Our last post, Buying used Safety Gear: Which items are worth it, and which to avoid discussed used safety gear. Still have questions? I reached out to David Phillips at Race Image with a few more questions about Used Racing Suits:
I just posted some suits last week that we acquired from BAR1 Motorsports, an IMSA team. I purchase them directly from the owner who told me that they would normally purchase their OMP driver suits for $2000-2400. We’re selling them for about $400. That is an extreme deal. They do have a couple stains and signs of wear on them, but are perfectly safe. Many of the crew suits we sell from Roush and Petty cost the teams $1600-2000. We sell those for anywhere from $200-350 on average. Just to clarify. Pit Crew Suits and Driver Suits are essentially the same thing. They just happen to be worn by pit crew members instead of the driver. We get asked this question a lot.
The source of the suit. Suits can be hand me downs, purchased on Facebook or Ebay, etc. You must trust the seller. Race Image has been doing this since 1999, and we’ve sold over 6000 suits to racers. We’ve kind of got it down now. We’re also the only seller who has a real website at www.raceimage.com. If buying a used suit, you must be certain of what the regulations are for your racing series. We sell mainly multi-layer suits, which have safety ratings of SFI-3.2A/5, or FIA rated. Anything below that is a single layer suit which will protect you from 2nd degree burns for a period of 3 seconds, versus 10 seconds of protection with a multilayer suit. You must also look at the suit to make sure there are no big holes, massive stains, broken zippers, etc., which may affect the safety of the suit.
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