Product Review: HANS vs. Necksgen

By Winding Road Staff

June 20, 2019

 

At Winding Road Racing, we gladly assist racers in their decision making by helping them weight the benefits of certain gear based on their needs, preferences, their car’s setup, and so on. One of the most common discussions we have with folks is Hans vs. Necksgen; we certainly sell other head and neck restraints, but HANS and Necksgen are some of the top contenders.

Let’s go through a list of benefits of each brand, and don’t hesitate to contact us (contact@windingroad.com, 512-994-0656) for any further information.

 

HANS

  • Has the most brand recognition
  • SFI and FIA certified (Device Pro Ultra carbon is only SFI certified)
  • FIA certification means racers can travel the world with them
  • Long, comfortable frontal yoke (the part that skewers around the neck)
  • Can be ordered in special degree leans for different types of seats (20 degree is standard; 10 and 30 are options)
  • Comfortable padding
  • Easy to reach back and attach the tethers to helmet anchors, as they sit higher up on the device
  • Sliding tether design increases visibility
  • 2-inch shoulder belts fit over it with ease
  • Available in injection molded (HANS Sport III) material as well as carbon fiber, in various models
  • Made in USA

Necksgen

  • Very lightweight injection molded design
  • REV and REV 2 Lite: Both accept 2 and 3-inch harnesses (REV size Small does not)
  • Low profile that works well for various seat angles and has minimal interference with the seat and helmet
  • Low profile also prevents it from snagging in the event of an emergency
  • SFI certified only (the REV 2 Lite comes with one free re-certification)
  • The REV 2 Lite is much lighter weight and has adjustable tethers
  • NecksGen units offer excellent lateral and angular impact protection thanks to their tether designs
  • Because of their low profile, Necksgens do not come in different degrees; they can work in any degree lean seat
  • Tether design is especially beneficial if the driver does not have a halo seat
  • Defined wings on the outside edge keeps harnesses more in place
  • Quick-release helmet hardware; the tethers and anchors are more “seatbelt-like”
  • Made in Southern California

 

Again, it can be tough to make a decision on determining the best head and neck restraint for you, especially when it comes to safety equipment. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you out!