NITR Drag Racing Gloves
Back in 1999 when Dave Schultz joined the Vanson Team, he was
instrumental in helping us develop the Vanson family of Drag Race
products. Dave was sponsored by Sunoco Race Fuels and Suzuki Motor Corp.
running in NHRA ProStock and ProStar ProStock racing. Until his
untimely passing, Dave was a constant source of innovation. The
Vanson Nitrous family of gloves is the result of years of experience
and collaboration with top riders like Dave. (Thank you, Dave...R.I.P.)
The sole reason for the existence of these gloves is that they are functional safety equipment. This is achieved through several aspects of the design.
The gauntlet of these gloves serves one purpose -
to protect the wrist zipper of the racing suit sleeve in a crash. If the
wrist zipper is exposed and broken, the sleeve will be pulled up the
arm, exposing skin to asphalt. The gauntlet prevents that.
There is a strap on the inside of the wrist, and
when this is tightened it works with the elastic strip zig-zag stitched
to the inside of the glove, between the wrist and the knuckles, to stop
the glove being pulled off if you crash and are sliding backwards down
the track. Dave Schultz learned about this the hard way with a
The backs of the knuckles and fingers, the back of the thumb and the palm are padded with a sandwich of materials, including a high impact energy absorbing foam.
There is Kevlar® under the palm pad for added protection.
Comformax lines the back of the hand for cooling, but is only used there and not on the palm, for less bulk when gripping the controls.
These gloves are precurved for better fit, minimum bulk in the palm area, and less break-in time.
These gloves should fit skin-tight around the palm and fingers with
your hand partly curled. The wrist fit should be snug, holding the glove
securely in position. The top of the gauntlet should be held tightly
over the suit sleeve by the Velcro tab, with plenty of overlap.
We know these gloves work at speeds in excess of 200 mph.
In one incident Korry Hogan jumped off the Top Fueler in Gainesville,
FL when the spark plug wire broke and the high-voltage electric current
was burning and shocking him. Korry told us These bikes put out a
quarter of the electricity of an Electric Chair and his Vanson Nitrous
Gloves saved him from severe burns.
Chris Hand was blown off his bike also in Gainesville, and slid on his back at about 180 mph. When we looked at his Nitrous Gloves they were minimally damaged. And there was no visible damage to his hands.
Larry McBride had a nitro fire at the starting line and the flames engulfed his hands and chest.
He was unhurt, his Nitrous Gloves took all of the abuse and shriveled
from the heat and flame....but his hands were not hurt at all.
These gloves come in two versions - the NITR and the NITX. The only
difference is that the NITX has brass studs on the heel of the hand for
even more protection if you ever find yourself sliding down the asphalt.
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.