PBI Lighweight Gold System

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PBI Lightweight Gold is the latest innovation in structural system technologies developed to combat one of the most serious issues related to firefighting injuries and fatalities: heat stress.

This unique system consists in incorporating the high-performance properties of PBI Fiber in all layers of the structural ensemble. The result: the ultimate in break-open thermal and flame protection, comfort, and durability.

HOW ABOUT A SET OF GEAR THAT’S ALMOST THREE TIMES MORE FLEXIBLE THAN YOUR COMMON ARAMID COMPOSITES?

The best way to feel the advantages of the PBI Lightweight Gold System is to wear it. Try it on! Ask to field test it. A more empirical way to measure the stiffness of a garment is to perform the ASTM D4032, Standard Test Method for Stiffness of Fabric by the Circular Bend Procedure. In this test, fabrics are pushed through a uniform orifice, and the force required to do so is measured. Stiffer fabrics require more force to be pushed through. On average, common composite systems require 33.4 pounds of force to flex the fabric, which is three times stiffer than the PBI Lightweight Gold™ System that takes only 13.2 pounds of force. Less stiffness equates to greater ease of movement in your gear and, ultimately, less stress experienced in doing your job.