[QUOTE=CSG;10455580]As I understand it, racing suits do not expire by age. Is there a reason not to purchase a suit that is unused but is a few years old? Specifically a 2008 Alpinestar suit in my color, the size that I believe I need, for $8xx versus $14xx for a 2011.
For NASA BTW.[/QUOTE
While helmets are good for about 10 years, depending on the Snell sticker, belts are good for as little as 2 years (SCCA)but suits have no expiration date that I know of.
The group I race with (MCSCC) had done some research and the 2 years on belts is bull ####. It was pushed by the belt manufacturers on SCCA after the Dale Ernhart incident and they went along. Testing by various groups including the US military, FAA, etc. shows that seat belts can last many years. A more resonable term of say 10 years would fit the use and conditions most racing belts see. Our group will be dicussing this issue at our next meeting and may vote to change the 2 year term on belts to something longer.
Think about the belts in your street car. Exposed to sunlight, heat, cold and still you still expect them to keep you safe in an accident. The Fed. Gov. does or they would require you to change them wouldn't they? Do you replace yours every 2 years? The enviorment that your street car belts are exposed to is 10 times greater then what your track car sees!
And don't get me started on "HANS" type devices! SCCA will require then next year but only those that meet SFI specs. SFI does nothing to inhance safety in racing. They only make it more costly!
I'll get off my soapbox now. LOL
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