What do you wear when you play in the dirt???
Over the last 20 years, off-road vehicles have become exponentially faster. Not only with Trophy Trucks, Buggies, and Rock Crawlers, but every day pre-runners, Rangers with lift kits, and last but not least a show room Raptor which is as fast off-road as some of the late 70’s / early 80’s race cars. Obviously with modern day race cars, helmets driving suits, etc are the norm. But with the performance gains from every day pre-runners and show room stock trucks traveling as fast as an early class 8 truck, shouldn’t we be wearing helmets at least? They certainly did back in the day. But with plush cabs and soft rides its very easy to get lulled into fast speeds without recognizing the potential dangers which could be off-set with a nice comfortable open faced helmet.
I am starting this thread in the hopes that you will share experiences you have had pre-running or just playing in fast off road trucks/buggies, without helmets and protective gear. I know there are some tragic stories and some almost tragic stories. I hope you will share these stories and opinions as to when and when not you view it appropriate to wear a helmet, when say off-roading in a Raptor or a mildly built Ranger, let a lone in a half a million dollar luxury pre-runner. Or suggestions of equipment comfortable helmets which work in closed cabs, belts that are convenient to use in a street legal pre-runner etc.. I hope this thread, through stories and opinions shared will encourage or at least make others aware of just how fast they are going and what a little extra protection might do to help, just in case. With any luck, your stories and contributions might help save someone’s life or from major injury. Have fun with the thread, post pictures and keep it going.
I know Channel and I wear open-faced Stilo’s when playing in the dirt. What do you wear??
photo courtesy of Off-Road Magazine and Dirtsport