It is never very easy to choose a karting suit. And even more so on line! Therefore, at Racing Fashion, in addition to having the ability to come and test and see the karting suits, we have decided to give you some information that will allow you to choose from a distance, the one that suits you best.
For indoor karting, no homologation is necessary. A Sparco suit such as the Rookie could for example be sufficient for you.
If you occasionally drive on outdoor tracks during tests or unofficial races, a karting suit with the CIK-FIA Level 1 standard could be sufficient for you. They are usually made of polyester and cotton to ensure good protection while keeping the weight low for better comfort. However, you will rarely find dealers who offer them. Indeed, the major brands are limited to non-homologated or Level 2.
Then come the CIK-FIA Level 2 karting suits, or Level 2, which can be used for international or national level competitions. They represent 90% of the sales of karting suits. These karting suits have mostly an outer layer in cordura and an inner layer in cotton. The objective is simple: to provide a high level of resistance to abrasions and tears that can occur in case of a fall.
Please note that CIK-FIA Level 2 karting suits have a validity date of 5 years. After this date, they can still be used but only for indoor or leisure activities and no longer in competition.
What is the difference between Sparco, Alpinestars, OMP, FreeM,...? Let's be honest, all these brands have reached a high level of quality and they all come from Italian brands. Whether in terms of strength or safety, these brands are comparable. The differences will be generally on the design/colors.
For even more comfort and safety, some suits are now equipped with padding at the knees to protect against shocks against the tank. Elastic inserts are very often used to allow more flexibility in the fabric and guarantee a greater range of movement for the rider.
In addition, the use of mesh inserts in strategic areas such as the armpits or the back allow for better breathability to regulate body temperature at best.
It is therefore at this level (flexibility, breathability and lightness) that the difference will be made between an entry-level and high-end karting suit.
If you want a custom made suit with your colors, only FreeM will meet your expectations. To do so, do not hesitate to contact us to make a project: [email protected]
If you drive outside, don't forget to buy a rain suit to wear over your karting suit. The one from Alpinestars is ideal. It will protect you from rain, allowing you to stay dry and focused on your race.
Moreover, even if the karting suits protect you from shocks and falls, don't forget that elements such as a rib guard and a neck brace are more than important! An accident can happen very quickly (whether you are responsible... or whether you suffer from it!).
But which size to choose ? At a distance, it is always very difficult to choose the right size. Here is a size chart for Alpinestars and Sparco to help you make the right choice. And don't forget that you can exchange it within 14 days!