• Costillera Alpinestars

    Alpinestars Bionic Rib Protector, new for 2013, is a high-performance, lightweight, ergonomically constructed guard for the ribs and kidneys, the Bionic Rib Support incorporates intelligent adjustment features to offer kart drivers a supremely comfortable, customized and supporting fit. The Alpinestars Rib Protector is constructed of fiberglass for impact energy dispersion and lined with Dual density laminated padding incorporating 3mm high density padding for improved comfort and laminated with 4mm impact absoprtion EVA foam for effective impact protection. Fully elasticized front strap with snap closure for secure support and comfort and adjustable shoulder straps in soft 3D mesh with additional Velcro rear adjustment and size refinement all make this the premier Rib Protector for karting today. Available in black/white color combination. Sizes: Adult S/L & XL/3XL, and Youth OS (one size fits all).


  • Costillera K1 Race Gear

    At K1 Race Gear, we highly recommend the use of a rib vest if you compete in outdoor karting or endurance events, as a rib protector can make a huge difference in your overall comfort. If you are interested in getting a rib vest, our carbon fiber rib protector provides superb defense against injury and fatigue, and is highly durable thanks to its construction.  A rib vest helps absorb and evenly distribute impacts and vibration directed through the chassis into your body, helping reduce the chance of injury and allowing you to focus on the task of driving, rather than discomfort or exhaustion. The constant vibration of an endurance event can slowly wear down your body, but a rib vest can help fight off this process and give you the strength you need to stay competitive. If you are in need of a rib protector, we highly recommend our carbon fiber rib vest! Our kart vest is a high-quality rib protector that incorporates a host of features to improve the user’s comfort and provide additional safety, including: ·

    • Protective panels formed from carbon fiber that are designed to flex around the driver and absorb and distribute shock
    • A lightweight, thin overall design to increase comfort and usability
    • Custom tailored using polypropylene modules
    • Cordura® fabric vest that features adjustable chest and shoulder straps
    • Stronger reinforced buckles
    • Better shock-absorbing foam

  • Costillera Ribtec Tillett

    The R4 – The R4 model has a multi layered construction which spreads the load in such a way that it keeps individual ribs from moving independently. At the same time the R4 does not dig into the driver at the edges and does not create any extra pressure points due to its smooth comfortable towelling layered interior. The R4 has been developed to protect rear 3/4 and bottom rib injuries.

    It is very light and just like the P1, incredibly thin so that it does not disrupt the seat size. The R4 has an adjustable rear angle to match the many different chest angle shapes and it has an elasticated Velcro attachment for comfort and convenience, including elastic which aids breathing and comfort. The black plastic outer skin on the R4 helps avoid race suit damage which is a problem for many other composite panelled rib protectors.

    Size guide

    The R4 Ribtec is available in 6 Sizes; C, XS, S, M, L and XL.

    To find your size please refer to the chart below.

    Chest measurements should be taken with a measuring tape pulled tight around the chest.

    C 22” – 26” 56 – 66 cm
    XS 26” – 32” 66 – 81 cm
    S 32” – 36.5” 81 – 93cm
    M 36.5” – 40” 93 – 102 cm
    L 40” – 44” 102 – 112cm
    XL 44” – 48”  112 – 122cm

  • Costillera Sparco

    The Sparco SPK-3 karting rib protection vest is an updated version of the ever popular vest style rib protector by Sparco. This popular model offers effective rib protection and now improved with a shock absorbing inner lining. A well made and comfortable protector, finished in black with red detailing. Sizes: 0-3.

    • Popular club level karting rib protection vest,
    • Updated model with new shock absorbing lining,
    • Adjustable tensioning straps with Velcro tails.