Lawrence, Mass.-based Polartec LLC has added a high-performance yarn blend to its flame-resistant
(FR) layering system to incorporate flash fire and arc flash dual-hazard protection. Originally
developed with the U.S. military and workwear markets and introduced in 2009, the second-generation
layering system features FR knits made using the high-performance yarn blend including a 25-percent
lighter Polartec® Power Dry® FR baselayer fabric; Power Stretch® High Efficiency grid fleece;
Polartec Thermal FR® double-velour fleece; and wind-, rain- and soil-resistant Polartec Wind Pro®
FR outerwear sweatshirt fleece. The system meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112
Flash Fire and NFPA 70E Arc Flash protection standards. Polartec reports all of its FR fabrics are
tested in state-of-the-art laboratories, with results confirmed by independent testing.
The same patent-pending technology also will be incorporated into Polartec Power Shield® FR
woven and soft shell fabrics currently in the late stages of development.
“After three years of research and development, we’re launching this new collection which we
feel offers the best combination of inherent flame resistance, performance, comfort and value on
the market,” said Michael Batson, senior business manager, Polartec, Professional Workwear and
October 1, 2013