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Old 07-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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shoes and gloves

What do you wear for DE and AX? For my first DE this past weekend, I used some borrowed gloves and light hiking shoes. The gloves were definitely good, especially as the day wore on and my hands were sweating, and I can see that having proper driving shoes would be beneficial.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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I wore driving gloves and shoes with jeans and a long sleeve t-shrt for DE's up until I got my firesuit. I have wimpy desk job hands so the gloves keep my hands protected. I didn't think that driving shoes would matter much until I got a pair. The shoes really improve the feel of the pedals giving me much more feedback than any type of regular shoe.



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Old 07-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #3
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I've got a couple of pairs of Piloti shoes that I wear everyday, but for AXing, I wear Vans hi-top skateboard shoes. The Vans stick better to the Omp aluminum pedal overs that I use. The Pilotis slide all over the place, but are a great all day walking shoe. Go figure...
I'vegot a pair of Ringers gloves that I use AXing. Gloves are a must when the sweat starts!
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:34 AM   #4
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Gloves and shoes re definitely necessary, but I'm cheap. so I use Topsiders, very good grip and feel on the pedals, and a pair of full finger bicycling gloves. Works great.
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How about a pair of loafers?

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How about a pair of loafers?

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Actually, loafers with a thick heel are great for heel and toe on the street. The heel definitely helps with the blip since you are not stomping on the brake that hard on the street and the brake pedal tends to be a little high for optimum H and T.
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Well I did ordered these Brooks Brothers driving moccasin (with the roll over heels) for casual use... otherwise it's a pair of Puma Speed Cat.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=525&Product_Id=1444393&Parent_Id=522&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=


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What I'm liking about the Puma shoes is that I can at least try them on before I buy without having to drive a couple of hours to a trackside shop. I know I should have something more appropriate than my hiking shoes

For gloves I guess I'll just take my chances with online ordering, even though I know glove fit is often an issue for me. Any brands that are garbage or had serious issues?
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I've got a pair of Mechanix gloves w/ suede palms and they are waaay too slick on the leather steering wheel. Leather on leather seems to be better.
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JD, I thought these would be more your style...

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JD, I thought these would be more your style...

I'll take them .
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Ortho shoes with velcro, garden gloves . Danger, Vacation ????
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:10 PM   #14
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Puma high cats for me and I don't use gloves.

On a separate note, definitely jeans and short sleeve shirt even in 100 deg weather.
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