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The Dirt Sports + Off-Road Safety Buyer’s Guide

Posted in Product Reviews on April 23, 2015
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They say you don’t know how fast you can go until you crash. Let’s face it: Ouch is a four-letter word. So when you crash (and we all crash eventually), it’s possibly going to hurt. Like they say, that’s racing. But with a few precautions, the amount hurt can be greatly diminished. It’s all in how prepared to you are for the inevitable.

We don’t know about you, but we dress to crash. We want to have fun, go as fast as we can and then get up and go back to work on Monday. The producers in this guide have made it their mission to see that you do the same.

We have broken it down to various categories and have included as many products as we could. We tried to hit the major manufactures to bring to you the latest in safety equipment. These people really have your back, so take a look and see what would work best for you.

Helmets

BR1
This is Bell’s new BR1 helmet. We know that is has a carbon-fiber shell and a removable hatch to attach a snout for a fresh air intake, but since Bell sent us a picture but no actual information, that’s all we can say. It sure looks trick though. The unit is so new that there’s no news of it even up on their website, but it may be by the time you read this.
Bell Helmets
800.456.2355, www.bellhelmets.com

MOTO 9 FLEX
With its lightweight composite carbon shell, the Moto-9 Flex also features Bell’s exclusive “progressive layering” technology, which is a system of three polymer materials, each designed to address specific impact velocities while simultaneously working in harmony. Bell also addressed head comfort with the Moto-9 Flex, using its “adaptive fit” system containing a segmented liner construction, which conforms to a rider’s head for a better fit and the velocity flow ventilation system combines with a segmented liner offers maximum ventilation and temperature control. Certifications: Snell M2015, DOT. Available in sizes: XS-XXL.
Bell Helmets
800.456.2355, www.bellhelmets.com

FI-10R
With its advanced, super lite composite weave shell along with a low profile top forced air and multi-directional air hose fitting (optional straight tube, or top cover available), the HJC FI-10R features channeled ventilation system for good air circulation. The unit is pre-drilled for a head and neck restraint and is ear cup ready. The comfortable, removable and moisture-wicking interior is washable. Snell SA2010 approved. Available in sizes XS-XXL.
HJC
562.407.2186, www.hjchelemts.com

RACEAIR HJC SI-12R EO
PCI has worked with HJC to design a noise cancelling ear cups option into the SI-12 helmet. In addition to modifying with channeled air vents, PCI added their Ear Cups to the helmet to help seal out engine noise while maximizing volume and clarity of your communications. The PCI RaceAir SI-12 features a fire resistant Comfort-Carbon Interior, removable liner and cheek pads for easy cleaning and it’s pre-drilled for head and neck restraints. It even comes with a deluxe helmet storage bag!
PCI Race Radios
800.869.5636, www.pciraceradios.com

Pro Airflow Top Forced Air Carbon
Pyrotect’s patented Pro Airflow interior helmets meets full SA2010 standards and the exclusive design helps reduce fogging along the front and top venting to keep you both cool and comfortable.
These helmets are designed with a hand-laminated, light-weight 100% carbon shell, stainless steel hardware and a Kevlar chinstrap for maximum durability. The new headliner design gives added comfort and improved air flow
and the fire retardant headliner and cheek pads are removable for easy cleaning. It’s Hans ready and comes with a .125-inch thick polycarbonate shield that features tear off posts that are compatible with Bell or Racing Optics style tear offs. 
Available in sizes XS to XXXL.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

Communication Wired Helmets
Rugged Radios offers a range of off-road racing helmets already wired with helmet speaker kits to keep you in communications with your co-driver, team, chase vehicles and race-ops. Choose from HJC, Pyrotect, and Impact helmets with many ready to accommodate pumper systems. Starting from $315.
Rugged Radios
888.541-7223, www.ruggedradios.com

Air Inforcer Shark Helmet
Snell SA 2010 Rated and manufactured in the USA, Simpson’s Air Inforcer Shark helmet is designed with attitude and features a stylish top cap designed for optimal pipe placement and a low profile for multiple roof/driver height. Head and neck restraint compatible; additional hardware required. Ships complete with two 3mm shields (clear and smoke), includes plush helmet bag. Simpson offers a full selection of colors and sizes on the Air Inforcer Shark.
Simpson Performance Products
800.654.7223, www.TeamSimpson.com

IVOS Air-Force Helmet
The IVOS line of Stand 21 helmets have full 100% carbon fiber shells which makes for the strongest, lightest shell for superior penetration protection. Expanded polypropylene (EPP) liner acts as a type of memory foam that absorbs and then rebounds and all Stand 21 helmets come with a custom fitting. And while all the paddings can be removed and hand washed, know that Stand 21 manufactures this off-road specific helmet with an all-weather seal around the visor and a high quality Nomex “skirt” around the base of the helmet for extra fire protection and to keep dust out. Forced air manifold can be mounted on either side of the helmet, or on the top.
Stand 21
714.966.1007, www.stand21na.com

Neck Braces

360 Degree Neck Collar
Manufactured in knitted flame-retardant material, this Crow Enterprizes 360 Degree Neck Collar is not only adjustable, it’s stylishly available in red, blue and black.
Crow Enterprizes
888.869.2769, www.crowenerprizes.com

Accel Frontal Head Restraint
The Accel is adjustable with multiple mounting positions to accommodate variables such as seat angle, body shape, and more. As a result of the optimized placement and angle of the lower tether mount, the Accel device offers unsurpassed angular impact protection. Impact’s Accel is constructed from a DuPont carbon fiber composite material and weighs a mere 1.8 pounds, resulting in less driver fatigue on race day as the Accel FHR allows the device to flex in unison with the body during the course of competition thus minimizing driver fatigue and pressure points. Priced at only $599, the Impact Accel includes all necessary tether hardware, helmet clips, tools, and even comes with its own storage bag.
Impact
317.852.3067, www.impactusa.com

MRX Pro
The Leatt MRX Pro gives drivers piece of mind by giving the wearer the knowledge that with its SFI 38:1 test results due to the improved polymer chassis material and single rear collar angle design affords a perfect fit and function with all seat angles and driver positions. Also featured is the washable fire retardant Nomex padding for vastly improved strapped‐in comfort and reduced harshness of helmet to brace impact. The new MRX Pro Foam collar helps fight driver fatigue and the seat belt channel guides the belt away from the soft tissues of the neck. Kevlar fire retardant tethers for frontal and side impact protection keep the MRX Pro in place and positioned perfectly.
Leatt
800.691.3314, www.leatt-brace.com

REV
Safety is just as important an element of racing as speed is, and your head and neck are not an area for compromise. The NecksGen REV is a comfortable, lightweight, easy to use HNR (Head and Neck Restraint) that carries full SFI 38.1 certification. Made in the USA from a strong, lightweight carbon composite material and Kevlar tethering system, the REV is a great option for racers of all sizes and vehicle types. With a yokeless design there are no structural components touching the front of your body, and no more uncomfortable or painful pieces over your collarbones or chest. A simple tab and slot type helmet connection that mounts to industry standard locations makes removing the device ultra quick and easy. Molded winglets help keep the device and your shoulder harnesses in place. Available in four sizes.
NecksGen
619.328-0410, www.necksgen.com

Neck Brace Collar


Pyrotect’s Neck Brace Collars are designed to fit the base of your helmet and allows greater air circulation around the neck and can be contoured for your specific application. Manufactured using high density (HD) fire retardant foam with removable covers that make them easy to remove and clean.
Available in: Contoured, Straight and Youth Contoured
and in either Black, Red or Blue.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

Hybrid Sport
The evolution of head and neck restraint technology has led to the introduction of the high performance FIA and SFI approved Hybrid Sport. The Hybrid Sport is lightweight, weighing in at 20 percent less than comparable product in its price range. The DuPont carbon/polymer construction is sleek, modern and appealing with defined wings for seatbelt containment. Available in size XS–XL. Price $599.
Simpson Performance Products
800.654.7223, www.TeamSimpson.com

HANS III Device
The HANS III represents the third generation of injection molded HANS devices and features a contemporary approach to reducing weight. Using an all new design and polymer, the device features a hollow collar that substantially minimizes weight. Engineered reinforcements ensure an exceptionally strong structure that provides the same level of safety as every HANS device. The reduced mass guarantees the lightest and most comfortable injection molded HANS ever. Price $649.
Simpson Performance Products
800.654.7223, www.TeamSimpson.com

Driving Suits

Double Layer Driving Suit
Double Layer SFI 3.3/5: 1-piece driving suits. Features: box quilting, straight leg cut with stirrups, inset pockets high-rise collar with European Styling. Back waist is gusseted and it has 180-degree shoulder gussets in back of arms. Available in red, blue, and black, and in sizes small through XXXL. PN: 27024. Price: $270.
Crow Enterprizes
888.869.2769, www.crowenerprizes.com

Pro Racer Driving Suit
MOMO is a name that stands out for Italian craftsmanship, and their suits are not only extremely comfortable this unit is 100 percent Nomex III. That’s a
triple layer of protection and the Hans consistent epaulet and FIA
homologation offer the best in quality and safety.
The suits are available in white, red, black and comes in
sizes: 50 to 64. This suit is
FIA approved 8856/2000
SFI 3.2A/5.
MOMO
800.749.momo, www.momousa.com

Sportsman SFI-1 Deluxe One Piece Suit


Lightweight, stylish, comfortable, and loaded with features, the Pyrotect Sportsman Deluxe is a one-piece driver’s suit that is manufactured using an FR material. This suit has it all, including knit-lined collar,
 360-degree vented arm attachment, epaulets, a vented waist expansion panel and even hidden pockets. The single-layer suit is SFI 3.2A/1 certified.
 Available color choices are black/black/white piping, red/black/white piping, and blue/black/white piping.
 Available in sizes small through XXXXL.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

Pyrolite Two SFI-5
Racing Suit
This newly redesigned 1 piece series of suit offers high style, premium construction techniques, and eliminates the old fashion “amateur” look-alike features of patch pockets, loose belts and stripes. Excellent for all types of racing requiring SFI-5 suits. It features two layers, lined, SFI-5 Nomex IIIA.
 Five color Nomex variations with accent colored piping, knit collar, knit rear waist expansion panel, epaulets, slash (lined) pockets, attached belt. Recommended for cooler climates or evening.
 Available color choices: 
red and black/white piping, red/black piping blue/black piping
, yellow/black piping, black/black piping. Available in sizes
 small through XXXL.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

DNA Racing Suit
Made in the USA, the DNA suit is made of premium Titanium Nomex and features integrated cuffs to replace traditional sleeve cuffs, minimizing material at your wrist and eliminating bunching in the glove gauntlet area. Pre-bent 4-way stretch elbows allow for effortless movement of the arms. 4-way stretch body panels reduce tension across the back, torso, waist, hips and thighs. Sizes S-XXL, colors: black, red, and blue with volt yellow trim package. Price $1,599.
Simpson Performance Products
800.654.7223, www.TeamSimpson.com

ST3000 HSC Racing Suit
Stand 21 uses a patented weave that allows for maximum breathability while still allowing for top-level fire protection. Two layer SFI 3.2A/5 and FIA 8856-2000 certified suits are fully customizable in fit, design, and added features like added pockets which can be very handy in off-road racing. Our Air-Force suit has an added feature that allows for any air pumper to be routed to the suit for maximum cooling of the vital organs which is where most of a driver’s heat is generated from.
Stand 21
714.966.1007, www.stand21na.com

Avanti Racing Suit
PUMA’s Avanti driving suit utilizes revolutionary and proprietary advancements in material, form, function and design. A unique 3-layer design of an Aramidic outer layer, a Nomex inner layer, and proprietary middle layer creates the lightest 3-layer suit in the market at 240G/M2. Features emphasis less bulk including anatomically correct pre-shaped body with pre-shaped ‘Slim-Fit” sleeves, forward facing flat seams, “EMS” arm articulation, and HANS compatible epaulettes. FIA 8856-2000 and SFI 3.2A/5 Approved.
Sube Sports
714.847.1501, www.subesports.com

Shoes

Midtop Driving Shoe
This Midtop Driving Shoe from Crow Enterprizes is satin suede with frame retardant interior, and with SFI 3.3/5, it’s cool all around. Available in sizes 4-14 and can be had in red, blue black. Part #: 22100. Price: 75.
Crow Enterprizes
888.869.2769, www.crowenerprizes.com

Top GT Racing Shoes
Professional boot in fire resistant suede with interior lined in soft, knit Nomex fabric. Current and elegant design, made in top quality fabrics that guarantee lightness. An ankle lace-up and single strap closure ensure proper fit.
Available in red, blue and black and sizes 39 to 46.
FIA approved 8856/2000
MOMO
800.749.momo, www.momousa.com

GT Pro Racing Shoes
Made in calf air leather, the new GT PRO 
shoe guarantees the utmost lightness with the 
best comfort. The rubber sole is made with a
particularly low thickness to offer a great feeling
in driving and an optimal grip on the pedals.
Available in red/white, blue/white and grey/white and sizes: 38 to 46.
FIA approved 8856/2000.
MOMO
800.749.momo, www.momousa.com

Ankle Top Racing Shoes


Pyrotect’s’ Racing Shoes feature a rubber flexible outer sole, an exterior constructed of Fire Retardant suede leather and the interior is made of fleeced lined Nomex for added comfort. Styled with an adjustable wrap-around padded ankle support. Meets SFI 3.3/5 specs.
Available in black, red or blue
and sizes 6 through 14.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

Redline Racing Shoe
The Redline shoe is SFI 3.3/5 approved for racing and features a performance enhancing, streamline design that is comfortable and pliable. The Redline is manufactured of top grain leather and fire retardant Nomex and features hidden laces and textured bumper panels. Available in sizes 6-14, including half sizes. Available in solid black or black/white combo. Price $199.00
Simpson Performance Products
800.654.7223, www.TeamSimpson.com

Off-Road Boots
In off-road racing, drivers and co-drivers need to protect their feet from fire just like they protect the rest of their body with fire-retardant clothing. Stand 21 offers a comfortable SFI 3.2A and FIA 8856-2000 certified racing shoe with a new durable sole that provides grip on all sorts of different terrains. As with all Stand 21 products, we have the ability to do full custom designs and embroideries on any of our shoes.
Stand 21
714.966.1007, www.stand21na.com

Puma Everfit + Pro Shoe
PUMA’s Everfit + Pro shoe, new for 2015, features the latest technology in foot stability and support. The Everfit features a dynamic lacing system that locks the upper and outsole to the foot through a network of Kevlar cables extending from the top sole to the outsole, creating a complete dynamic support cage for the driver’s foot. Soft full-grain leather offers exceptional comfort, while a rounded heel cup and textured rubber outsole derived from F1 provides the ultimate in performance. FIA 8856-200 and SFI 3.3/5 approved.
Sube Sports
714.847.1501, www.subesports.com

Gloves

Standard Driving Gloves
These SFI-5, 2-layer Nomex gloves have extra padding on palm and knuckle area. Available in Red, Blue Black. Part #11712 Price: $50.00
Crow Enterprizes
888.869.2769, www.crowenerprizes.com

Xtreme Pro Gloves
Professional, pre-curved glove made in soft, stretch fire-resistant Nomex. The Xtreme Pro is designed to offer a perfect fit, thanks to its ergonomic shape.
The silicone coated palm guarantees optimum performance
thanks to the grip provided by the newest generation of materials.
The new stitching path on the thumb is designed 
for the most comfortable grip, even in endurance races.
Avialable in colors red, blue and grey and sizes 8 through 12. FIA approved 8856/2000.
MOMO
800.749.momo, www.momousa.com

Pyrotect Pro-Series Two Layer Driving Gloves 


Handcrafted for superior comfort and quality, the Pyrotect Pro Series 2 Layer SFI 3.3/5 Glove features reversed stitch seams with long gauntlet made of fire resistant NOMEX, plus added rubber Grip on the palm. The result is a positive feedback grip that lets you feel the track with no pressure points or seams next to the fingers. Conforms to SFI 3.3/5 specifications. Available in black, red, blue, or white and in 
sizes from XXS through XXL.
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

OSII Gloves
Stand 21 invented the “Outside Seam” glove design over 35 years ago, and many manufactures now use outside seam technology in their products. The fully customizable OSII gloves are SFI 3.2A/5 and FIA 8856-2000 certified, and are arguably some of the most comfortable gloves on the market. High quality Nomex fabric provides a comfortable and flexible fit; and leather traction pads on the palm and fingertips provide durable grip.
Stand 21
714.966.1007, www.stand21na.com

Podio Gloves
PUMA’s Podio glove incorporates the new graphic printed design features as used by F1 pilots. Designed for maximum grip and comfort, that Podio glove focuses on all of the contact points between the drivers hand and the steering wheel. Outside stitched and pre-formed sculptured finger construction on the palm side of the gloves compliment the tactile rubberized pads strategically placed through out the palm and finger areas of the glove. The Podio is constructed of 180 gram knit Nomex for maximum comfort and durability. FIA 8856-2000 approved.
Sube Sports
714.847.1501, www.subesports.com

Harnesses

50-Inch Racing Belt
Crows’ 50-inch Racing Belt can be made to custom lengths and is available in red, blue and black. SFI 16.1 rated and Crow units use -all bolt-in ends and is available in all configuration of mounting, wrap-around or clip in.
Crow Enterprizes
888.869.2769, www.crowenerprizes.com

5.3 Harness
Race ready! The 5.3 Harness is a five-point, 3-inch harness and SFI certified for racing. Featuring EZ adjusters on the shoulder straps, a removable sternum strap, sewn in pads, and all black hardware, the 5.3 Harness is available with HANS shoulder straps, ratcheting lap belt, or with the shoulders sewn to the lap belt (not SFI Certified).
PRP
800.317.6253, www.prpseats.com

4.2 Harness
This 4 point, 2 inch harness is the quickest way to getting on the trails. The automotive style latch secures quick and releases with the push of a button and, with the EZ adjusting shoulder straps sewn to the lap belts, you won’t be digging for your belts between the seats.
PRP
800.317.6253, www.prpseats.com

Standard Latch And Link Harness Systems


For years the logical choice of racers. A full 3-inches of SFI 16.1 approved webbing and designed with our 3-inch forged quick draw latch and link system. Other features are sewn on pull tabs on all adjusters for easy release and 50-inch adjustable shoulder harness leads. Available in optional six-point belt configurations; and all are in stock! Our standard harness has been the choice of racers for 35 years! 
Guaranteed current month dating. Re-webbing available. Available in “pull up” and “pull down” models.
Available in: Black, Red or Blue
Pyrotect
800.669.2355, www.pyrotectstore.com

Fresh Air Systems

Pro-Lite
The Parker Pumper Pro-Lite, available in silver or black, joins the Parker Pumper family. Weighing in only 1.55 pounds, it’s half of the Original Parker Pumper’s weight. This single speed unit pumps out 138cfm yet only draws 2.7 amps. The sleek aluminum body can be mounted anywhere in your car, truck, or UTV and comes complete with a reusable filter.
Parker Pumper
800.700.2350, www.parkerpumper.com

Raceair Stealth Quad Package
The new PCI RaceAir Stealth Quad system features 4 outlets that provide fresh air for your RaceAir modified helmets. With its 150cfm output, the 12-volt, 6.8amp heavy-duty motor will last several seasons of racing in heavy dust, moisture and even puddles of water. The tough water-resistant plastic reinforced housing features a universal flex mount that allows the outlets to face in any direction.
PCI Race Radios
800.869.5636, www.pciraceradios.com

Mac 4.2 Air Pumper System
The MAC 4.2 delivers a massive 235cfm; the most air flow available for driver and co-driver on the market, all on a 4.3 amp draw. It features Billet aluminum construction, an AIRAID multi-layer filter system and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The slip-over pre-filter prevents dust and silt from clogging up the filter. MSRP $300
Rugged Radios
888.541-7223, www.ruggedradios.com

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