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Practice Safe Racing

Posted in Features on March 1, 2013
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Author: Chris Tobin Photos: Courtesy of Manufacturers

When bench racing with friends and fellow racers we generally talk about how much power or suspension travel we have. Rarely does the conversation turn to safety equipment, and our “drive-it-like-you-stole-it” attitude doesn’t necessarily scream safety-first. However all of us know that off-road motorsports in general can be dangerous, and none of us wants to put ourselves or any of our crew members in unnecessary danger. With that in mind, we should always wear the proper safety gear and equip our vehicles to protect their occupants as best we can. To help in that pursuit, we have compiled the following group of manufacturers that offer some of the best products in the safety equipment segment, along with their latest and greatest product offerings. We are confident that from these manufacturers you can find the right safety gear for your particular needs, whether it is playing in the rocks, on short courses or racing through the desert.

Alpinestars GP Tech Suit Alpinestars’ GP Tech driving suit features anatomically positioned stretch panels on the back, lumbar, crotch and knee zones that greatly enhance freedom of movement and help maintain the suit’s fit while driving. The SFI-certified suit also features Alpinestars’ exclusive shoulder epaulette construction to facilitate effective extraction in the event of a crash. Fully floating arm construction with stretchable knit fabric ensures minimal material resistance while driving. Arm and leg patterns were ergonomically engineered for optimum fit in the driving position.
Alpinestars (310) 891-0222 www.alpinestars.com

Alpinestars Suit 198x300 Photo 67320361 By using thee ultra-lightweight, multi-layer Nomex construction the GP Tech driving suit from Alpinestars provides the ultimate in performance and protection.

OMP America ONE-S Shoes OMP’s ONE-S shoes feature leather construction in a lightweight package for professional racers. To reduce stress on the foot and guarantee maximum sensitivity, a new foot support with nylon inserts is used. The injected sole provides maximum grip and wear resistance while the pivot-like heel is designed to provide smooth pedal actuation. A separated ankle strap closure combines with thin laces and external eyelets for quick and secure lacing. The ONE-S shoes are FIA 8856-2000-homologated and available in red, black, blue and white.
OMP America (305) 373-0051 www.ompamerica.com

OMP Shoe 300x268 Photo 67320364 The ONE-S Shoes from OMP are made of leather with rear bellows for improved driver comfort.

PCI Race Radios HJC Fi-10 Helmet PCI Race Radios offers the new HJC Fi-10 helmet wired for an intercom with a standard microphone or their optional new Extreme Noise Cancelling microphone for extra loud vehicles. Another option is their new Bluetooth helmet kit and vehicle module that provides seamless Bluetooth communication when you unplug from the intercom system to spot an obstacle for a rock racer or change a tire on a desert racer. The Fi-10 is Snell SA2010-approved and uses a low profile top air inlet with multi-directional hose fitting.
PCI Race Radios (800) 869-5636 www.pciraceradios.com

HJC Fi 10 Helmet 300x199 Photo 68807877 One of the coolest pieces of safety equipment is this custom HJC Fi-10 created for Carl Renezeder’s 100th short-course win.

Impact by MasterCraft Safety AIR Draft OS20 Helmet The offset top-side air inlet on Impact’s Air Draft OS20 helmet allows for roof clearance while providing dramatically increased cooling and comfort under race conditions, keeping the visor free of dust and fog. Air is circulated through “whisper” channels that prevent the fresh air system from blowing on the radio’s microphone and opening the communication system, which can cause undesirable feedback. The OS20 is Snell SA2010-certified and uses Impact’s exclusive Gray Matter fire retardant covered liner with “intelligent” single-piece variable-density core. It is available in silver, white, gloss black, flat black and clear-coated carbon fiber.
Impact by MasterCraft Safety (317) 852-3067 www.impactraceproducts.com

Impact Air Draft OS20 Helmet 283x300 Photo 67320367 The Impact Air Draft OS20 is made in the USA and the first helmet specifically designed for off-road racing by off-road racers.

Alpinestars Tech 1-T Shoe Alpinestars’ Tech 1-T shoe is constructed with a lightweight and durable full-grain leather upper with strategically placed perforated zones for enhanced cooling performance. The Tech 1-T shoes boast SFI 3.3 certification and use an innovative foot counter that features multi-compound construction for maximum performance. The ergonomic, molded fireproof Polypropylene heel counter provides support and stability inside the shoe, while a flatter forefoot with die-cut ribbing provides greater feel on the pedals along with exceptional levels of comfort and feel.
Alpinestars (310) 891-0222 www.alpinestars.com

Alpinestars Shoes 300x165 Photo 68807880 The Tech 1-T shoe from Alpinestars features a Nomex liner for superior flameproof performance.

Leatt GPX Pro Lite The CE-certified GPX Pro Lite from Leatt is built around Leatt Corporation’s patented Alternative Load Path Technology to protect riders. It features a new one-piece CoreFlex adjustable-angle rear thoracic strut with independently flexing sides for improved comfort and fit as well as a built in fracture point designed to snap off in a severe crash. New lower rear padding provides improved helmet clearance while the matte carbon finish gives the brace distinctive styling. Constructed from 100 percent lightweight Aramid-reinforced carbon fiber, the GPX Pro Light weighs in at a svelte 1.35-lbs.
Leatt (800) 691-3314 www.leatt-brace.com

Leatt 300x300 Photo 67320370 Leatt’s all new GPX Pro Lite is the lightest and most comfortable Leatt brace to date.

Bell Racing USA Infusion EV The Infusion EV (Extended Vision) helmet from Bell Racing features an eyeport opening of 4.4 inches to accommodate racers with glasses or those who prefer to have the feel of an open-face helmet with the protection of a full-face helmet. It is SA2010/FIA8858-certified and available in white or rubberized matte black finishes. A new rubber visor seal is used to prevent dust and dirt from entering the helmet, while a pro-style comfort interior and a lightweight composite shell make it a great choice for long races.
Bell Racing USA (800) 237-2700 www.bellracing.com

Bell Racing 296x300 Photo 68807883 The Bell Infusion EV features a huge eyeport with the versatility to be used as a standard helmet with front, top or side forced air ventilation.

Momo USA Advanced Driver Cooling Pro-Shirt MOMO’s Advanced Driver Cooling (ADC) Pro-Shirt is heralded as the most technologically advanced cooling shirt ever made. It is engineered to maximize body heat transfer and sets a new standard for driver cooling. The ADC Pro-Shirt uses a bladder made specifically for automotive racing driver cooling, and is capable of transferring up to five-times more body heat than any tube-based cooling garment. The bladder provides three-times the surface area of tube-based cooling garments with the added bonus of no pressure points common to rigid tubes found in other cooling garments.
Momo USA (800) 749-MOMO www.momousa.com

Momo Shirt 280x300 Photo 68807886 The MOMO Advanced Driver Cooling Pro-Shirt is the first bladder-based cooling shirt.

Sabelt USA Harnesses Sabelt USA partners with top race teams, including Red Bull F1, to develop such race products as their lightweight safety harnesses. The six-point harnesses shown here feature lightweight components, including a quick-release buckle constructed of aluminum, magnesium and titanium for strength and light weight. Additionally, Sabelt uses high-strength ZY-TEX-49 material for their harness straps for weight reduction and improved belt strength. The belts are available in Steel, Silver and Gold series designs to suit individual team needs with black, red or blue webbing.
Sabelt USA (866) 851-7223 www.sabeltusa.com

Sablet USA 300x249 Photo 67320373 FIA approved six-point harness systems are available from Sabelt USA

Sube Sports Puma Avanti Driving Suit Puma’s Avanti suit features a lightweight and breathable quilting of a unique three-layer design consisting of an Aramidic outer layer, a Nomex waffle inner layer and Puma’s new proprietary middle layer. It provides a 33 percent weight reduction with a 55 percent increase in permeability and 11 percent higher thermal protection over other manufacturers’ three-layer lightweight designs. The anatomically correct pre-shaped body, sleeves and legs create less bulk in the driving position and increased freedom of movement, thereby reducing driver fatigue. The Avanti suit is FIA 8856-2000- and SFI/5-approved.
Sube Sports (714) 847-1501 www.subesports.com

Sube Sports Suit 122x300 Photo 68808069 The new three-layer Puma Avanti suit uses revolutionary and proprietary advancements in material, form, function and design to provide the ultimate driver’s environment.

Pyrotect ProCarbon Forced-Air Duckbill Helmet The ProCarbon Forced-Air Duckbill helmet from Pyrotect is Snell SA2010-certified and compatible with most head and neck restraint devices. The lightweight 100 percent carbon fiber shell features an aerodynamic design perfect for open cockpit race vehicles to provide high speed stability. The unique Airflow headliner uses a removable, changeable and washable Nomex interior with interchangeable pads for a perfect fit. A 0.125-inch polycarbonate shield is coupled with a large eyeport to accommodate most eyewear.
Pyrotect (800) 669-2355 www.pyrotect.com

Pyrotect 01 300x199 Photo 67320376 Boasting a carbon fiber shell with forced-air cooling, the new ProCarbon Forced Air Duckbill helmet from Pyrotect offers protection combined with great looks.

Impact by MasterCraft Safety NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint The Impact NecksGen head and neck restraint is made in the USA from the latest carbon fiber composite DuPont material and weighs in at a mere 1.8 lbs. It has achieved superior results in SFI 38.1 testing and provides excellent side protection along with the ability to work with seat angles from 10 to 40 degrees. The NecksGen features a single adjustable helmet tether that allows energy to be distributed evenly through four load paths for maximum head and neck protection. Its unique shoulder restraint wings prevent loose harnesses from slipping off the restraint in accident conditions.
Impact by MasterCraft Safety (317) 852-3067 www.impactraceproducts.com

Simpson Harness 274x300 Photo 68808072 Simpson’s patented D3 buckle provides the ease and convenience of a sewn-in harness without the shoulder straps being sewn into the lap belts

Impact by MasterCraft Safety NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint The Impact NecksGen head and neck restraint is made in the USA from the latest carbon fiber composite DuPont material and weighs in at a mere 1.8 lbs. It has achieved superior results in SFI 38.1 testing and provides excellent side protection along with the ability to work with seat angles from 10 to 40 degrees. The NecksGen features a single adjustable helmet tether that allows energy to be distributed evenly through four load paths for maximum head and neck protection. Its unique shoulder restraint wings prevent loose harnesses from slipping off the restraint in accident conditions.
Impact by MasterCraft Safety (317) 852-3067 www.impactraceproducts.com

Impact Necksgen Head And Neck Restraint 300x234 Photo 67320379 Impact takes safety and quality to the next level with its lightweight, simple-to-use NecksGen head and neck restraint unit.

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