Off-road racing helmets are nothing new, but no one has made a helmet like this … until now. It's about time. If you've ever had the pleasure of climbing into a prerunner or race truck wearing a helmet, you may have hooked up that helmet to an air supply hose that came from behind the seat, wound around your neck, and attached to the front of the helmet. That type of setup is quickly becoming outdated thanks to MasterCraft Safety. They've expanded their expertise in racing safety to the Impact helmet line and brought out the Air Draft OS20—a helmet similar to the Air Draft (with a rear-facing air inlet) but offset 20 degrees from the top of the helmet for head clearance in trucks with rollcages and minimal head clearance.
There are other benefits, too. Having a top-mounted air inlet gets rid of any radio/microphone communication clearance you'd have with a front air inlet blowing onto a mic. Four "whisper" channels blow air from the top of the helmet to keep dust and fog off of the polycarbonate shield. And, perhaps most important in a hot, dusty, environment: Cooling effects and subsequently comfort level is greatly improved.
Will this change the way helmets are made? It already has. Robbie Pierce, owner of MasterCraft Safety and Impact, has been testing out the helmet for more than a year, and he already has a number of friends and competitors in off-road racing using the Air Draft OS20, as well. If your off-road ride has reached "helmet time" levels, perhaps it's time you did your noggin a favor and looked into a new skullcap, too.