Back when the very first firefighters were on the job battling blazes they were often times asked to supply their own gear. This included their gloves, which were, at that time, made from leather. Protective clothing sure has changed and although they might not look all that exciting the newly released Pro-Tech Fusion 8 Structural Firefighting Glove represents the latest and greatest when it comes to keeping firefighters safe and allowing them to perform at a high level of dexterity.
You’ve often times heard me mention my love for “convergence devices” here on Gear Diary. Well the Fusion represent just that. This glove is meant to be worn through a variety of tasks including structural, wild land and extrication.
The new Fusion-8 is a light-weight, flexible and comfortable glove that goes well beyond all the protective and performance requirements of the NFPA 1971 Standard – 2007 Edition. Most importantly, the FUSION maximizes “gloves-on capability” through all the various fire ground tasks which is the ultimate enhancement to hand safety. Hand safety is obviously important but there’s nothing worse than trying to do a task on the fire ground with gloves that get in the way. Most of the guys at my station where the older Pro-Tech model and I’m sure there will be a lot looking to upgrade.
Some of the specifications on the Fusion:
- The palm side outermost layer is highly flexible water repellant goat skin suede.
- Cut and heat-resistant knitted Kevlar/Nomex forms the second palm side layer.
- A special mesh knit made of 100% modacrylic forms the third layer of the palm side and serves as the inner liner, while the palm side fingers have been further reinforced with a layer of knitted 100% modacrylic.
- The knuckle guard portion has an outer layer of 100% Kevlar®, two layers of silicon carbide both fused with 100% Kevlar®, another layer of 100% Kevlar® and another layer of modacrylic knit which represents the inner liner. This unique flexible 7-layer system provides repetitive thermal protection and cut/puncture resistance at the vulnerable knuckle compression point.
- In addition to the knuckle guard section, the back side outer layer is formed alternately by the sueded leather and a layer of cut and heat-resistant 100% Kevlar® knit which runs the length of the glove from finger tips to cuff edge.
- Back side of the fingers are reinforced with a layer of knitted modacrylic while the special mesh knit modacrylic forms the next layer of the back side serving as the inner liner.
- Finger sidewalls are comprised of an outer layer of Kevlar/Nomex and two additional layers of 100% modacrylic knit.
- The glove inside is fully lined with two layers of a highly breathable completely sealed polymer membrane to prevent liquid penetration and to protect against blood borne pathogens.
- 100% Kevlar® high burst thread is used throughout the gloves.
- Reflective tape is used on the glove back side near the wrist area.
You can learn more about the entire line of Pro-Tech gloves.