Survive Arc Clothing Fabric Quality

Ultra soft cotton/nylon blend

The fabric used in all of the Survive Arc-rated clothing range is the ultra soft cotton/nylon blend. This is a premium fabric with many advantages over the synthetic / nomex modacrylics blends that other manufacturers use.

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Whilst both types of fabrics are flame resistant, there are many reasons why the ultra soft cotton/ nylon blend are superior to the synthetic/nomex modacrylics blends. The ultra soft cotton/nylon blend is the lowest weight on the market that meets the 8 cal/cm2 threshold as a single layer. It can reach ATPV 24.3 cal/cm2 as a single layer. The synthetic/nomex modacrylics blends have poor characteristics such as poor insulation/heat retention, thermal shrinkage/body burns, skin irritation and poor breathability. These are outlined in the table below. You should also check out our guide on how to wash personal protective equipment

Wear resistance Excellent Good
Washability 200 washes 130 washes
Comfort Excellent cotton next to skin Not skin friendly
Resistance to electric arc flash Excellent HTN fibre/cotton form a “break open barrier” and the HTN increases ATPV of the fabric It works
Length of life cycle Longer life cycle Shorter life cycle
Weight v protection 200 gm2 = 8.3 cal/cm2 (single layer) Heavier
Cool to wear Double Synthetic blends, moisture wicked away No
Heat Attenuation Factor High – heat blocked out by the fabric Poor
Insulator Cotton – good in winter Poor
Shrunk Fabric is double pre-shrunk n/a

It’s also a good idea to read up on arc flash PPE requirements.