Fabryce Kutyba is with the North American Alpinestars group and was kind enough to join us for a quick discussion on driver protection equipment, including racing suits, racing shoes, and gloves. We cover several key aspects of each component and the overall system to protect the driver. For instance, one piece vs two piece drivers suits, grades and certifications, proper care, and approximate replacement/upgrade guidelines. We also go through a very high level review of the Alpinestars product line offerings. Hopefully, this is the first part of a many part series.
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Vicki, Jennifer, Alan, and Bill
Hosts of the Garage Heroes In Training Podcast and Garage Heroes In Training racing team drivers
Highlights for this episode include:
1) One piece suits vs two piece racing suits
2) What the latest certifications for equipment is from the FIA and SFI.
3) Alpinestars custom drivers suit program.
4) What is the proper/optimal use, care and lifespan for replacing a suit while maintaining proper safety performance.
5) Several types of shoes that are available, as well as Alpinestars pit crew shoes.
6) Bill recalls one of our teams improper care of his first pair of racing shoes.
7) Racing gloves construction, including inside vs outside stitching as well as the palm surface texture.
8) We break a paddock “rule” that Bill was told early in our racing career
9) Why karting suits and equipment is designed to a different construction and standards
10) Several methods to assure that the equipment you purchase is not counterfeit and is offering all the expected protection.
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