What To Wear When Racing
Knowing what to wear during your karting sessions can be tricky. A lot of the time it will depend on whether you are karting purely for fun, or whether you are much more serious about your karting. This also determines how likely you are to be caught out by an unexpected change in the weather.
Getting StartedIf you’re just getting started in karting, or if you only plan to go karting a few times a year, you won’t need to splash out on lots of expensive karting gear.
The basic outfit consists of:
- A protective helmet that covers all of your face, or as much of your face as possible.
- Protective overalls. These are usually fireproof, but some people choose to have waterproof ones as well.
- Protective gloves and sensible footwear.
It’s not uncommon for new karters to either brake far too suddenly or accelerate far more quickly than they should because of this problem. To avoid a situation like this, it is recommended that you wear a pair of trainers with a thin sole.
Getting SeriousAs soon as you start getting more involved in karting, you will have to start providing your own protective outfits. This can be quite expensive, and it’s best not to buy clothes and helmets second-hand, as they won’t necessarily be as safe as brand new items once they’ve already been worn several times by someone else.
There are many shops around the country that sell all the protective clothing you need, from protective overalls, to gloves and boots. When you first start karting, you aren’t expected to buy your own protective clothes. If you decide to join a karting club and take up karting on a regular basis, you will have to find your own outfits to compete in. As well as the necessary fire-resistant overalls, some drivers also like to buy waterproof ones to protect against the elements during races, but this is purely optional. As you can’t change clothes during a race, it does mean wearing them during every race just in case it happens to rain.