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Old 24-10-2006, 09:54 AM
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You can use any (motorcycle) helmet, but open face are preferred most of the time. There are no safety standards to meet for trackdays. I use a battered and bruised closed face helmet that I got handed as a freebie and on all my trackdays they've never questioned it.
Would you use someone elses old clothes that were given for free? :wink: I personally couldn't wear someone elses helmet, and if you've ever driven on a hot summer's day you get out of the car sweating in it.

A decent helmet doesn't cost that much for what it is IMO, especially as you have to wear it on your head.

There are techinically safety standards though its just that they are never checked, a couple of years ago trackday organisers were saying that checks will be made to ensure they were Type A approved but then most bike helmets these days (which are more readily available than car helmets) are ECE 22.05 which wasn't recognised by circuits at first but is now ok.
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Old 24-10-2006, 10:07 AM
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HELMETS - see page 4 of the other thread. Open face brand new on ebay dead cheap (£25-40). Just get someone else to measure the circumference of your head.
And when you've got one you can go to other trackdays without all this fannying around. Easy.
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Old 24-10-2006, 10:08 AM
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Ref helmets, it's a bit of a minefield...see these threads if ur interested !

http://www.bm3w.co.uk/ubbthreads/sho...rue#Post361033
http://www.bm3w.co.uk/ubbthreads/sho...rue#Post160767
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http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/t...88202&f=18&h=0
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/t...05497&f=18&h=0

To summarise..sounds like tracks don't really check, but best bet is a Motorsport Approved (MSA) / BS6658 helmet. Motorbike ones are arguably designed for a different type of accident so might not be ideal. Open faced may make it easier to talk to instructor / passenger but might not stop your jaw getting it.

I think I'll probably buy one of these, as they are MSA and not a fortune, plus I'll use it for karting...will find a local shop that sells 'em and try this plus any other similar candidates.

http://www.easytrack.co.uk/shop/shop...&title=Helmets
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Old 24-10-2006, 10:15 AM
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Obviously the safety aspect is key but what about vision.

I guess the open face aids that, but what about the one in your link?

You dont want to create an accident by not being able to see!
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Old 24-10-2006, 10:32 AM
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Obviously the safety aspect is key but what about vision.

I guess the open face aids that, but what about the one in your link?

You dont want to create an accident by not being able to see!
Most of the track day / rally / karting ones appear to be full face, I don't think they affect vision ! (just make you a bit hotter / more diff to chat !)
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Old 24-10-2006, 11:18 AM
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Some people say a full face helmet affects their vision but I've never felt it does; you can see in front and to the sides and can still use your mirrors. I think it gives a false impression of restricted vision more than it actually does.
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Old 24-10-2006, 11:23 AM
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Old 24-10-2006, 11:27 AM
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Good threads danp. If you really are worried about stacking it at speed then go full face and remove visor. But I have seen numerous experienced trackday drivers with open face helmets; Sabine uses one in the M5 at Silverstone when giving punters their hairraising rides. If they are happy with them then so am I.

With the automatic seat belt tighteners in our cars you shouldn't be able to hit the steering wheel. Having said that, apparently the air bags are not that clever when they go off in that they can give you bad facial bruising/scratches, so perhaps removing the visor is not a good idea on a full face :?:

Either way, motor racing is dangerous (including trackdays if you are stupid) and that's how I like it. If you drive within your own limits and are aware of the cars around you then you really should not have an accident. You can only cocoon yourself so much in cotton wool before you become detached from the experience.
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Old 24-10-2006, 06:35 PM
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Broccers I had my name as a poss on the other thread but unfortunately am now busy that weekend. :(

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