There are many factors which need to be taken into consideration when purchasing a suit for racing. In this article, we will be sharing some tips and advice on what to look for in a high quality race suit.
Weight is a crucial factor when it comes to race suits; ideally, it should be as lightweight as possible, so as not to impair your ability to drive and move quickly, but should still offer a high level of protection. Although a few years ago, the most protective suits were very heavy, these days, advancements made by manufacturers mean that you don’t need to compromise on weight in order to stay safe during a race. Suits today are thinner than ever before, but made from incredibly robust materials, which will protect you in the event of a crash.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that racing suits from different brands will have a slightly different cut and some will fit your body type better than others. The fit of the suit is extremely important it should be as tight as possible, without feeling uncomfortable, as a loose suit will not offer anywhere near the same protection, should you crash your vehicle. As such, it’s worth trying on several different race suits from different manufacturers because unless you intend to have your suit tailored, you need to make sure that the fit is perfect.
Another point to keep in mind when shopping for racing suits are safety standards; in order to ensure that you get the most use out of your new suit, you should purchase one which meets the latest requirements set by the FIA. Whilst the safety standards don’t change too frequently, it’s worth looking for a suit which has been made in accordance with the most recently updated standards.
When it comes to pricing, many new racers are surprised at the expense of a racing suit. However, this is one aspect which you really shouldn’t skimp on, as your safety depends not only on your ability to drive, but also the quality of the suit which you wear whilst racing. Moreover, whereas other gear such as helmets, shoes and gloves need to be replaced with some regularity, this is not the case with a racing suit. Assuming that you remain the same size as you are when you purchase it and take good care of it, a high quality racing suit will easily last a decade and as such, should be viewed as an investment
Lastly, whilst the colour of the suit may seem like a superficial aspect which does not need to be given too much thought, this can actually have an effect on how well your perform during a race. If you tend to race in hot climates, then it’s always better to opt for a light coloured suit, which will not absorb the heat of the sun and therefore will not make you uncomfortably hot during a race. However, if you usually race in a colder climate, then a darker colour is the more sensible option, as you don’t have to worry quite so much about temperature control and darker colours will not show up mud and dirt stains as quickly as lighter colours will.
AUTHOR BIO : Jenny Lobo writes regularly for some of the top auto magazines, websites and blogs, offering tips and insight on everything from the latest racing events, to which racing suits and equipment offer the best value for money. In her spare time, she enjoys attending and participating in races.