Topic: Where to buy cheap gear

I've been shopping around for required safety gear and I've found some pretty good deals so far.  I see the forum rules regarding advertising for websites etc, but this seems to only apply to posts where the writer is trying to advertise for their own personal gain.  Would I be breaking the rules to post links to websites where I've found good deals? 

I've so far bought myself a fire suit, shoes, and socks for a total of about $90, shipping and tax included.  I also found SA2015 helmets as low as $65 but I decided to hold out for SA2020 since I don't really expect to be fielding a team until 2023 or 24.

I'm also curious to hear from other bargain shoppers where they are finding the best deals.  And as a more general discussion, when is the best time of year to be looking for closeout/clearance deals?  Should I be waiting till black friday?  After Christmas?  After new year's?  February?  What's considered "off season" in auto racing?

Re: Where to buy cheap gear

My only comment here is you may want to think twice about super cheap safety gear. If you're buying from any sites like ali express or similar, return it. Knock off gear is downright dangerous, and there have been some fake belts getting caught recently that are outright scary in a crash. Safety gear should be bought from a reputable shop, or from the manufacturer to make sure it's real. If gear inspection thinks your stuff is knock off, they can tell you that you won't be driving that weekend. The stuff that saves your life in an accident is not the place to go super cheap.

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Re: Where to buy cheap gear

TheEngineer wrote:

My only comment here is you may want to think twice about super cheap safety gear. If you're buying from any sites like ali express or similar, return it. Knock off gear is downright dangerous, and there have been some fake belts getting caught recently that are outright scary in a crash. Safety gear should be bought from a reputable shop, or from the manufacturer to make sure it's real. If gear inspection thinks your stuff is knock off, they can tell you that you won't be driving that weekend. The stuff that saves your life in an accident is not the place to go super cheap.

I fully agree with you here.  I've so far only used US sellers who appear to have a physical store beyond their internet presence.  And I've only bought brands that are well known.  I would definitely not order anything off of Wish, Alibaba, or anywhere in China. Ebay sellers are scrutinized thoroughly and generally ignored if they appear to be just some dude instead of an actual business.  I like to think I have a pretty good nose for scammers and junk merchandise but constant vigilance is important.

What I'm looking for is not necessarily "the cheapest" race gear I can find, but rather the biggest discounts on well-known quality goods.  Clearance sales, closeouts, last year's model, stuff like that.

Re: Where to buy cheap gear

the knock off stuff often comes branded as the real deal. The belts being caught are all branded as real brands like sparco and OMP. Inspect the gear when you get it. verify the SFI and other rating tags. There are counterfeit identification guides floating around too.

deals and closeouts are fine, just trying to make sure people are aware that there is a lot of knock off stuff out there right now that isn't always obvious for being knock off.



A word on driving suits. The basic cheap ones like the basics suit from the Lemons store are not nomex, they are just lots of heavy cotton. The more expensive suits are actually nomex and are actually more comfortable because they are lighter and have less material. In my own opinion, the better suit is worth the extra money, especially if you race somewhere hot. I did a number of years in the cheaper heavy suit before getting a good one, and man I wish I upgraded sooner. Everyone has their own opinion on what's ok to deal with, but just in case others weren't aware of the differences in suits.

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