Safety Equipment has never been such an important topic as it is today, and the importance/emphasis grows each racing season. Therefore, is important to understand what safety products are available, and how they affect the driver's safety. Each manufacturer has their own recommended sizing and usage charts, as equipment fitment varies from manufacturer-to-manufacturer.
Here in our Technical Center, we have attempted to compile the most recent comprehensive overview of these companies and their products to help you and your driver make an informed and educated decision as to the exact safety equipment you need to be safe while at the track.
Below who will find sizing/fitment guides to help you choose the proper Driving Gloves. If you need other driver or crew safety gear, please visit our other tech pages for Racing Helmets, Racing Suits, Driving Shoes, Head-Neck Restraints and also Racing Seats. And always remember, if you have a question about choosing the proper safety equipment, please contact our knowledgeable technical sales staff for assistance.
SFI® RATING - Safety equipment manufacturers who produce safety products carry an SFI® ratings. A typical rating for driving gloves looks like this:
SFI® 3.3/5 is where '3.3' is the foundation’s standard for driving accessories and 5 is the rating. The higher that rating number, the better the protection. In this example, the number 5 is the most important number you will see. Some other less common rating are 3.3/1, 3.3/10 and 3.3/20.
Most sanctioning bodies and tracks will require you to have a driving gloves with a minimum SFI® Rating in order to compete. However, that does not mean that you should buy only their minimum. Always double-check with your race track and series sanctioning body to make sure you are compliant with their rules. For more detailed information about the SFI® Foundation racing standards, please visit: www.sfifoundation.com. (link opens new page)
PROPER FITMENT - Driving gloves serve multiple purposes and just like race suits, can be either fire retardant or non-fire retardant. Driving gloves differ from everyday work gloves as they are longer to cover the entire wrist and the lower half of the forearm. The driving gloves go over the sleeves of the racing suit to ensure the entire arm of the driver is covered and protected while in the driving position.
Gloves can vary and be made from varied materials and offer diverse types of features and protection. Some driving gloves have padding on the palm side of the glove to provide protection from vibration. Other driving gloves have a harder padding on the backside of the hand and fingers to provide impact protection.
Driving gloves should be snug on the hands and fingers, while still providing enough room to freely move your fingers. As with racing suits, shoes and helmets, most glove manufacturers have sizing charts. Be sure to use their sizing chart and pay extra attention when taking measurements. Improperly fitting driving gloves can have substantial impact on the driver and the overall results.
If you are replacing a driving gloves you already have, please don’t make the mistake of assuming the sizes are all the same from one manufacturer to the next. Just because you wear a size large from Brand X, doesn’t mean that Brand Y’s size large driving gloves with provide you the same fit. Again, please refer to the factory gloves sizing charts provided below to ensure proper fitment.
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Please remember that Racecar Engineering™ carries a full assortment of brand-name driver safety accessory gear. We have in stock and ready to ship, driving gloves and shoes, underwear, hoods, socks, helmet supports, harness pads, arm restraints, helmet skirts, gear storage bags and much more.
Browse our wide selection of safety products and buy online today. If you have questions about choosing the right safety equipment for your motorsports segment, please contact one of our Technical Sales Associates for assistance.
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