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posted February 09, 2004 08:31 PM
New to the sport this year. Advice on fire suits? I've received my new Simpson 1 piece but need to exchange sizes. Wondering if I should be thinking about a 2 piece. I imagine the 2 pieces are more convenient when not actually racing but are they as safe or is a person more vulnerable in a fire?

posted February 09, 2004 08:42 PM
Thanks, I should have clarified a bit, the suit I have to exchange right now is a 2 layer nomex Simpson. Will be running a street stock, that's kind of what started me wondering if a 2 piece wouldn't be a better idea.

posted February 09, 2004 10:04 PM
Any time you have an opening or the chance of unprotected skin, you run the risk of burns. A one piece suit offers much more protection than a two piecesuit will. Just think what happens in a racing accident involving fire. As you exit the car, or try to, you body twists and moves. The two piece suit can expose you body to flame and heat. You should always wear nomex underwear also. It DOES NOT matter what type of car you have or what division you are in, Fire is always possible in a crash. I am an Arson investigator as well as a race car driver and have seen my fill of burn victims. In my opinion you would be foolish to sacrifice the protection of a one piece suit for the comfort of a two piece suit. Just my 2 cents worth!! Dave

posted February 10, 2004 07:21 AM
A couple more things to think about. Shoes and gloves. I think alot of people forget about their feet and hands. I've seen quite a few people on the track without gloves or wearing 'normal' shoes/boots. The best 3 piece suit won't help you much if your hands and feet are burning and you can't get out of the car!!!

I have an RJS 2 piece 1 layer nomex suit. I think the Proban suits are pretty useless if ever in a fire. I also have RJS racing shoes and gloves. By getting all the pieces from the same company, the fit between them is perfect. The shoes fit right over the cuffs on the pants and the gloves fit right over the cuffs on the jacket.

I'd much rather having a perfectly sealed 1 layer suit and no underwear than a 3 layer suit and underwear without any gloves or shoes. I feel that in the event of a fire, the lighter weight suit will still give adequate time to get out of the car if my hands and feet aren't burning.

It would be pretty hard to get through life without use of your hands or feet.

posted February 10, 2004 09:32 AM
I am appreciating the input. Point well taken on the ancillary pieces. I've purchased Simpson gloves, shoes, socks, hood, Voyager nomex helmet, and carbon x undies. Look like the frickin' Simpson poster child!!

redneck racing
posted February 20, 2004 09:31 AM
I wear a 1 piece double layer fire suit I got from Capital for about $169 or so. I also wear fire proof underwear and use a headsock you cant be to safe when it comes to fire. Make sure your covered encase it happens. Eddie

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