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Written 07.14.20
By Stephen B.

Redefining Performance in PPE | Pro Dry® Tech FR Fabric

Written 07.10.20 | By Stephen B.

FR garments are constructed from materials that are designed to resist heat and are non-conductive. This prevents the fabric from breaking open and exposing the worker's skin to further injury in the event of a hazard while on the job. Additionally, FR garments (particularly the base, or next-to-skin layer) are often designed to move moisture away from the skin which also mitigates risk from higher degree burns from evaporating sweat in the event of a hazard. 

However, because of the materials and added protection, FR garments have been known to be thick and bulky, leaving little room for comfort and mobility. DragonWear's Pro Dry® Tech fabric was designed to combat the unwieldy nature of PPE by combining comfort and protection to create a high-performance FR garment with enough versatility for any season.

PRO DRY® TECH FR FABRIC

Weighing in at 6.2 oz/sq. yd, our Pro Dry® Tech FR fabric is designed for use in incredibly lightweight FR garments while still retaining enough protection to be worn as either a base or outer layer. Often times, lightweight base layer garments are in the CAT 1 protection category; our Pro Dry® Tech fabric is rated CAT 2, allowing the worker more versatility and protection when outfitting their PPE. 

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Retaining a higher protection level is partly achieved by having the Nylon outward-facing, which provides more durability on the garment's outer face. Nylon is a fabric known for its quick-drying and durable characteristics, making it a perfect choice for blend.

FABRIC CHARACTERISTICS

Pro Dry® Tech is constructed from a unique blend of 5 different materials:

  • Modacrylic
  • FR Rayon
  • Twaron
  • Nylon
  • Spandex

Modacrylic is an inherently FR material known for being soft, breathable, durable, and quick-to-dry. As a result, it is commonly found in most FR clothing. Similarly, FR Rayon is also known for being incredibly lightweight, breathable, and does not stick to the skin due to moisture from hot weather - an important component in high-performance FR clothing.

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Twaron is a para-aramid fiber. Due to its inherent resilience and heat resistance, para-aramids are known for their weight-to-durability ratio, offering incredible value in protection at the lightest weight possible. Lastly, the Spandex gives the garment an enhanced stretch and overall freedom of movement.

LAYERING & FEATURES

The Pro Dry® Tech collection is designed to be used in hot or humid climates. The collection currently consists of four products: the Tech Hoodie, Tech Long Sleeve, Shape Shifter and the Tech Face Mask. All of the products within the collection are constructed from the same fabric, thus offering the same benefits with varying garment designs. However, despite being designed intentionally with hot environments in mind, it remains part of DragonWear's patented work wear layering system and works well as a base or mid-layer in the fall and winter months.

As shown in the graphic above, the garments are best worn individually in months with warmer weather for optimal UPF protection and moisture management. In the colder months, the garments work well as layers and keep the worker dry with their enhanced ability for moisture management and breathability. A few layering combinations our product specialists at DragonWear recommend in fall/winter are:

BUILT-IN UPF PROTECTION

The Tech FR fabric has a built-in UPF 50+ sun protection rating. Normal clothing, especially lighter-weight clothing, does not block out 100% of UV rays. Sunburns increase the likelihood of sickness from heat stress, as they raise the body's core temperature, resulting in dizziness and dehydration.Additional UV protection guarantees that the garment will fully protect your skin from burns which is essential to all-day comfort and overall health in hotter weather.

4-WAY STRETCH

The unique material blend that makes up the Pro Dry® Tech Fabric results in a 4-way stretch fabric; the garment's ability to stretch and recover its shape both length-wise and width-wise. 4-way stretch gives the wearer enhanced freedom of movement, which is ideal for utility workers who are moving around, climbing, reaching, and more. It also gives the garment much greater flexibility, reducing the chances of tearing or abrasion.

ANTI-ODOR

Pro Dry® Tech is constructed with SILVERPLUS® Anti-Odor Fabric Technology. This protects garments from unwanted bacteria that causes body-odors and also works at low washing temperatures. Due to the reduced need to launder, this anti-odor technology can help to increase the lifetime of the garment.

PRO DRY® TECH FR PRODUCTS

As previously stated, the Pro Dry® Tech collection currently consists of four products:

  1. Tech Long Sleeve
  2. Tech Hoodie
  3. Tech Face Mask
  4. Shape Shifter (19" & 12")

PRO DRY® TECH LONG SLEEVE

CAT 2 | ARC 8.7 cal/cm² | NFPA 70E

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The Tech Long Sleeve allows you to shield against the sun while staying dry and comfortable. This CAT 2, NFPA 70E certified long sleeve garment harnesses enough protection to be worn on the job as an outer layer while offering excellent breathability and moisture management.

    • Inherent flame and arc flash protection
    • NFPA 70E CAT 2, 8.7 cal ATPV
    • Our lightest weight CAT 2 shirt at 6.2 ounces
    • 4-way stretch for freedom of movement
    • Anti-odor Silver Plus® fabric technology
    • UPF 50+ rated sun protection
    • Bottom hem extended 1” to accommodate both regular and tall fit
    • True-Flat™ high density seams and tagless garment labels for a true comfort experience

PRO DRY® TECH HOODIE

CAT 2 | ARC 8.7 cal/cm² | NFPA 70E

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The Tech Hoodie shares a similar construction to the long sleeve but with a styled, low profile hood that offers additional protection against glare and can be worn comfortably under a hard hat.

    • Inherent flame and arc flash protection
    • NFPA 70E CAT 2, 8.7 cal ATPV
    • The lightest stretch CAT 2 hoodie available in the market at 6.2 ounces
    • 4-way stretch for freedom of movement
    • Anti-odor Silver Plus® fabric technology
    • UPF 50+ rated sun protection
    • Bottom hem extended 1” to accommodate both regular and tall fit
    • Styled low profile hood fits well under a hardhat and does not impede your vision
    • Cuff thumb holes for use when layering to prevent the garment sleeves from bunching up
    • True-Flat™ high density seams and tagless garment labels for a true comfort experience

PRO DRY® TECH FACE MASK

CAT 2 | ARC 8.7 cal/cm² | NFPA 70E

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Facial protection has become an important piece of daily-wear PPE. We created a face mask alternative for line workers that mitigates issues with breathability, but supports FR protection required by electrical safety standards.

    • Inherently fire and arc resistant
    • Protects against breathing in environmental elements
    • UPF 50+ rated sun protection
    • 4-way stretch fabric for freedom of movement
    • Highly breathable with excellent moisture management
    • Unique abrasion-resistant nylon arranged on the backside for durable wash-and-wear performance
    • Stretch fit mask can be worn at two adjustment sizes using dual ear slots (patent pending) on each side of the face
    • Tagless label for a true comfort experience
    • Anti-odor Silver Plus® fabric technology

PRO DRY® SHAPE SHIFTER

CAT 2 | ARC 8.7 cal/cm² | NFPA 70E

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This highly versatile garment is available in two lengths (19" and 12") and can be worn in a variety of ways including a face mask, balaclava, beanie, sun shroud, and headband.

    • Inherently fire and arc-resistant
    • Protects against breathing in environmental elements
    • UPF 50+ rated sun protection
    • 4-way stretch for freedom of movement
    • Versatile design provides multiple options for wearing
    • Increased fabric wash-and-wear durability
    • Tagless neck label for a true comfort experience
    • Anti-odor Silver Plus® fabric technology
    • Materials: Pro Dry® Tech FR Fabric: 6.2 oz/sq. yd

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