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Old 04-02-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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I hate to beat a dead horse, but I have been searching the past few weeks or so and this is what I have come up with. I'm just looking for a bit of feedback before I pull the trigger on any gear.

I'll be competing this summer in Formula SAE for my university, and figure this is a good opportunity to start piecing together my own safety equipment. I've always borrowed from friends, or event organizers and would like to think about investing in my own gear for future events/activity. The team does have some equipment, although the fit is a little off. Budget is always a concern, so right now just keeping my eyes open for good deals. I think I can work around about $800.

My first purchase will of course be a helmet, along with shoes/gloves. I imagine these items will be the most critical to have proper sizing for both comfort, and safety (helmet). If I still find I can squeeze out a little extra $$, I would like to find a decent suit to have on hand as well.

Helmet I'm considering (found a deal for about $475 on ebay). I like the option to use a hans device should I need it later on. Plus, I just like the design.
http://www.sparcousa.com/product/wtx-5w


For a suit, I am a 37-38" chest, 31" waist, 5'10" height, and about 155lbs. Mostly looking at Alpinestars suits in a size 48. Does that sound right? I usually do like a slimmer fit in my normal clothes, and wear a 'small' shirt size, which fits me well.
GP2 Suit, on sale for $500 - above my budget, but I'd rather buy one that will last maybe 7-10 years, than multiples at cheaper prices.


Again, any feedback greatly appreciated. Cheers!
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:29 PM   #2
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If you are looking for a long term solution for gear, plan for when you gain weight in the next 5-6 years following graduation. A suit doesn't have to fit snuggly to pass tech.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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If you are looking for a long term solution for gear, plan for when you gain weight in the next 5-6 years following graduation. A suit doesn't have to fit snuggly to pass tech.
amen

I'm a fan of trying gear on. I mean if you buy $100 pair of jeans you damn sure try them on. Helmet and suit manufacturers all have different fits. I could probably buy a suit online but not a helmet. If there's a track near you, there should be a race shop near by that sell some of this stuff. Good luck
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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Agreed on try before you buy. Just a heads up. I tried on an Alpinestars suit and found the arms to be tight. I'm a pretty small armed guy so take it for what its worth. I would also do everything I can to test fit the helmet you intend to buy. I can't check location on the phone but like mentioned above go to a race shop and try in person.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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Definitely try the stuff on before you buy it. Every helmet manufacturer fits very differently. For example, sparco and arai don't fit me right but bell is perfect. Same with suits, I wear a different size in sparco and alpinestars and they fit differently in different places.

The other advice I'd give you is to spend less on a helmet and more on a suit. My reasoning is that in a helmet, you're getting the same safety standards regardless of what you spend. All you're getting for more money is vents, slightly lighter weight, aero doo dads, etc. It really amounts to almost no functional difference. The suit on the other hand makes a HUGE difference. I started out with a $300 sparco suit and it got the job done but it was unbearably hot in the summer. I upgraded to a high end sparco x-light suit and it's a night and day difference. I'm so much more comfortable, cooler, and feel like I have a better range of motion. Buy the nicest suit you can afford and it will last you a long time.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #6
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The other advice I'd give you is to spend less on a helmet and more on a suit. My reasoning is that in a helmet, you're getting the same safety standards regardless of what you spend. All you're getting for more money is vents, slightly lighter weight, aero doo dads, etc. It really amounts to almost no functional difference. The suit on the other hand makes a HUGE difference. I started out with a $300 sparco suit and it got the job done but it was unbearably hot in the summer. I upgraded to a high end sparco x-light suit and it's a night and day difference. I'm so much more comfortable, cooler, and feel like I have a better range of motion. Buy the nicest suit you can afford and it will last you a long time.
well said. I need another suit, so I can have winter and summer suits The Sparco I have now is definitely built for North Pole racing. The new stuff is amazingly light and cool.
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