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    Trackday helmet?

    Going on a trackday in my 986 shortly, and I need a helmet.
    I'm wodnering if I need an open rally-type helmet or a closed one.
    Dont wanna spend a bundle but dont want crappy gear either.
    This is the helmet I had in mind (probably without the rally-speaker-intercom-talk to the pitcrew-thingy).
    Thoughts?

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    I didnt know you had gotten a WRC contract

    Unless you have added a racing seat,5 point harness and gotten rid of the drivers airbag, a closed style helmet
    is probably safer to use.

    You might want to take some extra power steering, brake, coolant fluids and oil in case you have to top up before
    or afterwards.

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    I think a full face helmet is safer too, especially with a roadster...

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    The SCCA has stated unofficially that they feel a closed face helmet is not as safe in a car with an airbag as an open face style....apparently if the full force of the airbag hits the lower front of the full face helmet it is a larger concentration of forces than if it envelops the full face when it explodes. It's still under study, so they have not issued anything official.

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    I've got a Roof helmet from when I used to ride a bike and it's pretty good, but a bit pricey. I recently bought another one for a third of the price and it's much comfier! I do like the Roof though as you can flip the front up to talk to people without taking the thing off. Best of both worlds!


    Re: Trackday helmet?

    trackday helmet? you mean you don't wear one while driving normally?

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    trackday helmet? you mean you don't wear one while driving normally?



    Erm..no?
    Do you wear one in YOUR Boxster?


    Re: Trackday helmet?

    Quote:
    Steve R said:
    I've got a Roof helmet from when I used to ride a bike and it's pretty good, but a bit pricey. I recently bought another one for a third of the price and it's much comfier! I do like the Roof though as you can flip the front up to talk to people without taking the thing off. Best of both worlds!





    Thx, Steve.
    Maybe an MC helmet will also be more affordable?
    I dunno - I just wanna avoid loaning a stinky old enflatulated smell...thing.
    Coolest Ive seen so far are these:

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    Quote:
    Steve R said:
    I've got a Roof helmet from when I used to ride a bike and it's pretty good, but a bit pricey. I recently bought another one for a third of the price and it's much comfier! I do like the Roof though as you can flip the front up to talk to people without taking the thing off. Best of both worlds!





    Thx, Steve.
    Maybe an MC helmet will also be more affordable?
    I dunno - I just wanna avoid loaning a stinky old enflatulated smell...thing.

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    Quote:
    964C2 said:
    The SCCA has stated unofficially that they feel a closed face helmet is not as safe in a car with an airbag as an open face style....apparently if the full force of the airbag hits the lower front of the full face helmet it is a larger concentration of forces than if it envelops the full face when it explodes. It's still under study, so they have not issued anything official.



    They released the one memo and then nothing since. Nor was there any statistical evidence to provide support, or strong reasoning given. The study was from over ten years ago if I recall. I'd like to hear more. In the meahwhile, the SCCA hasn't banned close faced helmets with airbags.

    In light of this absence of proof, it's hard to know what to believe.

    Re: Trackday helmet?

    The other helmet I use is a Shark S500. It's only about UKPounds75 but it's really comfortable and the vents are great.


    Interesting article on helmets

    There is a recent article on helmets in Motor Cyclist magazine which is well worth reading:

    Motorcycle Helmet Performance: Blowing the Lid Off

    Note though that this article is discussing specifically motorcycle type accidents. The tests that they are so critical of for motorcycles are probably more appropriate for cars with roll cages, etc. Still, some very interesting conclusions. Snell responded quite aggressively to this article.

    Stephen


    Re: Trackday helmet?

    Tried a Peltor fullface helmet. Really, really comfy and light (1 kg), but pretty blah in color and design (white) and also twice the price of an open Stilo.
    Decisions, decisions.
    /uploads/127366-Peltor_full_facenointercom._tn150.jpg

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Excellent article Stephen! Thanks.

    And well written too. I think I liked it as much for the style as the content.

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Quote:
    FixedWing said:
    There is a recent article on helmets in Motor Cyclist magazine which is well worth reading:

    Motorcycle Helmet Performance: Blowing the Lid Off

    Note though that this article is discussing specifically motorcycle type accidents. The tests that they are so critical of for motorcycles are probably more appropriate for cars with roll cages, etc. Still, some very interesting conclusions. Snell responded quite aggressively to this article.

    Stephen




    You mean they have a MACHINE that can bang your head against the desk for you?!!

    I NEED one of those!

    D.

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Quote:
    Carrageous said:
    You mean they have a MACHINE that can bang your head against the desk for you?!!

    I NEED one of those!



    Like many things in life, doing it yourself is a lot more fun!

    Stephen

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Doc do not forget this is your head, and if you are not carefulll you will feel in the mentioned order

    Also consider if you one day go singleseater, not sure the WRC style you looked at will be the right choise. If you on the other hand should use it for biking it is another case as the view is not made for it.

    I would at anytime take a full face which maybe just is an old habbit. Take a look at something like this picture

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    Quote:
    Dr. Phil said:
    Tried a Peltor fullface helmet. Really, really comfy and light (1 kg), but pretty blah in color and design (white) and also twice the price of an open Stilo.
    Decisions, decisions.


    you can always have it custom painted right Dr?

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    Quote:
    long720 said:
    Quote:
    Dr. Phil said:
    Tried a Peltor fullface helmet. Really, really comfy and light (1 kg), but pretty blah in color and design (white) and also twice the price of an open Stilo.
    Decisions, decisions.


    you can always have it custom painted right Dr?



    EXACTLY what I had in mind!
    Red with retro "Dr. Phil" on the sides, my blodtype and measurements (193, 96, 23 and 12"...hehe).
    Seriously, I want it custom painted. And don't worry, I'll try to stay clear of eagles, pinups, flames and roaring tigers.
    But I gotta have bling-bling metallic glam-gloss finish and suede straps....that's a given

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Quote:
    tso said:
    Doc do not forget this is your head, and if you are not carefulll you will feel in the mentioned order

    Also consider if you one day go singleseater, not sure the WRC style you looked at will be the right choise. If you on the other hand should use it for biking it is another case as the view is not made for it.

    I would at anytime take a full face which maybe just is an old habbit. Take a look at something like this picture



    T, I've decided to take the Peltor Fullface unless something better (i.e. just as comfy and cheaper) comes along.
    Price and quality (meaning protection) do not neccesarily match according to the above article - so I'm still looking,

    Re: Interesting article on helmets




    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Go for a Simpson-helmet and write "The Stig - reloaded" on the side....

    I use a Sparco Challenger (full face) and am very happy with it. Besides my model has blue and grey decoration on the white ground. Not really a personal design but I didn't had to invest anything foir not having an all white helmet. And togehter with the Sparco shoes, gloves and overall it all matches together for track use...

    Sparco Challenger Helmet - click here

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Quote:
    Moogle said:





    Hehehe---- "how is thy driving, my Master?"

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Pretty cool, eh?
    I wonder if you can see anything through the shield...?

    Re: Interesting article on helmets

    Wow!

     
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