Since there's a deep well of track experience here, what type of lid do you all recommend, and where should I buy it?
You car has airbags?Interesting. I happen to know, due to a recent medical incident, that my arteries are particularly elastic for my age. The neurologist says this is probably why I'm still alive. Anyway, I'm not planning to install a harness, and I'm not going to the track to set the fastest possible lap time.
Price isn't a consideration, I'm thinking about visibility and head mobility. I still wear an open face in freefall because I like the wind in my face.helmet rules are simple. buy the best one out there price be damned. no replacin yo noggin!!!
Full face arai for me .
with the speeds cars now carry,there is no room for open faced jobs.
because plenty helmets meet snell,but the well known brand ( usually pricier ones but not necessarily)Good question. Helmet fit can be a HUGE issue. My head is strangely longer front to rear and I usually need the largest hat size. I've tried on Shoei and Bell and others but find that Simpson has the most comfortable fit for me.
I've been much happier with the visibility and comfort of open face for autocrossing and relatively low speed track events (say, 120 MPH at Streets of Willow or Chuckwalla), but now that I'm driving a faster car on faster tracks I'm planning on going back to full face. Going to COTA in November with Pure McLaren, where speeds should be 150+, so going to upgrade before then...
As for "buy the best you can afford", I don't think that necessarily makes sense. As long as you go with a Snell SA2020 certified helmet, and the helmet fits right, the protection should be substantially the same at all price ranges, so why spend $2,000 for a helmet when $500 will work fine? Of course, there are other helmet features that may matter to you, such as built in HANS support, and communications equipment.
I respect your opinion, but what science is this based on? Is there a higher scientific standard than Snell SA2020 that your helmet has been tested to?because plenty helmets meet snell,but the well known brand ( usually pricier ones but not necessarily)
are more likely to exceed. and unless you don't put much value on your grey matter then conveying this is moot anyway.
no science as it is impossible to prove anything once the helmet has been involved in a crash,it then becomes anecdotal at that point.,but a quick read of the snell standards will answer a lot of your questions and some manufacturers will have the sought after info with carefully chosen verbiage such as exceeds or surpasses instead of just meets.I respect your opinion, but what science is this based on? Is there a higher scientific standard than Snell SA2020 that your helmet has been tested to?