What armor should I equip myself with? Right now I'm looking at a few track suit suggested in other threads (Speed & Strength, RST), as well as considering to purchase direct from RST for the pant portion of my 2-pc suit.
Most full suits (race) have built in armor, be careful not to over do it.... You can get bound up and make your first track experience more difficult than it needs to be.
What kind of armor do I need? I know a full length back protector is required, but should I get hip protection? Do most suits come with pockets for hip protectors? Should I get a full suit or just try and complete my 2-pc?
I'd say back protector is a ABSOLUTE requirement, but for the other components it depends on the suit.
You best bet is to go with a full suit if you got the availability, Many of my former race suits are hanging in the garage after many years of good service.... Built in stuff A stars, Rs taichi, speed and strength and Dainese all have great options and dare I say.... Crash tested, protect very well....
This will be my first track day (ever), but I don't intend on being a track junkie for the foreseeable future since I have a ton of other expenses.
Intention is the key word.... Said many addicts
it's a good addiction, I've been doin this since 2000....yes, I am old.
We have a rental program with Dainese and now Held suits for new riders, see if this is an option for your track day org. Once you get on track (hooked) this is one of your best investments. Don't be frugal with safety and quality, makes all the difference when/if you take a spill.
Good luck and have fun on track, no goin back once you experience it! Welcome to the addiction!