Top Driver Gear

The Best Balaclava

The Best Balaclava

The humble balaclava is a simple device, kind of like a fire-resistant sock for your head that doubles as a protector of your helmet lining.

By Winding Road Staff | December 11, 2020
Review: Bell Racing RS7C LTWT Carbon Helmet

The Bell Racing RS7C LTWT Carbon is a pretty compelling helmet. It offers best in class ventilation and airflow, in addition to being one of the lightest helmets in its category.

By Winding Road Staff | September 20, 2022
The Best Low-Cost Helmet For Road Racing

We talk to track day/HPDE enthusiasts and sports car racers every day who are looking for a great helmet at a price that won't break the bank.

By Winding Road Staff | January 23, 2020

Driver Gear

Buyer’s Guide: Driver Cooling Systems

Summer temperatures are already upon us in many parts of the country. Out on the track in full race gear, those high temps translate to a whole lot of heat exposure for drivers – especially those participating in endurance events. Adding a driver cooling system to your racecar – which channels ice water through a specially-designed shirt worn by the driver – is a good idea not only because of the increased comfort for the driver, but also because fatigue caused by that heat can reduce one’s ability to concentrate, in turn affecting not only lap times but safety as well. Here we’ll explain how to go from Point A – no driver cooling system – to Point B – a race-ready system with a cooling shirt.

By Winding Road Staff | July 25, 2019
Gear Spotlight: The Spec Miata AiM MXL2 Bundle

We get questions all the time about setting up data systems in Spec Miatas, so we thought it would be a great idea to create this MXL2 bundle to remove some of the guesswork in customers’ builds.

By Winding Road Staff | July 11, 2019
The Best Racing Suits Of 2019

We’ve put together a list of the best suits available based on sales numbers, value for the money, quality of materials, breath ability, and more.

By Winding Road Staff | June 20, 2019
These Tires Made our BRZ Faster & More Fun to Drive – Torturing Tires at Tire Rack

Drifting and wet skid pad starting at 6:00! Hope you enjoyed this because we had a blast filming it.

By Chris Amos | June 11, 2019
Best Low-Cost & Entry-Level Helmet: The Bell Sport And Sport EV

We find that the sweet spot for a well-made, comfortable, entry-level racing helmet is right around $400-$450. The Bell Racing Sport and Sport EV are right there and have a lot to offer for their prices.

By Winding Road Staff | June 06, 2019
Ten Of The Best Racing Seats On Sale Today

Most everywhere in organized motorsport, a proper racing seat is a requirement if you want to compete. But more than simply complying with safety protocol, a great racing seat can have a profound effect not only on driver comfort but performance as well, as a seat that holds the driver in place properly allows that individual to focus their attention elsewhere – like running faster laps.

By Shawn Stout | May 30, 2019
Ten Essentials Every Racer Must Have

Racers know there’s a collection of equipment they’re required to have if they want to go racing – a compliant helmet, head and neck restraint, race suit, gloves and shoes are mandated by most major sanctions if you want to go wheel-to-wheel racing. But the story doesn’t end there. While you might be in compliance with sanction guidelines without them, these ten items are so vital to a successful day at the track that they might as well be in the rulebook.

By Bradley Iger | May 30, 2019
Setup Basics: Installing Harnesses

We’ve been getting questions about DIY harness installation at the Southern California store a bit lately.

By Peter Nelson | May 16, 2019
Gear Spotlight: The Alpinestars Alloy Mechanic Shoe

The new Alpinestars Alloy is a shoe meant for comfort, support, and durability. This might be the first time a major motorsports safety equipment manufacturer has designed something with techs’ foot comfort in mind.

By Winding Road Staff | May 16, 2019
One Of The Best Seats For Tall Folks: Sabelt GT 3 Racing Seat

The Sabelt GT 3 racing seat is a great candidate for holding you tight while carving between the cones, diving into corners, or any other performance driving scenario.

By Winding Road Staff | May 16, 2019
Sparco Victory RS-7 Race Suit: Safety and Comfort Combined

The Sparco Victory RS-7 is one of our best-selling sub-$1,000 suits and for good reason: it’s one of the most breathable suits in its price range and gives suits that cost hundreds more a run for their money.

By Winding Road Staff | April 26, 2019
The VR Headset Difference In iRacing: Must Have Or Nice To Have?

Most people in the iRacing community like to make the distinction between racing games like Forza and “simulations” like iRacing. “I don’t play video games like a child, I race a simulator.” Yes, this might be partially down to a need to feel grown up when spending hours in front of a computer screen making vroom-vroom noises. And, I will admit…

By Tom Martin | March 06, 2019
Review: The Best Value Fire System For Road Racing

Fire suppression is somewhat like life insurance: a topic that isn’t all that much fun to talk about, but a necessary one, nonetheless. We have found a fire suppression system that we think checks just about all the boxes, and so could be said to be the best value on the market. That system is the…

By Winding Road Staff | October 17, 2018
Hard To Fit? Road Race Gear For Big And Tall Drivers

If you’re 5′ 8″ tall and weigh 140 lb., you’ll probably have an easy time finding race suits or seats that fit you. But if you are tall or muscular or have wide hips, things might not be so easy.

By Shawn Stout | April 27, 2018
The Best Carbon Fiber Helmets For Racing

When you are looking for a helmet for road racing, time trials, HPDE or track days, you naturally want the best combination of capability and value you can find. We asked experts and drivers to review most of the carbon helmets on the market to find those we’d suggest looking at first.

By Winding Road Staff | April 11, 2018
Winding Road Racing Named AiM Preferred Installer

In addition to selling AiM data equipment, Winding Road Racing provides a variety of configuration, installation and setup services for AiM systems. In recognition of its expertise, Winding Road Racing has recently been named an AiM Preferred Installer.

By Winding Road Staff | March 01, 2018
Buyer Beware! The Real Meaning Of “Bolt-On”

We love cars and so do a lot of our customers. And we understand the desire to make your car better and faster, especially if you are doing HPDEs or time trials or wheel-to-wheel racing.

By Winding Road Staff | January 03, 2018
The Best Low-Cost Data System Gets Better

AiM Data Systems recently announced an upgrade to our favorite lap timer and data system, the AiM Solo and Solo DL. We are thrilled to see the changes they’ve made by introducing the AiM Solo 2 and Solo 2 DL (and just as importantly the features they’ve retained).

By Tom Martin | December 13, 2017
Head and Neck Restraint Review: Schroth SHR Flex

Today, the road racing equipment experts at Winding Road Racing review the Schroth SHR Flex head and neck restraint. This SFI-certified head and neck restraint is designed to provide optimum safety and comfort.

By Luciana D'Andretta | October 13, 2017
The Mother Of All Race Gear Buyer’s Guides

We have written many buyer’s guides to the best race gear. And we’ve written some how-to guides for installation as well, which are worth perusing before you make a purchase decision.

By Luciana D'Andretta | September 20, 2017
Race Communications: Speakers vs. Ear Buds

Often one of the most easily over looked details in racing is teamwork. A driver being able to communicate back and forth with the crew is essential to on-track strategy. Today we will dive deeper into two different options a driver has for hearing communication from the team, helmet speakers and ear buds.

By Jeff Sexton | August 15, 2017


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