Just like with any other hobby – the minute you get immersed into the eventful and exciting world of karting, your wish to start investing into personalized equipment will grow as well. While few can afford the commitment and the financial burden that owning an actual kart brings, many might want their secondary gear to fit them and their needs perfectly. In light of this, let’s see what are some of the most important pieces of equipment to acquire in order to be able to enjoy karting to the fullest.
While it might seem self-evident, many view wearing a helmet as an attribute of an amateur and avoid doing that. Any experienced driver will tell you that this is nonsense. A helmet shows that you take your hobby seriously and that you care about your safety as well as the peace of mind of your beloved ones. When it comes to helmets adapted specifically to go-kart racing, they have to be extremely sturdy and durable since you are always exposed to the environment and, unlike in an actual car, there is nothing standing between you and the asphalt in case of an accident. You also want it to be light, so look for ones that are made from carbon fiber composite shell; it might be costlier than your other options, but if you decide to invest into your hobby, helmet is your top priority when it comes to quality! Some helmets to take a look at include Conquer Carbon Fiber Auto Racing Helmet, Bell K1 Pro Circuit Brus Helmet, and Zamp RZ-42 Helmet among others.
While it might seem as nothing more than an innocent accessory, gloves are crucial in karting for two main reasons. The first and the more evident one is weather conditions. While usually geographical locations that stand out as having especially harsh weather conditions have few, if any, karting racetracks, you’d be surprised how cold it can get due to the wind. It is very important to protect your hands from strong winds to avoid irritated skin and a possibility of getting sick. Another thing gloves are crucial for is grip. Karting gets intense very easily very fast, and due to all the adrenaline and concentration, the driver’s palms tend to get sweaty. On top of that, karts themselves are light, thus the vibrations caused by uneven surfaces or having to hit tight corners can easily cause the driver to lose the grip of the wheel. There is nothing more dangerous in karting than not being able to have full control of the wheel, so gloves are irreplaceable when it comes to karting in cold weather, in hot weather, or inside. Some gloves that make it to the top of the list of many experienced go-kart drivers include Alpinestars Tech 1, Sparco Lap RG-5, Alpinestars Tech 1-ZX, and Oakley FR Nomex.