THE GEAR YOU NEED TO RACE LEMONS!
Helmet – Must be SNELL SA2000+ Rated (SA2015 is the latest)
The SA stands for a special fire safety rating – normal Snell helmets to not meet this requirement.
2. FIRE SUIT / NOMEX UNDERWEAR
Racing Suit – Must be SFI rated and have the SFI tag. 1 Layer SFI suits require Nomex Underwear, 3/5 Layer suits do not
Nomex Underwear – Required with 1 Layer suits
3. SFI SHOES & SOCKS
Nomex Socks – for yo feet
Racing Shoes – Must be SFI rated
4. NECK RESTRAINT
I HIGHLY recommend using a professional level neck restraint. I personally use a NecksGen. The easiest way to stomach the $600 price tag is to share this device with the team. The helmet adapters are $80. The Knoxvegas Lowballers has 3 NecksGen restraints shared by the team. We also have a foam collar…but really, buy the connectors; your neck is worth it.
TYPICAL APPROACHES FOR SELECTING GEAR
- Contains Everything you need, guaranteed to pass tech inspection
- easy, 1 step ordering
- Thick (ie. hot/heavy) 1 piece race suit
- requires nomex underwear (hot)
2. Build Your Own Set
Basically, just pick out all the required components mentioned above that meet your budget/comfort/style requirements. Below is a few examples and websites for gear that some of us have. I recommend saferacer.com , raceimage.com and amazon.com to handle the bulk of what you need.
-Same Gear as the lemons bundle, minus the helmet (also, a SCCA discount)
$149 ZAMP Helmet (my previous helmet…not great but cheap)
$349 G-Force Carbon Fiber Helmet (my current helmet, much better)
-Budget Helmet options (must be SA2010)
-Cheap way to get in an EXTREMELY nice race suit, for a small budget (~$200-400). And, you get awesome sponsorships on your suit. – Mine is CornFlakes!
-These suits don’t require nomex, and are lighter…so, more comfortable.
-If you go this route, make sure you call the guy and ensure that you order a suit that fits and has the REQUIRED SFI tag still on the suit.
- Saves a bit of $$$, or gets better quality
- Must make sure you order everything you need
3. Rent a Suit
-$180-200, gets you everything you need for a weekend.
- Saves $$$ if you only plan on doing one race
- You still have to buy or rent gear in the future.
So, I think that covered the 3 main options. Feel free to ask me questions if you have any. I’d advise you check with me before ordering anything other than the bundle and I can make sure you get everything you need.
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