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Garage Finds | Shock Doctor Power Dry Helmet Dryer


Presented by Backyard Design

In around 2010, Shock Doctor entered the motocross arena with an assortment of accessories that included mouth guards, an awesome chest protector that is still sold as a Troy Lee Designs product today, and the Power Dry Helmet Dryer. Putting on a sweaty, wet helmet is never pleasant, and that’s why most of us will leave our helmets upside-down in the sun after a good moto, as this can help speed up the time it takes for the liner to dry. At the highest levels of the sport, the Shock Doctor Power Dry Helmet Dryer was an instant hit, as every team semi or privateer transporter seemed to have them inside, plugged in and ready to go. 

The dryer featured three modes: air, heat, and ozone, which was claimed to help kill bacteria that can cause skin infections and also help combat odors. Furthermore, there were a few different timer settings to choose from, so you didn’t have to worry about remembering to turn it off. Back when I still had a motorhome, this thing was a real luxury at the races as I’d fire it up and look forward to slipping on a nice, dry helmet every time I suited up. At $129 it wasn’t cheap, but it was a nice accessory to have in the hauler.

Sadly, Shock Doctor lost interest in moto several years ago and discontinued the Power Dry Helmet Dryer. Take a trip around the pits at the races, though, and you can still see many of the orange dryers in use. Teams that don’t have them still in working order have resorted to small fans or other contraptions, like the PVC/hairdryer combo that Monster Energy Kawasaki has in the corner of their pit…

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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