For many racers, head and neck restraints have two big drawbacks: they tend to be pricey and they are cumbersome to wear. Well, the new defNder team issue head and neck device addresses both of those issues and still delivers the goods when it comes to protection. DefNder's philosophy behind the new head and neck device is to offer all race drivers the opportunity to have the best and most-comfortable high-performance protection against neck injury at an affordable price.
While it may look similar to other HNR devices on the market, defNder's unique design incorporates flexible formfit belts and a stabilizer bar chassis design that offers drivers unparalleled comfort. The design of the system allows you to put it on straight over your head, just as you would your helmet, and gives you complete freedom of mobility by allowing you to turn your head to the left and right.
Naturally, comfort means little if the test numbers don't stand up and that's where the defNder excels. Through numerous sled runs conducted by Delphi, the device easily achieved the SFI 38.1 certification for HNRs. In this exceptional 70G sled test, the defNder's figures were very consistent in both frontal and 30 degree tests, a testament to the significant amount of emphasis defNder's design team placed on side-impact protection. In fact, the same defNder withstood multiple sled runs without a single failure.
Constructed from high-performance injection composites, the defNder features the highest grade hardware and technically advanced nylon in the Motion-Max tether system, the heart of the side impact protection. Motion-Max incorporates VST geometry which acts as a stabilizer in side-impact scenarios. This is also the same system that allows you the freedom of turning your head left to right.
A big plus in the design of the defNder is the harness flares which locate your safety belts and keep the device from sliding around. DefNder says you can easily exit your vehicle in an emergency situation, so, we climbed in and out of our dirt late model with it on just to test that statement. You can, no kidding. However, after testing the device in the shop our favorite feature has to be the Real-eaze quick release system. This system allows you, the driver, to put on and take off this head and neck restraint by yourself, a true single person operation.
Through innovative engineering, the designers have been able to reduce the stresses exerted on the parts that make up the defNder and therefore have been able to lower the cost of production. Everything you need to setup your defNder is included in the MSRP of $549.99 (excluding tax and shipping) such as:
* DefNder team issue HNR
* Real-eaze quick release and helmet anchor (2 helmet anchors, quick release and spanner)
* Easy helmet drillling template (no measuring required)
* DefNder hard shell carrying case
* Padding for formfit belts
In addition, the defNder comes with a simple-to-follow instruction/owner's manual, a baseball cap and decals for your race car and it's all contained in environmentally friendly packaging. For more information, visit www.defnder.com or email the company at info@defNder.com.