Survive Arc Clothing Fabric Quality

Ultra soft cotton/nylon blend

The fabric used in all of the Survive Arc 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.

APPLICATIONULTRASOFT – COTTON/ NYLON BLENDSSYNTHETIC / NOMEX MODACRYLICS BLENDS
Wear resistanceExcellentGood
Washability200 washes130 washes
ComfortExcellent cotton next to skinNot skin friendly
Resistance to electric arc flashExcellent HTN fibre/cotton form a “break open barrier” and the HTN increases ATPV of the fabricIt works
Length of life cycleLonger life cycleShorter life cycle
Weight v protection200 gm2 = 8.3 cal/cm2 (single layer)Heavier
Cool to wearDouble Synthetic blends, moisture wicked awayNo
Heat Attenuation FactorHigh – heat blocked out by the fabricPoor
InsulatorCotton – good in winterPoor
ShrunkFabric is double pre-shrunkn/a