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post #1 of 14 Old 05-05-2016, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Gearing Up For 1st Track Day

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.

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?

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.
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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.
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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....
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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!
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When I started I did the 2-piece thing for a season until I had the coin to get a suit. Great suits can be had but you have to know what you're after and be confident in size. Then just have the $ around when a real deal shows up. For now, I'd just do the pants thing and save for later. Full circumference zip will be required, however, so if the jacket doesn't do that going used 1-piece might be the best value.

Rental is ok if you can't haul your own gear or if you're really unsure you'll like track.

For the rest, back protector as Motovid said is a must. I've never had the other stuff, but always worn RS Taichi suits. I'm slim so its been ideal.

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A little confused - my current setup doesn't have the zipper go 360 degrees, although the product details said it does. Does the zip really go 360 degrees on 2 piece suits? The horizontal zipper on my jacket & pants stop maybe an inch or 2 short of the vertical zip.

Delighted to find my pants came with hip protector pockets, so put my ForceFields in there. Just wish it came with a coccyx protector because I've had too many injuries on my tailbone. I won't get to the point on my first track day where I'll high side (hopefully) but you never know.
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A little confused - my current setup doesn't have the zipper go 360 degrees, although the product details said it does. Does the zip really go 360 degrees on 2 piece suits? The horizontal zipper on my jacket & pants stop maybe an inch or 2 short of the vertical zip.

Delighted to find my pants came with hip protector pockets, so put my ForceFields in there. Just wish it came with a coccyx protector because I've had too many injuries on my tailbone. I won't get to the point on my first track day where I'll high side (hopefully) but you never know.
My spidi suit has a padded portion at the tailbone, but many suits do not have this provision. I understand your concern but keep in mind even the lower end suits have protection in the most critical areas. Take it easy and you will be fine
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A little confused - my current setup doesn't have the zipper go 360 degrees, although the product details said it does. Does the zip really go 360 degrees on 2 piece suits? The horizontal zipper on my jacket & pants stop maybe an inch or 2 short of the vertical zip.
Yes it does go 360 degrees. Check the requirements for your local track orgs on that requirement, but usually the 8" zipper isn't enough. If the manufacturer says it should have full circumference zip, contact them. They should warranty install one for you.

I desperately hope you're not talking Fieldsheer. I've been through this with them and rank them as the worst customer service I ever experienced.

Alternatively, you might be surprised to find someone in the area who will do leather work. We have a guy who's actually known for several hundred miles and I don't live in a major metro.
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Yes it does go 360 degrees. Check the requirements for your local track orgs on that requirement, but usually the 8" zipper isn't enough. If the manufacturer says it should have full circumference zip, contact them. They should warranty install one for you.

I desperately hope you're not talking Fieldsheer. I've been through this with them and rank them as the worst customer service I ever experienced.

Alternatively, you might be surprised to find someone in the area who will do leather work. We have a guy who's actually known for several hundred miles and I don't live in a major metro.
Actually I have the RST TracTech Evo kit. Should be ok for my 1st track day since the track says "must zip together fully" which it does, but looks like I'll need to sell the 2-piece after a track day or two for a 1-piece
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I believe most people would recommend a 1 piece over a 2 piece as it eliminates the zipper from becoming a weak point in an event of a slide. Since you are just trying out the track I would say 2 piece is fine until you do become a track junkie. Most suits come with armor in shoulders, elbows, arms, knees and shins. Usually they do not come with back protectors or armor in the hip. I would definitely purchase a back protector.
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I believe most people would recommend a 1 piece over a 2 piece as it eliminates the zipper from becoming a weak point in an event of a slide. Since you are just trying out the track I would say 2 piece is fine until you do become a track junkie. Most suits come with armor in shoulders, elbows, arms, knees and shins. Usually they do not come with back protectors or armor in the hip. I would definitely purchase a back protector.
Yup. 1 piece is safter than a 2 as soblurry said. I also have friends at the track who went from two piece to one and they noted there was a big difference in comfort as well.
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When is your track day and where? My fav track is ACS in Fontana. I have only been there because it was so close to me. The owner of Fastrackriders is amazing as well as his entire staff. Just amazingly great helpful people. So I am biased to that org haha. If you do sign up there. You are going to love it.
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When is your track day and where? My fav track is ACS in Fontana. I have only been there because it was so close to me. The owner of Fastrackriders is amazing as well as his entire staff. Just amazingly great helpful people. So I am biased to that org haha. If you do sign up there. You are going to love it.
My friend found TrackXperience so I'm doing the Sept. 17 session at Streets of Willow. I'm definitely down to check out more track orgs! Have no idea what to expect other than it's supposed to be one of the most fun days of my life.
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I would suggest getting a leather suit (1 or 2 pice is fine), armored undershorts, back/chest protector, full gauntlet gloves, and race boots.

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My friend found TrackXperience so I'm doing the Sept. 17 session at Streets of Willow. I'm definitely down to check out more track orgs! Have no idea what to expect other than it's supposed to be one of the most fun days of my life.
I have heard good things about them as well as Letsridetrackdays.
Good outfit and people. You are going to have a blast. Go there to learn and have fun, do not go to go balls out and wad it up in the first turn. So many new riders do that and it's sad. You'll do just fine I am sure. If you want any tips on prep work let me know. Excited for you!! You going to video the event?
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I would suggest getting a leather suit (1 or 2 pice is fine), armored undershorts, back/chest protector, full gauntlet gloves, and race boots.
Have all that except for the armored undershorts. Don't think they'll fit under my pants but I do have ForceField hip pads!

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I have heard good things about them as well as Letsridetrackdays.
Good outfit and people. You are going to have a blast. Go there to learn and have fun, do not go to go balls out and wad it up in the first turn. So many new riders do that and it's sad. You'll do just fine I am sure. If you want any tips on prep work let me know. Excited for you!! You going to video the event?
I hope I don't throw it! I'm definitely going to take it easy and follow the instructors advice. Absolutely open to prep work - they don't require safety wiring but I've heard stories of oil plugs coming undone and ruining it for everyone... don't wanna be that guy. And yup, going to video it for sure.
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