Finding safety gear that meets multiple criteria needs has always been a challenge for military and corporate safety apparel procurers.
In the past, soldiers – or private industry workers exposed to rain, wind, snow and fire hazards – have had to sacrifice one protective quality for another, or give up comfort for FR apparel that provides adequate protection against the elements.
It’s a dilemma, but one that can now live in the past with the introduction of GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology to the world of safety apparel. And with this advance, products such as Drifire’s new FR Rain Jacket and Pant made from Gore’s revolutionary, self-extinguishing PYRAD® fabric are now entering the market.
Since the mid 1990’s, Drifire has specialized in bringing first-generation, moisture-management FR products to market, primarily targeted toward a military audience. GORE PYRAD®, which is not only self-extinguishing but also windproof, waterproof and breathes, is a perfect fit with Drifire’s mission.
By eliminating flame propagation, adding thermal insulation and maintaining thermal stability, GORE® PYRAD® fabric technologies deliver protection against flash fires, pool fires, electric arcs, hot water and high pressure steam splash, in addition to hot molten liquid splash hazards.
The Drifire jacket features internal pockets, a removable hood and a bias cut that overlaps the pant. In addition to providing FR protection, this safety rain suit is durable, and also made from a fabric flexible and comfortable enough to support ease of movement.
PYRAD® has passed multiple torch and fire tests at the famed NC State College of Textiles Pyroman lab and the Drifire jacket and pant were recently the focus of a brief article in Soldier Systems.
The Drifire PYRAD® FR rain jacket and pant will be available this fall.
For more information on the Drifire PYRAD® FR rain jacket and pant and GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology go to: