpson Hybrid Sport at a significantly higher retail price. The Simpson Hybrid Pro Slide is an excellent choice for professional racers in all forms of motorsport where a lightweight head and neck restraint solution is critical.
Simpson Hybrid Pro: The Simpson Hybrid and Hybrid Pro Device carry the SFI 38.1 Certification and are the only Hybrid Series devices approved for use in NASCAR competition. The Hybrid Pro head and neck restraint shares all of the main features and benefits of the other Hybrid products, but currently is marketed exclusively to NASCAR competitors.
Simpson Hybrid X: The Simpson Hybrid X package is designed for drag racing's extreme speeds and includes the Hybrid Pro Slide Head and Neck Restraint, specially fitted with the Double Chin Strap "W" style and sem-rigid Neck Collar constructed of SFI 45.2 approved padding. The package provides extreme protection featuring six tethers connecting to four points on the helmet.
Simpson R3 Device The Simpson R3 is the only SFI 38. 1 certified device that is totally independent of the seat belts. Engineered to disappear, the R3 is one of the most comfortable devices on the market! Combined with a simple installation of a u-shaped seat pad, the R3 disappears into the seat back, making the R3 undetectable to the wearer.
The R3 out performs yoke style devices in all impacts. The low top allows for easier exit. Can be used with all seatbelts (including 3 point) and is the only SFI restraint that can be used without Seatbelts! The Simpson R3 Head and Neck Restraint is available in a youth size that is extremely popular in quarter midget kart racing.
Due to its unique design and back support, the Simpson R3 has not gained much popularity in circle track racing, but has found a home in many drag racing cockpits. It lacks the comfort of the more minimal design of the Simpson Hybrid Series but remains a great solution in certain segments of motorsports.
NecksGen continues to lead in the advancement of neck protection and bring to the racing community the next generation of head and neck restraints. The NecksGen REV model takes comfort, fitment and helmet clearance to a new level. With simplicity and ergonomics leading the design flow, the new REV design has no need for a frontal yoke. With no yoke, there is no frontal interference with the helmet and no chance of the device causing any injury to the chest or collar bone. The backbone of the product is the patent pending Tension Neutralizing Tether (TNT). This proprietary design allows for maximum range of head motion with superior frontal and side impact protection. The low profile design encapsulates the sliding TNT tether and allows for minimal rear interference with the helmet and the device.
NecksGen is available in the following configurations:
NecksGen REV: The NecksGen REV head and neck restraint is the smallest device on the market today. NecksGen REV is available in three sizes: large, medium and small to cover a full range of drivers. NecksGen REV uses the same quick release helmet attachment system that has been used on previous NecksGen models. The NecksGen REV surpassed the company’s expectations in SFI 38.1 testing, Many racers feel that is the NecksGen REV is the safest, smallest and most comfortable neck brace on the market today it is another great alternative to the Hans Device. The NecksGen REV is made from a carbon composite material and is extremely popular in all forms of racing, especially with youth racers who prefer the smaller size device. The NecksGen REV offers outstanding front and side impact protection. The NecksGen REV is an excellent choice for racers in most forms of motorsports.
Some racers report that it may be somewhat difficult to locate their shoulder harnesses on the NecksGen REV due to its small form factor.
Leatt pioneered many leading neck brace designs that are preferred in the for the motocross and ATV powersports, karting, BMX, snowmobile and other forms of racing. Backed by scientific research and the collaboration with highly esteemed players in the safety field, all Leatt products benefit from the continuous efforts by Dr. Leatt and his team of designers and biomedical engineers at the Leatt Lab in Cape Town, South Africa, home of Leatt’s research & development.
Leatt MRX:The Leatt MRX head and neck restraint system addresses the comfort issue that is a concern especially with drivers of off road trucks, buggies, UTVs and off road rally drivers in particular, had comfort issues that, for some, could be almost unbearable. The Leatt MRX design incorporates a a flexible chassis, thick fire retardant Nomex padding, and collarbone cut outs to molds itself better to more body shapes. The flexibility of the device also results in optimal head control, bringing the head and tether angle to an ideal orientation for maximum energy uptake that also results in decreased neck forces during the entire crash sequence. The Leatt MRX is SFI 38.1 tested and certified for optimum protection at over 70G. It is lightweight weighing in at about 900g.
The Leatt MRX features a single collar angle design that allows perfect fit and function with all seat angles. It fits all types of 2” and 3” harnesses. The tether hardware is easy to attach and remove from the helmet, but some racers complain that there is not currently a quick release anchor / tether available for the unit.
Impact Accel: The Impact Accel Head and Neck Restraint is scheduled for release in fall 2014. Similar in design to the Impact NecksGen, the Impact Accel is designed with angular impact protection, comfort, and affordability in mind. The Impact Accel promises to be lightweight and features unique body forming shoulder pads minimizing the pressure points on the collarbones. Designed with a single adjustable lateral helmet tether, the Impact Accel unit provides and alternate load path for superior side impact protection.
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