Lightweight, Comfortable, Rugged
PBI is the lightest outer shell system designed for USAR operations at only 5 oz./yd.2. Not only is it by far the most comfortable fabric for USAR operations, it also has PBI's ultimate flash protection plus TurtleSkin's patented rugged durability and puncture resistance.
Comparison of Fabrics Under Magnification
In the magnifications below, you can see the tighter weave of PBI TurtleSkin compared to the looser weave of ordinary USAR material. The advanced weave of PBI TurtleSkin results in greater protection, less weight, and increased durability in USAR garments.
• Smooth, soft feel
• Low Weight: 5 oz./yd.2
• Excellent flash resistance
• Highest puncture resistance: 9.6 pound-force
• Patented tight weave
• Provides better durability
• Coarse feel
• Heavy Weight: 6 oz./yd.2
• Low flash resistance
• Low puncture resistance: 3.8 pound-force
• Loose weave leaves holes that snag and tear
Unlike low-tech fabrics, PBI TurtleSkin is made with a new patented technology that produces an extremely tight weave using ultra protective PBI fiber. The result is a smoother, more durable, lightweight shell fabric with superior flash and electric arc protection that sets a new standard for USAR outer shell puncture resistance and comfort.
PBI TurtleSkin combines Warwick Mills' patented TurtleSkin puncture technology with the ultimate flash protection and flexibility of PBI fibers to provide the lightest, most comfortable garments for NFPA 1951 USAR Operations.
In addition, PBI TurtleSkin provides a new level of puncture resistance to better protect USAR personnel from injuries caused by glass, metal, or other sharp objects.
|NFPA Test||Requirement||PBI TurtleSkin|
|Breaking Strength||> = 70 lb.||120 x 124 lb.|
|Abrasion Resistance||> = 50 lb.||76 x 150 lb.|
|Tear Resistance||> = 5 lb.||15 x 15 lb.|
|Cleaning Shrinkage||< = 5%||5 x 0 %|
|Flame Resistance||< = 4" char||1.7" x 1.4"|
|Heat Resistance||> 500F||Pass|
|Thermal Shrinkage||< 10%||Pass|
|Spray Resistance||> = 80||90|
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