Proper sizing is extremely important for the safety of the user. For that reason, Ricochet offers two sizing methods, sizing gear and/or measurements. In both cases, accuracy is very important. The following list of measurements is necessary for both men’s and women’s garments. Use a high-quality non-stretch tape, holding it straight and snug so that it lies smoothly without indenting the body. (Always start with the low end of numbers.)
CHEST: Measure loosely over clothing around the fullest part of the chest/bust. Have firefighter take and hold a deep breath. Arms should be at rest by their sides. Both an under-the-arm and over-the-arm measurement should be taken at the widest part of the chest/bust. Over-the-arm measurements are extremely important for individuals with broad shoulders and muscular arms and/or backs.
SLEEVE: Ricochet's standard sleeve lengths are designed and graded proportionately to chest sizes, which will fit the majority of firefighters. However, for shorter or longer arm lengths, with arms at rest straight down to the side, measure from the base of the neck (the C-5 vertebra) over the shoulder and down the arm to the base of the thumb (about 1" below the wrist bone).
WAIST: Measure around the waist over any clothing or accessories that would be normally worn under your turnout pants.
INSEAM: Standard inseam lengths are available in one-inch increments. Inseam length should be shorter than regular pant inseam to prevent damage to cuffs. Measure from the crotch down the inside of the leg to the bottom of the ankle bone.
HIPS (Female Only): Measure around the fullest part of the hip area.