WHAT IT IS:
The Rev2 Lite is NecksGen’s latest
evolution of the head restraint. A lighter,
less restricting brace that is similar in
function to the HANS device (Head
And Neck Support). It is designed to
reduce the likelihood of head and neck
injury, like the basilar skull fracture, in
the event of a crash. The HANS-type
braces are U-shaped devices that hang
around the neck tethering the helmet to
the user’s body or safety harness.
These type of devices keep the
head from whipping forward and/or
backward in a crash while still allowing
normal head movement while driving.
Over the course of history, a substantial
number of race-car drivers have died
from these violent head movements.
The driver’s body is secured with a
safety harness, but momentum keeps
the head moving forward, causing the
dreaded and dangerous basilar skull
fracture. The head restraint was developed to disperse that energy to the
shoulders and seat belts while maintaining the position of the head to the
The Rev is NecksGen’s first-edition
device designed to improve upon the
namesake HANS device. Their breakthrough, minimalistic design brought
increased comfort and convenience
with minimal weight and the additional
safety of lateral or side-impact protection. The Rev2 Lite is the next generation of the well-received Rev brace.
The Rev and Rev2 Lite both feature
a low-profile design without the need
for a constricting frontal structure or
yoke. The tether system is tension-neutralizing and has been updated to
an adjustable design on the Rev2 Lite,
whereas you have to send the original
Rev device back in to the manufacturer
for tether adjustments. The Rev2 Lite
features belt channels that fit a 3-inch
safety harnesses and has integrated
rubber-grip friction pads to keep the
device from sliding under the harness
or belt. The Rev must be ordered for
2- or 3-inch belt designations. The Rev
belt guide has winglets to keep the belt
from sliding off the shoulders, and they
are even more substantial on the Rev2
Lite. Both models feature replaceable
Nomex shoulder padding, but it is substantially improved for shoulder comfort
on the Rev2 Lite.
The Rev devices both feature quick-
release helmet hardware, making it
easy to wear.
The Rev2 Lite
an exceptional fit and doesn’t require
specific seat angles like many of the
competition’s devices. Rev devices
also provide substantial lateral (side)
impact protection, whereas the competition is mostly frontal protection.
They are made in the USA, and the
newest Rev2 Lite weighs only 550
grams (1.2 pounds.). They are both SFI
38.1 certified, and the Rev2 Lite exclusive is that they offer future recertification free of charge.
The Rev and Rev2 Lite body structure are made from a lightweight carbon composite for maximum strength
and very minimal weight. The tethers
are made from Kevlar with sewn-in
adjustment loops on the Rev2 Lite. All
hardware and buckles are made from
ultra-tough, rust- and corrosion-proof
stainless steel. The replaceable shoulder padding is made from the same
burn-proof Nomex that you find in high-er-end driving suits and accessories.
The Rev2 Lite design utilizes two
6mm threaded inserts on your helmet
for attachment of the quick-release
buckle. Many race helmets already
have these threaded bungs; some will
not have the threaded inset but will be
pre-drilled and covered with rubber
plugs. Some helmets will not be pre-drilled, requiring you to measure and
drill the helmet with a 1/4-inch drill bit.
Determining the holes’ location and
drilling the helmet is still pretty straightforward, as exact location is not super
critical. With the hole located or drilled,
you will install a plate nut inside the
helmet behind the liner. NecksGen provides the nut inserts and a special flat
wrench to hold it in place. In fact, they
even include the Allen wrench to tighten
it; the only tools you will need is a tape
measure, 1/4-inch drill bit and a drill if
your helmet is not pre-drilled.
WHAT DOES IT FIT?
The medium is 13 inches wide with
a 5.5-inch neck hole, and the large is
14 inches wide at the shoulders and
features a 6.5-inch-wide neck hole. The
neck size is the diameter measured
just above your shirt collar. For smaller
adults and youths, the Rev is available
in a small/youth with a 5.0-inch neck
hole or a large at 7.0 inches. A neck
that is wider than the inside diameter of
the device does not rule out its use, but
it sacrifices some comfort.
WHO NEEDS ONE?
Anyone racing a UTV, or any other
platform that harnesses the occupant
into the seat should be wearing a head
restraint of some kind. Whether it is
required by your organization yet or not,
safety is highly improved by wearing
one of these devices, so why take a
chance. With the increased comfort and
convenience of the Rev2 Lite, we would
recommend it as an option to anyone
else that pushes the limit of their UTV.
If you are a jumper, hot-dogger or
downright daredevil, the odds are, at
some point you’re going to take a digger. Wearing a restraint like this under
severe frontal impact can save your
neck and/or your life.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
The Rev2 Lite is easy to install and,
more important, even easier to get in
and out of with its simple quick-release
buckles. After proper adjustment, the
Rev2 Lite allows pretty much uninhibited movement of your head for proper
vision and comfort, but securely limits
violent head movement under impact.
Unlike some other braces, the Rev2
Lite allows for full movement, and you
quickly forget it’s even there until it’s
time to take your helmet off. This device
also works well with any seat and harness combination, as we swapped
between two pre-runners and the race
car without adjustments or consequence.
NECKSGEN REV2 LITE
Rev2 Lite is
designed to work
with 3-inch belt harnesses, and it works
with any seat angle. The extra
comfort and convenience is
worth the additional $70 over the original Rev’s MSRP.