Racewear

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mOrtt

Original Poster:

276 posts

119 months

Wednesday 12th May
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I'm looking to buy a set of race underwear and I've bought a couple of tops/bottoms/balaclavas to find the most comfortable for myself but I wanted to ask, is there any difference in wearing black vs white in terms of temperature.

I'm sure everyones parents at one point told them not to wear a dark tshirt on holiday as they'll get too hot laugh but does that matter for race underwear? I assume not as you're not in direct sunlight but thought I'd check before buying something that will hopefully last a few years!

Secondly, I've been looking at a Freem suit, does anyone have experience with them or HRX? They both seem to offer the similar tailored/custom designed suit but I'm looking (as everyone is) for the lightest/coolest one within reason.

Thanks

whp1983

582 posts

106 months

Wednesday 12th May
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I don’t think colour makes a difference, for the under suit stuff I use walero which has cooling stuff which does seem to work.

I switched from, an albeit cheapest end OMP suit to a mid range Alpine stars one this season.... floating arms are a must it makes it so much comfier, the alpine one is again much cooler. My friend had an HRX suit made and loves it.

df76

3,128 posts

245 months

Wednesday 12th May
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If it's not exposed to sunlight, colour won't make a difference.

If temperature is an issue, look here: https://www.merlinmotorsport.co.uk/s/racewear-helm...

Friend uses this underwear and has noticed a big temp difference.

mOrtt

Original Poster:

276 posts

119 months

Wednesday 12th May
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Thanks!

Has your friend who is using Walero used another manufacturer previously to compare against? They all have the marketing guff to say how good they are at cooling but it would be good to know of a real world comparison from someone.

BEP

285 posts

172 months

Thursday 13th May
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Worth checking out Marina, some of the lightest suits about and also a unique material, same goes for the underwear range https://www.lhmotorsport.co.uk/?product_cat=marina...

Nampahc Niloc

799 posts

45 months

Friday 14th May
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I spent a long time sat behind a Stand 21 van on the M25 yesterday. No idea if they’re any good, but it was effective marketing for them.

mOrtt

Original Poster:

276 posts

119 months

Friday 14th May
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I've ordered Alpinestars ZX Evo and Walero sets to see which fits better.

Is a loose fit better or tighter? Or does it make no difference to temperature/fire safety with a suit on over?

Trev450

6,064 posts

139 months

Friday 14th May
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Loose fit is better for comfort but no other real benefit.

BertBert

15,191 posts

178 months

Friday 14th May
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I'm just wondering whether you might be overthinking this a tiny bit? It's just race underwear and from my experience I've never encountered anything uncomfy! And once the race adrenalin kicks in, you don't notice anything. I once did a whole race with a broken wrist (from a first corner fracas) and only noticed when I parked up and tried to get out of the car at the end!

mOrtt

Original Poster:

276 posts

119 months

Friday 14th May
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I'm not really overthinking it, I'm just asking for a bit of advice before I spend £300 on some race gear. Theres hundreds of options so it makes sense to ask peoples advice on it before buying something and realising I could get something better for the money. I suppose next time I'll just buy the first thing I see and keep shtum. Thanks for your help!

smartypants

50,012 posts

136 months

Friday 14th May
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Only advice is don't buy white if you're doing rallying.... smile


944 Man

524 posts

99 months

Friday 14th May
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I think that it started as fashion, when everyone else's kit was off-white.

The only real advantage is that it doesnt stain (no pun intended), so can be a little more practical in one respect.

On a hot day though, when you have slipped out of the top of your suit, you WILL notice the difference between a black and a white shirt.

TimCrighton

995 posts

183 months

Friday 14th May
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Tony at Freem is great and very helpful and I'd also recommend Torq - whose products are great.

I'm using Sabelt kit this year for the first time and it seems nice.

df76

3,128 posts

245 months

Friday 14th May
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mOrtt said:
I've ordered Alpinestars ZX Evo and Walero sets to see which fits better.

Is a loose fit better or tighter? Or does it make no difference to temperature/fire safety with a suit on over?
Will be interesting to see what you think of Walero, I've only heard positives from people that have swapped over.

mOrtt

Original Poster:

276 posts

119 months

Tuesday 1st June
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Returned the Alpinestars and Sparco sets, kept the Walero. Not used them in-car yet but from reading around the Walero seems to get very positive reviews.

Easiest way to describe them from just trying them on; the Alpinestars/Sparco ones were more of a stretchy base layer whereas the Walero feel like nice quality pyjamas laugh