Hello folks, I thought many of you here would be interested in this.
As you may know, Schroth released their own HNRS
to compete with HANS. I just received mine today, as part of the first batch that reached the US.
Special thanks to the team at SpeedFreaks USA
for helping me order. I was able to preorder with a discount through their site with free shipping and they even included the posts
I feel like I got some serious white-glove service from them and would highly recommend them to anyone in the market for safety equipment.
Full album of pictures here.
The Flex came with a bag, instructions, and the anchors. They run large, so I ordered a medium even though I usually use a HANS in large.
Each of the chest mounts is made from a dense flexible rubber and is articulated.
The bottom of the chest mounts is a rubber webbing with no padding. The profile has a relief for your collar bone.
It has these "bump stops" at the end of travel of the articulation of the chest mounts.
I was surprised by how flexible the chest mounts were (I guess thats where the name comes from). More on this later.
The Flex has the fixed lower tether/sliding upper tether design like the NecksGen. I read in some NecksGen literature that this style supposedly offers better resistance to injury in side-impact situations.
It weighs the same as my HANS Sport II, 2lbs.
My new helmet hasn't arrived yet (also ordered from Speed Freaks), so I havent installed the anchors, but my initial impressions from strapping in are extremely positive.
One of my major concerns with the HANS was that the thick shoulder pads were required for the shape to fit my profile properly, but the pads also resulted in a "floaty" feeling where I felt that the HANS was never quite seated properly.
The Flex does away with the foam pads of the HANS, and the rubber webbing and flexible chest mounts form to the profile of your collar and chest, resulting in an extremely secure and planted feel. As the harness tightens, it doesnt press into my collarbone the way the HANS did. The lower collar also allows a more natural fit in my racing seats.
For an MSRP of $575, I think this is the new HNRS to go for. It's by far more comfortable than the HANS, and slots in between the Sport II at $550 and the Sport III at $600.
If the fixed lower tether design makes it safer, thats just another added bonus.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this product so far and can't wait to try it out on the track.