Nomex Underwear Advice

Nomex Underwear Advice

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Gregor Marshall

Original Poster:

935 posts

169 months

Thursday 25th April
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Dear All
I am after some advice, I finally get to race at Spa in June and as racing abroad it's mandatory to have FIA Nomex underwear for scruitineering and racing, so I need to buy some.
In the UK I use a brand new balaclava and my late Dad's lucky Nomex socks, so I've never thought about a top/under-shirt or long-johns/shorts before.
What does everyone recommend and where from?
I know you can't put a price on flame-grilled bits, but unfortunately there is, as I will probably only use for foreign events.
Thanks in advance.

88racing

1,734 posts

97 months

Thursday 25th April
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If you can afford it - Walero - it really does work.

dunc_sx

979 posts

138 months

Thursday 25th April
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My OMP long johns have been fine for quite a while, pretty cheap if I recall correctly.

Dunc.

majordad

3,157 posts

138 months

Friday 26th April
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For Spa you will need FIA everything, including socks, so your dad’s lucky nomes won’t do.

pikeyboy

2,309 posts

155 months

Friday 26th April
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majordad said:
For Spa you will need FIA everything, including socks, so your dad’s lucky nomes won’t do.
True - not sure if you could 'double bag' though.
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jj.

463 posts

211 months

Friday 26th April
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I've had the old style Sparco (thing loose fittings stuff), and the current 'on trend' Alpine Stars stuff of it fitting like a base layer, which I'll admit is lovely and comfortable, hardly know you're wearing it. That's the idea I suppose.

However! I have been disappointed with the Alpine Stars quality. Whilst the current (Base Layer fitting ZX Style) top is in to it's 4th year (and going strong, and it is tight/stretched across my chest), the bottoms have torn/holed very easily at the seams think I'm onto my 3rd pair now, socks I've done 2 pairs.

At same time I had one set of gloves which only lasted 3 races (which were replaced under warranty), and a set of boots which into their 3rd year are starting to show significant wear. Bearing in mind this stuff isn't used much... Disappointing, especially as this stuff isn't cheap..!
jj

Damian griffin

1 posts

53 months

Friday 26th April
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When I was last at spa 2 years ago they were very strict on the nomex underwear being FIA stamped and long sleeves on your top, also watch out for the random checks when getting out of the car to check long sleeves are being worn not just presented at scutineering, even gloves need the FIA label and to make things worse roll bar padding had to be installed anywhere in the car where your head could come into contact with the roll bar, this padding was available to buy from the circuit shop at a heavily increased price. Over here at hockenheim all that scrutineering required was in date belts and the hologram inside helmets, no checking of car or lights so nice and easy

Griffgrog

606 posts

187 months

Sunday 28th April
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The OMP First stuff is great and you can get socks, long John's, long sleeve to and balaclava for under £200. They do take it seriously at Spa, as they should. It's serious.

Trev450

5,723 posts

113 months

Sunday 28th April
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+1 for the OMP stuff. Used the brand for years and it's comfortable and wears well.

AWRacing

1,460 posts

166 months

Monday 29th April
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majordad said:
For Spa you will need FIA everything, including socks, so your dad’s lucky nomes won’t do.
Only for the scrutineer to check...

McSam

6,729 posts

116 months

Wednesday 1st May
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I found HRX to be the best value and reasonably hard-wearing, there's perhaps 40 hours and 15 washes on mine and they're good. However, I recently upgraded to Walero and as mentioned above, if you can afford it, do it. You'll find yourself wearing them in home events as well because you'll be more comfortable than without. The thermal control is impressive.

AWRacing said:
majordad said:
For Spa you will need FIA everything, including socks, so your dad’s lucky nomes won’t do.
Only for the scrutineer to check...
What was in that can? And why are there worms everywhere?

shirt

18,873 posts

142 months

Wednesday 1st May
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I went with adidas climacool mainly as I bought their boots and gloves, but it’s very well fitting and comfortable.

For those recommending walero what kind of temps does it work in? I hadn’t heard of it until now and it does get toasty out here.

88racing

1,734 posts

97 months

Wednesday 1st May
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Walero works in both hot and cold conditions. I even wear it for yoga in winter.

Martian O

2,734 posts

103 months

Thursday 2nd May
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Another thumbs up for Walero.

bucksmanuk

1,062 posts

111 months

Thursday 16th May
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AWRacing said:
Only for the scrutineer to check...
Now we scrutineers know which car and driver to recheck in parc ferme....

Gregor Marshall

Original Poster:

935 posts

169 months

Thursday 16th May
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Thanks for the answers and help, much appreciated.
I ended up ordering OMP bottoms and socks and Sparco top from Murray Motorsport in Dublin.
Really well priced, very cheap delivery (especially as I am in England) and quick service, I would definitely recommend.

AWRacing

1,460 posts

166 months

Thursday 16th May
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bucksmanuk said:
AWRacing said:
Only for the scrutineer to check...
Now we scrutineers know which car and driver to recheck in parc ferme....
I’ll look forward to it wink