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Track day hire suit fitting. Everything you need to know.

In a few weeks’ time I get to participate in my first ever track day. Excited? Hell yes! Nervous? Even bigger Hell Yes! Loads of questions? Absolutely. Whenever I am doing something new, especially if that something new pushes me outside my comfort zone, I like to arm myself with as much information as I can. If you’re the same, then read on. Here is a breakdown of what it was like to be fitted for my track day leather race suit by hire gear supplier Ricondi. 

Thankfully we’re in the hands of a master!

Among my female riding community here in Queensland Australia a certain Ms GoSpeedy28 is considered a bit of a queen. Also known as “Lisa from Ricondi/Race and Road Brisbane”, Lisa is an experienced track rider and a track apparel goddess. We’re being taken care of by one the of the best in the biz.

Off we went, me and my fellow track-virgin Tam, to see Lisa about some leather. Yes, I know how it sounds (insert eye-roll emoji here!).

Having never been fitted for a race suit before, we were both a little worried.  Worried we had left it too late, and we would get stuck with a hideous colour (such a female way of thinking). Or that our individual shapes wouldn’t fit very well into all that tight leather. Or worse still, we wouldn’t fit all.

Nothing to worry about. Remember that track apparel goddess Lisa?!

Turns out we had nothing to worry about. Thankfully Ricondi are well stocked with suits, and Lisa was able to find the perfect fit for both Tam and I. Lisa is so great at sizing up female riders, she nailed each of our suit selections first go.

Practice your TikTok!

Tam was up first. Go girl! Lisa showed Tam how to step into the suit with both feet, then shimmy it up her body.

We laughed about how getting into it looked like a TikTok dance! 

Lisa explained that a race suit should fit firmly. At the same time, it should not be uncomfortable.

Thankfully we had also received the tip that we should come dressed in full length compression or gym wear. It should be worn under the suit as it helps to slide the leather on and off the body. Especially on track day when we are likely to get a little (a lot) sweaty.

Suck is up girl!

Next it was time to do it up. I won’t lie. It’s a bit confronting when the only way to zip it up is to suck it up! But you know what, once it was on, it was surprisingly comfortable – if it’s been fitted correctly of course. Who cares if you have to do a little TikTok dance to get into it. At least that means all your skin stays where it’s meant to if worst case happens right?

Once the suit was zipped up, Lisa showed us exactly where the elbow protectors and knee protectors should sit and helped us position everything just right.

Lisa next popped each of us on the Ricondi in-store Ninja to get a feel for how the suit will sit on the body when in the riding position.

I noticed that when standing upright in the suit, it felt heavy and weird. As soon as Lisa popped me on the bike, everything seemed to naturally sit in the right place and the suit felt comfortably light.

As Lisa explained:

“the suit shape is designed for the riding position. It allows for movement and above all, protection. Naturally, it will feel a little uncomfortable when standing in an upright position. It shouLD not feel uncomfortable when in the riding position”.

Lisa Campbell – track apparel goddess

Makes sense to me. 

The most important things we learned….

Lisa gave us the tip that on the day, when between track sessions, it helps to stay cool by taking the top half of the suit off and tying the arms around the waist. This is when having full-length gym wear underneath really helps. The suit slides on and off the shoulders much easier over material than it does over sweaty skin. 

We also received full instruction on how to go to the toilet when kitted out head to toe in leather. First and foremost, Lisa suggested doing that extra wee right before kitting up in the morning.

Very important to know!

She then showed us how to take the top half off without disturbing the bottom half too much when going to the bathroom. Toilet tuition is NOT something I was expecting. But I suspect this will be very welcomed information on the day.

Booty-time

Tam and I both needed to hire boots too. I ride in knee-high leather boots, and it turns out we simply could not zip them up over, or even under, the thick race suit leather. Tam rides in urban-style motorcycle sneakers which are not suitable for the track.

As Tam and I are both blessed with healthy calf muscles, we each had a bit of work to do to find boots that ticked the safety box AND made it over our juicy calves. Thankfully Lisa has several options, and a few fitting techniques up her sleeve. Success. Boot hire ticked.

Finally, the only thing left to do was for Lisa to make a check of our gloves and helmet. Specifically, Lisa was checking that our gloves had a full leather palm. Tick. As for the helmet, the main criteria to pass is that they are full face versions. Another tick. 

Done! Fully kitted out for track day! 

Not done. 

There was one last tip from Lisa. She showed us how to reverse our way OUT of the suit. Sounds simple, but I must admit, Lisa’s instruction on shrugging the arms off first, wiggling everything past the hips, then pushing the knee protectors all the way down to the ankle before trying to step out, works a treat. I’ll be remembering this on the day.

I’ll have my bridesmaid in attendance

With everything fitted and logged, it was comforting to hear that Lisa will be coming along to our track day. She’ll be there bright and early with our hire gear ready and waiting. 

Lisa won’t be riding. Instead, she will be on-hand all day to help us get in and out of our gear. She’s even willing to help with the toilet stops if we get into trouble. Sounds just like the job of a bridesmaid helping the bride on her wedding day! Thank goodness for Lisa!


If you’re a track-day veteran, comment below with your tips and tricks. Or if, like me, you’re a track day virgin, what are some of the questions you would love answered before taking the plunge?


Editors note: A big thank you to Tam for joining me on this fitting. It takes confidence and guts to allow yourself to be filmed during a fitting. Thanks for helping me share our experience authentically Tam xx

Loren
Loren
Lorenhttp://www.girlmoto.com.au
Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.
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