Safety Gear for All Reasons


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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.

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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.

drifire-logoThe 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:

Soldier Systems

NC State Pyroman Labs

PYRAD Video

GORE® PYRAD®

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