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redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted July 29, 2002 05:27 PM
Anybody know anything about the Extreme suits sold through Poskes. They are made of a substance called BANOX which i am told is better than PROBAN any info would be greatly appreciated. Eddie

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted July 29, 2002 09:07 PM UIN: 54865418
i can't answer your question but i have been looking at getting one for next year only thing i don't like is they only come in one piece that i have seen anybody seen one in two

BK19
Dirt Freak

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posted July 29, 2002 11:02 PM UIN: 40696038
according to poskes online catolog they come in both 1 and 2 piece

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted July 30, 2002 02:26 PM
Only problem is that poskes dont have any ive called 2 weeks in a row and they still aint in. Seen them on the Extreme site for $110.00 plus they can put your name on it for an extra $10.00. Eddie

twleach
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted July 30, 2002 09:33 PM
My brother-in-law bought a two piece from Poskie's this spring. He has had no trouble with his yet. The sales rep was at Poskie's during their big spring sale and told my brother in law that Extreme uses nomex for the cuffs where other companies do not, and that the chemical treating does not wash out of the cotton. I guess you really never now how good a suit is until you need it (hopefully I will never need to now how good mine is, no desire to be in a fire).

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

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posted July 31, 2002 06:03 PM
Thats why i wear the underwear with my suit, its a little hotter but you cool down pretty good when you get out of the car plus its added security with a single layer suit. Eddie

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted August 01, 2002 05:25 AM
Guys, Buy at least a two layer NOMEX suit and wear underwear, two layer gloves, nomex socks, head sock, and a nomex lined helmet. If you can't afford these items you have spent your money in the wrong place!

uforacing51
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posted August 02, 2002 04:55 PM
WAY TO GO POWERGLIDES!!!!!, Man... I have been a firefighter and racer for 20 + years now and I have seen people horribly burned from racing and fighting fires. Do yourself a huge favor and get the right equipment. Nomex suit and study the sfi ratings, they CAN be misleading. Race with racing shoes and gloves that have the calf skin sewn over the nomex, not to it. Make sure your helmet is for racing cars not motorcycles, motorcycle helmets don't have a fire resistive lining inside the helmet. Remember nothing is fire proof, only fire resistive, any material will burn after being exposed to enough heat. Even the best suits will only give you about 10-15 seconds of time to get out of your car if its on fire. I have stressed for years to my friends to practice getting out of your car with all your gear on and your eyes closed. It gets you thinking about fire, getting out, and causes you to change things that may be a hinderence such as a window net that is hung from the top of the window instead of attaching it at the bottom and LATCHING it at the top, so it falls down when you unhook it and its not a problem when trying to exit in a hurry. All of these tips come from seeing and reading about people getting burned. When its all said and done I would much rather walk away from a totaled and burning racecar alive than to die in a wreck from fire. I think simpson racing has a really good explination of the sfi ratings, did you know that probane is cotton with a chemical soaked into it? After 1 or 2 washes, it becomes cotton. Also ripped and oil and fuel stained suits are like wicks that will go up in fractions of a second, if you are like me and are a one man show, change when you are working on the car. And wear the fire resistive underwear, its hot but it adds about 30 more seconds to the time you have to get out. It is very much a good idea to spend some bucks here, No car is worth its weight if the driver is not protected to the max. Wifes... insist on the best your dollar can afford here. I will get off my box now and let someone else have a go at it. Remember, be safe.

MissTwenty
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted August 06, 2002 03:28 PM
Amen, uforacing51...

It's a skill I haven't had to use yet, but I'm still sooo glad my guy made me get in the car "ready to race" and be sure I could crawl out fast -- and it certainly makes my Momma happy to know I can get outta there pretty quick if anything ever does happen. Even the best Fire & Saftey Crew can only move so fast, if you're sittin' in a burning car waitin' for 'em to put it out & get you out, you're probably too late.

About the washing -- Please, please, please don't just toss your firesuit in the laundry with your Levi's & T-shirts; it's so much more important than that. Ask around - there's surely someplace in your hometown that can clean your suit properly, call the cleaners and ask.

Have Fun, Be Safe, & Good Luck -- And remember, No bare skin and no hair hangin' out from under the helmet!

D

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