The Best Racing Suits of 2016

By Winding Road Staff

June 28, 2016

As an update to our Racing Suit Buyer’s Guide, here’s a look at our top racing suit picks based on various criteria. There’s something for just about everyone here, ranging from excellent entry-level options to our favorite zero-compromise choice. Most of these suits come in multiple color choices. Sizing charts and advice are on the Winding Road Racing store site. Got questions? Contact us here and we’ll be happy to help you find the racing suit that’s right for you. And you can see all of our auto racing suits from Sparco, OMP, Alpinestars, Momo, Simpson, Oreca, Chicane and Sabelt here


Best Entry Level
Turn One V-Start Racing Suit (Sale: $339.99)
At $339 this suit is a remarkable value. Unlike some other entry-level suits, the fabric isn't overly thick. And we think it looks pretty sharp. 


Best Affordable
Sparco Sprint RS-2 Racing Suit  ($690.00)
This is a nice suit that comes in a range of colors. That, plus the simple design, makes it ideal for sponsor patches and custom embroidery.


Lightest, Most Comfortable Under $1k
Sparco Victory RS-4 Racing Suit ($875.00)
The Victory RS-4 uses a special fabric called Hocotex. That allows Sparco to build the RS-4 with just a single layer of fabric, greatly improving breathability while also improving fire resistance. Note: the RS-4 is certified FIA 8856 and SFI 3.2A/5 just like most other top suits; generally you will not be required to wear Nomex underwear with the RS-4 (check your rules). 


Best Mid-Range Design
Alpinestars GP Race Suit ($799.95)
Time after time, customers who come into our stores pick the GP Race as the best balance of design and price. Of course, the wide variety of interesting colors helps, but the suit also looks modern and has very nice embroidery. 


Light Weight Premium
Alpinestars Supertech Racing Suit ($1,999.95)
This a 3-layer FIA 8856 and SFI 3.2A/5 suit with light weight and excellent breathability.


Lightest Weight Mid-Range
Alpinestars GP Pro Racing Suit  ($999.95)
We really like this design. It offers interesting details, a modern look and plenty of room for embroidery. Many customers say the anatomical fit works for them as well. 


Affordable Pro Suit
OMP One-S ($1,699.00)
Simple design is good for embroidery, and the One-S is lightweight. Worn by the winners of IMSA DP, Indy Lights and WRC. 


Best All-Arounder
Alpinestars GP Tech   ($1,749.95)
If you like a classic design with a modern touch and really want a comfortable suit, the GP Tech could be the answer. Loaded with stretch panels, the GP Tech adapts to more body shapes than most, without bulging, flappy extra material. And the 2-layer design is lightweight, yet usually won't require long-sleeve underwear thanks to its fire rating. Remember: it isn't the layers, it is the fire rating; many sanctioning bodies do not require Nomex underwear with SFI 3.2A/5 suits.


Best Custom Suit
Chicane Racewear Custom Fire Suit WRR Signature Series (Starting at $1,750.00)
You can have a made-to-measure, custom-embroidered suit in 3 weeks for around $2k. If you have sizing issues with off the rack suits, this is the suit for you. If you’ve always wanted to be a suit designer, this is the suit for you. If you have sponsors and value the professional look of factory embroidery, this is the suit for you. What are the downsides? None, really.