Globe’s most affordable turnout gear, CLASSIX® delivers Globe quality at a value price.
The roomy, low-rise pants come with a long list of standard features to make this far more than basic gear.
NFPA-certified turnout gear
- Vertical Fly Closure: With hook and dee positive closure and take-up straps or optional belt.
- Padded H-Back Ripcord Suspenders: Attach to horizontal loops so there is no metal hardware to dig in or pull out.
- Thermally Enhanced Flex Liner Knees: Add mobility and a layer of thermal and moisture barrier to protect this high-compression area.
- Diamond Crotch Gusset: Distributes stress in both shell and liner for durability.
- Independent Stretch Waistband for unrestricted fit and no-gap protection with liner.
- Liner Access Opening on fly for easy access between the layers.
- Reverse Boot Cut is shorter in the back to avoid premature cuff wear.
- Trimtrax® Thread Protection with patented cording lasts far longer than conventional stitching.
- Double-Stitched Seams with 8—10 stitches per inch for a longer service life.
- Certified to NFPA 1971 (Structural Fire Fighting)
consists of three layers of materials – together called a composite – which is made up of an outer shell, a moisture barrier, and a thermal liner. This three-layer system was originally invented and patented by the founder of Globe over 100 years ago. Technology, design, and protection have obviously changed dramatically since those early days, but the original concept of making turnout gear from these three layers still provides the foundation of current turnout gear.
The purpose of the outer shell
is to protect the firefighter from direct flame while providing abrasion and tear resistance and some thermal protection. Outer shell fabric comes in a variety of fiber blends, weaves, and weights, which impacts break-open resistance, strength, abrasion resistance, flexibility, and durability.
The moisture barrier
protects the firefighter from water and NFPA “common liquids” (chlorine, battery acids, aqueous film forming foam, gasoline, and hydraulic fluid) and is also tested for resistance to blood borne pathogens. The moisture barrier is required to provide "breathability” – letting perspiration move away from the wearer. This layer is made from an engineered membrane laminated to a woven or non-woven substrate.
The thermal liner
provides most of the thermal protection from ambient heat – the more thermal protection, the longer it will take for the firefighter to feel the heat. Thermal liners typically consist of a lightweight woven face cloth lining facing your body quilted to one or more layers of insulating non-woven batting. The face cloth is made from a variety of fibers in spun (like cotton) form or filament (like fishing line) or a combination of the two. With more filament fiber, the lining fabric slides more easily against your body, which makes the gear more comfortable as well as making it easier to slide in and out of your gear. The batting is typically a one-layer needlepunch (like felt) or two or more layers of a spun lace (hydro-entangled) which is lighter and more flexible.