Ricochet Turnout Material Selections

 

Outer Shells
 
NorFab (NF)

OMNI VANTAGE - Basofil®
A woven light weight dimensionally stable fabric blend of Kevlar®, Nomex®, and Basofil® fibers.  The heat blocking ability of Basofil® fiber in this outer shell allows it to be combined with lightweight thermal liners and still achieve high TPP values.

Blend: 40% Kevlar®/30% Basofil®/Nomex®
Weight: 7.8 oz. /sqyd,  ripstop weave
Colors: Gold, Black, Yellow (special order)
Attributes:  
✓ Excellent TPP values
✓ Good tensile and tear strengths
✓ Outstanding thermal protection
✓ Yarns dyed for improved durability and color fastness
✓ Durable water repellent finish

OMNI ELITE - Kevlar®/Basofil®
A twill weave stable fabric blend of Kevlar®, PBO Filament®, and Basofil® fibers.  The heat blocking ability of Basofil® fiber in this outer shell allows it to be combined with lightweight thermal liners and still achieve high TPP values.

Blend: 53% Kevlar®//7% PBO Filament®/40% Basofil®
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd,  twill ripstop weave
Colors: Gold (Black and Yellow are special order)
Attributes:  
✓ Excellent TPP values
✓ Good tensile and tear strengths
✓ Outstanding thermal protection
✓ Yarns dyed for improved durability and color fastness
✓ Durable water repellent finish

TenCate/Southern Mills (TC)

Kombat™ Flex – PBI/Kevlar®
Using a blend of PBI and Kevlar® fibers, Kombat™ Flex exceeds the toughness standards for which TenCate is so well known.
Blend: PBI™/Kevlar®
Weight: 6.9 /sqyd,  plain weave
Colors: Natural, Black
Attributes:
✓ High tensile and trap tear strength
✓ Excellent durability
✓ Retains best-in-class appearance and stays soft after repeated launderings
✓ Soft hand and flexability for ease of movement

ADVANCE®
Combining the proven performance of Nomex® with the high strength of Kevlar®, Advance™ provides a very good balance of performance, durability, and cost.
Blend: 60% Kevlar®/40% Nomex®*
Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd,  ripstop weave
Colors: Gold, Yellow, Khaki, Black*
* Black is producer colored for dye stability
* Black is 50% Nomex®/50% Kevlar®
Attributes:
✓ Very good thermal stability
✓ Very good tensile and tear strengths
✓ Very good abrasion resistance
3 Year Advance Warranty
✓ Piece Dyed, except for Black is Producer Dyed
✓ Durable water repellent SST finish

ADVANCE Ultra®
A brand new tri-blend from TenCate provides a step up in performance from their proven Advance™ outer shell by adding some PBO fiber.

Blend:  60% Kevlar®/20% Nomex®/20% PBO
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd,  ripstop weave
Colors: Yellow, Light Gold, Dark Gold, Black Gold
Attributes:
✓ Very good thermal stability
✓ Excellent tensile and tear strengths
5 Year Advance Ultra Warranty
✓ Excellent abrasion resistance
✓ Piece Dyed Material
✓ Durable water repellent SST finish

PBI MATRIX™ - Gemini™ XT
PBI Matrix™ is the latest version of PBI™ fabric which has achieved a remarkable record of performance. Like its predecessor, PBI Matrix™ is engineered to withstand the most severe temperatures and offers proven durability, comfort and flexibility. PBI Matrix™ uses a web of filament Kevlar® for even greater tear and tensile strength and the flat plain weave construction provides even better abrasion resistance than the original. PBI Matrix™ is everything you know and love about PBI™, only stronger!

Blend: 60% Kevlar®/40% PBI™
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd, modified plain weave reinforced with Kevlar® filament
Colors: Gold, Black
Attributes:

✓ Superior thermal stability
✓ Excellent tensile and tear strengths
✓ Excellent abrasion resistance
5 Year PBI Matrix™ - Gemini™ XT Warranty
✓ Piece Dyed
✓ Durable water repellent SST finish

MILLENIA™ XT
Millenia® XT is a relatively newer entry into the turnout gear outer shell arena, but if your problem is durability, Millenia® XT is an amazingly strong solution.

Blend: 60% Para-Aramid/40% PBO
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd, ripstop weave
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Superior thermal stability
✓ Superior tensile and tear strengths
7 Year Millenia XT Warranty
✓ Superior abrasion resistance
✓ Durable water repellent SST finish

BRIGADE™ 725 Nomex® IIIA
The first fabric developed by Difco for the fire service. If offers economical protection with proven dependability.  Good tolerance to thermal damage.  Proven performance year after year.

Blend: 93% Nomex®, 5% Kevlar®, 2% Anti-Static
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd, plain weave
Colors: Yellow, Black, Tan, White, Red, Royal Blue
Attributes:
✓ Basic thermal stability
✓ Very good tensile and tear strengths
✓ Good abrasion resistance
✓ Stay Dry Plus® superior water repellent finish

Safety Components (SC)

PBI Max™
PBI Max patent pending design offers fire fighters the best combination of break open and thermal protection, the strongest outer shell fabric in the world, and the most flexible and comfortable outer shell fabric the fire service has ever seen.  PBI Max is the only outer shell that delivers triple-threat performance –unmatched protection, unmatched durability, and unmatched comfort.  PBI Max is backed by the WORLD’S FIRST and only PBI 5 YEAR WARRANTY.

Blend: 70% “PBI Dominant” PBI/Kevlar® spun yarns, 30% 600 denier Kevlar® Filament
Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd, Comfort Twill
Color: Gold and Black
Attributes:
✓ Maximum Protection – Durability and Comfort
✓ Lighter Weight
✓ 39% Better Break Open Protection
✓ 5X Stronger for Maximum Durability
✓ More Flexible for Maximum Comfort
5 Year PBI MAX Warranty
✓ Superior thermal stability
✓ Superior tensile and tear strengths
✓ Superior abrasion resistance
✓ Superior DuPont™ Teflon® F-PPE water repellent finish

ARMOR 7.0
In Armor 7.0™, Safety Components brings together America’s most trusted names in personal protection to offer firefighters and first responders an innovative outer shell fabric with new Filament Fiber Technology. Armor 7.0 combines military grade DuPont™ Kevlar®, solution dyed DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers to form a power shield of protection. This revolutionary blend of fibers provides added thermal protection, excellent tear and rip resistance to create the world’s strongest outer shell fabric. Uniquely blended into a lighter weight, seven-ounce comfort twill weave, Armor 7.0 improves comfort and enhances mobility. Armor 7.0 is topped off with our patented DuPont™ Teflon® F-PPE water repellent finish - the world’s best at shedding water and increasing garment durability.

Blend: 50% Filament Kevlar® 50% Nomex® Kevlar® Ring Spun
Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd,  comfort Twill weave
Color: Gold and Black
Attributes:
✓ Excellent thermal stability
✓ Excellent tensile and tear strengths
✓ Excellent abrasion resistance
✓ Excellent DuPont™ Teflon® F-PPE durable water repellent finish

FUSION
A powerful, almost invincible alloy that combines three revolutionary firefighting technologies: solution dyed (inserting color into the fiber itself) Nomex®, perfectly blended with solution dyed Kevlar®, encapsulated with their miracle layer of patented Teflon® F-PPE. These three elements are combined into an innovative low profile ripstop weave to deliver excellent thermal protection, unsurpassed performance in color fastness, with excellent durability and water repellency.

Blend: 60% Kevlar®/40% Nomex® in the Gold and Brass or 50% Kevlar®/50% Nomex® Bronze and Black              
Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd,  Low Profile Ripstop
Colors: Gold, Brass, Bronze and Black
Attributes:
✓ Superior thermal stability
✓ Tremendous tensile and tear strengths
✓ Tremendously abrasion resistance
✓ Solution Dyed or Producer Dyed fabric offers Superior Color Fastness
✓ Excellent DuPont™ Teflon® F-PPE durable water repellent finish

Moisture Barriers
 
W.L. Gore

CROSSTECH® 2-Layer
The most popular moisture barrier specified by departments across the country.  It has earned its reputation for being the best moisture barrier in the world. W.L. Gore & Associates have spent three decades improving this barrier. Widely recognized for being the most protective and the most breathable, Ricochet recommends CROSSTECH® moisture barrier above all others.

Substrate: Nomex® fabric woven from spun fibers (pajama check)
Film: Enhanced bi-component ePTFE membrane
Total Weight: 5.0 oz. /sqyd
Attributes:
✓ The best liquid resistant and breathable moisture barrier
✓ Thin and flexible
✓ The highest THL/TPP combinations

CROSSTECH® 3-Layer
For those departments that want the highest durability in the most rigorous situations, CROSSTECH® 3-Layer moisture barrier provides the best durability/THL/TPP combinations possible.

Top Substrate: Nomex® fabric woven from spun fibers (pajama check)
Bottom Substrate: Nomex® fabric woven from spun fibers (patent pending)
Film: Enhanced bi-component ePTFE membrane
Total Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd
Attributes:
✓ Most durable flex and abrasion resistance
✓ Best durability/THL/TPP combinations

GORE RT7100™
For those who need premium performance at a value price, GORE™ RT7100 moisture barrier provides an excellent alternative. Utilizing their years of experience in ePTFE technology, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. developed an alternative barrier consisting of a membrane laminated to a non-woven NOMEX® substrate. This combination delivers thermal stability, waterproof performance and a high level of breathability. If you can’t afford CROSSTECH® moisture barrier, this is the moisture barrier to buy.

Substrate: NOMEX® non-woven spunlace
Film: Bi-component ePTFE membrane
Total Weight: 4.3 oz. /sqyd
Attributes:
✓ Better liquid resistant, breathable moisture barrier
✓ Lightweight and flexible

Thermal Liners
 
NorFab (NF)

OMNI SYNERGY® (2-layer)
Available for use only with the Basofil® outer shell, this combination gives excellent TPP values in a lightweight package.

Face Cloth: Calendared Nomex® fabric (for improved slide/comfort)
Batting: 2 layers of Basofil®/Nomex® blend spunlace
Weight: 7.1 oz. /sqyd
Color: Blue
Attributes:
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Quick drying

OMNI SYNERGY® (1-layer)
Available for use only with the Basofil® outer shell, this combination gives excellent TPP values in a lightweight package.

Face Cloth: Calendared Nomex® fabric (for improved slide/comfort)
Batting: 1 layer of Basofil®/Nomex® blend spunlace
Weight: 6.23 oz. /sqyd
Color: Blue
Attributes:
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Quick drying

TenCate/Southern Mills (TC)

QUANTUM3D™ SL1i
A light-weight thermal barrier which utilizes a "3D" waffle design and a unique face cloth that is inherently slick and flexible, allowing for ease in donning and doffing.

Face Cloth: Lenzing, Kevlar®, Nylon fabric woven from a blend of filament and spun fibers
Batting: Nomex®, Kevlar® blend spunlace (1 layer 2.3 oz. /sqyd with waffle design)
Weight: 6.2 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Excellent donning/doffing properties
✓ Most flexible, thin and lightweight
✓ Excellent wickability and quick drying
✓ Offered only with CROSSTECH® 3 layer

QUANTUM3D™ SL2i
A heavier version of QUANTUM3D™ SL1i from TenCate. Has the same special waffle design and same face cloth for easy donning and doffing.

Face Cloth: Lenzing, Kevlar®, Nylon fabric woven from a blend of filament and spun fibers
Batting: Nomex®, Kevlar® blend spunlace (1 layer 2.3 oz. /sqyd with waffle design, 1 layer of flat)
Weight: 7.7 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Excellent donning/doffing properties
✓ Most flexible, thin and lightweight
✓ Excellent wickability and quick drying
✓ Offered only with CROSSTECH® 3 layer

CALDURA® SL2i
This thermal liner is our most popular when used in combination with many of our high performance outer shells and our latest designs. The face cloth helps you slide easily in and out of your turnout gear and the overall quilted liner is remarkably light and flexible.

Face Cloth: Lenzing, Kevlar®, Nylon fabric woven from a blend of filament and spun fibers
Batting: 2 layers of Nomex® E-89™ (1 layer each of 2.3 and 1.5 oz. /sqyd)
Weight: 7.7 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Excellent donning/doffing properties
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Very good wickability
✓ Quick drying

CALDURA® NPi
This thermal liner is our most popular when used in combination with many of our high performance outer shells and our latest designs. The face cloth helps you slide easily in and out of your turnout gear and the overall quilted liner is remarkably light and flexible.

Face Cloth: Lenzing, Kevlar®, Nylon fabric woven from a blend of filament and spun fibers
Batting: 1 layer of Aramid needle punch
Weight: 7.7 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Excellent donning/doffing properties
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Very good wickability
✓ Quick drying

ARALITE® SL3
A good balance of TPP and THL for excellent thermal protection.

Face Cloth: Nomex® fabric woven from spun fibers
Batting: 3 layers of Kevlar®/Nomex® spunlace
Weight: 8.0 oz. /sqyd
Color: Grey
Attributes:
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Very good wickability
✓ Quick drying 

ARALITE® NP
This thermal liner uses a spun Nomex® fiber face cloth with a single layer ARALITE® batting which provides solid thermal protection at a value price.

Face Cloth: Nomex® fiber woven from spun fibers
Batting: 50% Kevlar®, 50% Nomex® fiber batt (blend of virgin and reprocessed fiber)
Weight: 7.2 oz. /sqyd
Color: Teal
Attributes:
✓ Lightweight
✓ Good wickability

DEFENDER® M SL2
A thermal barrier that is designed with the same fiber blend and technology used to protect U.S. Army and Marine ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2007. This unique fiber blend in the face cloth offers structural firefighters superior moisture management and exceptional comfort.

Face Cloth: Plain weave Lenzing FR Rayon, para-aramid, Nylon spun yarn
Batting: 2 layers of Kevlar®/Nomex® spunlace
Weight: 7.8 oz. /sqyd
Color: Silver
Attributes:
✓ Good balance of TPP/THL for excellent thermal protection and greater heat stress relief
✓ Improved flexibility offers greater ease of movement

DEFENDER® M NPi
A thermal barrier that is designed with the same fiber blend and technology used to protect U.S. Army and Marine ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2007. This unique fiber blend in the face cloth offers structural firefighters superior moisture management and exceptional comfort. .

Face Cloth :Plain weave Lenzing FR Rayon, para-aramid, Nylon spun yarn
Batting: 1 layer aramid needle punch
Weight: 7.0 oz. /sqyd
Color: Silver
Attributes:
✓ Good thermal protection at a good value

XE™-289 (1-layer)
This thermal liner is becoming popular for the soft comfortable hand if offers to the end user when used in combination with many of our high performance outer shells and our latest designs.

Face Cloth: 100% Rip Stop Nomex® fabric
Batting: 2 Layers of Nomex®, E-89™ (1 layer each of 1.5 and 2.3 oz. /sqyd)
Weight: 7.05 oz. /sqyd
Color: Silver
Attributes:
✓ Light-weight spunlace
✓ Good THL and TPP
✓ Good wickability
✓ Plain Weave
✓ Calendered face cloth
✓ Rip Stop Weave for improved tear resistance

XTRA-LITE™
This thermal liner uses a spun Nomex® fiber face cloth with a single layer ARALITE® batting which provides solid thermal protection at a value price.

Face Cloth: 100% Rip Stop Nomex® fabric
Batting: Virgin Needle punch Batt (4.0 oz. /sqyd)
Weight: 7.5 oz. /sqyd
Color: Silver
Attributes:
✓ Moderately heavy
✓ Good TPP
✓ Meets the THL minimums
✓ Good wickability

Safety Components (SC)

Glide 2-Layer
The slick low friction properties of Glide mean added freedom of movement and less working stress for a more comfortable feel in your turnout gear. This low friction capability is a result of Safety Components patented weave…the only face cloth with 60% DuPont™ Kevlar® Filament Technology.

Face Cloth: 100% Nomex® Twill Weave (Slick) or 60% Filament Nomex® / 40% Spun Nomex®
Batting: 1 layer of 1.5 osy of Nomex® / Kevlar® E-89 Spunlace or 1 layer of 2.3 osy of Nomex® / Kevlar® E-89 Spunlace
Weight: 7.4 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Slickness for freedom of movement
✓ Excellent lubricity for comfort
✓ Extremely durable
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ Dries quickly keeping you cooler
✓ The ultimate in moisture management

Glide Pure
If you are searching for optimum slickness and freedom of movement, specify Glide. Offering more freedom of movement, less restrictive for a more comfortable feeling.  Glide is engineered to significantly reduce stress, reduce friction and
provide excellent moisture management.

Facecloth: 100% Nomex® Twill Weave or 60% Filament Nomex® / 40% Spun Nomex®
Batting: Needle punch Batting made with pure fibers or 50% Nomex® / 50% Kevlar®
Weight: 7.6 oz. /sqyd
Color: Gold
Attributes:
✓ Slickness for freedom of movement
✓ Excellent lubricity for comfort
✓ Extremely durable
✓ Lightweight and flexible
✓ The ultimate in moisture management

Reinforcements

Shoulders, Elbows, Cuffs, Knees and Pockets
ARA-SHIELD® (Grey, Black, Gold)
Polymer-coated DuPont™ KEVLAR® with matte finish for improved appearance and traction. This material is easy to clean, offers exceptional strength, is lightweight and double coated to prevent moisture absorption. It is a moderately priced alternative and easy to clean, but it is not as pliable as other reinforcements and like any coated fabric, can crack along stress lines.

Outer Shell Material (All Shell Fabrics are Available)
Self-reinforcements are soft and pliable, resulting in comfort and ease of movement, but in most cases they are not the most economical, water resistant or durable reinforcements. If selecting a self-reinforcement material, consider Advance™ or Millenia™ XT (Millenia™ XT being the most durable).

Leather (Grey, Black)
Ricochet leather is the most economical reinforcement option offering the highest durability available. It can be cleaned but stains easily since it is a porous material. Ricochet uses a heavy duty high quality leather not readily prone to dry-rot.

Kevlar Twill
Ricochet highly recommend the use of Kevlar twill for all pocket reinforcements. We can line the entire inside pocket (all four sides) or just the pocket itself (3 sides). Kevlar twill is light weight, extremely durable and the most specified reinforcement material used by the fire service.